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Helping Others

In many cultures the month of November is a time to focus on family and friends, to reflect and remember those that have gone before.  In the U.S. there is Thanksgiving Day and Remembrance Day in the U.K. and Canada.  Muslims around the world will observe Ashura and many countries across Europe will celebrate All Saints Day.  No matter what occasion we are observing this November, we should take time to reflect on the reasons we have to be grateful – the people that are here with us, the roof over our heads, our health, or something else that is good and right in our lives.  Life can be difficult and often we are caught-up in our daily struggles and forget to take a moment and pay attention to the good things that also exist in our lives.  For some this will be almost impossible.  We all know that in the world right now there are hundreds of thousands of people suffering losses in war torn regions, still more are trapped in slavery, or lack of food, are separated from their families or are in abusive relationships.  For those of us that can find a reason to be grateful today, let us agree together that this November we will help give others at least a small reason to be grateful too.

We gain so much when we give; not just in the pleasure we gain for ourselves, but in the improvement we create in the world around us.  To this end, is focusing the month of November on helping others.  There are so many ways to do this.  You can donate food, volunteer at a sustainable farm, foster a child, adopt a rescued animal, send care packages overseas, contribute to refugee aid relief efforts, or work at a shelter, or just invite your neighbors over for dinner and share some kindness and friendship.   There are so many ways to spread compassion and help others.  You just need to pick one.

Below are a few of the causes and organizations WorkerAnts will be focusing on this month, but we would love to hear back from you as to what you are doing this month to share the gratitude.

  • #GivingTuesday is a movement dedicated to encouraging everyone to give back to others on Tuesday, December 2.  Similar to Black Friday or Cyber Monday #GivingTuesday is an idea, not one individual company.  But this idea is increasing contributions to charity enormously.
  • CrossRoads is a California program that assists women who have been in prison with transitioning back into society when they are released.  They offer housing, education programs, job hunting assistance and more.  They also have the women in the program help run a sustainable food business selling jams, jellies and marmalades.
  • Bags of Love was founded in Eugene, Oregon to help provide supplies kids need for their health, education or comfort but do not have access to due to poverty, abuse or neglect.  They help infants and children get basic items they need like school supplies, clothes, toiletries, security blankets and toys,
  • Beats, Rhythm, and Relief is an organization dedicated to using music to raise awareness about children in need.  They focus on social justice, poverty, and relief in addition to running programs that encourage Hip-Hop artists to produce music with a positive and up-lifting message.
  • #RestoreHappy is a campaign run by Beats, Rhythm & Relief that seeks to bring awareness to the mental and physical needs of children that are refugees from Syria.  They just completed a project that showcased artwork created by children in the refugee camps in Jordan as part of an art therapy project and they are working on a huge benefit concert to raise money for the kids.  This article will tug at your heart and move you to get involved.
  • Giving back is not necessarily focused just on the work we do with people, what we do with the environment or animals is also very important. will also be featuring the plight of Greyhound dogs and the great work being done to rescue them from tracks and give them loving homes.
  • Books&Wanderlust is an amazing organization that seeks to help people expand their horizons by funding readers, writers and travelers.  Founded by a teacher who has frequently had students drop out of class because they couldn’t afford a book and who has met many people who have never imagined being able to travel outside their own city, this organization wants to help those in poverty situations or from minority groups learn and grow.

In closing, we just wanted to leave you with this thought from Eli Wiesel: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.”  So share your love and gratitude this November with other people by finding a way to give back!

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