Between taking care of professional duties and family, many working moms don’t have a lot of time to spend focusing on advocacies they believe in. Fortunately, there’s more one can do to support a cause than sharing Facebook posts ever so often.
Here are a few other ways working moms can make a real impact and make a difference to the causes they support.
1.) Rubber bracelet
Silicone rubber bracelet that show messages of support for causes you believe aren’t just informative — they can also be a nice way to add a bit of casual style to any outfit. These bracelets cost only a few cents to make and can be ordered match virtually outfit or color combination. They’re also awesome for giving away to anyone who notices it, helping spread the word of your supported cause even further.
2.) Start a blog
Having a real blog rather than just social media posts shows that you’re truly serious and allows you to reach out to even more people than you would otherwise. Having a blog also makes it simpler to compartmentalize the cause so that you don’t unintentionally turn off friends and relatives on your circle of social media contacts who may have opposing beliefs.
3.) Fund a microloan
What might be a small amount of cash for us in the US can be quite a significant sum for those in the developing world. With just a few dollars, you can finance a microloan that could mean financial independence and a middle-class lifestyle for budding entrepreneurs in developing nations. Platforms like Kiva and Zidisha as well as countless other 501(c)(3) nonprofits can help give you the resources to make these loans more doable.
4.) Participate in or start a donation matching program at work
Many workplaces today have programs where employers try to match or exceed donations made by employees to different causes. You can try starting such a program at your place of work if it doesn’t already have one. Alternately, you can become an advocate for existing programs or try to help improve them if they’re already present.
5.) Give away some of your computer’s idle time
Your home computer’s idle time can be valuable for a wide range of charities and organizations that need large amounts of computing power. For instance, the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing project (BOINC) allows you to donate your computer’s time for helping find cures for different diseases, searching for extraterrestrial life, or sorting through the kind of data that could improve agriculture and weather prediction.
6.) Go on a volunteer vacation with your family
Doing volunteer work during your vacation time is a good way to bond with your family while seeing the world as it is. Moms typically have the most say about vacations in most households, so this might just be the most powerful way to get everyone in your household involved in your cause.
These vacations aren’t just a way to help support a cause directly either. They can also be a good way of developing a network of contacts with like-minded people from all over the world. This can help further expand the possibilities of your advocacy and give you a better perspective of how your actions affect other people.
These are just a few of the ways working moms can still support a cause they believe in. We’d love to hear more ideas from you, so don’t forget to share your suggestions, comments, and insights as well.