Shopping at or donating to a charity-driven thrift store is one simple way to give back to local charities!

According to nptust.org, there are over 1.5 million charitable organizations throughout the U.S. Over 1,000 of those charities exist within the Tennessee Valley region. Whether you’re interested in helping food banks, humane societies, the homeless, school teachers or simply want to support your community, there are hundreds of local charities in desperate need of your help, and there are some simple and creative ways you can donate to them!  

Simple Ways to Donate to Local Charities

November 29, 2016

Shopping at or donating to a charity-driven thrift store is one simple way to give back to local charities!

According to nptust.org, there are over 1.5 million charitable organizations throughout the U.S. Over 1,000 of those charities exist within the Tennessee Valley region. Whether you’re interested in helping food banks, humane societies, the homeless, school teachers or simply want to support your community, there are hundreds of local charities in desperate need of your help, and there are some simple and creative ways you can donate to them!

 

Amazon Smile



If you're an Amazon shopper, make sure to sign up for Amazon Smile!Love shopping on Amazon? Did you know that if you sign up for Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the total purchase price to your favorite local charity? It’s as easy as signing up here and choosing your favorite charity from their list of almost one million organizations. Then, with every purchase of your favorite products from your charity’s custom link, they’ll make a donation to your charity of choice!

 

Employee Matches



Inquire with your HR department to see if your employer matches charitable donations. Many companies will match their employees’ donations up to a certain dollar amount. This means if you make a donation, you could possibly double it with help from your employer!

 

Affinity Debit Cards



Redstone donates to the organization attached to your Affinity Debit Card every time you swipe! With every swipe of a Redstone Affinity Debit Card, the organization featured on the card will receive CashBack from Redstone! Plus, with bold designs featuring the organization’s logo, it’s bound to start some great conversations about the organization you support with your card. We’re continuing to grow the Affinity card program, so check back often for new releases for some wonderful local organizations.

 

Local Restaurant Events



Who doesn’t love grabbing some delicious food to help raise funds for a good cause? Lots of charities have restaurants nights, where certain restaurants will donate a percentage of sales to the charity on a certain day. You can even set up one for your favorite charity! Check out this list for 55 restaurants that offer fundraising for non-profits.

 

Non-Profit Driven Thrift Stores



Find treasures like this tea set at the Greater Huntsville Humane Society Thrift Store. Lots of charities run thrift stores, where you can find great merchandise at incredible prices. Plus, all proceeds go back to the charity!  Most are entirely volunteer run, which is another great way you can help. Try checking out the Downtown Rescue Mission, the GHHS store, or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. You might be surprised to find many items are brand new or never used! 



Looking for a local non-profit to volunteer at or donate to? Check out the site Great Nonprofits for extensive lists of great charities within your zip code, city or state! Plus, they provide reviews, photos and a comprehensive outline of each organization’s programs, mission, results and more. You can also discover more local charities by following our blog posts about Charity Finders, a Redstone-employee group dedicated to helping charities throughout the Tennessee Valley.

Do you have a favorite charity you love to support? Know other simple ways to help out local organizations? Let us know in a comment below!

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Check out our Charity Finders posts to learn more about local charities that could use your help! Find out how you can get involved with these great organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley. 

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