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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Like Minds - Making a Little Go a Long Way

Welcome to “Like Minds” and our first guest blogger, Alisa Bondurant, who’s figured out how to carve off a sliver of her busy schedule to do social good – with just a few, well-placed keystrokes:

I’ve always liked to get my social mojo on -- I love volunteering, and I enjoy being around people who like to help others, too.  But in 2009, my daughter turned three and my husband accepted a job that would take him away from home up to 60 hours a week. Like many others, I was suddenly faced with little time to volunteer. I set about finding a way to give back in my “new life,” and in the process figure out ways other busy working parents could do good even if limited by time and money.

The solution presented itself in the form of 140 characters: I would provide a simple way of giving back, every day, five days-a-week from @Giveback2day, my Twitter feed. I now seek out and present activities that don’t require a monetary donation, such as food and clothing drives, or opportunities to donate without spending anything extra such as shopping via Social Good Network. I also tried to find and promote opportunities to share the experience with our children.

Here’s what’s happened so far: I’ve tweeted about social good activities more than a thousand times, which have then been retweeted a thousand times. My followers have expanded from 20 to close to 1000, and I have gotten some cool notoriety: November 2009 Channel 7’s Hero, 2010 Idaho Business Review Women of the Year, and Boise Coop Member Hero. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

As for me, I personally have acted on several of the opportunities I’ve tweeted, and my daughter is getting into helping out, too.  Just a few days ago she heard on the radio that a young mother was in need of clothes, and she asked if we could bring her some of the clothes she’s outgrown. Makes a mother proud! I also know this: No matter how busy or broke you might be, there are still are tons of ways you can make a difference in someone’s life. And it honestly can take just a few minutes – or 140 quick and easy little characters on Twitter.

-- Alisa Bondurant

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