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The poorest citizens often find themselves with barely enough money to eat, which means that one streak of bad luck could leave them homeless. If you are interested in learning how to help create housing for the needy, keep reading.

One of the best things that the average American can do to help create housing for the poor is to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Whether you rise early to help break open the ground, spend days pounding nails, or learn how to erect drywall, your efforts will be appreciated by Read the rest of this entry »

Before you throw out those old clothes that you no longer wear or that you no longer fit into, consider donating them. There are several national organizations that accept clothing as long as there is little wear and tear. These organizations either sell the clothes at a reduced price, or they give the clothing to people who need it. Families that organizations help include those who have lost jobs or who have nothing due to fires and natural disasters. You can also call local churches. Many churches have a clothing closet where members Read the rest of this entry »

There are hungry people in every community. One of the best ways to make sure that everyone has something to eat is to organize a food drive. When neighbors help neighbors, a sense of community develops. People who come for food may have something to offer those that have more money than them.

As with any charity work, volunteers are important. Before requesting volunteers, define the roles you need to fill. You may need someone to load a truck, Read the rest of this entry »

  

Charity Starts at Home

January 15th, 2013

Humanitarian organizations throughout the U.S. offer vital services and support to people in need. A simple Internet search can yield thousands of opportunities to donate, volunteer and help folks in your local community and abroad. Here are three of the top humanitarian organizations that you can work with to make the world a better place:
UNICEF”The United Nations Children’s Fund works to protect children throughout the world. The organization has five different focus areas through which it seeks to accomplish its goals: child survival and development; basic education and gender equality; children and HIV/AIDS; child protection; policy advocacy and partnerships. UNICEF is a great organization to get involved with, especially if you want to teach your own children the values and importance of helping others.
Habitat for Humanity”Local chapters of Habitat for Humanity foster local humanitarian efforts throughout the U.S. You can donate, volunteer your time or shop at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
Meals on Wheels”Meals on Wheels is a great way to get involved in a program that specifically benefits the elderly and other home-bound members of the community. Volunteering with Meals on Wheels gives you an opportunity to reach out one-on-one to brighten someone’s day and help end senior hunger.
Donating to any humanitarian organization not only offers a way to positively impact the life of another person, it makes you feel good. Donating dollars, clothing and household items, or your time to help other people fosters your own sense of self-esteem and gratefulness for the things in your life that other people may go without. Even if you don’t think it’s possible for you to donate, there may be opportunities right under your nose. Shopping retailers that give back to humanitarian organizations is a near effortless way to contribute. Explore the charitable landscape of things you already consume, like electricity. Find comparison sites, such as Texas Energy Companies, to see what options exist locally.

Volunteering is one of the best things that you can do to better your community. Below are some of the benefits that come along with volunteering:
Helps those who are less fortunate

There are millions of people who are less fortunate. Even though you cannot reach everyone, volunteering will give you the chance to help a few people.

Improves your self esteem

Doing something for other people can help you feel better about yourself. Studies have also volunteering can help depressed people overcome their depression.I found some more information Read the rest of this entry »

From small little tchotchke knickknacks to household goods such as pots and pans, charities around the country accept these types of items as donations. When going through things in your house that you no longer have use for anymore, consider donating them instead of throwing them in the trash. While you may not need the item anymore, others may be able to benefit from it. Donating does not have to be a long and drawn out process. By simply bagging up some items and making a Read the rest of this entry »

The Red Cross is one of the most common organizations that people can volunteer for in the United States. There are classes that you need to take in order to help with the organization. The Red Cross helps people who have lost their homes in natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes. They also help people who have lost their home because of a fire. If you want to volunteer, you need to call your local chapter to find out exactly what certifications you need in order to help.
The Salvation Army is Read the rest of this entry »

Volunteering is one of the best things that you can do by yourself or with your family. There are several places in most cities that depend on volunteers in order to be a success to those in need.
Pregnancy centers offer help to mothers of all ages who have nowhere to turn when they find out they are pregnant. The people who go to resource centers might be teenagers who have been turned away by their family, or they could be mothers who don’t have a lot of money to provide the needs for their new baby. Read the rest of this entry »

Every neighborhood is affected by hunger in some way. While the problem is a world wide concern, you can take small steps in your own neighborhood to eliminate the hunger problem.

1. Volunteer. In addition to organizations specifically developed to feed the hungry, churches, homeless shelters and soup kitchens all provide food for the needy. They also all rely upon volunteer work to serve those in need.

2. Donate. Whether you’re donating non-perishable items or money, organizations devoted to feeding the hungry need Read the rest of this entry »