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Listen to Kids & Learn Compassion

September 29, 2016 1 comment

It’s sad to see what is going on in the world; but if we want to know what to do, then listen to the kids. The children will show you the compassionate way to help others around the world as well as in our own neighborhoods.

While many American citizens are against accepting Syrian refugees, one little boy contacted President Obama, explaining how his family would adopt a little boy who lost his family. Six-year-old Alex stated, “We will give him a family and he will be our brother.”

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Zianna Oliphant chose to address Charlotte’s City Council over the #BlackLivesMatter movement, a struggle impacting so many people. Zianna said:

“I feel like that we are treated differently than other people. I don’t like how we’re treated…We are black people, and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to, and we have rights. I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte, and I never felt this way till now. And I can’t stand how we’re treated. It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them and we have tears and we shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.” – Zianna Oliphant

So, you can choose to be compassionate. You can choose to make a difference. You can choose to be strong, caring and courageous, like these children, and we will have a better world for it. If you dare to care.

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. -Dalai Lama

Help Furnish Homes for Formerly Homeless

August 28, 2016 Comments off

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Today, I found out about Humble Design, an organization re-purposing donated items to furnish homes for the formerly homeless. I saw the smiles on faces of people who hadn’t had a bed to call their own in over a year, and it touched my heart, so I hope you will support by offering assistance and/or sharing this post.

 

 

Humble Design’s mission: to turn four bare walls into a clean, dignified and welcoming home by re-purposing gently used household goods.

For those of you who can support Humble Design’s Michigan-based organization, thank you, and please consider using this comprehensive list as a guideline to support local charitable organizations, as well.

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A Letter to Bernie’s Millennials (from a Bernie Boomer)

Agreed. #FeelTheBern #Bernie2016 #BernieOrBust

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“I cannot tell you how many times in the last three decades I have heard the Democrats (myself included) lament the absence of the 18-30 year olds. Over and over we said, if they would just show up, we could effect real change. Maybe that was true most of the time back in the day, but there is no denying the fact that you are here now, in formidable numbers, and the Democratic Party has dismissed you entirely.” ~Scout Gerain

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I have been considering reaching out to the young people involved in the Bernie campaign for some time.  In light of Hillary’s repeated dismissals of Bernie supporters, combined with President Obama’s impatient demand that BLM activists should “stop yelling and compromise,” I cannot put it off any longer.

I won’t sit idly by without, at the very least, publicly stating how thrilled I am to see you here, on the political…

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#Vote #Bernie2016 #FeelTheBern #BernTheMovie

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It’s been a heck of a campaign in more ways than one, and Bernie is the only candidate that has the gumption to be the best candidate, the moral candidate. Bernie knows we need an advocate for the majority to fight big interests who have stolen our country.

Please do not listen to the media and Washington politicians who are bought; instead, place your faith in a man who has fought the good fight from the very beginning. Take a moment and watch a sneak peek of BernTheMovie and while you’re at it, take a look at Bernie’s stance on issues.

What my campaign is about is a political revolution – millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires. – Bernie Sanders

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#FeelTheBern #BernieOrBust #BernieSanders #Bernie2016 #BernTheMovie

Volunteer, Foster or Adopt a Pet

January 31, 2015 Leave a comment

If you’re looking for an opportunity to make a difference, why not consider volunteering, fostering, or adopting a pet? With Petfinder.com, you can find an animal shelter or rescue center in your local area. You can donate your time at a shelter or bring a pet home to foster or adopt. This act of kindness can help relieve stress for a pet who is waiting for a loving, caring family, and you will receive the love of a new best friend.

 

My mother and dad were big animal lovers, too. I just don’t know how I would have lived without animals around me. I’m fascinated by them – both domestic pets and the wild community. They just are the most interesting things in the world to me, and it’s made such a difference in my lifetime. – Betty White

 

 

Be a Citizen

June 21, 2013 3 comments

PSA: Be a Citizen 

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We Need to Engage and Inspire our Citizenry

Over the years, I have spent much of my time advocating and volunteering on behalf of our communities. As our society developed technologically, this became easier to do—especially to advocate on behalf of others in the form of petitions and getting the word out via social media. Unfortunately, it appears my viewpoint regarding the ease and the benefits of advocacy and volunteering in our communities does not appear to resonate with all of our citizenry. Even so, my contention remains that our citizens need to advocate more as opposed to less for our communities, and we need to engage and inspire others to advocate and volunteer for the good of our nation.

