This infographic comes from www.canva.com, a design site that gives your creativity a kick in the backside and inspires you to new heights of mind-expanding ways to get your message across. Best part? It’s mostly free. You may – from time-to-time – be asked to pay a small fee for a template ($1 to $3), but they have so many free templates, it’s mind boggling.
I flat-out copied this directly from Canva because it’s great information and applies to donating even if there isn’t a disaster. Samaritan House and other agencies can always use a little help.
Donating your time is a tried and true way to make a difference, one small act at a time. Several worthy organizations in Las Vegas will welcome you as a volunteer. If you aren’t a joiner, take individual action by being a one-person clean up crew in your neighborhood. Maybe you will inspire others to pitch in.
Clean underwear is a need year around for agencies like the local Samaritan House, 1000 Mills Ave. But don’t just assume that’s their primary need. Drop by the office and ask what types of clothing or other help would be most useful.
Space may be a concern when it comes to housing and providing food for people in need locally, but in what ways and to what degree? Is Samaritan House – and other agencies – more in need of funds to support their missions? Chances are the answer is, yes. Find out how you can donate money and what it will be used for.
Laundry service is probably not something you think about when donating. I can’t even imagine the logistics of this particular concern. Does someone take care of this for the homeless? What about the family who isn’t homeless, but has limited funds? I suspect cash donations could help out here.
Cleaning supplies are something we buy at the store when we go shopping. If your income limits you to buying food, cleaning supplies likely aren’t at the top of the list. We regularly donate to food drives. Has anyone thought of a cleaning supplies drive?
Sunscreen was never on my family’s list of priorities and I have lots of age spots (sun damage) to show for it! This is an item that could be helpful to low income families and homeless folks.
Money is likely the most helpful donation you can make. Cash gives the assisting agency discretion in purchasing those items most needed.
This infographic was created as a demonstration of how Canva can be used, but it also makes us think in the broader sense about how we can make a difference by doing what we can, where we can, when we can.
Sharon Vander Meer is a writing entrepreneur and author.
(NOTE: I am in no way compensated by Canva for this endorsement of their product.)