Do you remember a moment in which someone, without any obligations, had a gesture of kindness or compassion to you? Who did it felt? You can infer where this is going, the point is grabbing a piece of paper and write something kind to someone else and give it to him, and you can do it in two ways: Leaving the piece of paper somewhere in the street (for example, bus stop, public phones, on a mailbox…) or give it directly to someone you know is having a tough moment and will benefit of being the receptor or a compassionate act (it could be a face-to-face deliver or you can do it in a more subtle way (for example, leaving it in his/her bag, door, notebook…) On the paper, you can write anything you want, recognizing that just as you, it’s probable that the person who reads it had experienced recent discomfort, maybe in that exact moment he or she is experiencing pain… and that just as you, that person wants to be free from suffering. You can write a poem, a phrase, maybe just a “have a nice day”, whatever you think might help that person…
1. Learn and understand - all about an estuary, what is actually happening to the water of Long Island Sound, what impact do we the citizens have on it. 2. Students will be involved in citizen science project - A Day in the Life of the Nissequogue River, collecting samples for scientists. 3. Learning from New York State Department of Environment Education experts how to make the necessary changes to improve the quality of water entering the sound. Planning , taking the actions, and educating our community.
Our project supports cancer research. We completed it by going door to door collecting donations and asking family and friends.
Drop in House Taking a shower – we take it for granted. For most Americans taking a shower is simply a matter of walking into the bathroom and turning on the shower faucet. It’s a part of the routine they don’t even think about. However for homeless people, fulfilling this simple need is an every day challenge. You might think that the obvious solution for homeless people is shelter, but the fact is that many homeless people avoid shelters for number of reasons. Some of them are listed here: - Complicated , often an invasive and disrespectful check-in process – Homeless people are often asked if they have a family member or girlfriend/boyfriend they can stay with, basically encouraging them not to use the facility - Staff Assumptions about Drug Use and Criminality - Danger of Theft, No protection from thieves - Fear of Contracting Parasites - No matter how clean a facility is kept; the danger of getting parasites by using it is still very high. - Hours of Operation Incompatible with Work Hours – Many homeless people work and it is impossible for them to be on time to use the facilities - Danger of Rape or Assault - Homeless shelters are often hunting grounds for human predators. Attendants and volunteer workers in the shelters are not trained to deal with that problem. - Lack of Handicapped Accommodations - Disabilities make use difficult Some homeless people with income use gym showers, but again for less fortunate ones that option is not available. In order to obtain personal hygiene many are forced to use alternative places such as public bathrooms in city parks, bus and train stations, truck stops, and fast food restaurants. For women who are homeless, there is an additional burden to personal hygiene: their menstrual cycle. Families with children, especially if the children still require diapers also face extra challenges. Homeless: A high risk group for the public health Homeless people are three to six times more likely to become ill than housed people (National Health Care for the Homeless Council, 2008). Their living conditions (lack of basic hygiene such as inability to wash and change clothes) provide an ideal setting for the spread of lice, fleas, ticks and mites. On the other hand, poor hygiene conditions along with the limited access to health care systems both contribute to the increasing spread of the respective arthropod-borne disease. Idea The idea to establish the Drop in House is in the first place the idea of the homeless people themselves who when asked: What do you need the most? answered: A shower so I can clean myself and wash my clothes. Goal of the program The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improvement of the access to rights of the homeless people who request or consent to service which is offered. This is going be achieved through founding Drop in Houses where homeless people can have easy access to shower and washing/drying facilities. The Drop-in House is going to be a “safe” place for homeless people where they can maintain personal hygiene and receive medical care. Furthermore, it will ensure access to other services, rights and measures offered by the system of health care, social protection and other relevant systems. Services Services offered in the Drop-in Houses are going to be designed in cooperation with homeless people, outreach workers, and with consultations from partner organizations as well as partners from the New York City Department of Homeless Service. People working in the Drop-in House People working in the Drop-in House should be trained medical staff and volunteers who are available from 6am to 10pm. Apart from them, there should be outreach workers who regularly visit homeless people in places where they live and work. The principles of operations The Drop-in Center is going to be widely recognized after two basic principles. It is the principle of simple check in procedure and principle of consent . These principles does not entail unlimited freedom of choice in an unlimited time frame or creation of space which is completely free from rules and conditions. Professionals working with homeless acknowledge that they need structured space since it provides a sense of security. However, all of the Drop in programs will follow the principle of consent, as it recognizes it as a critical phase even though it is just a temporary solution.
We will meet at the Carrington house and play Bingo with the residence for several hours while snacking on ice cream and Popsicle. We will do the same on a monthly basis.
Make a phone call, write a letter, or just talk with my soul mate who hasn't connected for a long time at any time when both of us is available.
Bringing awareness of sustainability to our community through education programs and projects that are fun for all ages. School Outreach project Plastic Bag committee Community garden
To share Dr. Goodall's message of hope, connection, and peace.
We will extend the high school recycling program into the community. We will begin with curbside recycling at our school. The students will use the roots and shoots program material to identify the areas that need to be made aware of the recycling program. The students will design an advertising campaign to get the word out to their community that all recycling can be brought to our school. The students will also use their information gathering and research to identify another issue that they can help change for future sustainable projects. This program will continue each semester.