I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

-The Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston

It isn’t by chance that this song made it to the top of the charts and stayed there for so long. Children are, indeed, our future. In honor of National Make a Difference to Children Month, we are proud to present you, our readers, with a list of very real ways in which you can help children.

Help childRaise your own children well. Be available to them, hear their problems, share their sorrows and praise their triumphs, small and large.

Big Brothers Big Sisters. There are a lot of kids out there in need of every day role models. If you can be that person, go for it!

Have you noticed an overburdened neighbor? A single parent? A family dealing with illness? I bet the child(ren) of that family could use some help with homework, to be taken out on the occasional outing and that they yearn for a listening ear.

Consider becoming a foster or adoptive family for a child of sibling set in need of a home. Contact your local social service agencies to explore this option.

Volunteer in a homeless shelter. Shelters are almost always underfunded. Offer to help with homework, share a hobby of yours by giving an after school class, help the kids get a play together in advance of an upcoming holiday… the possibilities are as varied as your imagination allows.

Can you remember back to an adult who made a difference in your life? Share below to give others more great ideas!

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