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What can you do to get involved in your community?

Rosa Parks

Since I found World Pulse, I began to write more frequently. I started a blog. I would like to share an entry that I wrote yesterday because I mixed stories of legends and everyday people together to generate interest in community involvement. Since we are a community here, I wanted to extend it to you. The blog is called "What can you do to get involved in your community?" The link to find it online is http://spiritualitywealthcommunityimpact.blogspot.com/

Below is my post:

It can appear to be a staggering task to get involved with your community, but what will happen to your community if you do not get involved?

Commonly, people use their limitations as excuses to validate why they are incapable of engaging in their ‘community’. The greatest leaders and inventors in history embarked on change by using the limited resources they had at their disposal.

It is anger, frustration, and being fed up that typically incites people to take action. There is also something to say to those who do not act out of these emotions but rather provide maintenance and sustenance even in terrific times. They are the ones to keep the movement going when everyone else looses interest.

Though we live in a reactive society, human beings have a great ability to harness powerful emotions toward common interests.

Some will say: “But how can I do anything? I have no money or I have little time.”

Let's take a look at Susan B Anthony. She was a leader in the woman's suffrage movement in the mid to late 1800's. She fought for teacher’s equal pay, coed education, and college education for girls. Prevailing by use of her skills to lecture, she educated, facilitated, and congregated women together. When organizations refused to let women participate, she harnessed her leadership powers to initiate her own groups including the first women's Temperance Association, Woman's Loyal League, and The National Women Suffrage Association. One of the ultimate resources she had was her ability to teach. She used it to help enact the first laws in New York that granted women rights over their children and property. Remaining driven and focused she initiated a group of women to the polls, though she was arrested and sentenced to a fine that she refused to pay, the other woman replicated her integrity and united until the case was heard in front of the Supreme Court. She used the potential of education, focus, and leadership as tools to govern change.

Next let’s look at Rosa Parks; she harnessed the ability to remain stead fast and unmoved from her seat on the bus. This sparked Martin Luther King JR. to launch the Montgomery bus boycott movement where over 17,000 black Montgomery residents boycotted the buses for almost a year. Because of Rosa Parks’ refusal to compromise her dignity, worth, and virtue, her bravery drove a pivotal stage in the civil rights movement. Eventually, the Supreme Court declared segregation on buses unconstitutional. Unity, perseverance, and remaining stead fast were tools used to engage community involvement. This event not only proved to be a victory in the legislation but it also showed the power of community unification.

In North Africa and in the Middle East groups of women formed an organization called MENA. This organization is a business women's network designed to launch social progress and economic development.

In New York, Vivian Gonzalez works as an Employment Counselor, with the NYS Department of Labor in downtown Brooklyn. Mrs. Gonzalez previously served as an activist and advocate for incarcerated women at the Women’s Prison Association, where she advocated for their release and reunification with their families. She volunteers her time holding recreational events for geriatric patients in hospice and also helps to connect people in her Bronx home town to job opportunities. She wakes up at 5:00 am every morning to begin her day. She is a professional, a wife, a mother, an entertainer, and a vital connection to jobs that provide people with independence in her community.

In Pennsylvania, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Tara Simmons has helped to start an organization in her community called Building Bridges. Building Bridges helps children that have issues interacting inappropriately with others. She uses her willpower, motivation, and dedication to support her community, even when there is resistance. It is her act of kindness that keeps the vision alive.

Earl Lucas of Reading Pennsylvania created the Afro/Latino Magazine over 7 years ago. The bi-weekly magazine is distributed to thousands of places throughout Berks, Dauphin, and Montgomery County. His magazine provides affordable advertising to many of the local businesses. He has also been able to use his brand to launch a yearly parade in which the community comes together to enjoy each other’s culture, food, and activities.

These individuals are only a few of the numerous amounts of people who have and are becoming involved in their communities.

In almost all cases these individuals pulled together the resources they had accessible to them to ignite change. Providing vital services to their communities and using action to inspire others.

It is not what can I do but rather how can I use the resources I have accessible to me to begin serving my community.

We all have the ability the harness the power that is within us.

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VITSAF's picture

wow what an inspiration

Dear Rochelle,
I want to say thank you for saying it as it is, I can completely relate to that, the rate at which excuses rule today especially in my part of the world is amazing.
Truly when I see especially women lamenting at things going wrong ans when you ask them what they we can do to change or salvage the situation, you hear things like ' I am only a woman and cannot do anything even when their children future is involved. Am talking about women here I simply believe we are the greatest changemakers.

I am really inspired, I am so charged again reading what my fellow women have done in the past, by God's grace I'll also leave remarkable prints on the stone.

Thanks so much again for this beautiful piece

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Rochelle White's picture

Yes You Will

Yes you will leave a remarkable print on the stone behind!

Be not discouraged by others but continue to move in a way that ignites motivation and change. Eventually those who can will begin to step up because they see you doing it.

Never give up your mission and always let God lead the way!!!

I am a resource, any knowledge that I can share or help with let me know.

Best

Rochelle

Maya Norton's picture

Rochelle

Rochelle, this is a piece I appreciate reading. I especially like how you talk about women who are our best known examples of social activisists and also "everyday women." Here's a quote I really like by Alice Walker that you reminded me of: "Activism is my rent for living on this planet."