As a nation, we do volunteer. In fact, according to Volunteering in America, we reached our highest level of activism over a five-year span ending in 2011 with 64.3 million volunteers donating their time to help others. This is great news; however, as a nation we were volunteering even more prior to this time frame. In fact, one of our highest levels came to fruition just after the attacks on 9/11, but we saw a steady decline starting in 2005 as the economy began its downturn, and we have not recovered since then. Furthermore, as per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the volunteer rate declined .3 percentage points in 2012. Although many people do volunteer and advocate for worthy causes and issues, others appear to be apathetic or reluctant—resulting in a decline in volunteering. We need to change this outlook in order for us all to move forward in a positive world.

Unbelievably, there are those who are against the concept of volunteering as noted by ABC News in a segment called, “Are Volunteers Taking Jobs from Workers?” My first inkling of this sentiment occurred many years ago while volunteering with New York Cares on a painting project in a firehouse. In the ABC News segment, firefighters, school unions, and a service employees union made the argument that volunteer firefighters and local children who volunteered to clean up a local park took these jobs from workers. While the argument that volunteering can take jobs away may have some merit, there is an underlying issue to this argument, and additional advocacy as opposed to less volunteering should be the response.

Historically, advocates and volunteers have changed our communities for the better. Advocacy efforts brought forth the women’s vote, child labor laws, and anti-poverty measures. We need to keep up the momentum. We need to step up our efforts. We need to be true citizens. We have volunteer organizations, such as Volunteers of America, as well as activist speakers who are taking up the cause to inspire people to reach out, to advocate, and to volunteer. Dave Meslin, a TED speaker, speaks about overcoming the decline in volunteering with an “antidote to apathy.” Dave Eggers, a TED speaker with a dream to bring communities together to educate children, also notes systemic difficulties, but explains how we can overcome these issues and inspire each other in the process. In essence, it’s not difficult, and we need to do our part. We can help change people’s lives for the better, so please find an issue or a cause that’s important to you. If you’re interested in finding a cause to engage in, I invite you to review the Advocacy and Volunteering sections of this blog.

Lastly, there have been many calls to activist citizenship by many of our leaders, including former presidents; however, for the sake of brevity, I will choose only one quote for this post. John F. Kennedy, in a call to action, stated, “I want to pay tribute to those citizens North and South who have been working in their communities to make life better for all. They are acting not out of a sense of legal duty but out of a sense of human decency.” It is my hope that we will listen to all of our leaders, learn to work together, and fight for the common good of our nation and our world. Together, we can lead. Together, we can fight. Together, we can be the United States of advocates and volunteers.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” -Marjorie Moore, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer

 

We’re in Our Own Hands so Here’s How We Can Help

April 21, 2013 2 comments

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It’s been a difficult time for so many families, and we need to help each other. For those of you who are wondering how you can help, I’ve put together a list of ongoing efforts you can join in order to show your love for Boston and to help those in West Texas.

Furthermore, there are links for those who wish to continue their support of families impacted by gun violence, and there are links to assist those families who are still struggling after Hurricane Sandy.

If you know of an organization or a community effort that needs help in these efforts or another worthy cause, please leave a post in the comments section for all readers to respond. Thank you.

For Boston:

Boston Cares

Volunteer Boston

For West Texas:

Response for the City of West

American Red Cross: West, TX Disaster Response

For Columbine, Aurora and Newtown:

Share the Message from Newtown Families

Link to Petition re: Columbine, Aurora, Newtown victims’ families cooperate on petition for ‘National Compassion Fund’

For Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Efforts:

Hurricane Sandy Relief Foundation

United Way Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

I believe that each of us – no matter what our age or background or walk of life – each of us has something to contribute to the life of this nation. – Michelle Obama

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