I am always looking for new ideas on how I can improve my community, I really like the area I live in and want to help make it even better! I think that every way we can help is important no matter how big or small we think the difference is someone will appreciate it.
Some of the ways we have recently tried to help out in are making weekly donations of food and books to our local food pantry, collecting lip balm and socks for children with Cancer and toys for sick children. Years ago when I was a single mom I had to visit food pantries for help and noticed there wasn’t much in the way of things for kids to do when visiting so I always include some books when we donate and make sure to include some organic baby food along with fun snacks for little ones. My niece is a Cancer survivor and throughout the year we collect lip balm and socks to donate to current inpatients at the hospital where she (and Tates) were patients during treatment. Although Tates wasn’t a Cancer patient he did receive treatment (and surgery) at the same phenomenal hospital which is where the toys come in. We donate tons of toys to the hospital to be used by the inpatients, I know with a little one being sick toys can make a huge difference and even a moment of fun while in the hospital is a blessing.
Community Action feels like an adventure and is something we carry with us everyday. That said, use the Community Action Pack that outlines the best of the resources on the web that exist to drive community engagement and action no matter what issue someone is facing. Below are the digital platforms that are highlighted:
• POPVOX: Find out what issues are being addressed in Congress through an easy-to-use website
• All For Good: Volunteer matching service no matter where you live or how much time you have to offer
• MindMixer: A platform that makes it easier to share ideas with city leaders
• Story of Stuff’s Changemaker Quiz: Find out what type of changemaker you are
• SeeClickFix and CitySourced: Allow you to easily connect and report civic issues directly to your local officials using the camera and GPS in your smartphone
• Sunlight Foundation’s Call On Congress: An 800 number that allows you to track bills in Congress
• Ashoka Changemakers: Get the tools and resources for your idea that can better the world
• Care2: empowering citizens through creating and signing petitions
• NationBuilder and WordPress: The tools to create a website and outreach platform for an issue that’s important for you
• MeetUp: Find or start a meetup group to discuss the issues your community faces and the solutions and change making that is possible
• Neighborgoods: Connects people to save money and resources by sharing goods in the hopes of building stronger communities
• Twitter and Facebook: Strategies to leverage social media platforms to make change in your community. Check out the Facebook Connect Experience
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I would love to hear your ideas and how you and your family make a difference in your community!
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