There are many poor people in the world. Although the number of poor people is decreasing, it is still one of the global problems. Poverty does not strike all demographics equally. For example, in 2018, 10.6% of men and 12.9% of women lived in poverty in the USA. Along the same lines, the poverty rate for married couples in 2018 was only 4.7%, but the poverty rate for single-parent families with no wife present was 12.7%, and for single-parent families with no husband present was 24.9%.
One teacher from Neepawa, Canada, made a trip to Winnipeg for his students in grades 6 to 8. The students volunteered at the Winnipeg Harvest, and they did everything from portioning to bagging and sorting donations. One student thought that people who were homeless or used shelters and stuff were the only ones who used it. The students met Kerry Weyman, who used the food bank in order to feed her children and now volunteers to help others. After listening to Weyman’s story, the students could get a good understanding of poverty.
If you’re passionate about the environment, you can clean up a local park or school or pond. If you want to help the hungry and homeless, you can give the person a piece of fruit, a bottle of water, or a snack. You can donate used clothing or food to a local organization. If you want to help education in your community, you can donate the books that you don’t use anymore and unused school supplies to your local school or library. If you want to help the elderly in your community, you can help an elderly neighbor remain independent by taking her to run errands. And, of course, you can keep company with local nursing home residents by volunteering to spend time with them, such as playing board games, reading, or just chatting. I think that the more time you spend, the better the quality of the volunteers and the more people you can help.
I think it’s important to join volunteers because there are a lot of people who don’t know about poverty problems or other problems. But we can understand about that if we join volunteers. And we have a lot of volunteers that can make a difference. For example, donate blood, participate in a charity event, get a consultation, do a clean activity, and so on.
Indeed, a powerful typhoon recently passed through Japan a few days ago. Many people died and several people were evacuated from their destroyed houses. I knew that there is a person who is engaged in volunteer activities in carrying out broken furniture, cleaning up dirt. I thought it was very good for the people who were evacuated.
In conclusion, in reality we can do anything, no matter how old we are. Even for a short time, we can become a volunteer and provide help to someone who really needs it.