A year ago, I volunteered at two of the centres run by Crisis that feed, clothe and provide shelter for homeless people over Christmas. It was an incredibly rewarding experience, and the charity do a fantastic job of giving hope to some of society's most vulnerable people at a time when the rest of us are having fun. I would definitely recommend it, so if you're interested in giving it a go, you can find out how, here.
This year, I've failed to get my act together on the volunteering front due to other commitments, and know that many others are in the same situation of wanting to help, but not having the time to go down to the centres themselves. So I was pleased to find out about a scheme run by Workplace Giving that allows you to donate to Crisis (and many other charities) as you earn.
All you need do is make a £5-a-month pledge, which Crisis will use to provide a festive turkey dinner for 120 at a Crisis Centre near you each Christmas.
Other charities supported by the scheme include Help the Aged, Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, and the Make a Wish foundation. The great thing about making the donation directly out of your salary (as opposed to setting up a direct debit yourself) is that your chosen cause receives not only your donation but the tax you would have paid on the amount.
Tom Sessions, Corporate Partnerships Executive at Crisis said: "Sponsoring charity projects through Workplace Giving makes a huge difference to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the UK. This ongoing, long-term support is essential to allow projects like Crisis Christmas dinners to happen."