I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
—Matt 25: 35
Befriend those who go without.
Jesus’ parable of the Sheep and the Goats reminds us that Christ is uniquely encountered in acts of love for the poor. Recall that the “love” is equally important as “for the poor.” Learn names, shake hands, embrace, listen attentively, and cultivate friendships. If giving to the thirsty has no intention of love, it is devoid of virtue.
Volunteer at soup kitchens.
Inquire at your parish how you can volunteer. If there are no opportunities, ask your fellow parishioners and search online for local soup kitchens. If none exist already, establish connections between your local parish and the charity. Get your friends and family involved.
Purchase drink for beggars.
Those who live in cities will often come across beggars. Instead of ignoring them, carry small bills to give. Be aware of local restaurants and bars and offer to purchase and enjoy a drink with those in need. Those who do this frequently can establish friendships with both the poor and with establishments who may cooperate in providing free or discounted drinks. If you, your family or your friends own a restaurant or bar, create a business charity for this purpose. If you are employed by such an establishment, urge them to do likewise.
Donate to charities that provide drinking water.
Many organizations are very effective at providing clean water. Inquire at your parish to see if any organizations are local partners. Include monthly donations in your budgeting. Donate to charities that build and maintain wells or otherwise provide clean drinking water, such as charity: water
Volunteer for missions trips that provide drinking water.
Volunteer for mission trips and parish efforts that seek to provide clean drinking water. Inquire at your parish to see if any organizations are local partners. If not, establish connections between your local parish and such charities. Get your friends and family involved.
Do not waste water.
Make an effort not to waste water. Remember to turn off the water faucets, take shorter showers, and otherwise conserve water, especially in regions suffering from drought.