Just so you know, MENA is an acronym for Middle East/North Africa and is a widely used term in the region to cover all sorts of activities.

Keep on writing and speaking for women everywhere,

~ Maya

Rochelle White's picture

Thank you Maya

Yes, I like that quote a lot!

Thank you for MENA's acronym, I am aware and the efforts set forth by the organization. A lot of people are unfamilar with many of the movements women are making world wide so I am being to include the information into my writing peices for inspiration.

We have to continue to motivate and love another. You are my sister regardless of where in the world you reside.

Jesus said to love God and love your neighbor as yourself.. I truly believe that if we can show examples of heroic people making changes in their community, we can inspire others to recognize that when we do contribute we doing just that, 'Loving our neighbor as our self'.

Life becomes better all around for everyone.

Best

Rochelle

Maya Norton's picture

Blessings, Rochelle. ~ Maya

Blessings, Rochelle.

~ Maya

Monica09's picture

Nice read!

Dear Rochelle,

Your article is very encouraging. I enjoyed reading it. Keep writing!

Best wishes,
~ Monica

Rochelle White's picture

Thank you Monica

Thank you!!

I am happy you enjoyed it!!!

Best

Rochelle

hayibo safiatou's picture

hi

your world are very encouraging.i like the way you talk about women keep doing it

Rochelle White's picture

Thank you

Thank you!

I am happy you were encourage also.. Never give up and always keep moving forward.

Best

Rochelle

Rahmana Karuna's picture

eleanor rooselvelt

i am just reading her biography Volume 2, years 1933-1938 by blanche wiesen cook
the years franklin d roosevelt took presidency, and she his wife. trembling to not follow the footsteps of other white house wives / first ladies who all got really sick, or died, in office......WHAT AN ACTIVIST. and to read this, it is EXACTLY what is going on today, pretty much.
chip away at the ridiculous, way/path of no sacredness.
i love emma goldman, margaret sanger, goldie of isreal,
thank you for a nice told story.

Rochelle White's picture

Your Welcome

Thank you for adding additional women to the content. Yes! These women are great and something is to be said about women when they achieve position still helping other women.. Keep reading.. Reading provides the knowledge we need to stand strong and fight. Please keep me posted on the knowledge you obtain for this biography. I love to learn.

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Rochelle

Woman of voice's picture

Lets stand

I think everyone is capable of doing something, but lazyness kicks in. We can all make a difference with the resources at our disposal, sometimes its just your voice that you need.

Rochelle White's picture

Agreed

Agreed. Thank you for pointing that out. Procrastination too.. You are right we can all make a difference. Thank you for reading

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Rochelle

otahelp's picture

powerful motivation

I am greatly motivated and revived reading this post. Rochelle, you are wonderful. We all can actually do something. Nobody is irrelevant. We all have something to offer, if you can speak powerfully, you move others by action or mentor others in living a good life. there are so many things innate in some body. Lets harness them for the growth and development of our society, community and the world at large

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Lets keep the light shining

Rochelle White's picture

So right

No one in this world is irrelevant.. We must believe in ourselves no matter what odds are against us. Thank you for reading!! You are wonderful as well. Everyone has a resource, no matter how big or how small.

Best

Rochelle

Debra K Adams MA's picture

Love your blog!

I have this song on my iTunes and love it so much, I went to find the lyrics to share with all
I think very timely with your blog!

CARRIE UNDERWOOD LYRICS

"Change"

What you're gonna do with the 36 cents
Sticky with coke on your floorboard
When a woman on the street is huddled in the cold
On a sidewalk bench trying to keep warm
Do you call her over, hand her the change
Ask her her story, ask her her name
Or do you tell yourself

"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"
"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"

What you're gonna do when you're watching TV
And an ad comes on, yeah, you know the kind
Flashing up pictures of a child in need
For a dime a day, you could save a life
Do you call the number, reach out a hand
Or do you change the channel, call it a scam
Do you tell yourself

"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"
Don't listen to them when they say
"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"
Oh, the smallest thing can make all the difference
Love is alive, don't listen to them when they say
"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"

The world's so big, it can break your heart
And you just want to help, not sure where to start
So you close your eyes
And send up a prayer into the dark

"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"
Don't listen to them when they say
"You're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world"
Oh, the smallest thing can make all the difference
Love is alive, don't listen to them when they say

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
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Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

Rochelle White's picture

Thank you

Very cool.. Those lyrics say it all.. Yes we must be the change we want in the world.. Eventually others will catch on:) Thank you for reading!

Best

Rochelle

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead
US anthropologist & popularizer of anthropology (1901 - 1978)

"Be the change you want in the world." Gandhi

Debra K. Adams, MA
See my vizify bio! https://www.vizify.com/debra-k-adams-ma-pdv-cws
Survivors In Service: Self Empowerment Strategies (SiSSeS)
Consultant/Speaker/Author & Owner/Founder

Rochelle White's picture

Yes

Yes, very true words spoken indeed.. We must act, be doers and not just hears, teachers, not just students and together we must come together.

Best

Rochelle

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