I really love to find stories about individuals or groups who are making a difference by coming up with ingenious and effective ideas.
Recently I ran across an article in our local Sarasota paper that renewed my faith in humanity. New Life Village is a community of retired people in Tampa, Florida, who volunteer to be surrogate grandparents and safe mentors for foster care children who are victims of abuse or neglect. The volunteers give the children a safe and supportive environment that helps them make the transition to adoption or a return to their parents.
Here’s the beauty of it: the volunteers receive not only the satisfaction of making a significant difference in the lives of the children they help, but they also receive reduced rent for the the town homes they live in, which are shared by other volunteers, thus giving them a village of people who are caring for foster children.
Isn’t that brilliant? A win-win for everyone, including our world. I would like to see ideas like this spread across our planet, wouldn’t you?
Do you know of other grassroots groups in your community that are making a difference? Please pass them along if you do so we can all be inspired.