ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The recession has taken a toll on many charities, but a small group of Minnesota nonprofits has figured out a way to thrive.

Their secret: Ask people to donate their time, not money. That way people can contribute regardless of their financial situation. And if their labor makes them feel more connected to the charity, they might be more inclined to write checks as well.

Martin Wera manages the Minnesota Charities Review Council. He says donors don’t always feel appreciated when they send checks because they don’t see the results of their generosity.

He says it’s different when they donate two hours to serve meals to the homeless or fix a roof with Habitat for Humanity. He tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press the efforts build connections and add meaning.

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Comments (2)
  1. Honesty says:

    Just looking for the truth. Let me know if I am our of place. The recession has taken the toll on many charities but you say nothing about the resent thief Zachary L. Spader, 30, of St. Paul? I think I get it, because the former manager of a Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity retail store has been charged with swindling the operation out of tens of thousands of dollars between 2007 and 2010 you are asking for people to donate their time now? It takes only one bad apple to spoil the whole bunch. Martin Wera you are a manager too. I would prefer that you all stood in the light and made everything crystal clear with honesty. Covering your eyes and wishing it would just go away is not going to happen since it was all over the new recently. Good grief thousand of people are without homes in the twin cities!

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