Sunday, March 21, 2010
Poverty and Philanthropy
Philanthropy is a good supplement to government money that supports poor people. Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, and other government run programs that aid the homeless and poor benefit greatly from donations through charities. The government does not give enough money to these programs for them to actually change poor people’s lives. The government gives just enough money to keep the programs running and allow the poor people to survive. At a soup kitchen or a food bank, for example, there is not always enough government supplied money for everyone who needs food to be supplied with what they need. This is where charities come in and supply the extra money these programs need to truly help every poor person. Poverty is a terrible thing and everything should be done to help reduce the amount of poor people in the United States and throughout the world. I think it’s a great thing that people are generous enough to give back to people who need help. There needs to be more people who are this generous. Philanthropies and charities are great things because they do help the poor. Extra money from charities that supplements government funds that then goes to buying more food or clothing for the poor is awesome. Giving money to poor people is a very generous thing to do. There are other ways to help poor people though. If you were to give a person in poverty money, most of the time they would go and buy food or pay off a bill or something of that nature, but there are poor people who would use that money to go buy drugs, alcohol, or something they really don’t need, like a flat screen television. An alternative to handing poor people money and hoping that they will use it for something good is just to buy them clothing or food in the first place and eliminate the exchange of money. That being said, I do believe that welfare is a good thing and I don’t think it should be eliminated. Most people who need welfare use the money they get in a way that benefits them. The smaller percentage of people who use their welfare money to buy stupid or illegal things should not be able to mess with the lives of others who actually need the support. The largest percentage of people on welfare only uses it for a relatively short amount of time to get back on their feet. I do believe that people can donate more than just their money though. In the long run it may help more for people to donate their time rather than large chunks of money. Going to volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or food bank and really getting to see the way people in poverty live could be an eye opening experience for most people. Talking with people who need help or playing with children who are impoverished can brighten their day and make you feel like you’ve actually made a connection with someone in need, rather than just funding their local homeless shelter or soup kitchen.