In our last blog, we described the plight of the homeless. Now, it is time to act, to do something to help those unfortunate people in your community. We Humanists say we want to DO good and BE good. Here is our opportunity to do both.
Some things you can do to help the homeless
Find out how many homeless there are in your area.
Read about your local organization that helps the homeless.
Visit that organization.
Contribute to that organization
Subscribe to the newsletter of the US Interagency Council on Homelessness
Subscribe to the newsletter of the National Alliance to End Homelessness
Volunteer at your local organization that helps the homeless.
Visit a homeless residence in your area.
Instruct a class. Ex. art, crafts, resume writing, cooking, nutrition.
Help with clerical activities: filing, copying, data entry.
Lend assistance with human resources.
Involve yourself with reception duties.
Get involved in special activities.
Organize and help with events.
Transport people to doctor, grocery shopping.
Provide companionship, mentoring.
Lend your computer expertise.
Help out at a shelter.
Cook meals in your home and deliver them to the soup kitchen.
Cold weather clothing. (Hats, mittens, coats, boots, new underwear, socks.)
Professional clothing needed for a successful job interview.
First aid items like Band Aids, anti-bacterial and hand sanitizers.
Linens such as towels, twin sheets, pillows, pillow cases.
Toiletries such as tooth paste, toilet paper, soap .
Canned foods and fresh fruits to your soup kitchen.
Toys for the children.
GET ACTIVE IN POLITICAL CONCEPTS
Advocate and support legislation aimed at helping the homeless.
Contact your congressman and show your support for federal funding.
Contact your state representatives and urge them to initiate and support measures that would help the homeless.
Support mental health services.
Support affordable housing initiatives.
Support free and low-cost medical care.
Support day shelters
MORE WAYS TO HELP
Provide a job to a homeless person.
Educate your children about the homeless.
Educate your leaders about the homeless.
Provide a paying task to a homeless person like cutting your lawn.
Buy a homeless person a hot meal (or even a cold one…)
Just do something!
To be a good person and do good things, it’s not necessary to have a belief in a supernatural being.