Our three Create the Change Day events of 2019 have come and gone, and we could not be more thrilled with the outcome. As always, all of us at PGK are both humbled by and grateful for the hours of service our attendees donate.
Read on for a review of the events and what they mean for our communities.
By the Numbers
This year’s events took place across the country in Boston, San Francisco, and–for the second year–Los Angeles.
Over 900 participants gathered to take part in service hours that benefitted local nonprofits, ranging from assembling hygiene kits, crafting dog toys for shelter animals, stuffing backpacks to benefit homeless students, writing notes of encouragement, and much more.
In total, attendees collectively completed over 1,800 hours of volunteer work. You can see a full list of the charities we helped here.
“These kids have so much power to inspire us, and to inspire each other, and we’ve got to start there if we want to see this world move to a better place,” said PGK founder Molly Yuska.
The events are over, but we hope they were only the beginning of an attitude toward service and change for our participants.
While hundreds of hours of service work are an enormously positive force in the world, we invite our participants to use these events as a springboard for doing even more good. It takes all of us to make small steps toward creating a lasting change.
Armed with inspiration and gratitude from the Create the Change Day events, we hope all participants – no matter their age – feel empowered to take part in service opportunities in their communities throughout the year and encourage others to do the same.
5 More Ways to Give Back This Season
The great news about service opportunities is that they don’t need to be a one-size-fits-all endeavor. You can find a way to give back that’s both beneficial for others and enjoyable for you.
Check out the Activities section of our website to find ways to help not only in Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but anywhere you live.
Here are just a few of the activities currently posted online that could be done from anywhere and are perfect for the holiday season.
- Make warm fleece hats for winter for Hospitality Homes.
- Conduct a Warm Hands Warm Hearts winter clothing drive.
- Craft holiday cards for seniors and homebound people for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.
- Decorate bags or cards for low-income and unhoused people and seniors for the Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.
- Warm the hearts of shelter dogs and potential adoptees with quilts for Karma Rescue.
This is just a small sampling of the many activities available, so find one you like and get started today!
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