How do you help those in need?? ***Share ideas here!***

jacquelyncajacquelynca San FranciscoPosts: 98
Hi all.  I've just been so inspired and my heart is so full after this last weekend in Seattle and everything leading up to it with the home shows.  Let's keep that ripple of positivity going and share our ideas of how we can do small things in our own communities to help with homeless or those in need!  Here are some of mine...

-The obvious, Food Banks. Volunteer at a food bank. Donate to a food bank. During the holidays have a bin in your place of work for people to donate.
-Find a classroom on Donors Choose and help make a real difference in a classroom www.donorschoose.com
-Help a family in need by setting up a meal train for them/Make and deliver a meal to someone on meal train www.mealtrain.com
-My kids elementary school always has a Christmas Tree in the office during the holidays with ornaments you can pick to sponsor a family in need at the school with christmas gifts. 
-Hold a "back to school" drive and ask people to donate backpacks, school supplies, etc to give to a family in need at yours or a local elementary/middle/high school.
-Next time you're out to dinner, save your left overs and give to a homeless person 
-Bring a homeless person a cup of coffee, a meal, a smile, a warm hello
-Call a local school office and see if you can put some money on a child in needs lunch account

What are some things you do or have seen done in  your community??  We can't all raise 11 million dollars, but any one of us can do something small and together we can make a big difference!  
IG and twitter - @jacquelynincali

"Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy." -Peter Gabriel

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  • killmoretroutkillmoretrout Burque, NMPosts: 152
    Good idea, good list, you covered a great deal of bases.  A phrase I heard a few times in Seattle last week was "homeless neighbors".  I think it's important to remember these people are people, our neighbors, not "the other".  When it's safe to, offer a warm hello like you said, sit, talk with them, treat them like humans, which a lot of times doesn't happen.  I'm going to work on some of these things myself.  Glad the message about helping was received and is being advanced and it's not all setlists and merch and things like that.  Good on you.
  • jacquelyncajacquelynca San FranciscoPosts: 98
    edited August 14
    Good idea, good list, you covered a great deal of bases.  A phrase I heard a few times in Seattle last week was "homeless neighbors".  I think it's important to remember these people are people, our neighbors, not "the other".  When it's safe to, offer a warm hello like you said, sit, talk with them, treat them like humans, which a lot of times doesn't happen.  I'm going to work on some of these things myself.  Glad the message about helping was received and is being advanced and it's not all setlists and merch and things like that.  Good on you.
    Not gonna lie, i was super stoked on Friday’s set list and got my poster and shirt :-).  However the message can not be ignored. Kindness is free, a smile and a nice conversation can change someone’s whole day, totally agree with you there. Let’s all work on this together!
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    IG and twitter - @jacquelynincali

    "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy." -Peter Gabriel
  • killmoretroutkillmoretrout Burque, NMPosts: 152
    I bought all kinds of cool shit, don't get me wrong. :)  I should have left that merch part out altogether.  I'm just glad there's a topic on the good, very important stuff that can keep going every day before and after the shows.  Thank you for that. 
  • tschavtschav Posts: 1,478
    Thanks for the post. The spirit of last weekend got me inspired to do more and I've been meaning to do some of those things on the list.

    Another thing my wife and I do is keep bags of snacks, or if we get free samples of things we won't use (food from race goodie bags, toiletries or toothbrush/paste samples from the dentist, etc), and store them in the glove box. When we're driving and someone's panhandling at an intersection, we have items to hand out. If it's getting closer to winter we will also occasionally put old coats in the car and hand them out. It requires little effort, just being mindful to have it in the car when the opportunity arises.


  • jacquelyncajacquelynca San FranciscoPosts: 98
    tschav said:
    Thanks for the post. The spirit of last weekend got me inspired to do more and I've been meaning to do some of those things on the list.

    Another thing my wife and I do is keep bags of snacks, or if we get free samples of things we won't use (food from race goodie bags, toiletries or toothbrush/paste samples from the dentist, etc), and store them in the glove box. When we're driving and someone's panhandling at an intersection, we have items to hand out. If it's getting closer to winter we will also occasionally put old coats in the car and hand them out. It requires little effort, just being mindful to have it in the car when the opportunity arises.


    I love this!  Great idea!  
    IG and twitter - @jacquelynincali

    "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy." -Peter Gabriel
  • killmoretroutkillmoretrout Burque, NMPosts: 152
    Yup, stellar idea.
  • jacquelyncajacquelynca San FranciscoPosts: 98
    IG and twitter - @jacquelynincali

    "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy." -Peter Gabriel
  • jacquelyncajacquelynca San FranciscoPosts: 98
    I wanted to add another place to either volunteer or donate to..if you can find a women’s shelter in your area.  In my area we have a place called shepherds gate that helps women and their children escape cycles of addiction, homelessness and abuse. 
    IG and twitter - @jacquelynincali

    "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy." -Peter Gabriel
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 24,558
    tschav said:
    Thanks for the post. The spirit of last weekend got me inspired to do more and I've been meaning to do some of those things on the list.

    Another thing my wife and I do is keep bags of snacks, or if we get free samples of things we won't use (food from race goodie bags, toiletries or toothbrush/paste samples from the dentist, etc), and store them in the glove box. When we're driving and someone's panhandling at an intersection, we have items to hand out. If it's getting closer to winter we will also occasionally put old coats in the car and hand them out. It requires little effort, just being mindful to have it in the car when the opportunity arises.


    This is a great idea.  I've handed out snacks at a red light or stop sign a bunch of times.  In the summer, when its hot, a bottle of water helps too.

    Also, if someone asks for money for food I don't know if that's really what they are going to spend the money on so I'll give them something to eat of buy them a  cup of coffee. 
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  • jacquelyncajacquelynca San FranciscoPosts: 98
    brianlux said:
    tschav said:
    Thanks for the post. The spirit of last weekend got me inspired to do more and I've been meaning to do some of those things on the list.

    Another thing my wife and I do is keep bags of snacks, or if we get free samples of things we won't use (food from race goodie bags, toiletries or toothbrush/paste samples from the dentist, etc), and store them in the glove box. When we're driving and someone's panhandling at an intersection, we have items to hand out. If it's getting closer to winter we will also occasionally put old coats in the car and hand them out. It requires little effort, just being mindful to have it in the car when the opportunity arises.


    This is a great idea.  I've handed out snacks at a red light or stop sign a bunch of times.  In the summer, when its hot, a bottle of water helps too.

    Also, if someone asks for money for food I don't know if that's really what they are going to spend the money on so I'll give them something to eat of buy them a  cup of coffee. 
    Yes, if someone asks me for money i always offer to buy them a meal instead!
    IG and twitter - @jacquelynincali

    "Watch out for music. It should come with a health warning. It can be dangerous. It can make you feel so alive, so connected to the people around you, and connected to what you really are inside. And it can make you think that the world should, and could, be a much better place. And just occasionally, it can make you very, very happy." -Peter Gabriel
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