socio-political self-help and stuff
election day is finally upon us. the past few weeks have been a constant barrage of political ads, theatre, along with heartfelt pleas to make a difference by voting. after you place your vote today, what will you do for the next four years? because it’s all well and fine to get involved by exercising your right to vote – but each of us has a responsibility to do more. and expecting change to come solely by ballot…
so in between political campaigns, why not get involved in your community? volunteer. help children learn to read. prepare and distribute meals to the homeless. do something. because one person can truly make a difference. so on this election day – i am challenging everyone out there who proclaimed the importance of voting to go deeper… beginning with a cause that is near and dear to me.
deep, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in downtown savannah, georgia, was founded in 2008 to address the problem of illiteracy in the city.
deep’s mission is to:
- help kids, aged 8-18, improve their writing skills.
- help teachers get their students excited about writing
- encourage children’s voices as students, citizens, and artists.
deep has grown almost ten times larger in just the last three years in order to meet the demand for our programming; In 2009, deep provided workshops at two locations, and we now serve students at 17-21 different locations each semester. In total, Deep has served more than 1200 students, trained 80 Writing Fellows, produced 42 anthologies of student writing, and published a successful middle school curriculum.
deep needs your help. if you live in the savannah area and can dedicate your time to a group of amazing teens for ten weeks – i ask that you, like i have, become a writing fellow. it is as rewarding for me – as it is for them – my own creativity peaks after spending time with these incredibly gifted writers. if you do not live in savannah, or can not give the time, then give. right now, deep has seventy-three children on a waiting list for next year’s program. consider sponsoring a full, half or quarter year for one (or more) of these deserving students… a full year is a twelve dollar monthly commitment. half is six and a quarter is three. learn more and sign up here.
now that election day is almost behind us, time to get to work…
be the change you wish to see in the world – gandhi
for more ways to get involved, check out the seed bank.