2. Volunteer! WE Volunteer makes it easy for you to get involved in your community and connect with a cause of your choice. Give one full day and make a difference. Visit WEVolunteer.tv today to get started!
3. Sign your name. Add your name and petition for Amnesty for American Journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee Imprisoned in Korea or hundreds of other petitions at Care2 or PetitionOnline.com.
4. Need a new handbag? Reflect your social consciousness in your style by making eco-friendly purchases from sites such as White Apricot, Helen Riegle HER design and Modify.
5. Leave work on time at least once a week. Spend the time reconnecting with friends or with yourself doing something fun!
6. Make Thursdays Veggieday. The U.N. found that 18% of greenhouse gases come from livestock production. The town of Ghent, Belgium, heeded the U.N.’s call for citizens to combat climate change by forgoing meat once a week. Why not do the same?
7. Donate your old handbag or gently used professional work clothing and accessories to a woman in need at Dress for Success.
8. Offer Relief to Families. Contact a local homeless shelter for families in your area to help with a field trip, picnic, or art project children residents.
9. Help in a crisis. HelpInDisaster.org helps register and educate those who want to help during disasters.
10. Have a web site? Embed a Widget. Many charities offer embeddable widgets or badges that you can use on your social networking profiles or blogs to raise awareness of an issue and offer links to additional information and raise money.
11. Let at least one car in on every commute.
12. Support Sea Turtles while you vacation. Plan an ecotourism vacation and support sustainable travel. Find out more at The International Ecotourism Society.
13. Donate an old phone. CollectiveGood recycles used cell phones and other mobile devices to benefit your choice of more than fifty partner charities.
14. Save paper by printing and copying on both sides.
15. Find out about your corporate initiatives. Our industry shows its commitment to our markets through countless advocacy initiatives. Find out about your company’s focus and get involved!
16. Support through microloans. Microlending offers small loans to those in poverty in an effort to spur entrepreneurship. Donations can be made through organizations such as Women for Women International or by selecting an entrepreneur in need through organizations like Kiva.
17. Download the 3rd Whale app for your iphone to locate green products and businesses in 30 major North American cities.
18. New glasses? Drop off your old eyeglasses at a LensCrafters in your area; they'll donate them through the Gift of Sight program to people in developing countries who need them.
19. Precycle by bringing your own bags to the store and buying less disposable items (cloth napkins) and "long life" products (such as batteries and light bulbs) or "concentrated" products, (juices, detergents) to avoid unnecessary packaging.
20. Give Blood. Visit the American Red Cross to learn about blood donation opportunities at www.givelife.org.
21. Have something you don’t need? Tap into the barter marketplace at sites such as The Barter Exchange and Barter Trade.
22. Advocate for children. Support children with the resources they need to succeed by connecting with the Children’s Defense Fund or local non-profits helping children.
23. Pay bills online. Many companies in our industry have embraced online bill pay options for their customers, and now most banks and credit unions offer online payment options.
24. Make your voice heard. Writing your Congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives has never been easier. Click here to email your representative.
25. Layer Up. When cooler weather arrives, reach for a sweater before reaching for the thermostat.
26. Learn to save a life. Take a CPR course or other first aid class. To search for a CPR class in your area visit CPR Class Finder.
27. Take time to listen. It is a real art to really listen to someone, don't make any comments, don't try to solve their problems. Just listen.
28. Cook a meal entirely from scratch using only raw ingredients. This may be more of a weekend activity, but it can be relaxing, especially if you’re cooking for or with a friend.
29. Pay more at thrift stores. If you find something you like in a store that benefits the less privileged, add $1 to the price of your item to support the cause. Watch the sales person's face light up – it will be worth the $1.
30. Pass the book around. Read something great? Share it with a friend or colleague. Look through bookshelves and donate books to local libraries, hospital or charity shops.