Giving is always better than receiving. Making a difference in someone’s life can be a small act with a big result. Giving back is not always an expensive or time-consuming task; there are many ways to give back and support others. Here are just a few ways you can make a difference today.
Give back every time you shop, at no cost to you
If you want to support a specific cause but don’t always have extra funds to donate, consider joining the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet loyalty programme. Every time you shop at one of their retail partners, in-store or online, they will give back to your chosen cause, at no cost to you. The trusted MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme makes giving back simple and sustainable, without it costing you a cent. With hundreds of schools and causes to choose from, you can add up to three causes close to your heart and rest assured every time you swipe your card, your causes will benefit. Retail partners include Woolworths, Engen, Loot.co.za, Bidvest, Waltons, Builders, and others. You can join by visiting MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet or downloading the app and choosing your beneficiaries. It may seem like a tiny task, but it makes a big difference.
Help a friend in need
If you know of a friend that is overworked, and hardly has time for themselves, a lovely gesture would be to help them out at home. Often when we are overwhelmed with our day-to-day activities, it’s hard to keep a handle on housework and grocery shopping. With your loved one’s permission, arrange for someone to come and tidy up their house through a trusted app like SweepSouth. Additionally, you could do a virtual grocery run for your friend if they just don’t have time to pop out. Order their fresh food and other household goods on Yebo Fresh. Previously only in Cape Town, they now also deliver to households in certain areas of Johannesburg.
Gift someone with a warm bed
Quicket has partnered with The Haven Night Shelter to create the shelter passport. Each ticket guarantees the grateful recipient a hot meal, a shower, and a bed for the night (provided there is one free) at any Haven night shelter in the Western Cape. In addition, they’ll receive access to the assistance The Haven provides in terms of social services and helping to get people back on their feet. The tickets are sold in batches of five and cost just R12 per ticket. Most customers buy a pack of 10 or even 50 at a time and keep them handy to give out as needed – especially since they don’t expire. Why not buy a few of these and keep them in handy, in case you come across someone who needs it? At such a low cost, it’s a no-brainer.
Sign up for a membership
Non-profit organisations (NPOs) do amazing work but are often highly under-resourced. Whether you’re into art, nature or animals, sign up for a membership at your local museum, national park or aquarium. Memberships are generally a once-off annual fee and you can enjoy all the perks that come with being a cardholder, such as discounted rates at the museum store and anytime access to pet the penguins or watch a feeding.