Few charitable causes are worthier than helping children in need, but many people assume there’s little to be done for needy children outside of fostering or adopting. The truth, however, is that there are a myriad of ways to help even if you aren’t in a position to adopt or foster, from volunteering to fundraising. Here are five of the best ways to help
children who need it the most.
There are too many children’s charities to count, but it’s important to donate to the right ones so you don’t unwittingly line an organization’s pockets. One of the best children’s charities is Share Our Strength, which provides both food and emergency services for homeless kids and low-income families. Another is SOS Children’s Villages, which finds homes for orphaned or abandoned children. Regardless of where you end up donating, though it’s always best to research charities beforehand.
2. Organize a Fundraiser
If you’re looking to give more than just your own money, consider starting a fundraiser for a children’s charity of your choosing. Even if you haven’t organized one before, chances are your friends and family will be more than happy to donate to such an important and sympathetic cause. If you have kids of your own, try getting them involved by explaining that they’ll be helping children less fortunate than they are.
3. Mentor a Foster Child
Even if you don’t have the resources to foster children yourself, you can change a foster kid’s life by becoming a mentor. Mentoring foster children can involve teaching them personal life skills, tutoring them in school subjects or just being there as a friend and role model. Options for mentoring include volunteering with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters or Foster Care to Success.
4. Become a CASA
Court-Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs, are authorized by the court system to advocate on behalf of a child in foster care. Contrary to what you might expect, CASAs don’t need to be certified lawyers or social workers; they simply need to pass a background check and complete a 30-hour training course. CASA work consists primarily of gathering information about a child’s life from foster parents, relatives, teachers and doctors and supplying this information to judges.
5. Start a Food Drive
One final way to help children in need is to organize a local food drive. Child hunger is a more pressing issue in the U.S. than people think, and even a small-scale food drive can save lives. To expand your food drive’s potential reach, consider partnering with your church or another local institution.
Even if you aren’t in a position to adopt or foster, any of these methods can be lifesavers for children in need. You can make a difference no matter how much time you have to give, whether you’re dedicating your life to helping children as a CASA or simply organizing a one-time fundraiser. Children are the future, so there is no cause more important than helping them survive.