Change for Good in 2016
It’s that time of year. New Year’s Resolutions are everywhere: in your inbox, on your favorite website, in texts from your friends. You may have even made one yourself. Here at Net Impact we know you can do well and do good. We say forget about your New Year’s Resolution and try a New Year’s Revolution! Here’s how:
Resolution: Get Fit
Revolution: You can sign up to run a 5K for a cause you care about. We recommend the Couch to 5K. Another great opportunity to exercise and do good is Charity Miles – a running app that empowers users to earn money for charity while running, biking or walking. Or check out organizations like Girls on the Run and Good Sports!
Resolution: Save Money
Revolution: The great thing about helping the environment is that it often helps your bank account as well. Just use less water or electricity to save on your bills. Biking or walking saves on gas. You can also wash your clothes in cold water, replace your light bulbs, and make coffee at home and use a reusable cup. The list goes on and on!
Resolution: Find a Better Work/Life Balance
Revolution: If you were at NI15 in November, you might have seen Imperative's CEO, Aaron Hurst talk about purpose. If you haven’t seen it, you can here. Aaron argues that we shouldn’t be looking at Work-Life Balance, but instead, should be aiming towards work-life integration. Sign up to take Imperative’s Quiz to find what you’re meant to do. Then check out our Job Board and build a career with a positive social and environmental impact.
If you’d like to just spend more time with family and friends, try Volunteer Match to find an organization near you to help. Invite the people you love and spend time together making a difference!
Resolution: Get Organized
Revolution: As you get rid of all that extra stuff, don’t just toss it in the garbage! You can head to the usual places like Goodwill and The Salvation Army or find local charities that can use your old books and toys. If you’re downsizing your closet, check out your favorite store’s policies – companies like Levi Strauss and Madewell have been known to give vouchers for donated items. Or try Yerdle to send your stuff on a new adventure and to get something you need in return.
Resolution: Learn Something New
Revolution: Join a local Net Impact Chapter! Our chapters host events that are educational and experiential, including speaker panels, professional development workshops, networking events, case competitions, local conferences and more. You’ll learn a lot, make new friends and have a positive change on campus and in the community.
Happy 2016!. If you have a New Year's Revolution of your own, add it to the comment section below.