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Small Ways to Help Big/ H.O.W

Updated on June 27, 2015
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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait another moment before starting to improve the world."~Anne Frank

With the outpouring of ideas that we have been sharing on Humanity One World, I'd thought I'd add a few more ways to help. For a complete list of all the H.O.W published articles, please click HERE! To join us on FaceBook, we are here: H.O.W....Humanity One World.

Have a suit or tie that you don't wear anymore? Maybe some dress shoes or a winter coat that can be worn over a dress? Consider donating them so someone will have the right clothing to wear for an interview. Please check Dress for Success. They provide an interview outfit for women who can't afford to purchase their own. They will even accessorize it as long as they have the accessories! The goal is to provide them with a "head-to-toe" outfit. In addition, if they are able, they will also help them to put together a few mix-and-match pieces to begin their jobs with! There are many places out there that do this but they do rely on our donations. If you have gently worn, professional clothing, shoes and costume jewlery, please consider one of these programs.

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."~William James

Helping Hands

If you really want to help someone, look for organizations like Helping Hands for Single Moms. They provide job training, a stipend, AAA, haircuts, counseling and so much more. Their idea is to help these women so that they can be independent. They are encouraged to take classes or training. There are stipends available while they are studying and there are grants for books and classes. They also help with daycare. With programs like this, there is no reason for a single mom not to be able to get to work. Not to be redundant but the only way these programs can exist is with our donations and/or time.You can donate or volunteer at any number of shelters

Help a girl go to Prom

Another program that I really like is: Donate my Dress. Every girl should be able to attend her Prom, Winter Formal or Turn About. Whatever its called, no one should be left out because she doesn't have a dress to wear! Conversely, just think how good it would feel for a girl who has always been able to have a new prom dress, to share her good fortune! Let's teach our kids to share.

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"Unless someone you like cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not."~Dr. Seuss

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Sueswan! Much appreciated!

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi brtbell,

      Great suggestions. The little things we do to help others makes a big difference.

      Voted up and sharing.

      Have a good day. :)

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Tammy for stopping by and commenting! I think that so often we are worrie that we cannot make the "Grand" gesture and we forget that it within all of our power to lend a hand!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      What a wonderful addition to the H.O.W. movement. I worked in a social service agency that served men. Many people would donate nice used clothing for the men to wear to job interviews. It made such a difference. Great hub with great advice!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Jackie! I appreciate your stopping by! I agree wholeheartedly, sooo many clothes, not as much money! Connection?

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great big HOW. I have never understood people who throw anything perishable in the trash, if for no other reason then the green! I have always had sooo many clothes and I believe the reason why is because I always give clothes. Now if I good just do that with money.....

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, James! I appreciate the visit and comment!

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Really so great and may God bless you for helping others.I am glad to know that life is still fresh and not yet that bad.All what I can say:Thumbs up.Go ahead and make our days.

      Many Blessings:

      James.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Jtrader, that is very true. Anyone can give even something small. Thank you for visiting and commenting!

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      jtrader 4 years ago

      These are good ideas. Sometimes a person may just have one item that they would like to give and they may think that is too small. However it will help someone else.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Prasetio for stopping by and your supportive comments. I do believe that no matter how much or how little we have, we can make an impact!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Great things come from small things. If we enjoy with everything we do, I believe that everything goes well. Personally, I agree with your idea about charity or donation. The biggest happiness for me if I can help others. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      everymom, thank you so much for your visit! I am also looking forward to the next six months. With time and energy at a minimum, I am a little daunted at the challenge bit I feel like it will be exciting!

      We also don't have a lot to give but there are so many who need even just a little. Last week we went through our hall closet. I had so many little botthes of soap, conditioner, shampoo, lotion, etc. We made bags of these up and brought them to a gift collection spot.

      Looking forward to getting to know you!

