Living in Sync with those that Motivate Us!
In a world riddled with a pandemic, and a country seemingly so divided that working together for the better of the whole seems almost impossible, it is easy at times to become discouraged about what lies ahead. For us, taking the time to turn our attention to organizations that are trying to make a difference can provide some much-needed inspiration and hope. Mahatma Gandhi once said, "be the change you want to see in the world". There are many grass-roots organizations across the globe that are doing just that. Here are just a few, that for us, represent not only our connection to each other but to all that surrounds us.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity demonstrates compassion for our fellow man. Founded in Americus Georgia in 1976 by Millard and Linda Fuller, Habitat now operates in all 50 states and 70 countries as a non-governmental and nonprofit organization with a mission to bring people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Habitat has now helped more than 29 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since its founding in 1976. As of 2020, Habitat was the largest not-for-profit builder in the world. But Habitat is not a free ride. Anyone who benefits must invest themselves in the building of their home but will in turn, have the support of a community of skilled and non-skilled volunteer help around them. In our opinion, Habitat for Humanity models personal responsibility, altruism, and human compassion in its highest and best form.
The Surfrider Foundation demonstrates compassion for our environment, and we see it and other organizations like this, as an opportunity to become personally involved in the protection of our planet and its resources. A grassroots environmental organization, The Surfrider Foundation was founded in Malibu in 1984 and focuses on the preservation of water quality, beach access, beach and surf preservation, and sustaining marine and coastal ecosystems. The organization functioned primarily as a loose advocacy group until 1991 when the first chapters were founded. And it is a sound investment. You can protect Ventura County’s 43 miles of coastline through participation in their local activities and/or through donations. The Ventura County Chapter boasts that for every $1.00 donation 87 cents goes directly to support our coastal environment. Protecting our environment against human impact is our responsibility. These types of grassroots organizations are indispensable to this cause. If you would like to know more about the Ventura County Surfrider Foundation and how you get involved you can check them out right here.
The Gentle Barn
The Gentle Barn demonstrates compassion for all sentient beings and is a personal favorite of ours. Founded on a ½ acre in 1999 by Ellie Laks, the name reflects their focus on the rescue of farm animals from torture and inhumane treatment In the founder’s own words, “At The Gentle Barn we stand up for the innocent, and we help animals and children alike remember that they matter. We open people’s hearts to their connections with nature. We open people’s minds to what is happening around us. And we inspire people to be an integral part of the solution”. There is a broader context to this message which you can find on their website, but you get the drift. In 2003 The Gentle Barn expanded to 6 acres in Santa Clarita and have since expanded to Tennessee and Missouri. You can donate and even adopt an animal if you like. For us, it’s fun to follow them on Facebook. Check out their page and you’ll see why.