The reality is, that only way we are going to have wide sweeping change in this space is for us to take personal responsibility. We had 'an' impact but waiting for us all to organize and meet chews up too much time. It needs to be an going, self sustaining effort. The government and large organized charities are committed to help and do enormous good. However, the reality is that there are gaps. A new third circle has to be created and committed to that is based on person to person efforts: One Person/One Address.
People have started to sit back and throw stones at a lot of government and charities in a way that they are somehow prohibited from doing something about it themselves. Some people give money and all of a sudden place blame on that charity for not executing. Well I would say, why did you hand the money over in the first place without knowing how it was going to be used on a street level basis ? If you are committed to helping those that need it the most and want to tell people you have, you have to have to take some sort of responsibility and be able to show proof. Sometimes there is a difference between donating and helping people. The only thing that is going to change that, is for us to place pressure on these big dark pools of donations.
The below is a very simple plan that could have a large affect. There are no meeting times, red tape, bureaucracy, places to congregate, leaders and more importantly, anyone to blame.
LittleCareBox Matching Plan: One Person/One Address
Committing to help one home or family affected by a tragedy. If a lot of us do this, that is a lot of homes. The connection 1000 people separately make to a specific address will be a lot more effective than 1000 people trying to do a little for every house.
The whole plan relies on you having your "One Address". What is your address?
Match Yourself To One Address
You need an address. This plan is about matching yourself one address. Not a little bit to a lot of people. Research areas by going to them and walking around by foot and look to make contact with a person or family that may need help.
Ask them what they may need.
Get The Items
Go back home and make a plan to get these items. You could do this by yourself or organize your friends or work place to pool some money. This it not about solving all problems - if you commit, your best will go a very long way.
Deliver The Items
Take a few moments and think about how you can get the items to your address. In really bad situations, roads will be closed down. This plan is not fit for those situations and that is where government agencies and sometimes the military move in to help. This plan is for after the initial help has moved on. So, when roads and traffic opens, it means you, friends, FedEX, UPS and the mail service can get there. Now you have solutions like Amazon.com on your side. Think about it how you are going to ensure the items get there and do it. .
Re-Commit Until You Can See The Job Is Done
Most efforts fail because the affected areas are no longer considered "news" by the media. Media make their money and stay on the air because advertisers pay them to reach as many people as possible. Therefore, the "news" has to bring an audience. Therefore, the "news" is mostly what is going to get the most attention and not necessarily situations that have ongoing incredible hardship. Statements like "We have already covered that." or "That is not current news anymore" is when areas see an incredible drop off in support.