September 27, 2010 at 10:31 am , by Amanda Wolfe
Maybe I just needed a little warm-fuzzy on this gloomy, rainy day here in New York. But I am loving the heartwarming Facebook Fairytales, a sort of less-cheesy Chicken Soup For the Soul of the social networking era. There are, of course, plenty of slightly-stalker activities to do on Facebook (why, exactly, do I need know so many intimate details about people I haven’t seen in 15 years?), and plenty more time-wasters (Farmville, anyone?).
But the story of the parents who were finally able to adopt a child after posting their plea on Facebook, or the young mom dying of kidney failure who is now alive and well thanks to a kidney from a friend of a friend found via the site… well, they got me. If you have a soft spot for acts of kindness and do good stories (and c’mon, who doesn’t?), I bet they’ll get you too.
January 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
We’ve all heard the phrase “it takes a village” and most of us probably agree with the sentiment. But in our hectic, day-to-day lives, how many of us stop to help mentor a child—whether that’s a formal mentorship or simply hanging out with a friends’ kids?
If you’re looking for a way to donate your time and skills to a good cause, this month (National Mentoring month—who knew?) is a great reminder that mentoring a child is a wonderfully immediate way to make an impact.
There are lots of ways to get involved. You can contact your local Big Brothers Big Sisters, which encourages volunteers to do casual activities like playing games, going to museums, or grabbing a slice of pizza with their “little sibs.”
Or check out Mentoring.org, which lets you look up opportunities by zip code. (And has lots of helpful info and resources.)
Can’t find a program in your area? (And don’t know someone’s kids to steal for an afternoon?) Icouldbe.org is an online mentoring organization that matches at-risk middle and high school students with adult professionals across the country for guidance.
Have you ever been a mentor (formally or informally?). How’d you find your mentee?
November 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
Here at LHJ we’re all about Doing Good, which can mean a lot of different things. Sure, we’re 110 percent behind ending global poverty, better education for our kids and lots, lots more. But we also think it’s important to remember to do the smaller good deeds that make your own little world a better place: Holding the door open for a stranger, bringing in coffee for a coworker, giving up your seat on the bus, or as our Editor-in-Chief Sally tweeted about on Friday, giving up the last pair of fab shoes at the store to the other woman who really wants them! We think all these small deeds will add up to a much happier world.
So, what kinds of little good deeds do you regularly do? (Or tell us something that someone has done for you!) I’m looking for ideas—still have to do my good deed today…