Giving back for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time for eating turkey, watching football and planning out Friday morning shopping. For many people, however, it’s also a time to give thanks for what they have, and to give back, too.

Miley Cyrus (a.k.a. Hannah Montana) has teamed up with Youth Service America to launch Get Ur Good On, a Ning Network that encourages young people to get involved with service projects in their community. She’s encouraging members to upload videos of the own good they’ve done, to help spread the word about volunteer projects. For newcomers to Get Ur Good On, there’s resources for finding a new project to start volunteering with. Once members find or create a new volunteer project, they can also apply to receive grant money to support it.


Find more videos like this on Get Ur Good On

On 29-Day Giving Challenge, it isn’t about diving in to an ongoing volunteer project. Rather, the challenge is about giving a gift — any size gift, physical or immaterial — every day for 29 days in a row. Network Creator Cami Walker’s story is an inspiring one; after being advised by a spiritual advisory to give a gift a day for 29 days, she embarked on the challenge. “I began to notice that the more I gave away, the more abundance I was experiencing for myself,” she writes on her Ning Network. Members blog about their own giving experiences (more than 13,000 posts) on the 29-Day Giving Challenge to share their experiences and inspire others. If you are interested in learning more about Cami and her project, she also recently published a book that’s all about the transformation she and others have experiences during the challenge.

And that’s just the beginning. There’s Leaders for Communities, a Ning Network for emerging and established leaders in the community development field. Serve the City mobilizes volunteers to show kindness in practical ways to people in need. For activists, the National Marriage Boycott is a way for advocates of gay and lesbian marriage rights to stand up for something they believe in. Whatever your belief or cause, there’s a Ning Network out there for you to join and take part in, both today on Thanksgiving, and throughout the year.

About the Author:

Laura Oppenheimer – who has written posts on Ning's Official Blog on Social Networking Sites.