How You Can Help

As we all know… our world is a very loud place right now. And a lot of it is weighing heavily on us. Between eco-anxiety, civil rights issues, violence, and other political storms, we are inundated daily with problems that have seemingly no solution.

While I think it’s incredibly important to maintain passion and energy when it comes to improving our world, we can’t become crippled by the endless stream of bad news. We also can’t give up hope that solutions are out there, which is why I thought I would do my small part to help us, well… help. Being an ally to those in places of misfortune is less talking and more doing. So let’s do it together!

This post certainly wont change the world, and it may not have any impact at all. I am however, confident that a resource list like this will help me remember where some solutions are, especially when they seem very far away.

Here’s a master list of resources for how you can help. Feel free to add any resources you know of in the comments, too! If each of us give even a small amount of time or money to these issues, we will be moving in the right direction.

The Climate Crisis

What’s going on: Basically, the economic system we’ve grown to depend on is destroying the planet. The majority of these environmental impacts are at the hands of corporations. There’s billions more tons of plastic waste than there are people on the planet and we are producing vastly more textile waste than we are consuming. Scary, I know! But we can do something about it. Remember- consumers dictate the market.

How you can help: Reduce your consumption, buy only what you need and make sure it is ethically made of sustainable materials, and cut down on your food waste & meat intake. Coordinate a garbage clean up with your friends & community. Arrange a clothing swap to avoid clothing going to the landfill (remember- only about 10% of donated clothing ends up being sold). Hold corporations accountable and most importantly let your dollar speak for you.

Organizations to donate to:

  • The Ocean Cleanup working to reduce the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by 50% in 5 years

  • Surfrider Foundation also dedicated to health of our oceans by focusing on activism-based cleanups and education

  • The Rainforest Foundation partners with indigenous communities in Central and South America to protect and restore the rainforest

The U.S. Border Crisis

What’s going on: To spare the emotional triggers that detail may have on some of those reading this, here and here are some great articles explaining the human rights violations currently happening at the U.S. Mexico border.

How you can help: Contact your representatives, regularly. YouLobby will connect you to the representatives in your state and also provide scripts. If you are anxious about this, call outside of office hours. Voicemails still count! Raices Texas will also email your representatives on your behalf. Donate to trustworthy organizations working to release interned children and families. Make sure your friends and family know what’s happening. Be vocal.

Organizations to donate to:

  • Raices Texas offers legal aid to detainees in the hope of rectifying the human rights violations they are currently facing while working to keep families together.

  • KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) also offers legal representation and lobbies to protect detained minors.

  • Al Otro Lado is an organization that offers legal representation to deportees, especially those whose children remain in U.S. custody.

  • Pueblo Sin Fronteras provides humanitarian aid and shelter to migrants en route to the U.S.

Gun Violence

What’s going on: While I think most people have a general (if not detailed) understanding of the gun issue in America, here are some statistics on the impact gun violence has had in recent years.

How you can help: Just like with any political issue, contacting your representatives is important. It’s also important to understand where representatives have relationships, as a large number of reps are supported by the NRA (and oftentimes donate to/receive funding from anti-LGBTQ+ organizations). Regardless of their political leanings, your voice as a constituent matters. The more you bother them, the harder it will be for them to ignore you. Educate your peers through statistics and facts. Communicate with your community and advocate for those struggling with the impact of violence.

Organizations to donate to:

  • Everytown For Gun Safety is a legislation-based organization that pushes reform in gun policy.

  • The Brady Campaign is one of the most established gun control organizations that focuses especially on enforcement of existing policy.

LGBTQ+ Safety & Advocacy

What’s going on: Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or not, it’s important to understand the discrimination and violence community members face.

How you can help: Support the legitimacy of the community and recognize your privilege. Don’t let your own misunderstanding of something cloud your humanity (just because you can’t relate, doesn’t mean it isn’t real). Volunteer your time and resources to local organizations that support the health and safety of the Queer community. Transgender people (especially Black trans women) are subject to violence and housing issues, so seek out local trans-friendly shelters to volunteer your time or donate food/toiletries.

Organizations to donate to:

  • National Center for Transgender Equality advocates for the trans community on the local, state, and national level.

  • GLSEN (“Glisten”) works to create safe and affirming environments in K-12 schools for LGBTQ+ youth. Th

  • NQTTCN (The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network) provides community and resources to trans and queer people of color with the goal of improving mental health support in the community.

No matter where your passion lies, you have the power to help. Community is our greatest resource when it comes to supporting the health and wellbeing of our world, so I hope that our little community here is able to make some small impact. Remember that no situation is hopeless! Take care of yourself, understand that your struggles are valid, and take a little time out of your day to give back.

Bailey Christine