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      Anahi Pari-di-Monriva 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Randi, like @rcrumple, I used to give to the "big" name charities as well...until I realized how much of donations was essentially wasted on administrative costs (I mean, there's definitely a way to do things more leanly!). As a former high school teacher in Boston, organizations that donate prom dresses are a personal favorite of mine. The other thing I look for is to stay as local as possible. I rarely have extra income, so I give of my time (although that is also in short supply!), at my daughter's school, at church, for other organizations that help at the local level in particular.

      I came to your hubs via your comment on mine and the apprenticeship forum. I'm glad I discovered them! Looking forward to collaborating over the next 6 months (and, hopefully, beyond)!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carter for both stopping by and your generous comments! You made my day!

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      Mary 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Great ideas btrbell so practically useful- love them!! & love both quotes, really awesome...cheers

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Made for visiting and commenting! I do appreciate the share! I will be watching for yours!

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      These are som great tips. There's always something we can do to help other people. I get so many ideas from these H.O.W.-hubs. I'm going to write one myself soon. Sharing this one! :)

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Victoria Lynn for stopping by! I do love finding the quotes!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Debbie, thank you so much for reading and sharing! Merry Christmas to you!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Very good suggestions. And I love the Dr. Seuss quote at the end!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is awesome list of places to donate.. thank you. I am passing this on and I am link this to my HOW HUB

      God bless you

      Merry Christmas

      Debbie

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Richard! Yes, I have done the same as you (even if the top guys make lots of money, many individuals are still helped) Now, I like to check the condition and "job worthiness" of our clothing to decide where to donate. Thank you for the comment!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      fpherj, thank you for stopping by and commenting! I agree. We are a presence when we unify and work towards a worthy cause!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Xstatic! I appreciate your stopping by!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Maria, thank you so much for your generous comments and votes! I t really is amazing how something so trivial to one individual can make such an impact on another.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Randi - Great hub. I've given so much to Goodwill without realizing the money they pay their top officers. I'm ashamed for doing it. You've offered some fine alternatives here. Great job!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you tillsontitan for stopping by and your great comments! You are right! We CAN change the world even if only with baby steps! Thank you so much for the votes!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Leslie....you are way too kind....maybe it's the constipation?! Thank you my friend, I can't begin to say how wonderful your generous words make me feel!

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Simple, common sense ways to "lend a hand." This is great! Thanks so much for being another member of the H.O.W. mission. Every person counts....every action matters! ...UP++

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      Jim Higgins 5 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Great ideas here. The links are helpful as well.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Thank you so much for these links. It is a wonderful feeling to know you are helping someone get off to a new start.

      Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      These charities are as close to home as we can get! What a wonderful way to help folks who need a little boost. Great job btr!

      Voted up, useful, and awesome. Hubs like this make us aware, we CAN change the world.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Oh, my friend - what i especially love about this heart-felt generous post - is the diversity in the charities you list!

      You are simply a beautiful soul - AND - you ROCK!

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Jamie...join us on H.O.W.! We have a facebook page and website. The links are above. Thank you so much for all youer encouraging comments! It has been an interesting journey!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thank you so very much.

      eddy.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      I saw the hub that Bill wrote and brought up H.O.W. and now I'm seeing these pop up everywhere... I think it's great! I am sure there are probably many who don't even know about these places and resources you shared. Not only will it help those who may be looking for help, but also will show others who can help, where to go to do just that. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Carol. These are just a few small things that can make a big difference. As always, l truly appreciate your votes and sharing.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Nice work here Randi: There are many ways we can help. Thanks for listing the organizations..as having them readily available will encourage more people to help out. Voting UP and sharing around.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you so much, Honeybb! I really appreciate your warm, encouraging comments. These suggestions are all pretty near and dear to me for various reasons. And I really love the donate a dress program, too!

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      Helen Laxner 5 years ago from Illinois

      These are very worthy and thoughtful causes. Many single moms or jobless people don't have the clothes or means to get to a job. These organizations are wonderful and especially wonderful for the teen who gets to go to prom because somebody donated a dress they probably would never wear again anyhow. Thanks for sharing.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      My pleasure, Bill! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Randi! Well done, and thank you for adding to the cause.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martin!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good information. Thank you