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Ask Jules: How To Give More

Being charitable is one of the highest priorities in my life. For many, the word “charity” might translate to giving money or providing funds for those in needs. Charity can mean many things. It’s donating on a smaller level — for example a few cans of non-perishable foods. It’s volunteering your time. It’s really just helping another out in any way you can. This email from Ky is a great reminder to find ways in which we can all be more charitable.

Hi Julianne,

I would love to do more charity work and donate money to as many places as I can — unfortunately, my friends spread out over different states and are all super busy and unable to do charity work. I would love to do fundraisers earning money for children’s hospitals, animal shelters, protecting endangered species, helping foster homes and even donate money to fund research for illnesses. I’d rather give money than have money — unfortunately I don’t know where to begin with organizing and starting a fundraiser of any kind! Any ideas?

-Ky

Hi Ky,

I think it’s awesome you aspire to do more charity work. It’s also honorable and sweet that you would rather give what you have to others than have it yourself. There are so many ways you can raise funds for those who need it despite your busy friends living far away. As far as getting started, I say you focus on one mission at a time — at least for now while you’re just getting started.

If I were in your shoes, I’d search for a local organization that focuses on a cause I feel especially connected to. From there, I’d look into events they’re putting on (marathons, walks, and so on) to see how I could participate, help raise funds or become an event volunteer. In addition, I’d go to the websites of other organizations I’d like to contribute to, click on the “contact” tab, then call or email them to see how how you could be of service.

One of my biggest passions is spreading the joy of being healthy and having a positive attitude, so Derek and I came up with an in-person workout event last year that has become something truly amazing. It’s my way of giving back to something I care about, and hopefully each one of our events has impacted those who attended to go home and continue spreading the positive vibes.

Please keep me posted on your awesome endeavors! I know you’ll impact your community in a big way very soon.

xo
Jules

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  • Ky

    I JUST saw this, Julianne! Thank you so much for the response, it means so much to me! That’s an amazing idea and I appreciate you taking the time to help me! 🙂 Also, I’ve decided to sell items I no longer need, and I will donate that money to a children’s hospital, to start with. So excited for Move Beyond, Jules, I bought tickets for my mother and I and can’t wait to see you and Derek. Thank you again and have a great day! 🙂

  • Shaylie Norton

    A really easy way to give more is to use Amazon Smile instead of just regular ol’ Amazon when making purchases! When customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charity organization of your choice. I chose a charity that gives clean water to developing nations. Pretty awesome!

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