I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
These are some causes and non-profit organizations that lately have snagged my attention latetly—and held it!
1. Housing First
I’ll let the Wikipedia page explain:
“Housing First moves the homeless individual or household immediately from the streets or homeless shelters into their own apartments.
Housing First approaches are based on the concept that a homeless individual or household’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and that other issues that may affect the household can and should be addressed once housing is obtained. In contrast, many other programs operate from a model of ‘housing readiness’— that is, that an individual or household must address other issues that may have led to the episode of homelessness prior to entering housing.”
What a novel concept! Understandably there are opponents, but there is also evidence that the method of “Housing First” works. Check out the information on Housing First at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and NPR’s special report on Housing First.
This relatively newborn organization unites teachers in taking a stand for their classroom authority. They declare on the homepage of their website,
“This association is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning.”
I love the idea behind this nonprofit: give veterans—who face unique challenges after their often traumatic service to their country—a way to see and explore the beautiful land of the country they fought for, while also connecting them with each other and with resources to help them in their lives.
Veterans Expeditions operates by donations. Check out their website here.
Knitters and crafters, you can put your skills to work making social statements—become a “craftivist”—and one place to start is with MicroRevolt, which takes a stand against sweatshops and other forms of labor injustice. For example, they offer patterns for knitting name-brand logos into clothes or other projects. Their website is here.