Volunteer

Blue Wave Volunteer

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Your DGB for today is to join NextGen America as a Blue Wave Volunteer.

 

You’ve been following our weekly 2018 blue wave candidate highlights, right? Well, San Francisco-based NextGen America, previously NextGen Climate, also works to elect progressive candidates across the country for a better world. They have just launched their Blue Wave Volunteer Program focusing on 11 key state races this November. Volunteer with them here:

 

https://nextgenamerica.org/act/blue-wave-signup/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=htmlversion&utm_campaign=180614_Blue_Wave

 

And be prepared to phone bank and text our way out of this GOP controlled nightmare.

 

Crisis Text Line

Your DGB for today is to save the Crisis Text Line number in your phone and share this grab with your circle. You never know who might need it.

Did you know that you can simply text 741741, anytime and anywhere and a trained crisis counselor will text you back? Making phone calls can be very difficult, especially if you are in crisis or have anxiety. That’s where Crisis Text Line steps in to help. Not only will they text you back and help you through that moment, their website also gives helpful tips for when even texting feels too overwhelming.

You can also sign up to volunteer for Crisis Text Line. They will train you if you can commit to 2-12 hours of volunteering a week. Crisis Text Line is hiring, too, if you are looking for something with more hours and well...pay.

Check out Crisis Text Line today and share their number. Whether you need the help or you are looking to help others, it’s a great resource to keep in your back pocket...literally.

 

American Black Cross

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Your DGB for today is to get involved with the American Black Cross.

The ABC is a network of humanitarian volunteers on the ground providing communities in need with rescues, relief, and rebuilding. They have recently gained some well-earned notoriety mobilizing during this devastating hurricane season.

You can connect with volunteer opportunities on their Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/theamericanblackcross/

Donate from their wishlist here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1NN6LRHJZ0CC5

Or support them by purchasing merchandise here: https://americanblackcross.org/merchandise/

 

Sign Up to Act with the NAACP

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Your DGB for today is to work with the NAACP.

Your phone is almost always in your hand, right? Well, now it’s a Bat Signal when your help is needed on behalf of justice! No need to pull together a skin-tight superhero suit - your regular attire will work just fine when you sign up to help out the NAACP.

All you have to do is text STAND to 52886 to volunteer your time and talents. That’s it! One text. Less than a minute. You’ll be signed up to get the latest rallying cries from a great anti-racism, pro-human-rights organization.

If you’re a belt-and-suspenders type, you can also find your local chapter and join. http://www.naacp.org/find-local-unit/

 

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.

 

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.