A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under which they will never sit. ~ Greek proverb
Prior to my adversity, I thought donating to charities was the same a volunteering. I donated to a few organizations once per year, for several years. A few years after the diagnosis of my brain cancer in 2003, I began volunteering four to ten hour per week, every week, and I continue to volunteer several hours per week, every week.
Call to Action
Find an organization that supports a cause in which you believe. Offer to volunteer. Begin volunteering. Perhaps, you could begin volunteering at an annual event such as a fundraiser. Maybe you can volunteer more frequently the once per year. If the work or organization is not for you, switch to a different position or organizations. You will find volunteering make you feel better by helping a stranger feel better.