What Are Some Ways to Help the Less Fortunate?

Effective ways to help less fortunate individuals include donating money and items to a humanitarian aid fund, joining a humanitarian service mission, providing micro-loans and participating in fundraisers. One advantage of helping those in need is that some donations are considered tax deductible.

Donating to reputable and well-known humanitarian aid organizations like Unicef and the Red Cross is one of the easiest and most popular ways to help those who are less fortunate. To encourage community involvement, an individual can plan a car wash, bake sale, yard sale or auction and donate all the proceeds earned to the aid organization.

Items that can be donated to the less fortunate include books, eyeglasses, clothes, canned goods and vehicles. Certain locations may also have special drop off boxes or locations designated for donations for specific organizations, such as the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

By donating to an organization that provides training, animals or small loans to those who are less fortunate, an individual can improve a person's life as well as their earning potential. Those who enjoy traveling might benefit from volunteering with humanitarian service mission, in a soup kitchen or offering to help clean up a camp site.