Making a Difference:

Things you can do to help.


Listed below are some ideas about things you can do in your own community.   Most are simple, and require only a little time and effort, but can make a big difference in the lives of those you help.  This list is meant only as a practical approach to getting started, and does not pretend to cover every possible situation.   Look around you - get to know your neighbors, and their needs; then come up with your own ideas of how to help.  You'll be glad you did.


Jesus says "Come, blessed of my Father, into the Kingdom. . . . For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me . . . When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!" (Matthew 25: 34-36, 40)



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Things you can do as an individual:

Smile. Compliment people. Encourage them. Treat others as you would like to be treated. 

Take the time to visit the sick, elderly, or the homebound.

Quietly lend a hand to neighbors who are sick or out of work, and who need money or groceries.

Help the homebound with shopping, meals, laundry, or rides to church.

Volunteer time or money to a good, effective local (or national) program. (Some examples are listed below.)

Volunteer time or money to your local schools and/or children's programs.

If you know of unmet needs in your community, approach your church or a service club about adopting them. Or start your own organization, like Wyoming’s "Cowboys Against Cancer."

Things you can do as part of a church
or civic group:

Maintain food and/or clothing pantries.

Paint, and do repairs and odd jobs at homes of the elderly, widows, or sick.

Conduct a maintenance and remodeling ministry for the elderly and/or disabled.

Give youth the opportunity to spend one week a year working in homeless shelters and day care agencies; making lunches for the homeless; cleaning yards for the poor and elderly; or painting churches.

Post job openings on a church bulletin board.

Contribute a monthly amount to interchurch ‘help’ programs.

Cooperate with other churches to operate a soup kitchen.

Take food to shut-ins. (It’s important to learn what other meal-delivery services are available in your area, and who’s eligible.)

Build and operate low-cost senior citizens’ housing.

Give bicycles to the Fire Department to fix and give away.

Change oil for low-income individuals (who bring their own oil).

Sign up church women, a month at a time, to prepare and deliver meals for the sick.

Offer a hot meal at the church at Thanksgiving.

Help a family rebuild after a fire, flood or other disaster.

Renovate homes or trailers for low-income people.

Give coffee and drinks to crowds at summer sports events.

Take part in Traveler’s Assistance programs.

Maintain food donation boxes.


Or help support an organization:

There are many wonderful help organizations out there - local, national, and international.  Get service ideas from the Internet. Just a few examples of sites you can visit:

American Red Cross (

Beautiful Feet Global Outreach (

Bread for the World (

Catholic Charities: (

Compassion (

Feeding America (

Habitat for Humanity (

Love Others (

Mazon: a Jewish Response to Hunger (

Operation Blessing (

Salvation Army (

Samaritan's Purse (

United Way (

World Vision (





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