First things first
All the help is welcome. We lack man power to handle bug reports.
So don't hesitate to try a few things written here. You'll see, it is rewarding to tweak bugs.
Bug reports are designed to help the maintainer to have a better package.
You can read this interesting post
Often team maintained projects have an IRC channel and/or a mailing list for the team. You can use these as resources when you are triaging bugs. If they have an IRC channel you may well find other users around at the same time that you can enlist to try to reproduce a bug you're having trouble reproducing or other people to advise you on issues with bugs.
Upstream normally have a mailing list for their software even if they don't have a bug tracker and they may have an IRC channel too. Again an IRC channel might be useful to find people who can help you to reproduce or rule out bugs.
Search engines can some times be useful resources in tracking down if other distributions or people have seen the same bug.
Different ways to work on bug reports
Browse bug reports
You have many possibility with BugTriage
Closing bug reports
The best is to write a patch and wait for the maintainer to close the bug once the package is updated with your patch.