It is easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about all the problems facing this world, especially the issue of climate change. Every second that you are not volunteering, every rally for environmental justice you don't attend, and every dollar that is not donated could be considered a missed opportunity to change lives. While the drive of always wanting to do more can help to motivate us, it can also prove extremely draining. At the end of the day, a life spent entirely in service to others is an idyllic but unachievable goal. We're not robots, and in all likelihood giving that much of yourself would cause you to burn out quicker. It is important to be able to take pleasure in the experiences that remind you why the world is an amazing place if you want to continue fighting to keep it that way.
Exploring the relationship of moral obligation to your fellow man and knowing how much of your time and wealth you are able to give is a decision that only you can make. Hopefully, this site can make it easier to get involved in whatever capacity you're able to devote. Examples of environmental and philanthropic projects and resources that DG4C can provide are:
- “Communal Composting Templates” as a way to help several of your neighbors share a compost bucket and split the cost of the service so it is less cost-prohibitive
- Potential “Ally Groups” or chances to volunteer with organizations in your area that match your skills and interests
- In-depth presentations on how to divest your finances (401k, personal accounts like credit & debit cards, mortgages & loans, etc.) away from fossil fuels, as well as licensed green financial investors able to help you make bigger decisions with confidence
- Wallet-sized contact cards with organizations in a position to help the needy in more fundamental ways than just getting spare change
- How-to guide to getting off junk mail, promotional/marketing databases, credit card solicitations, phone book distribution lists, etc
- Tips and advice on writing letters to the editor about important social issues
If you'd like any additional help along that journey, please reach out with any questions or comments you may have.
Hey there, I'm Kyle.
In 2013, I decided to begin volunteering and get serious about activism in earnest during my free time. Ever since then, I've increasingly found that every charitable organization I've gotten involved with, every shift I've logged, every town hall I've attended, every donation I've made, and every cause I've supported has given me a deeper sense of purpose and fulfillment. Besides all the societal advantages that come from engaged citizens giving back to those less fortunate or vulnerable populations, the individual benefits of volunteering are well documented.
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- DG4C is based in Chicago, and therefore many of the volunteer opportunities that we will be posting about occur within the city limits.
- We will be posting about issues that DG4C is personally interested in, however in no way do we think that it will be capturing all worthy causes, organizations, or information related to the core principles of this site. We welcome your constructive feedback and suggestions, so long as it remains relevant to the original mission of DoGood4Chi.
- DG4C would love to be a resource for people just starting their journey of service. Please reach out with any questions and we will do our best to help set up accounts or make action plans for getting involved.
- This website is not meant to be divisive, however there are unavoidable cross-sections between religion, politics & climate change. As such, DG4C will provide commentary that may take sides. No personal offense is intended, however the stakes are too high to spend time and effort presenting a balanced case when the climate science has been settled beyond a reasonable doubt.
- DG4C does not have any certified or accredited experts in any of the sciences of climate change. It's simply concerned citizens that are very passionate about how we will choose to move forward as a species. It would also be extremely gratifying if through our continued research on climate change, we helped others to understand the topics at hand more fully and led to more sustainable lifestyle choices.
*I in no way claim ownership of the photos included on this site that I did not take myself. Also, the intent of DoGood4Chi is not to turn any sort of profit, just to provide a community resource and a forum for like-minded individuals to help each other along their individual paths toward a more sustainably-minded and philanthropic lifestyle.