Loan some money via Kiva

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.


  1. Choose a borrower
  2. Make a loan (first loan of $25 is free)
  3. Get repaid
  4. Repeat!

Learn more about how it works.

Your first loan of $25 is free. Get involved with Kiva’s  Atheist Ireland – Good Without Gods team.

If you follow this link to join, we can also make an additional free loan of $25 :)

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Seed Bombs

Make the world a little bit prettier by scattering seeds in vacant outside spaces.


  1. Buy seed mixtures of native flowers and plants (or collect seeds from your garden flowers). Not only will they grow well, they will not crowd out other plants, disrupt bird and insect populations, or do other environmental damage.
  2. Using local clay, compost and a small amount of water make balls of clay and seeds.
  3. Throw into abandoned urban spaces
  4. Enjoy the view :)

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Pass The Book

Pass on your used books. It’s more productive than having them sit on your shelf and you have the satisfaction of passing on enjoyment and promoting reading. Second to winning the lottery, education is the most effective way to end poverty.


  1. Read the book.
  2. Create and sign the book’s READER LIST (locate on one of the book’s end pages), include the following information:
    1. NAME (required)
    2. DATE READ (required)
    3. LOCATION (required)
    5. YOUR WEB SITE (optional)
    6. FURTHER COMMENTS (optional)
    7. Number your entry so it’s clear how many people have read the book.
    8. Pass the book on to someone who agrees to abide by these rules.


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Social Credits

The Social Credit’s Scheme (SCS) rewards community groups for undertaking pro-social works in their locality. The SCS aims to create social capital in local communities. Each application is evaluated by an Evaluation Committee which reviews and assesses the rewards and actions. Rewards may be negotiated. Following approval, the applicant proceeds with the action. Upon completion, the applicant submits a Completion Report along with photos of the action. On receipt of the Completion Report, South Dublin County Council arranges for the reward to be delivered to the applicant.

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Time Bank

  1. A Time Bank is when people come together to share and trade skills, resources and time for the benefit of everyone
  2. Anyone interested in the community can get involved
  3. Everyone’s time is equal
  4. Members of the Time Bank are rewarded with time credits, which can be used to access community activities, services or events
  5. Give an hour – Get an hour
  6. Become a timebank member here:
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Clean Up The Community

This can be done on an ad-hoc basis by simply picking up litter as you see it. It can also be undertaken on a larger scale by involving others in a designated clean up day. Most councils will support you by offering advice and locating equipment such as:

  1. Litter pickers
  2. Bags
  3. Brushes
  4. Gloves

See links below for more information on specific councils. Some require 2 week notice of the clean up event.

Councils Community Clean Up Links
South Dublin CoCo South Dublin CoCo Community Clean-up Brochure
Dublin City Council Environmental Liaison Officer, Finglas Civic Centre, Mellowes Road, Finglas, D.11. Tel:(01) 222 5406 Fax: (01) 856 7016.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CoCo Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Community Clean-ups and National Spring Clean 01 205 4817 / Email
Fingal CoCo Howth/Malahide Operations  at  01 8905946 Castleknock/Mulhuddart at 01-8905934 Balbriggan/Swords at 01-8905935 For social credits: Daniel Hitchings, Environmental Services, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24 or by email to
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Donate used clothes, furniture, etc

There are many ways recycle old clothes, furniture etc.

Below are websites where items are posted. There is no charge to use the sites and all items are given freely. You can post items for donations and also post and search for wanted items.

There are many charitable institutions which will also happily take your used items.

Charity Name Contact Info Email & Website Status
Age Action

(older people)

Yvonne Brennan

T 01 4756989


(Mental illness awareness)

John Bennett

Volunteer Resource Officer

T 01 6617211


(vulnerable children)

Volunteer Service

Christchurch Square, D8

T 01 4530355


(children with learning difficulties)

Gerry O’Connor

Socialisation Co-ordinator

T 01 4904681

Debra Ireland

(support for people with Epidermolysis Bullosa)

Penny Morgan

Shop Manager

T 01 4126924

Enable Ireland

(children with disabilities)

Freephone 1850 204 304


(poverty hunger)

T 01 6615522

Irish Cancer Society

(support for people with cancer)

Callsave 1850 60 60 60

Mater Hospital Shop

(supporting the hospital)

Sr Gerard Egan

T 01 8301122

Possibly religious
Oxfam Ireland


T 01 672 7662

Explicitly secular
Dublin Simon Community


Aoife Patterson

Volunteer Manager

T 01 8895800

Galway Simon Community


Jayne Staunton

Volunteer Coordinator

T 091 589 415

Midlands Simon Community T 090 6476577

Society of St Vincent de Paul


T 01 838 6990


T 01 678 6310



Maria Kugelmann

T 01 8820108

Explicitly religious
The Sunflower Shop

Waterford Hospice

(hospice care)

Helen Ridgard

T 087 2756576

Women’s Aid

Wawa Shops


T 01 2960284

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Volunteer at an Animal Shelter or Rescue

Animals are one of the most vulnerable groups in our society. They depend almost entirely on the kindness of people for their survival. You can make a difference to the lives of many animals by offering your time to help care for the animals either in the rescue centre, or in your own home as a foster parent until they can be permanently re-homed. The tasks can range from mucking out donkey stalls to walking dogs, to simply handling and playing with feral kittens so that they can be socialised and homed. There are many animal welfare groups, some are listed below:

Charity Name Contact Info Email & Website Status
ISPCA National Animal Centre, Longford

T 043 33 25035

Equine Rescue Centre, Cork

T 022 43218

Dublin SPCA T  01  499 4700

Cats Aid T 01 668 3529
Paws Tipperary

T 052 915 3507

Dogs Aid T 087 2944 310

T  01 8347 134

Kildare Animal Foundation T 045 522 929

West Cork Animal Welfare Group T 086 8500 131

T 086 3862 714

Dog Rescue Ireland Bernie
T 086 2171 628
Scar (Second Chance Animal Rescue) Co. ClareFrances Murphy

T 061 703549


Last Hope Co. Meath

T 085 7172024

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Donate Blood

The blood bank has only a limited reserve of blood at any one time so it’s vital that new blood is donated on a continuous basis – approx 3000 donations are needed each week. There are some conditions you must meet in order to be eligible to give blood – an eligibility quiz is available here:

The offices in D’Olier Street in Dublin are open at the times below:

Day Opening Hours Closing Hours
Monday 1:30pm 6:30pm
Tuesday 11:00am 7:00pm
Wednesday 11:00am 7:00pm
Thursday 11:00am 7:00pm
Friday 10:30am 2:30pm

Other donation centres can be located here: Allow 60 to 90 minutes in total.

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Help Your Neighbours

Bring back a sense of community to your local area by offering to help those who live close by. There are many and varied ways you can do this. Some are listed below but if you can think of any more ideas, let us know and we’ll add them to the list.

  1. When going shopping, ask your neighbours if they would like you to pick them up anything, or offer them a lift. This can be particularly useful for mobility impaired people, or for single parents with young children.
  2. When it snows offer to clean your neighbour’s driveway / pathway.
  3. Offer to help out with the garden – cutting grass, raking leaves. Again particularly helpful for mobility impaired.
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