Thank you for voting. Please see below a few ways to help make a difference in your community!
“Every dollar you spend... or don't spend... is a vote you cast for the world you want.”
- L.N. Smith
We’ve all heard the sayings that money makes the world go 'round and money is power. You can take that power directly into your own hands by supporting small local businesses - independent retailers and restaurants return two to three times as much money to the local economy than chain competitors.
You can also exercise this power by being aware of the footprint of your purchases - by finding out how an item was produced, how the workers were treated, what resources were used to make it, and what resources were needed to transport it. With these expenses in mind, a pint of strawberries from Chile might have a much different global cost/footprint than a pint from your local farmer, even if the store-bought version is a dollar cheaper.
Below are some links with info on the benefits of buying local, how to reduce one’s global footprint, and where to find independent businesses in Cincinnati.
Please share your findings with friends/family, with the hashtag #votewithyourdollar
“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”
- Author unknown
Many times it is easy to feel overwhelmed in the face of changes we would like to see. It can seem impossible for one individual to be able to make any difference to national issues. However, one person can do a LOT on a local level, with a great impact to many lives. This does not require any special skills, nor much money - it just takes a little time. Time is a precious commodity and one of the greatest gifts one can bestow; one can always earn more dollars - but never more time.
Volunteering is also a way to see direct impact. For example, if there is an issue with litter in your neighborhood, you can wait for a governing body to research and address the problem (which could take a very long time), or you can don some gloves, grab a trash bag, and get to work! At the end of the day, you will see immediate results, as opposed to waiting months in frustration waiting for someone else to take care of it.
There are many ways to give of your time. You could volunteer at a local soup kitchen, help an elderly neighbor run errands, mentor a student, participate in a charitable fundraiser, assist with a clothing drive, and/or spend a few hours at a local animal shelter.
Below are some links to organizations that provide service opportunities in Cincinnati.
Please share your favorites with friends/family, with the hashtag #votewithyourtime
“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito.”
― African proverb.
“It used to be thought that the events that changed the world were things like big bombs, maniac politicians, huge earthquakes, or vast population movements, but it has now been realized that this is a very old-fashioned view held by people totally out of touch with modern thought. The things that really change the world, according to Chaos theory, are the tiny things. A butterfly flaps its wings in the Amazonian jungle, and subsequently a storm ravages half of Europe.”
― Neil Gaiman
“For the want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For the want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For the want of a horse the rider was lost,
For the want of a rider the battle was lost,
For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.”
― Benjamin Franklin
You don’t have to go out of your way to make an impact - the little things one does day-to-day add up. Simple acts of kindness can have a ripple effect, such as when people pay it forward by buying coffee for a stranger, and they in turn do the same. Lifestyle choices, such as cutting down on car usage by riding a bike or public transport, can collectively make a huge difference. Taking the time to reduce consumption, reuse materials, and recycle doesn’t cost anything, but helps protect the planet. Choosing to refill a reusable water bottle rather than purchase plastic ones can help keep our landfills from overflowing. Researching the products we purchase to understand the resources and labor involved can result in more humane consumer choices. Stepping outside our your comfort zone to stand up for what you believe is right, whether in the workplace, a family gathering, or a public rally communicates that you care. Simply taking into consideration that each and every action (or inaction) you perform will have lasting consequences will help guide your decisions, great and small.
Below are some links with ideas on how you can create an environment you would feel good about leaving to future generations.
Please pass these links along to anyone you think could benefit, with the hashtag #votewithyouractions
“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
― Thomas Paine
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.”
“To educate a person in the mind but not in morals is to educate a menace to society.”
― Theodore Roosevelt
Before it is possible to improve something, one must understand its background, how it works, and the options for change. Staying educated on current events and other matters of importance will help you to make informed choices. Be aware that much of what you read online may be misinformation, so make it a habit to research, question and verify what you learn. Remember, knowledge is power!
Below are some informational links - please share them widely, with the hashtag #votewithyourmind
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