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I want to start a project with my friends to help people in my comminuty (Harrisburg Pa area). There are many people here that are 'socially bankrupt' (they will take a handout - but will not accept real 'help' - and do not desire to try to help themselves). I want to find a way to communicate to these people that there are 'good people' around here who actually care, and want to help. I have several friends (about 15 families) who are (or may become)interested in being part of this project - but probably would only be able to commit to actual 'work' every other week or at best once a week (we all have kids and full-time jobs). I think that I can 'raise' about $100 a month (maybe more) to put towards this project. Perhaps if it becomes more sucessful, I could convince our church 'youth-group' to be part of it as well (one of my friends is the youth pastor of my church).

Asked By: dma621 - 7/7/2006
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Can you start a mentoring program? Show by example that it's better to work on problems rather than give up and just accept handouts.
Answered By: nursesr4evr - 7/14/2006
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cook at a shelter. check out volunteermatch.org for ideas.
Answered By: absolutbianca - 7/7/2006
 
Your best bet is to leave any food items at your local food bank or things such as clothing blankets at a local homeless shelter.Hmmm,"Socially Bankrupt"....... Also donate your items and remain anonymous. "Let others benefit from your kindness as you remain in the shadow".
Answered By: saulg21 - 7/7/2006
 
We live in Michigan (flint) which was once a big G.M town now there's almost nothing, but my wife and i work at a food bank up there, and we feel great satisfaction knowing we are helping some one. a lot of times the food banks only use volunteers. at our food bank we sort food that comes in the good from the bad. we... More
Answered By: we/be/jammin - 7/7/2006
 
Please do a quick need assessment survey, involving your community/people! You can start from teenagers/school drop outs/youth, transformation from useless to used less to use full should be the approach!
Answered By: prerana - 7/14/2006
 
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