To be honest, I can't figure out how to help people nowadays. A list of things I'm struggling with: 1. I used to donate to the church quite a bit until they started being sloppy with money, building parking lots, buying houses they have no idea what they're going to do with, what I consider insurance fraud, figuring out that part time employees made more than my wife, figuring out the preacher made more than I did after working two professional jobs plus he didn't have a house payment, then they're up there wanting more money, etc. The money simply wasn't being used to help people. 2. Used to donate to Toys for Tots thinking how could this be fraudulent, until the local head of it got arrested for massive fraud. Plus I firmly believe this largely helps the toy retailers more than anybody. 3. Nobody really asks. 4. I've donated to the United Way for quite a while, but a coworker did some research and found that charities they benefit literally had only a 10% rate of return in terms of what is being used to help, the rest is overhead and salaries. 5. Used to donate ALOT to Goodwill, thinking I'm helping the poor. But, look in the parking lot sometimes, it's not poor peple, it's middle class people who buy stuff up and eBay it for profit. There are some NICE cars that are always at Goodwill. they buy your donated nice shirts for $3 then put them on ebay at a markup to other middle class people looking for a deal. It helps a few partially disabled or mildly retarded employees, that's about it. 6. Tried to be a mentor for troubled neighborhood kids, problem is, to keep them coming around you have to be on their level, which apparently means letting them bum cigarettes, acting like I'm an idiot 17 year old on a four wheeler again, etc. Hard to be upstanding while still attracting people who need help. 7. If anybody truly needs help, they can get it. Need help heating your house? Ask the power company, you'll get it. Need food? You're an idiot if you can't get any. 8. There aren't really any homeless people anywhere around here that you can easily find, they all go live together out in the woods and stuff, you can't find any like you can in a big city. Plus the ones that are there are more or less permanent, as if it is a lifestyle choice. There are shelters who will take you if you are not on drugs and not cohabitating out of wedlock, I guess donating to them wouldn't be a bad idea. So, my question is, what do YOU do that truly helps people? I'm just at a loss to be honest.