We often find ourselves feeling frustrated, upset, and tired about the world around us. You see the news on television, on Facebook, and from your friends: “Violent protest erupts among the brutally repressed,” “cyclone forces 20,000 people to leave their homes,” “more than a 100 gay men were arrested in Russia.” And so on.
But as New Yorkers, we have power to change the world. Yes, there are issues, fights, deaths, injustices and tragedies here every single day. But New York has so many resources, movements, organizations, and the most enthusiastic people in the world to interact with. And something that sometimes we don’t even notice: the freedom to make a difference.
What we can do to help? What do you want to do to help? We might get distracted by the stalled MTA service and our declining iPhone battery, and we lose that deeper level of desire in our hearts (that desire that maybe brought us to this city in the first place) to do good. Jane Goodall once said: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, shall all be saved”.
This week NYXT’s block of programming is What Can I Do To Help? and will air starting Monday April 23rd at 10am, 3pm, and 9pm. Stay tuned to learn more about organizations like the Human Rights Watch that joined forces with Latin music star Ricardo Montaner to launch #TodosConVenezuela (Everyone With Venezuela) urging citizens to speak up for their neighbors, and Make-A-Wish, that gave a young girl some hope in the face of darkness. Also be sure to check out some of our NYXT originals on what you can do to help, like this video about a cat adoption program:
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