We’re just about at the tail end of spring, including rainstorms and all, and many are gearing up for the summer. Most of us are focused on our plans and are thinking about how we’ll spend the summer, so it’s easy to forget that many people don’t have the same luxuries. If you’re interested in helping the homeless this spring and summer, there are a few ways you can get out there and serve your community. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can help the homeless this year.
Taking the Time to Volunteer
Look around in your community and find some reputable organizations that serve your community’s homeless population. This is the fastest way to find people who are already involved, know the locals, and are really invested with helping this group. It may seem like something you can tackle on your own or maybe with a few friends, but working with a volunteering organization gives you a good starting place to work with so you are properly making use of your time and resources.
There’s a big stigma surrounding donating money to the homeless. While most of us recognize the need for them to have enough money to purchase food or a bed to sleep in for a night, there’s also a widespread notion that their money will go to waste and be used on alcohol or drugs. Sometimes, it’s best to offer to buy someone a meal right then and there, but if you’re still wary, donate money to the right organizations instead. There are many great nonprofits out there who will make sure your money is used properly.
We’ve gone in depth about spring cleaning and how it can lead to some amazing donations before, but the general gist is: get rid of some clothes, toys, and food that you don’t need. Other people can benefit from these things that we take for granted. Plus, it’s a good excuse to clean your home out so you can really take the time to enjoy your summer.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.