Here's a crazy statistic: According to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, there are over 500,000 people who are currently homeless in the United States. Click on the Homeless Shelter Directory for more info.

You cannot even fathom that many people without a home, living day-by-day with the compounding stresses involved with feeling like an outcast to society.

But the silver lining is that no action is too small to make a difference. This post is for those of you who want to lend a helping hand to the homeless and want to know the different ways you can make an impact on the homeless community. 

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The Ultimate Guide to Turning Your Home's Yard into a Community Garden

And for the animal lovers out there: 10 Incredible Ways To Help Homeless Animals Without Adopting Them

Remember, no one has become poor by giving.