Post # 1
Now that I am in my thirties, I spend a lot of time thinking about the legacy that we leave behind. I want my daughters specifically and people in general to know that I stood for something and tried to make the world a better place. Do you feel that way? I wonder if the lasting impacts of our lives is something that will continue to become more and more important as we get older.
I volunteer as the director of mentoring at a home that rescues and rehabilitates women and children out of the sex trafficking industry. This is my passion. I am a stay at home mom who home schools and am so blessed to be able to use my time and talent for this purpose.
Post # 3
I think that is a wonderful thing that you do!!
I feel the same way. Although, I have always wanted to help make a difference, instead of caring about stuff, and accumulating stuff. I don’t volunteer anywhere, and haven’t quite found my niche yet. I have put together a food bank donation/christmas party for underpriveldged families years ago, and that was about it.
Currently I just try to be a nicer, better person, who treats every single person with an equal amount of respect and patience. In the future, hopefully I can find my passion to help, which I think will probably lie with childen or the elderly.
Post # 4
Really great thread idea!
I actually changed professions because I felt that I wasn’t leaving the kind of legacy I wanted (i.e. helping other people). I’m currently in nursing school and hope it fulfills some need to help, but also after graduation I plan on spending some time overseas donating my services. I think it’d be a wonderful experience.
Post # 5
One way I hope makes a difference is reaching the world with my poetry. Currently I’m working at performing at a lot of open mics in the area (and traveling to others) because much of my writing has to do with some of the disparity in the world around us (homeless people, abusive relationships, etc). I hope that my words can be influential to many people.
Otherwise, I try to make sure I’m as friendly/kind to others as I can be.
Post # 6
what a great thread!
I have a little mantra that I say in my head, “Love is the only thing that matters.” And I’m not talking like 1960s luuuuv, but like, it’s really the best of every virtue that you could have. I’m a Christian, so I think of it like “God is love.” and I’m supposed to be God’s love to the world. (Basically the whole book of 1 John.)
I am sooooo far from changing the world by just loving everyone (b/c I fail so often…) but it’s a start!
Post # 7
I do my small part by recycling and trying to not contribute to all the waste.. When I go on hikes I pick up trash that is not mine to let Mother Nature know that I appreciate her.
Post # 8
I don’t think there will be a legacy for me to leave, since we aren’t having kids, but I recycle, compost and do my own garden every year. I also try to use the public library instead of buying books. I donate clothes and food whenever I can, and also do volunteer work with an organization at my college
Post # 9
Nutrition and health and I am adament it can be tasty and affordable.
I teach nutrition and cooking on a budget (volunteer) I have also cook for a domestic violence shelter for 30 women and children (on my dime so I was sure to make that affordable!)
I also volunteer at a food bank that is designed to meet the nutritional needs of the critically ill.
Obesity is an epidemic that CAN be fixed and all the diseases, illnesses and pain that come from being obese are avoidable and would save people as well as billions of dollars in medical and other related costs and expenses.
Post # 10
I teach gifted students. The things these kids are capable of astounds me, and I am so honored to have the chance to work with them, stretch their minds, help them reach everything they are so capable of. I want to inspire them to learn about the world and do something great and incredible with the minds and abilities they have. I hope someday that each of them will go do something amazing with their little lives and that I can know I made a difference through them.
Post # 11
@MrsFuzzyFace: Great thread and awesome way to give of your time and talent!
I currently help with my mom’s home for women… it kinda mirrors Mercy Ministries in getting girls free from addictions, cutting, eating disorders, and any other life debilitatling thing, as well as unplanned pregnancy all through the love & truth of Jesus.
We have a church here that’s getting into the sex trafficking and we may be the organiztion to house their rescues as well.. b/c I’m sure they need to get free of all they’ve experienced too!
Right now I’m more behind the scenes in admin, creative design, and event planning BUT I do love being able to pour into the girls as well with studies and just visiting… I did alot more of that before getting married b/c I lived there but I’m finding my niche.
Also, at some point Darling Husband and I know that we’ll be in the mission fields so I can only imagine what kinda things we’ll do then and that our kids will get to grow up with! *squeal*
Post # 12
In the past I’ve worked at foodbanks and volunteered in many other ways. I’ve always recycled, tried to eat more local/organic food, remembering not to leave electronics and lights on and plugged in, etc.
Right now I’m working on me. I know that seems more selfish than anything else, but I’m just bouncing back from a really rough point and if there’s one thing I’ve learned, you can’t effectively help anyone unless you’re in order first.
Post # 13
I work with Cradles to Crayons, and every holiday season I work with Toys for Tots. Donation wise my regulars are March of Dimes, Project Heifer, American Cancer Society and brain tumor charities in and around Boston.
Anything with kids though I’ll donate time and money to if at all possible. Can’t have much of a future without them!
Post # 14
@Aure: Not selfish, realistic. How can you help others when you cant help yourself.
Post # 15
@Aure: I totally agree. You have to care for yourself before you can invest in others.
Post # 16
Interesting question and one I’ve thought about a lot. I went to school for illustration but half way through got discouraged about how commercial it all was and switched to science, specifically because in that way I could make a difference in the world. Well, it isn’t quite that easy, but theoretically things that I do every day could cure diseases in the future…
Other than that I’ve volunteered to mentor kids in low-income areas in science fair and STEM. It’s pretty fun, and I believe strongly that science is a worthy subject to teach kids about. If more kids can be excited about science, then the next generation of scientists will be even better.