As a senior citizen on Social Security and as a Department of Social and Health Services caregiver, I might not be the best authority to offer ideas on how to help curb poverty. But here goes: Start with volunteer jobs such as picking up roadside litter thrown by careless consumers, anywhere in the county or state. Pull weeds, rake leaves, gather pine cones (as I do) for tidying up and therapeutic value.
Quietude helps to connect with nature. Sewing and woodworking (as I did in the past) spark the creative juices in us and produce useable items. Churches and community centers could accumulate raw materials for needy participants.
While the tidal waves of high tech have favored some and left behind others, there definitely need be (needs to be) equal advocacy for manual labor such as: car mechanics, nursing, tree climbers, odd home repair jobs, masonry, cleaners, haulers, housework, and on and on. Particularly since our population is aging, often not at all well, and in need of such help.
Again, while some can afford to pay house and yard workers, others cannot. Their financial plight could be the poor youths’ springboard of opportunity to learn skills while helping and eventually earning for their work. Tutoring anyone, in public places, to better themselves via literature, spirituality and art would break depression and sponsor hope. During this current Lenten season of introspection why not branch out on any of these suggestions?