It’s still Character Counts! Week. Saturday’s suggested character idea for adults is one that is perfect for those of us who work out of our homes – and for those of us with busy schedules who still want to make a difference.
Here’s the character idea from Character Counts!:
Help From Home
Finding time in a busy week to volunteer can be tough, but what if you could do it from the comfort of your own home? Help From Home is a site that lets you do just that. Visit them to learn how you can help without even changing out of your PJs. http://www.helpfromhome.org/
Help From Home
Help From Home was founded by Mike Bright from Cardiff, UK. The site divides its ideas of how you can make a difference from home into “Do Good” Volunteer Actions, “Green” Volunteer Actions, and Advocacy Volunteer Actions. There’s even a drop down menu with volunteer actions in each category requiring 1, 5, or 10 minutes.
It Starts With Us
Two related organizations that I’m actively participating in are It Starts With Us and Let’s Drop a Love Bomb. It Starts With Us was founded by Nate St. Pierre, a web designer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nate has an inspiring blog along with forums to help build a global community of people who want to make a difference. It Starts With Us has a mission each week that requires only 15 minutes. For example, the week’s mission might be to write a letter to a terminally ill child. Here are links to ways to help change the world through It Starts With Us.
Here’s this week’s mission:
This week, invite someone to be a part of something with you.
It’s a fact of life – we all want to feel included. Even if we don’t accept the offer, it’s still nice to know that the person thought enough of us to ask. So this week reach out to someone and invite them to a movie, a play, church, your house, a sporting event, game night, etc. If that’s too much, maybe just a walk or something, you know? Anything to give you guys that personal time to connect over a shared activity.
Let’s Drop a Love Bomb
It Starts With Us is the parent organization of Let’s Drop a Love Bomb. Let’s Drop a Love Bomb is run by Lauren Lankford, a blogger and artist from Columbus, Ohio. Let’s Drop a Love Bomb requires even less time for its weekly missions – only 5 minutes each week. It’s goal is to drop hundreds of love bombs (encouraging blog comments) on bloggers who need it the most. It simply requires that you read a blog post and leave a comment. The blog post is specially chosen to be someone who needs extra love and encouragement. Last week’s mission was to send love and encouragement to a single mother with breast cancer. This week week’s mission is to send love and encouragement to Ellen on her post “I Give Up.” Here’s an inspiring Love Bomb Update by Lauren.
If we want our children to be people of good character, we need to be examples and inspiration for them. And there really isn’t an excuse not to make a difference when there are ways we all can fit into our lives.