If you’re new around here, I should probably explain. Usually on Friday, I post a list of Five Things. Five of anything really – random thoughts, favorite movies, things I collect…just whatever. And my posts are usually full of humor and snarkiness. (Is this a real word? Yes? ‘Cause I’m gonna use it like a boss.)
But now I’m in the trenches with this 31 Day challenge, and my topic of advocacy. So guess what? My two writing worlds are gonna collide right here, right now. (Minus the snarkiness, of course. Because this is not the time or place for snarkiness, that’s why.)
Today, y’all get a list of FIVE organizations that you can get involved with on a local level!
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters – For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Being a Big Brother or Big Sister allows YOU the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering him or her to achieve. Every child should know that someone believes in them! Check them out to learn more about volunteering and/or donating.
- CASA for Children – Every day in this country, 1,900 children become victims of abuse or neglect, and four of them will die. Every day. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the courts—offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.Volunteers stay connected with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. Volunteering in this environment is not for everyone, but it could be for YOU!
- Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 and today is a true world leader in addressing the issues of poverty housing. Through the work of Habitat, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of affordable housing. Churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle a significant social problem―decent housing for all. Find out how YOU can use your voice for change!
- Special Olympics – Founded in 1968, Special Olympics strives to create a better world by fostering the acceptance and inclusion of all people. Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Special Olympic athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment — on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential. Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like YOU!
- United Way – United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. They improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. United Way needs YOU to give, advocate and volunteer!
*facts and statistics copied from each specific website
I encourage you to check around your local community for these or other great organizations that are always looking for volunteers – even an hour a week can make a big difference in the life of someone who is hurting.
YOU can make a big difference in the life of someone who is hurting!
Advocate for these children and families by volunteering your time, donating if you can, and educating others on ways they can get involved too!
PS – While proofreading, I removed seven snarky comments from my post. What is wrong with me?!?
Click here to start at the beginning of this 31 Day Challenge.