How it started
Beginning in 2009, when the world economy started to fail, I was one of the many hit hard by both a bad economy and bad luck. I was known to shout out in frustration, “I want to save the world, but I can’t even save myself.” During this difficult time I was amazed at the support that came from unexpected sources. Things changed for me in the beginning of 2011. I soon realized that others were still having challenges. So I decided it was time for me to give back. To pay it forward so to speak. Perhaps even begin saving the world one step at a time.
In August 2011 I drove across the U.S where I met people at various stops along the way. I stopped at job fairs, homeless shelters, churches and other places where I met people who were still having financial challenges. I told the stories of six of the people I met. At the end of the trip, readers voted for who I gave $1,000 to. The people I spoke with didn’t know there was any money involved. They knew simply that I was a writer profiling people having a tough time in a challenging economy. When I went through my challenges, I felt like I had no voice. This gave them a voice.
We’re now into the second phase of the Rebel-With-A-Cause project. It’s a tie-in with my travel writing website Drop Me Anywhere. Readers vote on where I travel without a plan. While on each trip, I will spend a day, or part of a day, volunteering with a local organization. I’ll then write about that organization here. I’ll let you know what they do, who, or what they help, and how you can get involved.
So please read and share. And if you’d stop by Drop Me Anywhere and vote, I’d be grateful.
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“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”