DO GOOD

There are so many worthy causes — everybody can do something!

In the past, I have been a volunteer for causes in which I believed. Sometimes, it involved the kids. Like being a den mother, or a volunteer tutor at an elementary school. I was a poll watcher for a group of bipartisan activists. I cooked at the Ronald McDonald House. I once lived at a half-way house for an academic year, in a community shared by former offenders and students.

These days — not so much. I try to make my activism much more personal now. It’s easy to find people I can believe in, and support them in small ways. I don’t look for these opportunities, but I am always open to them. Funny thing — they seem to find me.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta probably said it best: “Not all of us can do great things; but we can do small things with great love.”

And Queen Elizabeth II mentioned this concept in her latest address: “I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organisers and good neighbours . . . .” Then the Queen quoted the Saint.