#Millennialchat.ter Stacy McCoy (@StacyMcCoy) is the co-founder and CEO of Give To Get Jobs: For-profit jobs that give back (@Give2GetJobs). She strongly believes and is committed to proving to people that you can have a job you love with a steady and stable paycheck that also makes the world a better place. She refuses to settle for anything less! Her guest post today touches on our theme for next Tuesday:
‘How we, #millennials, choose to give back to our communities… within budget’
Donations are great and we all know how much non-profits need them, especially in this economy. A little can go a long way. Luckily, there are numerous services that make donating easy through the web to the causes you care most about. To name a few: See Your Impact, 33 Needs, Global Giving, and Start Some Good.
But, let’s be honest. Donations are not always in the millennial budget. And that’s okay! You can still give back without having to give money.
Instead of donating money, try donating your time. Organizations like Sparked, Catchafire, and the Taproot Foundation make it easy to give your time. They also allow you to give varying degrees of time.
You can also give back without having to change much in your every day life.
To varying degrees, we all consume. We all need to buy at least the basic necessities. One easy way to give back is to give through your consumption budget. These days there are social enterprises that insert a social mission into practically every product. There is always a way to shop responsibly.
When you go food shopping, try and go to a coop or local farmers market. You can also find food and beverage products that support social and environmental causes at specialty shops, like Whole Foods. Companies like Runa, Numi Organic, and fair trade options come to mind, including Ben & Jerry’s.
When you buy clothes, try upcycled, salvaged, fair trade or organic. You can shop at thrift stores. Or you can find products that specifically support social causes like the scarves by WORN, shoes by TOMS, or eyewear by TOMS and Warby Parker to name a few.
If that’s still not in the budget, you can find a job in social enterprise or corporate social responsibility. You can actually get paid to give back. You no longer have to rely on the non-profit sector to have a personally fulfilling job. There are jobs that exist in the sweet spot; the spot where you can have both a personally and financially fulfilling job. I started Give To Get Jobs to make it easier to find these jobs. They are out there; you just need to know where to look.
There is a way to give back literally with everything that you do. That is the world we live in today, and it’s awesome. You no longer have to stick to traditional forms of giving like donating money and volunteering your time. You can give and give back often without dipping into your savings.
Make sure to tune in to @MillennialChat next Tuesday at 3:30pm EST to chat more about Millennials and Giving. Follow the #MillennialChat hasthag and join a great group of peers chatting about our experiences!