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Book Review: Change the World, Change Your Life

We talk about wanting to change the world a lot here at Daily Grommet -- we're doing it by giving everyday people a way to support the products, services and people that matter most to them.  Just recently, I read about a young woman, Angela Perkey, whose new book is something I'd like to support:  Change the World, Change Your Life: Discover Your Life Purpose Through Service.  Angela founded and volunteers as the Executive Director of a national, non-profit organization called Students Serve and we invited her to write a guest post for us today.

Change the World, Change Your Life

We'd also like to give one lucky reader a copy of the book. Leave a comment for Angela, tell us about an organization you support, or how you're making a difference. We'll randomly select one winner, and send you your own copy of Change the World, Change Your Life - it's a great gift, and a great read too.

Simple Ways You Can Make a Difference, by Angela Perkey

Giving to other people is one of the most effective ways to change and improve your own life.  Through volunteer service, you can use your talents and skills to help solve a local or global problem.  Nothing can compare to seeing the direct impact that your work has on filling urgent needs in your neighborhood or making a meaningful difference to someone else.  Changing the world can change our own lives as well.

Although most of us lead busy lives, it’s possible to make a contribution in a way that doesn’t require a lot of time and can even reduce stress.  Here are a few simple ways that you can make a meaningful impact and also improve your own life:

1. Start ClippingAngela Perkay, Change the World, Change Your Life

Not everyone can afford to buy the food they need for their families, and there are ways you can help—even while strolling down the supermarket aisles.  If you cut out coupons, be sure to clip the offers that you don’t plan to use in addition to the coupons for products that regularly appear on your grocery list.  For example, if you have no need to buy baby formula or diapers, cut out those coupons anyway.  Then, when you’re in the grocery store and passing through the baby aisle, place the coupons that you don’t need on the shelves.  You never know who will be coming along behind you.  You might help a mother on WIC or food stamps save several dollars, which she can use to buy some fresh fruits and vegetables for her family.

2. Give Someone a Job

Unemployment is still soaring, and many people are out of work.  If you’re fortunate enough to be employed, look to see if your company is hiring.  If so, think about whether or not you know of anyone who would be a good fit for one of the open positions.  As a current employee, you can provide a reference for someone, and this can help them land a new job.  If they’re hired, an added benefit is that you may receive a referral bonus from your company.

3. Clean Up

If you haven’t worn an item in your closet over the past year, chances are you’ll never wear it again in your life.  Go ahead and get rid of that extra baggage.  Free yourself from clothes that don’t fit and don’t flatter your body!

Volunteering enables you to form connections with other people and help solve the world problems we face.  By making efforts to give to others, even if it’s as simple as cutting coupons, you can make an impact and also improve your own life.

Thanks so much, Angela!

General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment or question on today’s post. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a win a copy of Change the World, Change Your Life: Discover Your Life Purpose Through Service. Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 10:00 am EST April 16th through 10:00 pm EST April 19, 2010.


  • Janet Dillon Says:

    Thank you, Angela, you are such an inspiration! Many blessings to you.

    We at City Farmer hope to make a difference by inspiring and empowering folks to grow their own food, eat right and teach their children to follow. We are currently scouting a location for our first urban farm - a teaching, growing, gathering and market facility - where we hope to create a model for other gardens (school, community, and urban) and provide turnkey solutions for communities everywhere.

    All the best, Jan Dillon, Executive Director, City Farmer

  • Julia Says:

    Great work, Angela! I love your point about giving someone a job. I have an uncle who makes a point of hiring people who have spent time in prison. He figures that someone has to give them a second chance to get reintegrated into society, and I love his way of seeing things.

    And there is indeed so much we can all give if we just clean up our own homes! I wish more folks gave professional attire to Dress for Success and prom gowns to places like The Princess Project and Donate My Dress.

    My favorite volunteer volunteer work has always been with animals, and I am so lucky to work with the Primate Rescue Center (www.primaterescue.org) as a volunteer. I also have a public health background, and I believe very strongly in the way Doctors Without Borders (www.msf.org) operates.

    Thanks for a wonderful blog post! All the best to you...

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