Many of us have become more politically active than ever before over the past year, but activism doesn’t always have to mean protests and petitions. These everyday actions can have a positive impact that benefits your whole community and let you see how your good deeds benefit real people.
CLEAN IT OUT
- Organize your pantry, and donate extras and duplicates to a food bank. (Check the expiration dates!)
- Clean up your room, and collect outgrown shoes and clothes to donate to a family shelter.
- Sort through your books, and donate outgrown or unloved titles to a homeschool
- group library.
- Collect old sport equipment to donate to your parks and recreation department.
- Offer to help an older neighbor rake leaves or mow the lawn.
SHARE YOUR TALENTS
- Drop off your artwork at a senior center.
- Organize a board game day for younger kids at a homeschool group.
- Volunteer to read to kids at your library.
- Write a thank-you note to someone who has encouraged or inspired you.
- Start a food drive for a food pantry through a homeschool group.
- Put on a talent show with a group of friends to raise money for a cause you believe in.
- Get a group of friends together to assemble care kits for homeless people. (Include snacks, hygiene items, water, socks, and a list of local resources.)
- Organize a lemonade stand or bake sale to raise money for a charity.
- Put together a toy drive for kids stuck in the hospital.
- Visit a local animal shelter to help socialize animals waiting for adoption.
PROTECT THE PLANET
- Plant a bee garden on your patio or in the backyard.
- Use your allowance to buy a reusable water bottle.
- Sew or knit reusable grocery bags, and donate them.
This list is excerpted from “You Can Make a Difference,” a feature in the winter 2017 issue of HSL.
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