To those who came reeling out of Tuesday night with a fierce desire to take action, this is for you. Small donations can make a difference. Volunteering can make a difference. And more than anything, voting can make a difference. If millennials like us want change, we have to do something about it. So your friendly neighborhood Unravel team hit the decks for you.
Ripples start small and grow bigger. Vote in midterm elections. Vote for your mayor, for your commissioners, for various local organizational boards. And yeah, vote for President.
“Hi, I want to put my money where my mouth is. Where can I go?” We got you. But the list is long, and can be overwhelming. It’s okay to pick just one. Local organizations need just as much help as national ones, so try those as well. Here are a few highlights:
The American Civil Liberties Union punches way above its belt working to defend individual rights and liberties protected in the Constitution. Donate here.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is the country’s largest Muslim civil rights organization. Donate here. Florida has chapters in Orlando, Tampa and south Florida you can check out here.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP PEOPLE
Volunteer. Pick an organization from the above list, or one of your own ideas, and sign up. Many organizations are short-staffed and so grateful for the help, it’s easy to get involved. It doesn’t even have to be long. A few hours a week can go a long way to make you feel like you’re making a difference. Because you are.
Be an ally. The stories of xenophobic and racist hate crimes and personal attacks all over the country have risen. In the U.K., people of goodwill started wearing plain empty safety pins as symbols of solidarity. It says you’re safe, and it says you will help if you see injustice. A literal SAFETY pin. Read about the pin initiative here.
Take care of yourself. You can’t help others if you are falling apart. If you need someone to talk to or are having suicidal thoughts, reach out.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, because every life is a life worth keeping: 1-800-273-8255;
- The Trans Lifeline, staffed by transgender people, for transgender people: 877-565-8860.
- The Trevor Project specifically helps LGBT youth: 866-488-7386
- Too upset to talk on the phone? The Crisis Text Line served anyone, free, 24/7. Text START to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will respond.