If there’s one time of year that really gets people up, out of their chairs, and taking action, it’s most definitely…
The middle of the summer?
Not exactly. I know if you’re reading this, you’re probably kickin’ back by the pool, soakin’ some rays, or catchin’ some Z’s. Why am I talking like that?
Point being –– the July heat doesn’t exactly inspire much beyond relaxing.
But, all is not lost.
If you’re finding that the perpetual summer routines leave something to be desired, there is hope to be had in the initiatives that spring up around this time of year. Amidst those vacation days, long weekends, and lazy days, take a look at five ways to get involved with your community and making the world a better place.
Quick –– before your popsicle melts.
1. Story of Stuff’s Plastic Free July Challenge
Take a quick sec and think of all the plastic items that you use precisely one time.
Grocery bags. Plastic forks. To go containers. Wrappers. Bottled water.
You get the idea.
This summer, the Story of Stuff challenges you to take this month to go plastic free, or eliminating your use of these non-reusable plastic products.
Who cares if we’re already a few days into July. Maybe your commitment to #plasticfree will stretch into August and beyond.
And don’t worry if you have no idea where to start. When you sign up, they will send you “suggestions for avoiding plastic in your daily life, ideas to reduce plastic in your community at large, and Citizen Muscle action opportunities to fight plastic pollution.”
2. Voices of Service –– Lead a Meeting With Your Member of Congress
You know who’s gotta work over the summer?
Yep, it’s not just your air conditioner. It’s your congressperson.
With Voices of Service’s guidance, you can set up a pow-wow with your representative, and chat about what matters to you and what you want them to stand up for. They’ll even help you learn how to do it.
Nothing beats a good old fashioned face-to-face meeting. Who knows, they might even have snacks.
3. Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative –– Community Action Week
Cool things happen when seemingly disparate topics collide: like volunteerism and entrepreneurship.
Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative’s Community Action Week (July 17 to July 24) aims to make great things happen by empowering leaders with community organizing tools to meet local needs.
They even launched an online course as well as a community service toolkit for designing and running your own event.
Ready, set, go.
4. New Dream –– Guide to a Mostly Screen-Free Summer
One of the great things about summer is being outside much more. I mean, that’s the point, right?
But for as many days as we might spend in the great outdoors, the temptation to lock and load into hours of Netflix binges or wile away an afternoon on Instagram still exists.
This screen-free guide (especially good if you have lil’ kiddos who enjoy technology as much as we big people) can help get you squared with a plan for enjoying what really matters during the summer.
5. Your Ideas!
Now that you’ve heard about what some fellow socially conscious peeps are up to this summer, why not come up with your own summer project?
Start with what you already love or are interested in, or already like to do and use that as a springboard for more ideas.
Just a few to start.
Now back to your regularly scheduled summer relaxation.
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Let's change the world.
Who wrote this?
Gina Edwards, Impact Explorer founder and lover of all pun jokes, making a positive change in the world, Stephen Colbert, Jif Peanut Butter, and staying inside on rainy days. Order may vary.