Charity and unemployment

Most unemployed people do not like the idea of having to ask for charity.

Unemployment leaves a nasty taste in the mouth, and no unemployed person wants or needs any additional reminders.

Understandable as this distaste is, it's not really the best way to look at the problem. Lack of options is one of the major problems of unemployment.

You may not want help, but you're definitely better off with it than without it. If you've never been unemployed before, we can assure you that any help and advice you can get is definitely necessary. There are risks and there are problems you may know nothing about.

Without assistance, you add to the risks, and make the problems potentially much worse.

Charity has a bit of an image problem in most middle class societies. The word Charity implies soup kitchens, homeless people, drunks and addicts, and a strange netherworld of poverty nearly anyone would prefer to avoid.

In some cases, that's exactly what charities do, but the idea is to catch people before they descend into poverty, or to get them out of poverty.

In terms of the unemployed, modern charities are generally working as job agencies, training sources, and advisory and counseling services. They can, often, provide additional services and resources in emergencies. That's another very positive aspect of their work, as millions of people around the world can confirm, and they save people from hardship on a regular basis.

The charities are professional organizations, using trained staff and advisors. They're structured to deal with the whole gamut of unemployment situations. It's more likely than not that a counselor in the area of job networks has seen cases that few people even realize are possible.

Experience in the other aspects of charity work is good grounding for working with the unemployed. Charities are geared to help the poor with their ongoing wars against poverty, and unemployment is one of the relatively simple aspects of poverty. The horrendous situations of real poverty are so difficult that those who've never experienced much more than mild cases of unemployment would be shocked to their souls. This is the social no-go area the charities have to work with on a daily basis.

Charities are also links to the community in their area. They are well aware of the local situation, and can tell you in detail what's possible in your own case, and what isn't.

They provide a lot of input the wider public never sees to public policies and welfare initiatives. They're advisors on social policies, local to national. So they do know their stuff, on the macro and micro levels.

If you've never received assistance from a charity, we'd ask you to keep an open mind. The first thing you'll notice is that they're usually overloaded, and that everybody is flat out. The next will be that you'll see how they cope with the workload, and how well organized and efficient they usually are.

These are a few of the things charities can do for the unemployed:

  • If you want help, they can either provide it themselves, or tell you other ways of getting it.
  • If you need advice, that they can do, all the time. In many cases that advice is extremely useful, and may save you a lot of trouble.
  • If you need money, they may be able to provide some help, or suggest alternative sources, or ways of paying bills, deferring payments, etc.
  • If you need training, or are lost in the unemployment maze, they can assist with a lot of support.
  • If you have no food, they can always help with that.
  • If you have no accommodation, they're the best people to ask.

As you can see, the charities are really coping with the whole range of human needs, at the most basic levels.

The word Charity also implies some sort of gift, or idealized concept.

Poverty is not an ideal. It's a disaster. It destroys people, in large numbers, all over the world. Every function and every concept of a charity has to be practical, and has to deal with the very un-idealistic realities of human misery.

Nobody becomes a career charity worker without a lot of real commitment. Quite a few people simply can't handle the work, or the huge workloads society dumps on them.

Charity workers have to handle the most brutal facts of human existence.

So if you go to a charity, and ask for advice or assistance, you're getting that advice or assistance from experts. Unlike most unemployed people, they know their way around, understand the bureaucracy, and can warn you about possible problems. That's knowledge you must have, to survive, and the sooner you get it, the better.

Another advantage of getting advice from charity workers is that they're always up to date with the current realities. They see those realities every day. They're also the first people to try to tackle new problems. That is absolutely vital, to assist people properly, and that's the level of assistance they can give you.

You'll find your time won't be wasted. You will definitely learn a lot.

If you're sick, you go to a doctor. If you've got a social sickness like being unemployed, you need to talk to a specialist.

The difference is this particular treatment costs nothing, and can cure a very unpleasant condition.