Does your heart break when you see a starving child? Is it hard to watch a child struggling in school? It can be troubling to be a firsthand witness to these devastating realities. On a daily basis, children are forced to live in poverty, violence, abuse and in all the other problems the world presents -- and it's taking place in alarming numbers.
Some big names have joined the effort to help children. Volunteer for Children was instituted by former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford, along with former Secretary of State Colin Powell. They recognized the need for volunteers in the lives of children. By looking further into this organization, you can get a better understanding of what needs to be done and learn about different ways you can donate your time to children in need [source: Volunteer Match].
But donating your time and efforts to help children doesn't stop there. Brittany Albertson, a volunteer at the Muncie Shelter for Women and Children in Indiana, said children comprise the largest group of victims in the nation, and they obviously can't easily help themselves [source: Albertson]. So what can you do?
You don't have to be wealthy to give your money away to help a child, and you most certainly don't have to be a brain surgeon to tutor a child in elementary school. Some of the most valuable volunteers give only their time and attention to children in need, and you can too.
Helping a child doesn't have to be an inconvenience, and you'll likely find making a difference rewarding. Because there are so many different areas of need, you can choose your own focus and make an impact in a child's life.
Read on to learn how to help starving children.