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Tools to Help You Create Change in Your Community #spon

Not too long ago I was able with a group of others to help give back to my community through an art installation in a local park.  We worked together to paint large metal trash cans into beautiful works of art.  Each can was transformed from a boring metal cylinder into something that the park goers and community are proud of.  The children that go to the park especially love these paintings because the images on them are cheerful, colorful, and bright, just like them.  I was extremely proud to take part in this project, and love knowing that our art continues to bring joy to the community.

Every day people are taking small steps to create big change in communities all over the country. Recently I heard about some of these extraordinary individuals who are such an inspiration.  Learn more about these Change Makers by visiting Meet Real Changemakers.


• Mama Hill, who started a home learning center for youth living in South Central Los Angeles
• Alabama Chanin, who helped to revive her small town by starting a home-sewn apparel line that attracted the attention of some of today’s biggest fashion labels
• Malik Yakini, who started an urban farm in Detroit when his community hit a downturn
• Ruth Lande Shuman, an architect/designer who is putting her skills to use in reimagining New York City classrooms with color


Want to find out how you can create change in your community?  The Community Action Pack features digital tools that you can use online to spark action in your community.

Here are 4 activities to check out:

1. Take the Changemaker Quiz to determine what type of changemaker you are (featured in the toolkit in the Compass section – Story of Stuff’s Changemaker Quiz)

2. Find a volunteer opportunity no matter where you live or how much time you have (featured in the toolkit in the Map section – All for Good)

3. Share stories of how you’ve used the toolkit for a chance to be featured in the TakePart Changemakers series

4. Share this toolkit with your friends

 How would you like to or how have you already created change in your community?

DISCLOSURE: THIS ARTICLE IS SPONSORED BY  Linqia who asked me to share my changemaker story.
Lauren is the owner and writer for Crazy About My Baybah. She is a mom that is crazy about her family, art, photography, getting fit, Disney, and living in Las Vegas.

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  1. I did that trash can project when I was in girl scouts! It was so much fun.

  2. I would love to see a community garden started!

  3. Wow! Bok CHoy as a hero in Detriot?? Neat changemaker article!

  4. The trash cans are a really neat way to get everyone excited!

  5. These are great ideas.I’ll pass this tool kit on

  6. Jennifer Clay says:

    What a great idea. I will share this will my friends.

  7. I’m getting the kids to do more for the community with toy drives and cleaning up the beach!

  8. Thanks for sharing the links. I can’t wait to get started and see what is available in my area.

  9. Thanks for sharing! Community service is so rewarding

  10. What a neat idea. I’d love to be able to participate in a community garden once the weather gets nicer.

  11. I enjoy beach clean ups, enjoying the scenery and doing good at the same time.

  12. This is wonderful information, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  13. these people sound very inspiring! I am trying to figure out a good project to volunteer for and to get my children involved as well.

  14. We try and clean up and volunteer whenever we can! I’m glad that you’re able to as well! It really makes ones feel good, not only about yourself, but the community you live in too.

  15. What fantastic ideas! I will be sure to pass the idea on.

  16. Love the urban farm idea!

  17. As being a Girl Scout leader we talk about Being Prepared and having the essentials to help yourself and others. Love the Community Action Pack!

  18. Thanks for sharing! Community projects are so great!

  19. great tools and such a great project.

  20. I will have to check this out. I am new to the town here and would love to find volunteer opps. Thanks for sharing!

  21. There are so many kids here without coats. I’d love to start a new/used coat drive or a school supply drive. Great resources!

  22. These are fantastic!

  23. I love that there’s actually an action pack! What a fantastic idea!

  24. I love hearing about stories like this! I love volunteering at my church :)

  25. I volunteer a lot at my son’s school and locally in our community… it feels good to help. Thanks for sharing this!

  26. Looks like a cool program.

  27. What great suggestions! I know Las Vegas could use a lot of help.

  28. This is great. We are going to be doing outreaches!!

  29. Our neighborhood is involved in all sorts of drives- food, toy, pantry items….
    It’s my hope to become more involved in my new city finding ways to raise my little one learning how to serve. I know we benefit already from volunteers that take care of and/or have built local green ways and playgrounds.

  30. i downloaded the toolkit!

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