Us small town girls believe changes take place one step, one person at a time. Be it getting your hands dirty, creating something beautiful, being a friend to someone far from home, or offering financial support you can make a difference in a life, in a community and if we all do something small it will add up and become something more incredible than our little pieces alone could ever be. By taking one step you can be part of the change you want to see in the world.
If you need a little inspiration, here are the organizations I support...
Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time. I discovered Craft Hope Winter 2010 while I was trying to find a way to lose the winter blues. They have monthly and sometimes quarterly projects you can get involved in regardless of your craft level of expertise. They recently put out a book, Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause, so you can keep giving year round - on your own or with a group of friends.
These lovely ladies responded to the disaster in the Gulf with Craft Hope for the Earth, which I have not been as involved in, but seems to be doing just as wonderfully as its parent.
Soldiers' Angels' slogan, "May No Soldier Go Unloved," encapsulates the motivation behind Soldiers' Angels. By working together with a common vision of service, the volunteers of Soldiers' Angels continue to make a visible difference in the lives of veterans, the wounded, deployed service members, and their families. The groups you can become involved in and opportunities to serve are unlimited. Soldiers' Angels is grassroots at its best and I've been a proud member since 2006.
Volunteerism. It's the easiest way to make a difference. Hands On Greater Portland believes volunteering shouldn't be difficult and it shouldn't interfere with your life. Volunteer once a month, once a week, or once a quarter with as many different organizations as you like. Hands On is there to help you. If you need direction, shoot me an e-mail - I've been a Volunteer Leader since 2009 and have loved every minute. Don't live in the Portland (OR) Metro? Hands On is nationwide! Find one near you at http://www.handsonnetwork.org/ and start making a difference in your local community.
Convoy of Hope and I are still feeling each other out. I was introduced to this nonprofit November 2010 and to say the least, I am impressed. I am impressed with their hearts. I am impressed with their mission. And, most importantly to some, I am impressed with their finances. They are good stewards of everything they receive and turn it into tangible help for those who are experiencing disaster. Their mission statement brings tears to my eyes every time.