There are many opportunities to change your community and your world, regardless of your age. One way is to write a letter or send an email to your senator or congressperson. You can also write a petition for people to sign (very simple example,) or find a way to raise money for a cause.
One place you may start is Charity Navigator. They keep a fairly comprehensive list of charities, and rate them based on certain important factors.
Below are some organizations that offer ideas and opportunities. Remember—if you place one pebble in the well of positive change, you will help to flood the world with kindness. Small acts can make a big difference.
A few videos you might want to watch for inspiration:
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Some charities that work to help the Earth.
CHANGING SYSTEMIC RACISM IN AMERICA
A list of charities fighting for criminal justice reform
Learn about Saving Elepants
CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD
Children everywhere need our help.
Children’s charities vary from helping end hunger to making it possible for girls to go to school.
HUNGER IN AMERICA
Feeding America needs a lot of help right now.
There are many ways to help fight hunger in your own community. Two ways in San Diego are Feeding San Diego or by helping local organizations that try to prevent homelessness, like North County Lifeline.
You can also donate or raise money for research for various illnesses. I personally support The Epilepsy Foundation because I have the disease. If you have a health condition, or someone close to you has a condition, that is always a great way to show you care. Many of these causes have fundraisers you can easily participate in, by gathering a team for a charity walk or run, or by using the methods they already have set up.
One charity that helps children with cancer is St. Jude.
ANYONE CAN HELP
As you can see, there are many things to choose from. Choose a few then see which one you want to follow through with. Get involved on a local level if you can. Helping your own community means inspiring more people around you to get involved. Here is some great advice from my favorite activist!
Please post any good work you do or ideas you have to recoreink on Facebook: Or Instagram at anelectrifyingjourney so others can follow your example!