Charities can be found all over the world. They’re something that’s always in the background being heard about, from the question to donate while you’re out grocery shopping to emotion-provoking animal commercials that come on TV, asking viewers to donate and help the animals they sadly show on the screen.

 

While everyone knows what a charity organization is, not everyone may understand what exactly it is they do other than collect money and other items. So how, exactly, do charities work?

 

Donation

 

This one is a bit obvious, but it’s still important to know what items a shop might take and what they will not. General items that’ll be accepted are books, clothing, games, music, cookware, shoes, toys, and so on. Larger items, such as furniture, are accepted at the discretion of the charity itself. While broken items won’t generally be accepted, clothing with holes in them are still suitable to donate; those are sold to textile recycling companies to be reused elsewhere. For more unusual items, this would be a good place to start searching for where to donate it.

 

Volunteering

 

About 200,000 people volunteer at charities every year. Besides giving you the satisfaction of helping others, volunteering with a charity can help you build connections with those in your community and learn new skills that you otherwise may not have discovered. Volunteer experience can lead to a paid job down the road, and some charities like Crisis hire homeless people to help them along.

 

Recycling

 

Charities are all about giving a second chance to used items, which is super important to helping the environment. Charities prevented about 370,000 tons of clothing from ending up in a landfill back in 2015, putting them to use elsewhere instead (such as sending them to textile recycling companies like previously mentioned). 

 

Fundraising and Community

 

In the United Kingdom, charities raise around £300m a year for various causes. They also take items and sell them in their shops at a lower price than usual, which in turn helps people with lower incomes. With lower rates, they’re able to afford more without straining their budget.