found this page. That means you are someone who cares. A lot. And you already know,
that it's really easy to make a big difference with tiny gestures.
Hold your horses! The
"technical" part is a bit more tricky than you think. Because your safety
matters, here are a few words about the art of helping someone:
How to Help Safely and
This is mainly about
on-the-spot, random, spur-of-the-moment or impulse helping and
giving. Educate yourself about the risks, benefits and etiquette of
Before you go out and
take loving action, consider getting more insight about the topics
for each group:
Yes, there may be
situations when helping a complete stranger is appropriate and
movie or ball game tickets, vouchers, fresh food in its original
Stay anonymous (highly
recommended), do not give personal details.
2.) The Homeless
You've probably read
or heard it: "If I support these beggars on the street corner, they
just go and get more booze. There is no need for anyone to be
homeless - we have enough work here for everybody".
Why sure, that is true
for some, but dig a little deeper and these words crumble fast.
The burden of being
homeless can't be explained away, nor can it be rationalized by
turning your head the other way. Giving should not make you feel
bad, just because you remember too many people ignoring the fact and
rather not bother.
You don't have to
empty your wallet, when you encounter a person in need.
Sometimes a bottle of
water, a friendly smile, or simply a conversation with a homeless
person will be the big event of their day.
Other ways to help
are: gift cards, survival blankets, prepaid phones, clean and
functional clothing, "Homeless Kits", freshly prepared restaurant
food in its original packaging, easy to open ready food from grocery
stores (crackers, cookies, fruit. No cans, uncooked meat, fish, or
expired food, please)
Toys, books, crayons,
backpacks. According to the homeless coalition of Palm Beach County,
Florida, there are 2.5 Million people under the age of 18 who
experience homelessness each year.
Never approach anybody
in an unsafe or unlit area.
Almost all larger
towns in USA have coalitions for the homeless. Find their websites
and get the facts you should know about your area. Volunteer your
services to these local organizations - they have established
programs in place.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
It can be a very
delicate matter. You will want to help, and it's ok in most cases.
However, a friendship
should not suffer because of it. You must be absolutely sure that
your demonstration of love will not be misunderstood. Do not force
your help on a friend - be gracious instead.
More about that later.
Here's a helpful article from Jillee:
10 Good Intentions that Aren't Really Doing
4.) Family Members
If you are helping a
family member, precautions will vary of course. However, be very
aware of pleas for help over the phone or via the internet. No
matter whether you believe that you know who they are, reports are
all too common that strangers are using your relative's credentials
to contact you.
Set yourself a limit
that you can easily absorb.
Beware of "catfish"
Our furry, fuzzy,
finned, feathered and scaly friends deserve compassion too!
It is never wrong to
offer some water to an animal. Or help its owner with food or Vet
Do not approach an
animal that is agitated or seems to suffer from an illness, unless
of course you are a trained professional.
do not appear
don't inundate them
with your religious beliefs or political views
don't give unsolicited
One last word: unless
you are specifically trained for any of the services listed below,
you do not have the authority to provide any counsel or treatment.
You must seek assistance from licensed professionals.
These include, but are
not limited to:
When in doubt, or if
you feel like helping above and beyond, search out appropriate
charities to donate whatever you can afford to give. Many times,
local organizations spend less on administration, because they're
hands-on and do not spend money on national advertising.
Here are the ones that
the Love & Peace Project supports and/or recommends:
Meet these wonderful
Above all: realize
that you can't save the world single handedly. Millions of tiny
gestures from caring individuals have more impact, than trying to
solve all problems alone and at once.
Have more insights? Feel free and
to add to this page
doing good, it's not because of some distant judgment day that
may or may not ever happen.
It's not because
of your faith. Nor is it to make yourself feel better.
And it certainly
is not to get attention.
legitimate reason why you help someone is because with that,
you're elevating all of mankind. All of humanity - from the
very first person on, until today and into the future.
You're doing it,
to extract the essence of the human soul and heart.
kindness you spread, the more of the 'other stuff' gets pushed
out. You pass it on, you make it a habit. That makes you a
teacher and a wise person.
fully understood that, you have made it. You passed your test.
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