I mention HWSL not because I'm a new member (I've been a member since 2006), nor because our initiatives are singularly remarkable (we're not reinventing the wheel with supply drives and volunteer hours). But what does make HWSL remarkable is its spirit, and members' commitment to uplift our community by uplifting everyone else. We recognize that it doesn't always take moving mountains to make a difference. Sometimes all that is needed is for someone to stand up and say, "we'll help." That's what HWSL does - we help, in any way we can.
Luckily, HWSL is not alone. Across the country, in every community, there are organizations just like us. There are organizations filled with people willing to help. There are additionally scores more people who are willing to help, but who don't know about available organizations that can direct their energies and talents. So what I'm asking for you to do is to share a little info. If you know of an organization doing good things, tell people about it, just like I'm doing right now. If you know of people who seem particularly inclined and capable of making a difference, encourage them. Help them get connected. If you hear of events sponsored by community organizations, go to them. If you're asked to buy a potted plant to support a local charity, buy it. These small actions are so important to build momentum on the do-goodery train. We all can play a role in making a difference.
And if you're a woman over the age of 18 in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County, Virginia area, I'd love to invite you to attend an HWSL meeting. We meet the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm. Just holla. We'd love to have you.