4 Ways to Help Your Fellow Man and Make the World a Better Place

With sunken, hallow eyes filled with despair, people line up for spare change across the streets of America. The pennies that they get are often all that they have to buy food or a few small things that they might need. It might seem impossible that hunger could be so commonplace in the richest country of the world, but it is. Many here have to live in poverty because they have lost their jobs, or they have been ill for many years. The few homeless shelters and missions that can help are so full that some can only allow people to stay for a few hours a day. And unfortunately, this includes small children. To change the current state of destitution requires everyone working together. And one way to start is with these four ways.

Food Drives

Food banks often get the largest portion of their food during the holiday season. But with so many people in need, the little that they have runs out fast. That is why collecting non-perishables during the off seasons is so important. Have a collection at your office at work, or clean out your pantry at home. Every little bit will help to feed the hungry.

Volunteer at a Mission

Missions and homeless shelters are often run by volunteers who help get people hot meals or make up beds. Some people sincerely realize that by volunteering a few hours a week of your time, they can help to make a difference in the lives of those who are struggling the most.

Lend an Ear

Sometimes, the biggest gift that a person can give is their compassion. Stopping to listen to someone who feels down will show them that there are good people in the world who care. Even if you don't know how to solve their problems, this simple act can give someone the hope that they need to keep going.

Share Your Gifts

Your unique gifts can be a blessing to someone else in need, so share them. Mechanics can repair the cars of single moms in need. Chefs can cook up dinner for tired policemen and firefighters. Teachers can volunteer to help the illiterate learn to read.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can help to make the world a better place. If you are still unsure about how you can help, just ask. Lots of social service programs can help guide you to finding a place to start volunteering.


Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities for those interested in volunteering opportunities. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700

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Comment by Kathy Custren on November 10, 2016 at 9:46pm

Wonderful, Rachelle - This is being forwarded to the publishers, with our thanks ~ Blessings! 

Comment by Kathy Custren on October 29, 2016 at 9:44am

Great message, Rachelle - two things, though - could you please revise it to include your bio paragraph at the end (with the link to your website or Facebook), and kindly place the one embedded link as a reference in case people might want to learn more about that particular program. It's a great reminder that many communities have some type of volunteer group to support, especially around the holidays. 

Please message me when you have amended this so I can review once more ~ Blessings! 

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