It doesn’t have to take much. Here are some ‘low cost’ and ‘low time commitment’ ideas for giving back.
Benjamin Patton created free filmmaking workshops that tap into the power of storytelling. Participants report a significant drop in PTSD symptoms after completing the workshop, he says.
This month, Adidas is selling shoes made mostly of plastic collected off the coast of the Maldives, and a swimsuit line from Volcom is largely made from recycled nylon materials, including abandoned fishing nets.
Jes Ward is the executive director of cityWILD, which enables students in Denver to raft, backpack, mountain-bike, and snowshoe – while they also strive to reach their full potential.
William Lah got involved at a local middle school, pledging that students will have a caring adult in their life, no matter what. Among other things, he helps them envision a future at college.
Italy has become the main arrival point in Europe for people fleeing persecution and poverty in Africa. The hope is the new restaurant will improve community relations, one of its founders says.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is undertaking the program, which could change perceptions for both police and children, says the organization's president.
The mechanical engineering department at the University of Texas at Austin has worked to expand other people's understanding of what engineers do.
In San Francisco, Laura Slattery and Tina Christopher open church doors to homeless people during the day. The women’s own lives have taken elaborate twists and turns.
Many small farmers are using natural methods to improve the soil and protect against pests. 'We can feed our people,' one says.
Sports enthusiasts came together to repair the bobsled and luge track, which was devastated by the Bosnian war. Even though its condition is still rough, some say it's one of the best tracks for summer training.
The surveyors use mobile phones to map and document the slums' demographic data. Their work has paved the way for new partnerships between local governments and community-based groups.
Nearly half of voters sat out the 2012 presidential election. In hopes of changing that trend, graphic designers across the country are creating works with a message.
Takehiko Yoshizawa’s Japan Car Sharing Association has aided residents since the 2011 tsunami. The effort expanded this year after twin earthquakes in southern Japan.
More than half of people in 140 countries surveyed had helped strangers – with many of the most generous in countries hit by disaster and war.
Recognizing the benefits for users and owners, government agencies and developers are making it easier for real estate to become available for temporary use. Fremantle, Australia, is a case in point.
Susana Martin and her mother say they've given away about 800 character ensembles over the past three years or so. 'I just think it's good to help people,' Susana says.
Haidar el Ali started out in his family’s furniture business but then dedicated his life to protecting the oceans and other habitats.
Laila Haidari founded a shelter in Kabul to help those struggling with addiction. Some 3,600 people, she says, have left the facility recovered.
A coastal Kenyan community has earned $30,000 in two years selling carbon credits from the mangroves they protect. Mangrove forests are particularly effective at absorbing carbon dioxide.