How would you help people in need? This is a common question put forth by the clergy when it comes to fulfilling your duties as a devout Catholic. Many of us donate to causes that we feel deeply for helping the sick and needy, feeding the poor, educating the poor, healthcare for the poor, and so on.
There are so many ways we can give back to society- besides donations, you can volunteer in so many ways to help those living on the margins of society.
Volunteer for a cause
There are so many ways you can volunteer for a cause- you can help raise funds, work with the charity/NGO, arrange resources, manage resources, and so on. In fact, if helping others is your passion, you could even make this a full-time job.
Volunteering for a cause brings you closer to God, earns His Blessings, and also shows you the realities of life. It even helps you gain professional experience that would be invaluable to your career.
If you are an undergraduate, you could volunteer for your local soup kitchen or an NGO that works for the cause of the needy. They always need people to help out. You could arrange resources for them, work on the front line or even identify people who need help.
If you are a working professional, you could volunteer on weekends or arrange fundraising campaigns for an NGO of your choice. If possible, you could also take time off work and volunteer for causes outside your city, state, or country.
Donate to a cause
There are millions of people living in poverty- they don’t know where their next meal will come from. They need our help in the form of education, healthcare, vocational training, and much more. If you cannot find the time to volunteer, you can always help the poor by donating to an NGO that works for the poor.
Your local church and its clergy may be involved in helping the poor in one form or another. You could contact your local church’s parish priest to know about the various NGOs and Catholic institutions that help the needy.
The question of how to end poverty is a complex one. It requires the help of everyone to provide education, healthcare, housing, and vocational training to the poor. Without this, the poor will always live in a vicious cycle of poverty and helplessness. Due to a lack of educational opportunities, the poor tend to work at a younger age in low-paying agricultural or other work. When they grow older, they too cannot support their families and get their children to work at a younger age. The only way to end this vicious cycle is to offer them vocational training, education, healthcare, and other resources so that they can stand on their own feet.
In the end
It is expected of every Catholic to give back to society. Usually, you can do so either by volunteering or donating. Saints and Popes of yore have always upheld the virtues of donating to Catholic charities that help the needy.
If you are looking for Catholic charities to donate to, the Catholic Connect Foundation could fit the bill. Here, they collect aid and funds to donate to like-minded charities for the betterment of mankind.