Few people can truly understand just how difficult it can be when a person is homeless. There are the stereotypes of the raving lunatic or spaced-out druggie. In many cases, however, homeless people are just normal people who are down on their luck. Maybe they simply lost a job and their home foreclosed. Perhaps a fire or some other castastrophe destroyed their home and all their worldly possessions. Regardless of their reason for being homeless, people in this situation deserve help from volunteers.
There are many ways you can serve the homeless and make their lives better. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Give clothing.
What homeless person could not use a warm blanket or new pairs of socks and shoes? Instead of adding to the wardrobe already in your closet, buy some clothing that can be taken to your local homeless shelter. Remember to buy clothing for both adults and children, since there are also a large number of homeless children out there.
2. Give food.
Going hungry is a real daily concern for a homeless person. One thing you can do to help them find their next meal is to provide that meal for them. Many businesses will accept canned good donations for the local homeless shelter or food bank. If that is not an option, you can simply take some non-perishable food items down to the shelter yourself. Help them to at least have a warm meal they can count on in their time of need.
3. Volunteer at a shelter.
One of the best ways to help the homeless is to give freely of your time. Jump at the chance to volunteer at the local homeless shelter in your community. You can do anything from serving food at meal time to reading books to homeless children before bedtime. Organize games and activities for the kids. Help the adults line up jobs or obtain assistance for medical problems.