Why Community Organizing Could Not Be Easier
First, I was inspired.
During the early stages of Covid, I joined Nextdoor. I try to keep social media to a minimum, but I wanted to poke around.
Here’s how this one act changed my life.
After a while, someone wrote that she often drives to Salem, and she started to deliver for me, saving me the 2-hour drive. She is still doing this..half a year later.
5. Many don't help for one very legitimate reason. They are tapped out with their own lives! Understandable! Tired! Money’s extremely tight, etc. However, it’s free if you have the internet to post a community message asking to gather supplies for this or that and distribute them.
COST = NOTHING.
Benefit = The opposite of Apathy which seems to be huge right now as well. We can’t possibly save the world with all its problems so why bother!!!!
6. Currently: The virus is peaking where I live in Oregon. Restaurants are shuttering and we are back to square one. Homebound. At the same time, the homeless in our city have grown beyond anything anyone has seen…ever.
My husband and I drove down 10 bags of sandwich/supply donations and we discovered a vast section of the city has become covered in homeless tents. It spreads out in all directions. Tent growth has become unbelievable in the past 6 months.
7. How did this recent wave of community action come about? I’m starting a new job. I just finished the last leg of medical treatment, and it looks like I’m going to live. We might be moving to another state in a few months. I’m trying to also make a living as a podcaster/blogger. My point is, I’m busy, just like you.
However! After we had half a turkey leftover, it dawned on me how simple it would be to just make sandwiches and take them downtown.
8. Recently, we watched a documentary you may want to check out especially if you like Woody Harrelson. It’s pretty epic: https://kissthegroundmovie.com/
10. There is a realization in all of this. Regardless of your community and social support system, we are all held by the unbelievably giving care and net of our neighbors.
Ask if you need food. It’s out there, and you just may be the one delivering it.
11. Finally: Currently, making weekly tent food and supply bags, I have donated a portion, but at this time it has taken on a life of its own. After you set the wheels in motion with a quick post the offerings keep coming; fueled by one unstoppable bio fuel: LOVE.
There is the front door bell now…