Today is ‘Giving Tuesday’ – a time when many charities and non-profits with have a fundraising push and a day on which many people choose to donate. I would, of course, urge anyone to give what they can to the causes they believe in.
But charity should not be only about one-off donations on specific days. We should all make giving a habit. Whether we offer our money, our time, or our skills, looking outward and thinking about things beyond our own immediate worries, preoccupations and concerns should not be an occasional thought or gesture. It should become a habit.
I donate to a number of charities but I won’t specifically name them here. There are many, many areas where your aid is urgently needed now, and on an ongoing basis.
It is very important to make sure that those of us who can afford to give to charity do not use this as a way to feel better about ourselves, nor think that because we have given, our obligation is ended.
When we make giving a habit, we remember that truly giving of ourselves takes many forms. It is not one-off donations but small daily actions which make the biggest difference.
As I have mentioned before, I take on pro-bono work in permaculture when I can, as well as running my business. I am proud to have been able to help a range of non-profit groups in developing nations, cash-strapped community groups and individuals to design gardens, farms, communities and other sites for the furtherance of key permaculture ethics – people care, planet care and fair share.
Today, I would love to hear from anyone who would like my services, but cannot afford to pay. I will be able to take on a new pro bono project from early next year. All you need to do is reach out to discuss your project, and let me know how I can help. I am always glad to donate whatever time I can to help get new permaculture projects off the ground.