Help Homeless People for Free
It doesn't have to cost you money to help people in need
It can be difficult to give to charity when you aren't making much yourself. Many people simply can't afford to share their earnings without jeopardizing their own living situation. Others are understandably reluctant to harm their own standard of living to help others.
It isn't necessary to donate money to help people less fortunate. Instead, you can donate time, connections, knowledge, and skills to homeless people. While these things cost time, labor, and thought they don't take away from your paycheck. In fact, they look great on your resume and are a great way to fill in gaps in your employment record.
So take a trip with me down this page and find out how you can help homeless people without touching your hard earned cash. Share yourself and make a big difference in the lives of people living without homes.
© 2009 Kylyssa
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Donate Labor at Homeless Charities
Shelters, soup kitchens, and food pantries always need more help.
Your local homeless shelters and soup kitchens need volunteers, even for just a few hours at a time. Most of the things that need to be done are simple so any able-bodied person can do them with minimal instruction. Service providers need people not only to deal directly with homeless people but to prepare food, mop, sweep, and do dishes and other such tasks as well.
Food pantries also often need help doing such things as handing out the food but also in organizing donations of food, picking up food from donors, and helping to warehouse donated food in storage areas.
Books on How to Help
Choose just one of these ideas and you'll be making the world a better place.
Help Fill Out Job Applications and Resumes
Many homeless people have valuable job skills but have a hard time presenting themselves to employers. While part of this is physical presentation such as cleanliness, grooming and tidy clothing much of it is communication. If you are literate you can help them fill out job applications and create resumes.
Even completely literate and educated people living on the street can often use help with their resumes and job applications. Homelessness is very demoralizing and can cause people to undervalue themselves and this reflects in how they fill out such forms and documents.
An outside eye can help them to catch these mistakes and help them to present their best face to prospective employers.
Intelligent and realistic discussion on how to help people without housing.
It's almost impossible to be a parent and work or even seek work without childcare. Check with local charities that serve homeless people to see if they need assistance providing childcare for their clients. If not, they can probably help you to find out whom to contact.
Match Up People With Services They Need
With a home base which includes a phone and an Internet connection, it's pretty easy to locate helpful resources in your area. People without homes generally don't have easy or reliable access to either of these things or if they do they don't necessarily have a quiet place to access them so they can make the best of them.
You can research the charities and government services available for poor and homeless people in your area and compile them into a list to share. Be sure to include addresses and phone numbers plus contact names and email addresses whenever possible. You can then print this information out to give to people seeking help.
Teach People How to Read and Write
...or how to read and write better
Share your knowledge by teaching homeless people to read and write better. It's difficult to gain employment and take advantage of opportunities for betterment when a person can't read and write or can't read and write well.
Local charities that serve the needy should be able to advise you on where you can donate your teaching services.
Match Up Donors, Mentors, and Patrons With Charities and People In Need
If you know someone with the ability to donate time, money, goods or services put them in contact with needy people or charities that serve the homeless that could use what they have to offer.
For example: Homeless people have little access to professional grooming services which makes looking presentable for job interviews or simply retaining employment difficult. So a few years back (when I could afford to get my hair cut) I gave a list of charities that provide services for homeless people to my hair stylist and suggested to her that it would be greatly appreciated if she could donate some haircuts to people looking for work. She is a totally wonderful person so she found a good match and donates haircuts regularly.
People who practice a trade that could be taught, provide skilled services, are able to teach reading and writing, and business owners who may discard still useful merchandise or foodstuffs can all help the homeless.
Teach Life Skills and Trades
Contact local adult education services and homelessness outreach programs and volunteer to teach your job skills, job trades and life skills. Even a short training period learning about a skill or trade can give a job seeker a better chance than being completely unskilled in the job market.
Some Notes on Sharing Your Knowledge and Education
If no program for knowledge sharing activities exists in your community or if existing programs are too inflexible for your work schedule or other, personal limitations you can independently advertise your services. Simply print up a flier or card offering free resume services, application assistance, etc. and get permission to place them in soup kitchens, shelters, or other service providers for poor and homeless people. I would suggest mentioning to the staff that you'd be pleased if they help people who need your services to contact you.
If you independently provide help to people, please keep your safety in mind. Meet only in public places where other people are around and do not share your personal information.
Spread Awareness with InvisiblePeople.tv on YouTube
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Donate Used Items
Whenever you purge your closet of clothes you no longer wear and get rid of toys and clothes that your kids have grown out of, donate them to charities. Hats, gloves, coats and other winter clothes are always appreciated.
Books and current magazines are also appreciated. Anything portable that a homed person would enjoy, a homeless person would.
Be sure to donate your old computer to a shelter or other charity that serves the poor in your community.
Donate Free Things to Shelters and Food Pantries
Every Sunday you can match up ads to flier coupons and coupons you have saved and find products that would be free if you combine a good coupon with a store sale. Often these things may not be something you'd use so you pass them by. But from now on, don't. Just pick up the free item while you are shopping.
Get the things that turn out to be free after discount and coupon and donate them to charities. Food pantries and shelters usually gladly accept non-food donations. Hygiene products are especially welcome. Things like that deodorant, tampon, or toothpaste that's not your brand will be greatly appreciated by someone else.
- End Homelessness
Change.org End Homelessness website provides avenues through which you can help homeless people.
Homeless Man Under Pressure - Performer uses two Kermits and a song to bring attention to the plight of people living on the street
© 2009 Kylyssa Shay
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