This morning’s Arizona Republic featured a headline that caught my eye: “5 Ways Your Friendships Can Blossom on a Budget” (Arizona Republic, July 2, 2018).
I was curious how being on a budget affects relationships such that they can grow. I learned a lot.
It turns out that a 2017 study from Michigan State University found people who treasure their family and friends are actually happier and healthier than people who don’t. The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to appreciate and enjoy your friends.
Writer Brianna McGurran suggested tips to cultivate friendships when your finances are tight or you’re saving for something big.
She recommends volunteering together.
“Pick something you both care about like animal welfare, the environment or veterans’ issues, and research local organizations that focus on them. Sign up for an opportunity that takes place every week or month to keep you engaged in the organization, and to give you and your friends a hangout to look forward to. Bonus: It just feels nice to help people.” (Arizona Republic, 2018)
It really does feel great!
At Paz de Cristo, we help people struggling with hunger, poverty and homelessness. Right this minute, there are hundreds of veterans, working poor, unemployed, single moms and senior citizens here in the Phoenix East Valley who face dire need. Many haven’t eaten a meal in days. They simply don’t have enough food.
We give them relief by serving a hot, nutritious meal every night. Our chef plans the menu bringing all the ingredients together. Volunteer teams prepare and serve dinner and then clean the kitchen afterward. Our Meal Coordinators make it easy for everyone to have a great time while making a real difference in people’s lives.
Every month at Paz de Cristo, thousands of meals are provided through our dinners and food box program. We rely on the support of volunteers like you to get food to those who are hungry.
We would love for you join us either as an individual or as part of a group. Multiple volunteer shifts are open for a variety of work from serving meals to distributing food boxes, sorting clothing, managing the front desk and staffing the showers program.