Thursday, January 14

A Time To Give - Community Service

Welcome to another post of A Time to Give, hosted by Saving and Giving. This weekly post is linked to her blog where other people come together and share how they find time to give. It can be personal, idea, tips and something you did recently or a few months ago. So join in and lets share how we give to others.

This week I saw a story on the news about how hard it has been for low income families to find housing. My area was hit by a hurricane a year after Katrina hit New Orleans. Lots of families were displaced. And like the viticms of Katrina it took a long time for FEMA to come out and help us. Some families haven't even recieved any monetary help from FEMA. The story on the news was talking about Section 8. It is a program that puts families into government housing and offers other services to help them get a job and eventually start living on their own. Several cities in my area have had to stop taking applications because they just don't have anywhere to put them. We recently had a deep freeze and shelters were filled to the brim. Some even took in more than they were suppose to. A good amount of them were families with small children. One of the reasons that they cannot take in any applications is because the people living in the housing can't find work so they can save enough money to move out of the government housing.

So this weekend my husband and I will be volunteering at our local housing authority. I will just be filing and answering phones, but my husband will be calling contractors to see if they would be willing to help out by building some homes for a new program that is in the works. There are many grants out there that cities can apply for but many are turned down because they cannot come up with the manpower or don't know much about what they will do with the money. So we figure if we know what will be done they will be confident in helping us out.

So, see what needs to be done or who needs the most help and get a team together to see how you can help or solve a problem in your community. It can be as easy as getting grocery stores to donate food or start a food match program with schools or banks. If your community needs new books... you can contact some publishers to see if they would be willing to donate some books or go to schools to see if they have any unwanted books. I have had my mom come home with some books in great condition because they were in the trash!

Let's all lend a helping hand and our minds.

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