Published November 28, 2022
According to the World Bank, about 8.6% of the world’s population is living in extreme poverty. That equates to about 28 million people. And with the recent crises, this number has probably increased by several millions more.
This statistic just goes to show how prevalent poverty is around the world. It also shows how many people are vulnerable to hunger, abuse, and exploitation. More often than not, they are also the very same people that society seems to have forgotten.
Though the statistics may look bleak, it can also mean we have 28 million opportunities to help people in need.
You see, helping the poor doesn’t mean you need to be Mother Teresa or Warren Buffett. There are a lot of ways to help the poor in our own little ways. Remember what Aesop said: no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
So if you want to help the poor, start with the things that you can do today.
5 Simple Ways to Help the Poor
Here are some ways you can help the poor in your own little way:
1. Raise Awareness About Poverty
Despite so many people living in extreme poverty, there are still a lot who have no idea what being poor is really like. Maybe they’ve only heard about it in church lectures or seen it in documentaries.
It’s not a surprise then that many people think the poor only need money, when in fact, there’s a whole host of problems that comes with poverty.
This is why it’s important to raise awareness about the true face of poverty. It’s important to let people know that poverty isn’t just about a lack of money. It’s also about being voiceless, having fewer opportunities, and lack of access to a lot of things.
2. Provide Them With Opportunities
Many of us tend to blame the poor for their situation. We often brand them as lazy or too nonchalant to dream about a better life.
But you see, most of the time, those living in extreme poverty are the most hardworking people you’ll ever meet. They often have the most backbreaking jobs and work from dawn to dusk.
What they don’t have, however, are opportunities. Because many of them have limited access to education, their employment options are limited too. They can only take on menial jobs that pay peanuts. All of these traps them in an endless cycle of poverty that goes on for generations.
So if you are in a position to grant them opportunities, now is a great time to start. You can teach them valuable skills or hire them in your business. Sometimes all someone ever really needs is opportunity. It’s that slight sliver of hope that can help them break out of generational poverty.
3. Share What You Have
If you have some to spare, be it food, money, or clothes, don’t hesitate to share them with those in need of them.
As I said, you don’t need to be a billionaire to help the poor. Bringing care packs to the homeless or donating used clothes to a local charity is already a huge help.
But, of course, if you have a lot to spare, then it won’t hurt to give more. Remember that we are all channels of God’s grace. He did not give us all these blessings just so we can enjoy it all by ourselves. Instead, He gave them to us so that His grace can flow through us and into the people who need them the most.
4. Be a Conscious Consumer
Being mindful of the companies and products you patronize is probably one of the easiest ways to help the poor.
As you know, a lot of companies nowadays are engaged in unethical work practices. Some outsource their manufacturing process to sweatshops in other countries where people get paid less than a dollar a day for more than ten hours of work. While others employ immigrants and pay them less than half of what they’re supposed to get paid.
If we all boycott these companies that have abusive and unfair work practices, we can collectively improve the working conditions in these places. By simply doing a little bit more research on the products we buy and places we do business with, we can help improve the lives of the people who work for them.
5. Support Causes That Benefit the Poor
There are a lot of charities that help the poor. From local charities like Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen to national ones like Salvation Army and Goodwill, there are a lot of charities and causes you can get behind.
As I said, you don’t need to donate millions of dollars like Warren Buffet. Anything you can spare will be a huge help – be it cash, food, clothes, books, eyeglasses, etc. Or if you have some time off, you can volunteer at your local charity or start a fundraising project.
Bible Verses About Helping the Poor
If you need more inspiration, here are some bible verses about helping the poor:
- If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother. – Deuteronomy 15:7
- Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. – Proverbs 19:17
- Blessed is the one who considers the poor! In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him. – Psalm 41:1
- Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor. – Proverbs 14:21
- The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. – Proverbs 22:9
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:3
- Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. – Deuteronomy 15:10
- Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. – Psalm 82:3
- Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered. – Proverbs 21:13
- He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” – Luke 14:12-14
- A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge. – Proverbs 29:7
- If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. – Isaiah 58:10
- But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
- Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” – Luke 6:38
Inspiring Quotes About Helping the Poor
If the bible verses above aren’t enough, here are some more quotes about helping the poor:
- No one has ever become poor from giving. – Anne Frank
- Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
- Help others without any reason and give without the expectation of receiving anything in return. – Roy T. Bennett
- He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. – Confucius
- It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it. – Albert Einstein
- No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another. – Charles Dickens
- Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours. –Les Brown
- If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart. – Arabian Proverb
- My assignment is to take my situation and use it to help others who feel hopeless and/or helpless because of loss. – Marvin Sapp
- You feel alive to the degree that you feel you can help others. – John Travolta
- Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. – Dalai Lama
- Everyone suffers some injustice in life, and what better motivation than to help others not suffer in the same way. – Bella Thorne
When thinking of ways to help the poor, always remember what Margaret Weiss once said: a single drop of water creates ripples in the ocean. Our actions may seem insignificant but everything that we do affects the people around us. It creates ripples. And if each one of us does something to create a positive change, that ripple will slowly spread all across the ocean and eventually break foaming upon the shore.
Donate To The Poor & Homeless Of South Florida
Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen has fed the poor and homeless in South Florida over 900,000 hot meals since 1993. Our tax deductible non profit organization also accepts and distributes donations such as clothing, toiletries, shoes, bicycles, and more. You can donate to help the poor and homeless through our website.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a professional writer and devoted Christian. She has a passion for writing about topics related to morality and helping the poor and homeless. She is the lead author for the Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen blog.
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