1. Celebrate National Grandparents Day, September 12, by taking an elderly neighbor with no relatives nearby to lunch.
2. One night a week, help refugees and immigrants learn English through the free English as a Second Language classes that local chapters of the Christian development agency World Relief offer (www.worldrelief.org).
3. Go to www.thebreastcancersite.com. When you click on the Fund Free Mammograms icon, the site's sponsors, in conjunction with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, will help fund mammograms to women in need.
4. After cleaning out your closets, attic, or basement, hold a garage sale to get rid of your "extras." Donate the money to your church's missions fund or to your favorite charity.
5. Help a child who's suffered from abuse or neglect by becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (www.nationalcasa.org), which involves reviewing a case and recommending to the court what you believe is best for the child (no legal expertise required).
6. Volunteer to rock babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at your local hospital, if it's one of many around the nation that offers such a program.
7. Read aloud to underprivileged kids in schools and community centers one hour a week through Rolling Readers USA (www.rollingreaders.org).
8. Start a women's prayer circle or Bible study in your workplace or neighborhood.
9. Through America's Second Harvest (www.secondharvest.org), help repackage surplus food donated by the nation's growers, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers for use at food pantries and emergency shelters.1