There seem to be constant requests from charities for donations; equally volunteers are desperately needed for many good causes. Would you rather give your time or your money? Which do you think is more valuable?
I prefer to give time when I can because it's nice be involved with the charity and see the difference you are making. I think they're both equally valuable though. It's just a matter of which is easier for you to spare.
If I had time to give and no baby to worry about, I would prefer to volunteer time. I think time is more valuable. I recently heard an ad for volunteers to reach out to people who are socially isolated. I would love to do that, and don't see how money could help them.
I have given quite a lot of money to charities over the years but am increasingly finding that although this might be helpful for the charity, it isn't making me feel any better. So I am intending to get involved with a couple of local charities, maybe even start one myself at which point I will probably be equally happy to receive donations of both time and money from others!
I give my time rather than money in almost every case. The main time that I actually donate is at Christmas to a favourite charity of mine, and if a friend is fundraising - e.g. running a marathon or has organised an event, then I will likely donate to support their thoughtfulness and their efforts.
Personally, I get a lot out of volunteering and find it a valuable use of my time. I enjoy directly seeing the impact of giving up my time for others, and I find you learn more about the charity by volunteering with them.
I tend to do event volunteering as it combines better with my kids and still find this valuable.
Both. Some, like Kiva it is money that is needed. Others like Operation Christmas Child I do both. I buy and make gifts, collect from friends and help pack at the warehouse. I think people who visit the lonely or read to kids (Pajama Angles) are wonderful. In those cases time and company are valuable and vital.