October might be just around the corner, but don’t look past September just yet! There are still plenty of ways to take action now and make the world a better place. Here’s a few examples of September Awareness projects and tips for how you can help.

 

Hunger Action Month

This September the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks will mobilize across all 50 states in an effort to bring an end to hunger. Hunger Action Month is designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness of the fact that 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA.

Feeding America’s Pass the Plate initiative aims to inspire people across the country to take action on the hunger crisis.  During Hunger Action Month, you can pledge to donate food or money, volunteer at your local food bank, or email your member of Congress.  By sharing your commitment to end hunger on social media others can join in the fight and make their pledges, too.  Spreading awareness of the hunger crisis will encourage more innovative solutions to fight food insecurity in communities across Florida and the nation.

 

National Preparedness Month

The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded us of the importance of preparing for disasters.  Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community.

Take time to learn lifesaving skills − such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Also, know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

Ready.gov has lots of resources on preparing for disasters and, if you find yourself in a disaster situation, what you can do until help arrives.  They even have this adorable video about what to do when someone is badly injured which is useful for all of us given the ubiquity of mass shootings across the country.

 

National Recovery Month

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery.  The 2018 theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.

Recovery is possible.  Recovery is defined as a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.  There are numerous treatment and recovery options for mental and substance use disorders and each recovery journey is unique. If you, a family member, or a friend needs help, resources are available. You are not alone.

Visit the National Recovery Month website to join the voices of recovery and watch and share the road to recovery series.  Or visit SAMHSA to find help and treatment for yourself or a friend.

 

Don’t Hesitate, Participate!

Once you’ve explored all of the September causes online, choose one or more to join.  If you’re really passionate about a cause, you can always do more to help like:

  • Giving monthly
  • Hosting a fundraiser
  • Workplace giving
  • Food drives
  • And more!

You can be an integral part of improving your community.  Take the first step by exploring how you can help with these September causes and then get out there and do your thing!