Have We Done Any Good in the World Today?

I once heard Sister Julie Beck say that we will never have enough time and energy to do all the good things our heart desires to do.  Amen.  It’s a curse of the nurturing way of womanhood; we want to help in so many ways, and our to-do lists become so long, but we just can’t do it all.

I’ve been thinking of the words to this hymn:

There are chances for work all around just now,
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
’Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.

I wanted to pass along a few opportunities for service or help that I’ve been made aware of recently.  I can help a little with some, but not with all myself, so I’m sharing them with you.  Maybe something will stand out to you as a way you can help, and with a team of us contributing just a little, we can add up to make a difference.

–> There is a scholarship available for single mothers to study at LDS Business College.  Apparently, the funds are running low and they really want to be able to help struggling single mothers to have access to an education.  I think it’s a great cause.  I tried really hard to make the widget work, but it was not meant to be.  However, good ol’ blog pal DeNae is hosting up some incentives for making a contribution to this fund, so feel free to hop over there and contribute through that route.  Please do.  This video shares one success story of the fund.

 

–> Also, for any of you nursing mothers who may not have much time or money to donate to good causes, consider checking out Helping Hands Bank (for breast milk), where you can share your … um, abundance.  It’s another easy way to make a big difference.

–>  Maybe you’re already familiar with The Vineyard, but it’s a place, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where you can donate your time and talents to building the kingdom in simple ways, like photography or language translation, or editing or technology.  It also has a list of church-sponsored charities and ways that you can contribute.  Definitely worth checking out.

–> One reader wanted me to pass along her and her husband’s recent attempts to produce good media that can be used in Family Home Evening lessons or for children’s entertainment and learning.  Here’s a link to find out more about that.

I support good movies. the decision – download $1

–> Mormon Market is a new company that sells products for the LDS Market.  They donate $1 from every order to the the Church General Missionary Fund.  If you see anything there you’re interested in purchasing, you can use the coupon code ENOS1 to get a 15% discount.
If anyone else has a favorite cause or charity or service opportunity, feel free to share links in the comments below.  After all,
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.