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How To Help The Poor: 5 Simple Steps

The poverty industry is a big, bloated industry that exists as a form of corporate welfare. Many of the poor work for less money than they earn, and many have no place to go for help.

As the people, and as business, move toward helping people move away from an entitlement mindset, a new attitude exists for people who want to try to help out those less fortunate. It is called giving. The good news about giving is that it is a way to build community and to help others, and it is good for the soul, since it is a practice of kindness and mercy. The poor have always been with us (at least, for as long as people have been in groups)– giving presents, serving, taking care of the sick, serving the poor, and giving back to people who have not always given back to the people who have given them. The history of the modern nation can be traced to the concept of giving back. Giving back and caring for the poor are two sides of the same coin, and helping the poor and the needy are equally important. The world is changing in terms of people’s attitude toward helping people and what works to help people — it is a matter of what’s possible.

People are more and more giving, and they are using what they give in the right order to achieve the goals they have for themselves. One of these goals is to do the job they’ve been hired to do without paying them too much for it. In fact, some people actually want to pay higher salaries to get jobs that provide better and broader opportunities for themselves. As you might imagine, working in a non-profit is a bit different than working for a small business or a big company. I don’t think we are in an environment yet where we are paying people money for the work they are doing and expect them to be totally happy. I do think there is a movement towards a better understanding between employers and employees by both employers and employees, and both parties have an interest in doing the work of the organizations they are working for so the organization can prosper. I don’t mean that employees should be happier at low-paying organizations; I mean that employees should be happier at organizations that take their interests into consideration when the organization is operating smoothly. As a result, I expect to continue to see organizations where there is a willingness to pay more than it takes to meet performance goals. But I expect more than employers and employees working together to achieve success. We can make it work — I hope to make it work — together. The bottom line is, the world gets better because of giving, and we, as a nation, get better in terms of creating jobs (in my own field) because of giving. The more people understand this, and the more people feel empowered to offer their skills and talents, the more the poor and the unemployed will see the possibility of building their way out of poverty– they’ll see there is hope out there, in a way that was never true before. Helping the Poor: 5 Simple Steps

For some jobs, it may be worthwhile to give the person a job. As in any other area, the employee should be encouraged to ask questions. The employee needs to feel that he is a useful, valued member of the organization, so he should ask questions. Ask yourself questions like: What are my strengths? Who have I been fortunate enough to work with? Do I enjoy work? What can I bring to the organization that will be relevant to the position I’m going for? Ask others questions too; ask them how to help a fellow employee to better achieve the goals of the organization. As a last resort, the employee can try to explain his thoughts or feelings, to no avail: that may be easier said than done. The employee may need to talk things over with his supervisor or with a friend. Sometimes, a meeting of equals will make people more understanding and open to changing and adjusting their own perceptions.

In any situation where the employee feels like the work would be a good fit, give him a chance to say yes. Sometimes, the person will say yes regardless of whether or not he is asked (for instance, after getting a raise), and sometimes he won’t know how to say no, so it’s good to know the option is there. The person has to be willing to say yes even if he’s not sure about what he can or can’t do.