Awesome Ideas for Winter Charity Work

As winter starts to settle in (maybe a little early for some of our tastes), we start thinking about things like hot chocolate and warm fires and nights spent inside with the people we love. It’s an exciting time of year, but it’s also a good time to think about those who may not be as happy this winter.

There are a lot of unique issues that winter brings for those in the changemaking community. From working to get everyone a warm coat to reaching out to those suffering from SAD (it’s a thing, we promise), there are a lot of issues to be addressed during winter. Read on to learn about some ideas for winter charity work.

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Now What? Daily Political Action After Elections

Yesterday, the U.S. experienced one of the biggest midterm elections in decades. Voter turnout soared from a little under 37 percent in the 2014 elections to somewhere north of 49 percent. Young voter turnout increased by a whopping 188 percent.

But now, the elections are over, and some of us may be feeling a sense of letdown. Leading up to the elections, we knew what our duty was: get out and vote. But now that the ballots are in, you may not be as sure how to create change in your community.

Changemaking doesn’t only happen on election days; rather, it’s a day to day push. Below are a few ideas about how you can take daily political action and keep the wave going.

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Penn State Ignite Retreat

This year, the Sullivan Foundation held our first-ever college-sponsored Ignite Retreat. Penn State University’s Schreyer Honors College partnered with us to host an Ignite Retreat this September on the Penn State campus. The event was free to all PSU students, and we had forty attend.

The weekend was an amazing time of connection, inspiration, and discussions about changemaking. Students formed amazing bonds, and the weekend kick-started a new wave of change in Pennsylvania. Read on to learn a little more about the Penn State Ignite Retreat.

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Ignite Retreat 2018

This weekend, ninety-four students and a couple of dozen faculty came together in Black Mountain, North Carolina for a weekend of inspiration, learning, and discussion about social change. We had six facilitators, three tracks for students to choose from, and about forty-eight hours dedicated to exploring how to save the world.

These numbers are a good way to get a handle on what happened this weekend, but they don’t begin to show how powerful the weekend was. The 2018 Ignite Retreat was an event to be remembered.

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How to Register to Vote

 As you’ve no doubt heard, midterm elections are coming up this fall in the United States. These elections will be among the most important in American history, and you want to make sure your voice is heard. If you live in the Southeast and you aren’t sure how to register to vote, here are the basics for each state.


Alabama offers both online and in-person voter registration. You can also register by mail if you prefer. If you plan to register online, you’ll need an Alabama-issued ID, and voter registration closes October 22.


In Arkansas, you must register by mail or in person. If you register by mail, make sure you include a social security or alternate ID number and that you sign your form. You don’t have to indicate your race ethnic group or register with a party in Arkansas.


Florida allows online, mail-in, and in-person voting registration. Like Alabama, online registrants have to have a Florida-issued ID to register. If you don’t have a Florida ID, you can visit your local election office to register in person there.


Georgia offers online, mail-in, and in-person voting registration, like Alabama and Florida. If you have a Georgia-issued ID, you can register online. If you don’t have a valid Georgia driver’s license or similar, you can register by mail or in person.


Kentucky also offers all three forms of voter registration, online, in-person, and mail-in. You need a Social Security number to register online in Kentucky, but you don’t need a Kentucky ID to do so. If you’d like more information or to vote in person, you can visit your local election office.


Louisiana offers online, in-person, and mail-in voting registration. You have to have a Louisiana-issued ID to register to vote online. The deadline to register in person has passed, but you can register online until October 16.


Mississippi does not offer online voter registration, but it does offer mail-in and in-person registration. If you register by mail, remember that in Mississippi, you do not have to register with a certain party. You can register in person at your local election office.

North Carolina

North Carolina also does not offer online voting registration. You can register by mailing in a voter registration form, and you do not have to have a North Carolina-issued ID to do so. The deadline to register by mail is October 12, but you can register in person at your local election office until November 3.

South Carolina

South Carolina offers online voting registration as an option, as well as mail-in and in-person. You need a South Carolina driver’s license with a valid, up-to-date address (the same one you’re registering to vote with) to register online. All forms of voting registration are open until October 17.


Tennessee does offer online voter registration, as well as mail-in and in-person options. You do have to have a Tennessee driver’s license to register to vote online. If you do not have this, you can still register by mail or in person at your local election office.


Virginia offers all three forms of voter registration, online, in-person, and mail-in. You have to have a Virginia-issued ID and a Social Security number to register online. Voter registration in Virginia is open until October 15.


If you live in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, or Tennessee, the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming midterms has already passed. If you live in one of the other states, there’s still time; check under your section for registration deadlines! Election day is Tuesday, November 6, so don’t forget to show up to the polls that day!

Go Register to Vote Now!

Voting is one of the best ways we can be changemakers in our society today. Your vote is your voice in the government, so take this opportunity to create the world you want to live in. If you need more information about how or when to register, visit your local election office or check out this site.