There is too much that we can’t afford to do nothing.
Have you ever felt like you had so much to do that but you just don’t know where to begin? How do you start on fixing a list of issues when the overall need and depth is as overwhelming as:
3,000,000 people in the United States are homeless,
- 40% of our homeless are Veterans.
- 12% of our population lives below poverty
- One in seven adults lacks the literacy skills required to read anything more complex than a children’s book
- 49 million Americans – including 17 million children – don’t have access to enough healthy food to thrive.
- 14 States with unemployment rates of its population are greater than 10%
- 49.7 million Americans with disabilities
- 350,000 personal bankruptcies every year are due to rising costs of living with disabilities
When I started this website in 2009, I was struggling with facts like that there are third world countries that have lower adult literacy issues than the United States? Or how we change the fact that there are as many people living below poverty as there are that live in the state of California? How could I help families who lost their homes due to the rising costs of living with disabilities? There were so many issues and so much to do but I was determined to do something!
I reflected on the journey and lessons I learned from the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She began her extraordinary journey by hosting a camp in her backyard that benefited individuals with intellectual disabilities. That one simple act was a catalyst for change and evolved into something like the largest movement for acceptance and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in the history of the world. Both Eunice and her husband, Sargent, stressed to their children daily the importance of giving back and that there is too much to do and no time to waste. They taught by example and their work combined transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe.
That began the idea that there is too much to do to that we can’t afford to do nothing. Throughout the site you will find statistics on the overall issues and needs here in the United States. I tried to match the areas of need with organizations that are committed to fighting the issues that our communities are facing everyday. Last year for 40 days, I profiled a different organization and donated $10 dollars to each group. The idea was met with a lot of support and when the 40 days ended in January, I was left with a lot of ideas of what to do next. I have some grand ideas of where I would like to take this site, but for 2010, I decided to extend the giving season to 50 days and to continue to show that there is enough to do here in our own backyard and that one simple act of giving $5 can be the change for others.
I ask that you join me over these 50 days and donate to these organization profiled each day to help them with their quest to do something for those individuals and communities in need. Donate $10 to one of the organizations profiled, or give a gift of food to your local soup kitchen or the gift of your time to a woman’s shelter. I know I won’t be able to provide an organization that matches everyone’s interests and to those individuals, I hope that I have inspired you to find a way to give a gift in your community.
Remember, your doing something can not only change someone else’s life but can also change your own.
Danielle L. Virgin