How to Help Others When You’re Broke

How is your financial life this year?

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Dealing with job loss, unexpected bills, or other events can make your financial life trickier to navigate. Maybe at the beginning of this year, you wanted to be more giving, more charitable, but now it just doesn’t seem possible. It’s nice to share your heart to the causes you care about, but your budget can make it impossible. The warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping others could be quickly offset by the fact that you yourself have bills you can’t pay. What, then?

Luckily, there are still other ways you can help others even if it’s not financially. Here are three worthy charities that I believe are doing great work, year round. Even if you are broke you may find a way to help them in some way.



The catchy slogan used in some of Goodwill’s commercials has been “good deals, good cause, Goodwill”. And it’s true – Goodwill operates thrift shops that fund programs for homeless veterans and people with disabilities. By providing job coaching services for people with disabilities, Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential. The stores near me offer special discounts every week, typically with a half off day (who doesn’t like to save!). This is a win for everybody. Goodwill even holds auto auctions, so if you need a car, and you’re brave enough to take a chance, that’s an option to save money also. So whether you’re shopping for household items or just purging your closet of some clothes that no longer fit, you can be confident that your purchase goes to a good cause.

The Salvation Army


This distinctively Christian organization has a very practical, relevant mission. Long before the heroin crisis gained national attention, The Salvation Army has understood how addiction can ruin lives. That’s why they support people through recovery programs. If you or a loved one could benefit from free alcohol or drug treatment services, The Salvation Army may be able to help. When you donate goods or shop their stores, you are funding positive change in someone’s life. What better feeling than knowing that your donation or purchase can help give someone a better life?

St. Vincent DePaul

The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is a Catholic charity that works for the poor. Similar to Goodwill, you can donate goods to their thrift shops, and they also hold car auctions. St. Vincent DePaul’s mission is to “end poverty through systematic change”, and they operate different programs in different states. Where I live, their Charitable Pharmacy is a safety net for people who have no other means of obtaining essential medications. So, if you’re upset about the state of healthcare, why just complain? Donate your junk to St. Vincent DePaul, a great charity that is doing something about it and helping people. Such a positive change could literally save someone’s life.

What about you? How have you been inspired to help others even when you didn’t have money to give to a good cause?

Published by erinshelby

I blog about books and Christian living. Live Inspired at Follow me on Twitter InspiredLivin15

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