Make the World a Better Place - One Act at a Time

8 Acts to Make the World a Better Place

Our latest topic at hand has been seasonal food sustainability. But as we transition to a new topic I would like to discuss how we can make the world a better place. Eating seasonally is only part of what makes the world a better place for everyone as it is better for the environment, local communities, the economy, and our health. But there are many acts, we as individuals can do to improve everyone’s quality of life.

Below are 8 acts you can do to make the world a better place.

1. Volunteer

Volunteering does not have to consume all your free time to make a difference. Regardless of where, or how long you volunteer, it helps someone in need. Help improve schools, support families, foster a pet, or beautify the community! Go to the 
Volunteer Match website and find a cause to participate in.

2. Donate Blood

Save a life and donate blood! It does not take much time, and it is a great way to support your local hospitals and the community. Visit the American Red Cross website to find where you can donate!

3. Donate Used Clothing

Have clothes you don't wear or need? Visit your local Goodwill or Salvation Army to donate your clothes to families in need. Click
here to see even more organizations to donate your clothes to.

4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Recycling has many important benefits for the environment! It reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators. It conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals. Saves energy and prevents pollution. Most importantly it helps sustain the environment for future generations! For more information, visit the US Environmental Protection Agency's website.

5. Foster or Adopt an Animal

There are so many animals needing homes and families! This is an extremely rewarding and heart filling experience. Visit the Humane Society and find your local animal shelter, and save a life!

6. Participate in a Big Brother or Big Sister Program

Develop a supportive relationship with a little sister or brother, as you be their role model and make lasting impacts on their lives. Visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America website, and enroll in a program.

7. Eat Locally Produced Food

As we have discussed, eating locally is better for the environment as it takes less transportation and reduces pollution and fossil fuels used. It is also great for the community as it supports local farmers! Visit the Local Harvest to find farmer's markets, local events, and places to shop!

8. Spread Kindness

It can be as simple as saying hi to stranger, making a donation to Toys for Tots, or paying a visit to a local retirement community. Paying it forward goes a long way and brings people together!