A Canadian mother of three says there are simple things people can do — even with busy lives — to give something back to the world.Î¾ Nicole Boles got the idea for her book How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist from a magazine article that listed a few ways someone can make a difference with just small actions.
"It's really not how much time or money you have that matters, it's how much of yourself you're willing to share.Î¾ Things like knitting hats for the homeless and recycling cell phones to help victims of violence.Î¾ And this style of giving really made sense to me, and it was something that I could do, and with each everyday-type action I took I, I felt empowered and I wanted to do more and the problem I had was finding more of these time-friendly and budget-friendly ways to give back.Î¾ And that's really where the inspiration for the book hit me."Î¾
Boles says, for example, you can participate online in giving small loans to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world.
"In some ways, there's really no need to even get out of your pajamas to make a difference because the Internet has made it so easy to support the cause we care about.Î¾ They start at $25 and up — they're called micro-loans.Î¾ You can watch what the entrepreneurs are doing, you can watch their progress.Î¾ And then the loans will be paid back to you, and when they are you can loan to someone else.Î¾ For really less than a night out on the town you could buy, you know, ducks for a farmer in China, or a hive of bees for a family in Nepal, through Heifer International."Î¾
Boles says her book is a resource guide for opportunities for "giving back" in small ways throughout the day, with things you're already doing.Î¾ Ed Mayberry, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.