Economic Justice · Get Involved! · Hunger

The Little Free Pantry Project

If you’ve been paying attention to literacy activism for the past couple of years, then you’re probably already quite familiar with the notion of the Little Free Library. The idea there is that you post the little free library on your property, fill it with books, and others can take or leave materials as they… Continue reading The Little Free Pantry Project

Economic Justice

The Exhorbitant Cost of Diapers #DiaperGap

In the article, “The Diaper Divide” by Cecelia Muñoz, there is a serious discussion about the cost of diapers creating an interesting dilemma for parents. While many parents are enjoying the conveniences of having diapers delivered directly to their doorsteps, many more parents are unable to afford this basic necessity for young children. In fact, Muñoz… Continue reading The Exhorbitant Cost of Diapers #DiaperGap

Economic Justice

The Cycle of Poverty

What is the cycle of poverty? In general, it is the trend where a family becomes impoverished for at least three generations. There have been many different approaches to trying to break the cycle of poverty, and the efforts to free families from being trapped by poverty are noble. but it’s a hard cycle to… Continue reading The Cycle of Poverty

Economic Justice · Environment

Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project

What happens when you have a vacant lot in a city? Rather than leave the space empty, North Chicago is turning vacant lots into pop-up gardens. According to a Nation Swell article by Kathleen O’Brian, “North Chicago Vacant Lots Turn Into Pop-Up Gardens,” a local resident, Lamonda Joy, has taken these lots and transformed them… Continue reading Chicago’s Peterson Garden Project

Economic Justice · Human Rights · Hunger

What Is Poverty?

Getting involved with organizations that wish to strike out poverty is a noble mission. In order to understand why so many people are concerned with the plight of those living in poverty, it’s important to first answer the question, “What is poverty? The World Bank defines poverty this way: “Poverty is hunger. Poverty is lack… Continue reading What Is Poverty?

Economic Justice · Healthcare

J.B. Dondolo and Hospital Hope

*This is a reprint of the article I wrote for Equanimity Magazine, “From Start to Finish” profiling an organization I’m involved with, J.B. Dondolo. I wanted to take a moment and introduce you to a pet project of mine.* Whenever you start a project, you generally intend see it through to completion. This is the grounding… Continue reading J.B. Dondolo and Hospital Hope

Economic Justice · Economic Justice

Organization Profile: Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that I have actually worked for. I helped to build a house in 2011 through their Women’s Build program. They are a great organization to be involved with.  You can see me playing amateur electrician in the image to the right. If you’re looking for volunteer work that… Continue reading Organization Profile: Habitat for Humanity