Global Youth Service Day is coming up in just a few days, and as a service-based organization, you can only imagine how excited we are to celebrate by multiplying good. But obviously, this year is vastly different than our projects in the past. Hope and community are arguably more important now than ever, and it’s crucial that we ramp up our service efforts to reflect the growing need that COVID19 is illuminating… we just need to get a bit creative as we settle into a “new abnormal.”
In light of this, the Multiplying Good Youth Advisory Board, the Think Big Team, is activating in a new way, and bringing volunteering to homes across the nation as part of Multiplying Good’s Service From Your Sofa initiative. We’ll be making masks for essential service workers, ourselves, and our families. These masks are vital to our health and wellbeing right now, learn more about why and then get busy making them! Access our simple toolkits to make no-sew masks for your friends of family, or sewn masks for healthcare workers. You’re invited to join us for live demonstrations on Facebook live at 1 PM on Friday, April 17, and at 3 PM on Saturday, April 18, and Sunday, April 19.
(Pictured Above: Think Big Team members Leanne, Coby, Ashley, Abigail, Shannen, Aaron, and Abby on a tour of Washington D.C. at the 2019 Jefferson Awards Ceremony.)
Why service? As a member of the Think Big Team, I can attest to the transformative power of service. Four years ago, I attended Multiplying Good’s Jefferson Awards in Washington, DC and my life was changed forever. Seeing the positive impact that individuals are capable of inspired me to pursue justice and service throughout my college career. I’ve stayed involved with Multiplying Good in several ways since then, but most importantly by prioritizing service wherever life takes me. This is true for people of all ages, but at Multiplying Good we recognize that the earlier people are introduced to the power of service, the larger their ripple of positivity change can be.
For many, social distancing has given them time to learn a new skill, catch up on their favorite TV show, or finally finish that book. We hope that on this Global Youth Service Day, you use your time to join us in serving others, validating their impact, and creating a community of changemakers.