Make a donation, and make a difference. Whether you’re donating your old clothes, or an afternoon of your time, donating costs you nothing, but pays forward a feeling of goodwill that can last a lifetime. Let’s get sharing, and Drive Change around us today!
Every parent knows that kids out grow clothes in the blink of an eye! But as your family gets bigger, those clothes don’t need to go to waste. Donating clothes that your kids have outgrown, or clothes of your own that are still in good shape but that you don’t wear anymore is a wonderful way to Drive Change . There are lots of charity and second hand shops that are happy to take clothes that are in reasonable condition – and you can feel good about loved items getting a fresh lease on life with a new owner. Clothes that are too damaged or worn to donate can be torn up to make great household cleaning rags!
Sweets for the sweet! If you’re an expert baker, why not Drive Change by contributing your talents to a neighbourhood bake sale where the proceeds go to charity, or help a local elementary school invest in new athletic equipment? Your grandma’s apple pie is full of possibilities. Sharing your love for tasty treats has the power to go beyond filling tummies – it can nurture a sense of cooperation with in your community, and a shared belief in a better future.
Giving means giving back. Helping the older generation brings a powerful positive feeling of connection to something larger than ourselves. Whether you’re helping an older neighbour rake leaves or mow their lawn, or volunteering at a local home for the aged, you’re completing the circle by giving back to people whose contributions to the world around them made possible many of the opportunities we enjoy today. And if you’ve got time to listen, the older generation have amazing stories to tell! Drive Change by embracing how much we have to learn from people who’ve come before!
Donate blood! If you’re in good health, why not take a moment donate blood to someone injured in an accident or suffering from a life-threatening illness? There is no more special way to Drive Change for someone in need than giving the gift of life. Sign up at your local blood bank today.
When we share what we have with others, we become even more abundant – our lives become full of gratitude. Be a good friend, be a good neighbour – Drive Change through donation today.
Children, they’re not just the next generation of our society – they’re the new custodians of our planet. Those are some mighty big shoes for some very small feet to fill, and to be up to the task, kids need our support and guidance. Do you have what it takes to Drive Change in today’s youth? Don’t wait to find out – get involved today.
If you’re not sure how to begin, extracurricular activities are a great place to start. Love sports? Why not coach a little league baseball or pee-wee hockey team? Athletics not only help kids stay fit and healthy, they also teach respect and responsibility, and instill a sense of cooperation and shared values. If the arts are your forte, consider organizing a local drama society. Introducing children to the arts taps into their natural creativity, and can be a tool for exploring difficult social issues such as bullying and peer-pressure in a safe and nurturing environment.
If you’re interested in working with children in a more structured way, volunteering to be a reading buddy at elementary schools, or offer tutoring services afterschool in your area of expertise can provide a solid framework with measurable outcomes.
What did you want to be when you grew up? One of the most valuable ways you can impact the future of a child is to raise their expectations and offer them a sense of possibility. Organizing a ‘Take a Kid to Work’ Day at your place of employment, or giving career talks at local high schools can help kids begin to map their future, while feeling a part of their community at large.
Some children who need your help most are the very same ones who aren’t in a position to ask for it. Serious illness is no laughing matter, but putting on a red nose and volunteering as a clown on children’s wards at hospitals can bring a smile to the faces of the most vulnerable. Becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister can provide a vital support and security to underprivileged children – and introduce you to family you never knew you had.
Children aren’t just people, they’re promises. Working with young people to Drive Change gives kids a childhood – as well as the tools they need to build a brighter future for us all.
In Canada, impaired driving claims between 1250 and 1500 lives, and is responsible for 64,000 injuries per year. This epidemic is snuffing out the lives of innocent people of all ages, but the amount of deaths is particularly concentrated for youth, with 45% of all youth crashes found to be alcohol-related, and 1 of every 3 car crash deaths being due to alcohol. So what do all these frightening figures add up to? You don’t need to be a math whiz to be able to see that despite all of the advertising campaigns to counter it, impaired driving is still a major problem in Canada – a problem that every single person with a driver’s license has a duty to address and overcome.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is an charitable organization staffed by volunteers. Tackling every aspect of the issue, from victim support and public awareness, to lobbying the government for stronger legislation, MADD is committed to the goal of eradicating impaired driving on our roads. But they can’t do it alone.
Aside from taking the pledge, what can you do? Make sure you arrange to have a designated driver at events where you plan to be drinking. Trade off with your friends – you’d be surprised how comfortable people are taking turns when the safety of themselves, their friends, and their family is at stake. Don’t let your friends drive if they’ve had too many – call a cab. These are easy to come by if you are urban-centric, and just a short wait in most towns.
If you drive, or even know someone who does, impaired driving is your problem. Let’s get thirsty for change. Drive Sober.