Maybe I'm a little biased but I think that in Vermont you'll find a higher percentage of people who are working to change the world. It's just a guess… I don't have any reasearch to back it up, but here's an example.
At Vermont Woods Studios we did a joint project a few years ago, with a group of students from Marlboro College Graduate Center who were studying to get their MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Many of those professionals are now workng to change the lives of girls in Africa as part of the Daughters of Toleza Scholarship.
I was looking at Marlboro's Facebook to learn what other projects students and alumni are involved in and I was impressed to see dozens of projects ranging from the Raleigh City Farm (a national recipient of Green America's People & Planet awards) to Three Revolutions: Funding Food Through Community. We salute the students, faculty and staff at Marlboro College for their fine work and dedication to changing the world. We're proud supporters of the Daughters of Toleza Scholarship. Check it out through this 2 minute video and see how these African girls and their sponsors are changing the world.
All across the USA people are talking about giving Christmas Gifts that are "Made in America" and– we're beginning to see some pretty impressive results in the form of job creation.
Well, here's another way do something great with your holiday shopping. How about donating to local food pantries and shelters in honor of the people on your Christmas list? Instead of scrambling around trying to figure out what on earth to get all those people who already have everything, why not honor them by helping someone who's hungry or cold?
Give the gift of hope to those who have lost hope. How many parents who were in a position just like you and me very recently– have no job today?
In our area we have many local organizations in need of donations, including the Reformer Christmas Stocking, Feed the Thousands and The Vermont Food Bank, in addition to local churches that each have a program to give hope and help. This year the need is more critical than ever.
What's interesting is that when given a choice, all of the people I polled said they would rather have this kind of donation given in their name than receive another pair of gloves for Christmas. I bet your friends would say the same. What do you think?