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What is SocialVibe?

If you look over to the right, you’ll notice that yet another widget has been added to my blog. As many of you know, I am a big fan of people helping people, and SocialVibe is a big fan of it as well. The only difference between me and them? They have a small army of people, money, and connections to make it happen, and I don’t. What I do have though is a blog, a MySpace, a twitter, and a Facebook. And I have friends. Not many, but enough. And hopefully, I have readers that are just as passionate as I am about helping those who are less fortunate than themselves.

Another issue that is near and dear to my heart is LGBTQ youth, mostly because I used to be one of them. I know what its like to wonder if anyone would really miss me if I decided to end my life. I know what it was like to be picked on, teased, harassed, and downright hated because I was different. And I know that I would have definitely appreciated people and organizations like The Trevor Project, which is dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth who are considering suicide. And I’ll be damned if another generation of kids goes through life without the resources they need, so I’m doing all I can to make sure they get the resources they need to be joyful, productive members of society. And you can help as well.

I don’t have money, Lord knows that. What I do have is time and a computer. And since your reading this, I’m assuming you have the same. So click on that widget, take a few moments out of your day to complete some activities and send a few requests to your friends. It’s completely free, and you’ll be helping kids like Tyler Clementi realize they’re not alone in this world and that somebody DOES care about them.

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Bring on 2010!

As 2009 comes to a close, its time to look back and be thankful for the many blessings we have. A roof over our heads, food in our stomachs, clothes on our back, family who love us whether they want to or not, and friends that stick closer than glue. Maybe you got lucky this year and found love in the arms of someone who cares very deeply for you, maybe you didn’t (I sure did!)

But what about those that aren’t so fortunate? Often we don’t like to think about them as much. But they need our thoughts, our prayers, and our actions, now more than ever. So the next time you see someone begging for money, go buy them lunch. Volunteer at the local homeless shelter. Donate the piles of clothes you never wear to the local goodwill. Teach your children the importance of valuing the individual rather than the statistic. Yes, there are less than scrupulous people who will try to take advantage of your generosity. But does that mean the person who has simply stumbled and needs a helping hand is any less deserving of your assistance?

This issue is rather close to my heart, not because I’ve been there, but simply because I hate to see people suffering. Every human being has the right to live a life better than the one pictured above, simply because they were born. We have action groups to make sure that animals aren’t mistreated, yet homelessness in America is an issue that is, by and large ignored by lawmakers and policy shifters the world over. Homeless people are viewed as a nuisance, something to be swept under the rug and forgotten about. That is someone’s child, someone’s loved one. Regardless of the circumstances that led them to where they are, they deserve all the help we can give them, so long as they are willing to help themselves.

So I urge you, as you’re getting ready for your parties and making sure your kids are tucked safely away in bed, to remember these people and resolve to help them in the new year. It’s the actions of individuals that lead to change.

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