Community Action

Grabbing Back in your Community Over the Summer

Your DGB for today is to make a list of ways you can grab back weekly, in your local community.

DGB is all about building up our local communities. You can spend hours every day trying to fix Washington, but we all know what stands at the heart of real change happens in local communities. Washington can pass all the laws and bills they want, but it won’t change a things if we aren’t changing minds and hearts at the local level.

So today we are asking you to look at your community and find a need that you and your friends and family can fill. We encourage you to try and do something once a week for the entire summer. Many of the actions you take can be as short as five minutes, with a big community pay off.

 

Some suggestions from DGB are:

Clean up your local park or your neighborhood. This is as simple as taking a walk and carrying a trash bag with you.

Volunteer at a local animal shelter. Animal shelters need volunteers to feed and walk the animals. Added bonus is you get all the puppy and kitty loves, without having to clean up their accidents on your new rug. Alternatively, if you do enjoy cleaning, it’s kitten season, and shelters need foster homes.

Put together care packages to drop off at your local homeless shelter, or to keep in your car if you see someone in need. Reusable water bottles are extra nice for these hot summer days.

Contact a local senior center and go play games with the residents. Beware: Bingo is not for the faint of heart.

 

Need more ideas? Check out Volunteer Match to search for local needs that fit your schedule. Whatever you choose to do, spend some time grabbing back this summer. Even if your efforts go unnoticed, it feels great to know you are doing your part to help your community and grow your circle.

 

From Activist to RAKtivist

Your DGB for today is to spread a little kindness.

We’ve had some positive news this past week with the decision to uphold the stay on the Muslim ban by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, so let us use this ray of hope to keep working toward positive outcomes within our communities. February 12th through 18th has been designated as Random Acts of Kindness Week and there’s even a foundation you can check out, where you’ll find a variety of ideas on how to pay it forward through random individual acts.

Have you seen that commercial which reminds us the difference between “nice” and “kind” is that “kind” is honest? We at DGB don’t normally get our inspiration from granola bar commercials, but this sentiment struck a chord. So, look for opportunities to spread some kindness this week. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line, pay a meaningful compliment, get a little real. Or, if you’re looking to dig a little deeper, read about these people who peacefully blocked a van attempting to take a woman to an ICE detention center. Spontaneous opportunities for kindness are all around us, and it’s not the particular act that’s most meaningful but the feeling of personal connection one leaves with another.

 

No Money? No Problem.

Your DGB for today is to use Volunteer Match to make your free contribution to society and help build stronger, local communities.

Alright, so if you’ve got no money, you’ve got lots of problems. And, if you're like us, you probably don’t have a ton of free time either. We all want to make the world a better place. We’re all about calling our representatives, and we’re 100% on board with supporting our brothers and sisters in their fight to live the American Dream through donations, but sometimes we need to make it rain quick acts of labor instead of cash.

Enter Volunteer Match, your gateway to finding local projects or organizations that need your help. Volunteer Match is connected with over 100,000 nonprofits that offer one-time deeds or ongoing projects that you can choose, based on your time and level of commitment. You can easily search by location and interest, or do online volunteer work; yup, that’s a thing. Want to help brighten the day of a local elderly person in assisted living? They’ll hook you up. You’ve got time to volunteer at your local Pride parade? Maybe your local Pride parade organizers are hoping to find you too.

We need small shows of solidarity, the kind that bring communities together, in addition to larger acts of resistance and sedition. Get out there and make the world a better place, one minute at a time.