You want to donate and get involved in meaningful ways but you don’t know which are the best charitable organizations or where to find volunteer opportunities. You want to give to the poor, but you want to make sure your money is going to right places. You want to make a real impact in the world, and in people’s lives, but you’re paralyzed wondering, “Where in the world do I start?”
If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place. This article addresses all of those questions—A Beginner’s Guide to Caring for the Poor.
As Elder Holland recently declared and promised, “I don’t know exactly how each of you should fulfill your obligation… But I know that God knows, and He will help you and guide you in compassionate acts of discipleship if you are conscientiously wanting and praying and looking for ways to keep a commandment He has given us again and again.”
This guide is designed to help you start walking so God can direct your path. It is meant to be followed prayerfully and with instruction from the Spirit.
So let’s get started with 3 simple steps to “do what we can.”
- Make the Choice to Be Charitable
- Determine What You Have to Offer
- Decide How Much to Put on the Altar
- Make a Difference with Time, Talents and Possessions
- Make a Mark with Money
- Mobilize Your Good Intentions
- Overcome Panhandling Guilt
- Conquer Giving Paralysis