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Do Not Donate Your Money

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Do Not Donate Your Money

There are thousands of charitable organizations across North America who are doing great things, helping people and making a difference in at least another person's life. However, to keep their organization sustainable they depend on the donations from the public, corporations and government funding. You see, donations are a but of a sticky topic for me. I pick a charity that I believe in, right a big fat cheque, march over to the mailbox to send it to them and walk back home with a big smile on my face or something alike. Sound familiar?

I say donations are a bit of a sticky topic because I really don't know where and how the funds will be distributed. I want to make sure the funds are used to help people and not be sucked up through administrative costs. Well now i'm not feeling so great after all. Some individuals tend to want to give back to the community but other than a cheque have no idea how their contributions benefited another party. I work hard for my money and want to ensure what I donate is actually going towards a good cause. That's why I firmly believe that you should not donate your money.

I was walking past a build site for Habitat for Humanity when my curiosity got the best of me and pegged me to ask the site supervisor more about the families getting the homes and a more about the organization. Funny enough for the longest time, I though habitat for humanity was for homeless individuals who couldn't get shelter and this was a short-term alternative. Boy was I ever mistaken. In fact the homes are built for low income families who couldn't afford a mortgage otherwise with a bank. A lot of the material is donated as well as labour which enables them to offer a no interest mortgage to low income home owners. What a novel idea? My need to give back to the community without being in the dark about where the money goes was finally met.

I joined Habitat for Humanity – Toronto for a one day session. We worked a full 8 hour shift where we worked at quite an intense pace yet were diligent and careful with the workmanship. I thought to myself this is a win win situation, I'm getting to do something new and exciting and at the same time making a difference. However, that's not where it ended. I joined for a recursive shift, donated some materials that I didn't need anymore and had no issues doing this on a Saturday. My wife and later inquired about joining Big Brother and Big Sisters not because we didn't have the money to donate but both charitable organizations mentioned that finding volunteers is the real challenge. I would rather donate something effective and tangible. I know how my time is being utilized, I can judge that and if we ever donate materials, we know when and how they get used. The point i'm trying to drive here is to put wallets aside, join a local charity and contribute your time and materials. You would be surprised how fulfilling the feeling is but when you see the direct benefit of your work, it makes you want to repeat your contributed time.

Make a difference and join your local charitable organizations. Someone in need is counting on you!


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