What Can I Do Right Now?

Defeat is not an excuse to give up. If you’re feeling helpless, here are some things you can do right now.

Nicole Silverberg
Nov 9, 2016 · 4 min read


Campaign Zero: You can fill out this survey to find out ways to get involved to end police violence and racism in America.

Showing Up For Racial Justice: This is a network of groups and individuals and there are multiple ways to get involved.

Federal Bureau of Prisons: “When inmates transition from our institutions to half-way houses, they must readjust to life in the community and find employment. Through faith-based and community/neighborhood organization partnerships, volunteers play an important part in making a positive difference in their lives. As mentors, they provide strong guidance to the inmates and help them to promote accountability. You can assist in meeting the needs of the inmate population by providing a variety of services in different skill areas.”

Council on American-Islamic Relations: “As a grassroots organization, our volunteers here at CAIR play a critical role in connecting our civil rights and civic engagement work with the community. We promote justice and mutual understanding within the Muslim community and beyond.”

Earthjustice: “With more than a hundred attorneys in offices across the country, Earthjustice pursues three key goals to secure a just, flourishing world: 1) The wild, 2) Healthy communities, and 3) Clean energy & healthy climate.” Click on the link for find a lot of ways to get involved in person and online.

Your Local Hospital: You can volunteer at your local hospital, making a difference in patients’ and families of patients’ lives. Check out your local hospital’s website to find out about volunteer opportunities.

The Democratic Party: If you want to get Democrats elected, you can volunteer.

NextGen Climate: “NextGen Climate acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.”


Prison Book Program: Donate books to prisoners! Prison Book Program mails books to people in prison to support their educational, vocational and personal development and to help them avoid returning to prison after their release. We also aim to provide a quality volunteer experience that introduces citizens to issues surrounding the American prison system and the role of education in reforming it.”

Your Local Homeless Shelter: You can donate items to your local homeless shelter. Things they could use include tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss, bandaids, underwear, Neosporin, cortisone cream, cotton swabs, Listerine, deodorant, razors, nail clippers, baby wipes, thick socks, batteries, feminine hygiene products, and anti-diarrhea tablets. You can find your local homeless shelter here.

Your Local Hospital: You can donate books to your local hospital. Reach out to them to find out how! Also, here’s a national program for children in hospitals.


Planned Parenthood: For healthcare, education, and activism for women across the country.

RAINN: “RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.” You can also volunteer here.

Center for Reproductive Rights: “For more than 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.”

ACLU: Currently the ACLU is fighting to “defend voting rights, fight relentless attacks on reproductive freedom, and reform our racially-biased criminal justice system.”

Anti-Defamation League: “The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 ‘to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.’ Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”

Islamic Relief USA:Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race, or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world and create a world free of poverty.”

Asylum Access:Globally, we challenge barriers that keep refugees from rebuilding their lives. We do this through personalized legal assistance and by helping refugee communities organize to assert their human rights. We also challenge governments and the UN to develop and promote lasting solutions, shifting the focus from emergency aid to approaches that restore power and agency to refugee men and women.”

International Rescue Committee:The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster.”

HIAS: “HIAS rescues people whose lives are in danger for being who they are. We protect the most vulnerable refugees, helping them build new lives and reuniting them with their families in safety and freedom. We advocate for the protection of refugees and assure that displaced people are treated with the dignity they deserve. Guided by our Jewish values and history, we bring more than 130 years of expertise to our work with refugees.”

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