One person, One Day…
Giving back to your community begins with one person and one day. A simple act of giving of your time or resources will have a ripple effect including the positive impact with your children. Volunteering can be as simple as a beach cleanup, a beautification garden day, an hour serving food at a local shelter. There are so many service projects available to give back to your community. As a family, we decided to devote time to organizations and service projects close to our hearts, starting with our love of the ocean.
How can you help?
- Educate yourself and your family
- Take action and get involved
- Spread awareness
My daughter was about six months old when she experienced her first beach cleanup. Talk about multitasking, I had the Baby Bjorn carrier on and while my little one enjoyed the sea breeze, I picked up trash alongside a group of volunteers. I recently showed my daughter pictures from our beach cleanup and together we talked about the importance of protecting our oceans.
I recommend learning about your local activist groups and jump in on one of their service projects. Which organizations align with your own mission? Ocean conservation is such an important part of my life and I have chosen a few organizations close to my heart.
The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.
Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy and clean.
The past two years we have really focused on a non-profit close to home and tied to my employer. It’s been a gratifying experience seeing my daughter helping others and realizing she is making a difference. I like to share our volunteer projects online to encourage families to spend a day giving back and to #teachthemyoung.
What organizations are close to your heart?