Last year, my oldest daughter’s Girl Scout troop participated in a Journey badge program called Agent of Change. There were 3 parts—the power of one, the power of team and the power of community. The girls learned about recognizing & defining their strengths, working as a team and empowering a community. All three lessons were vitally important, but the ultimate goal was teaching the girls how powerful it is to join forces for real change. Yes, each girl is just one person, but together they can make a difference.
That’s the real power of community. What can 1 person do? Well, a lot—really—but major change can happen when people join forces to make a difference. The idea that little things add up to huge impacts has always fascinated me. I am only one person and while I can use my deals to buy a few extra groceries every week, a community of people doing the same thing can end childhood hunger!
It’s how a guy from Indiana can raise hundreds of dollars by getting his followers to send $.36 each. It’s how one blog’s readers can pull together what little they each have to support a family in need. And, it’s how $1.50 can save hundreds of lives in the Congo. You can’t change the world, but together we can make it just a little bit better!
One of the things that has always been a party of our mission is encouraging our community to get involved and share with others, even when they are on a tight budget themselves. It is often surprisingly easy to help others just by being aware of what is available to you. Thankful Thursday is our chance to share the opportunities, organizations and services we have found!