An Adult Approach to Donating in Your Mid-20s

By: Jeremy Adler, Zealous Good Marketing and Operations Manager

So you’re in your mid-20s, the carefree days of college are behind you and you’re steadily becoming a full-fledged adult. Part of that transition is giving back to your community. But where do you begin? Before you get overwhelmed it’s important to remember that giving back does not take much time or money.

Begin with a plan of attack.

Start with your closet. By now you’ve probably accumulated a good amount of old work shirts and pants that you no longer wear. Maybe you have a stack of T-shirts that haven’t seen the light of day since College. Check for work shoes you don’t wear any more as well. All of these items can be used by various Chicago charities for work and interview programs.

Look around your apartment, there may be other items that you have accumulated. Extra dishes, bowls, cups and plates, old electronic items, tube TVs, computer monitors, and old computers could all make great donations. Every item, no matter how small, can make a difference. Now is the time to check your place for anything you don’t use any more.

Finally, an easy way to help out is to donate your time. Find which local charity interests you and see what you can help with. Even just a few hours can be invaluable.

Now that you’re an adult, it’s time to start giving back. Check out Zealous Good to find a charity today!

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