If we’re going to be totally honest, I am still in shock over last week’s election results. I haven’t yet listened to Hillary’s concession speech, I am trying to moderate the amount of news I consume. Of the news I do consume, I am frightened by the stories I have read about the increase in hate crimes since the elections ended. I worry for my own family, I worry for the families of people I do not know. This is not the America I recognize.
As I scroll through my Facebook news feed, there are so so so many friends who agree that now and over the next four years, we need to come together and we need to start doing the hard work. The place that starts for all of us is right in the communities we call home.
Posting links on Facebook and re-tweeting news stories is all right and good, but if we are going to change lives, we’re going to do that with our hands and feet. I don’t often talk about my volunteer work on The Blog but it is something that has been such an important part of my life and one that has brought me great joy. The non-profit I volunteer with works to bring food, housing and employment security to others in my community and truly there is nothing better that I could be doing with the time I am able to give them.
If you have been feeling called to action in the last week, but are not sure where to start, this is a chance to find your beginning. Some of you might find that in volunteering with non-profits, others with mid-term campaigns. You might be reviewing your existing charitable contribution budget, you might be deciding to start one.
I don’t know where we go from here, but I know that right now we all have to do the best that we can. If you’re already giving your time and/or money, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section. If you’ve started to make your own plan to get to work, I’d love to hear about that too.
p.s. If you live in Minnesota, the Minnesota Council of Non-Profits has a member list that includes organization websites and locations.