In Times of Crisis – We Step Up
Have you ever noticed how so many people complain about how many things are wrong in the world?
Yet at times of crisis people don’t need to be asked, they just step up and get on with whatever needs to be done.
Now can you imagine a world where it does not take a disaster to ‘make’ us help a stranger, our neighbour, a friend?
Watching the recent pictures on the news covering the devastation brought to thousands of peoples lives in the wake of Hurricane Sandy I have been touched by the number of people who have stepped up and really made a difference in the lives of ‘strangers’. That look in people’s eyes when they realise that people do care.
Many pictures and stories have been posted online via Social Media with tweets and re-tweets, likes and shares.
One simple story, on facebook, caught my eye – in a simple act, that took just a second, I clicked ‘share’ and posted it on the If Everyone Cares Facebook page – within hours something amazing started to happen – 100 likes, 200 likes, 500, 700, 1000 … … … the numbers kept going up and up and I started to follow the trail of where it was being shared and what was being said!
What was it about this post that made it go viral? It was originally posted on a page called Unbelievable Facts, Yes some people were singing the praises of Jon Bon Jovi, some were saying ‘good looking and has a heart’, others questioned if it was real and actually wrote quote strong words doubting it – yet they obviously hadn’t bothered to ‘google’ it!
What amazed me most were the number of people who shared stories of similar projects around the world – it was eye opening and inspiring. Each of the projects was helping to relieve ‘every day’ crises for people – these projects aren’t just there to pick up the pieces after a hurricane or Tsunami.
I started to follow the links and loved the ‘Heart and Soul’ that I found in communities.
There is the ‘Same Cafe ~ Wonderfully Different’ in Denver – They say on their web page –
Next I came across the ‘Table Grace Cafe‘ in Omaha. Their Mission Statement is ~
To foster a healthy community by offering
great food prepared and served in a
graceful manner to anyone who walks
through the door.
Gourmet Pizza, Salad and Soup
no set price
different varieties prepared daily
fresh and organic ingredients when available
no cash register
funded by donation box,
patrons may donate or serve.
10 day work program/referral
Our goal is that everyone regardless of
economic status, deserves the chance
to eat wonderful food while being
treated with respect and dignity.
Table Grace Cafe also has a Paying it Forward program which is a Restaurant Internship Program that allows Individuals to complete a 2 week training course in restaurant work then get job placement assistance by our staff and volunteers.
How amazing is that? I say – Awesome!
This is just the tip of the iceberg – There are projects all around the world. During the Virgin Unite and Richard Branson Challenge to ‘Screw Business as Usual’ we came across a project in London called Food Cycle .. … … The list goes on and on.
So what I found during my social media journey was that it doesn’t necessarily take a Crisis to spur people to action – there are thousands of people ‘stepping-up’ every day to make a difference :))
We hope that you are inspired – If you know of any other projects then please share them in the comments section below.
Wishing you a wonderful day ~ In Gratitude
and the Team at If Everyone Cares