Did you know that a portion of your spendings at Ralphs grocery stores can go to your local schools, churches and other non-profit organizations? I just discovered this today. It's a program that runs in conjunction with Ralphs Club. You just go to this website to sign up your current Ralphs Club Card, or get a new one, and within 72 hours your favorite organization will be raking in the dough… well maybe not, but they will get a little money. And, every little bit makes a difference.
Other organizations have similar programs. Washington Mutual has a program called Wamoola for Schools where a portion of your purchases go to the school of your choice. And Vroman's Bookstore has a similar program called Vroman's Gives Back were you can designate a nonprofit organization to benefit from your purchases.
There are so many possibilities out there. And, best of all, you don't have anything to loose by joining these programs. They're free of charge. I encourage you to explore stuff like this because it's a way to give without having to empty your pocket-books. And that's a win-win situation.