Ways to help yourself, your community and the planet

 Want to help our planet and our communities in a big or small way? Some things can be very simple and others will take a little more effort, but I believe if we all contribute we can make a difference.


See below for more examples of ways to make a difference.....

Ways to help the planet & your community

  The 3 R's

 Every day millions of people throw away everyday items, most of which can be recycled or reused.

1. REDUCE

Learn to live your life with less, meaning don't buy or use things unless you really need them in your life.  Learn to scale-back on excessive material items and begin to enjoy all the things you already have. Donate any items that you are willing to let go of or no longer need. There are always people who can use your castoffs.

    Freecycle:  Great site to use to
                       exchange your goods.

    -Buy Local When Possible

Visit your local farmers market located in Bristol, Abingdon, Kingsport & Johnson City

Learn to BUY LOCALLY

We have some awesome farmers markets right here in the Tri-Cities that offer a wide variety of  local goods. If you haven't visited any of them, what are you waiting on?

Here are links to the local farmers markets:

Bristol Farmers Market
Abingdon Farmers Market
Kingsport Farmers Market
Johnson City Farmers Market

 2. REUSE

 If you have items that are broken, outdated, etc. Find a way to re-purpose the item and breath new life into it. Find uses for items such as use old canning jars to drink from, store nails, etc.

Purchase reusable coffee & water cups, reusable lunch totes & shopping bags

 3. RECYCLE

   Simple steps, buy a large storage bin or multiple medium size bins that stack for sorting.  Make a conscious effort to recycle all your papers, plastics, glass and aluminum. On all recyclable plastics, you will see a number indicating which recyclable plastic it is. Some recycling centers won't take all numbers, most only take 1 & 2 plastics. There are centers who take all plastics, even most restaurant take-out containers can be recycled.                  

Here are some resources below to help you along the way:

    Revolution Curbside Recycling
P.O. Box 17472    Bristol, VA 24209
276-591-7093

Local Company offering curbside
recycling for your convenience.

    www.recyclingcenters.org

    www.earth911.org

Both sites help you find resources in your area for all items & helps guide you about how to recycle, etc.

Want to learn more about how to save water and reduce your consumption?

Click here to find our more at www.save20gallons.org

  Items that can be recycled:

Cardboard  Paper  Glass
Plastic   Aluminum and other metals
Ways to give back in a Local Way

Wonder Kids Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

Is a therapeutic riding center for children with physical and emotional disabilities. Wonder Kids offers individual with disabilities a non-traditional form of therapeutic equine-assisted treatment to facilitate a safe, effective, and fun learning environment.
Contact: Susie Branson
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 276.644.0452

    Our children are encouraged to focus on their abilities, rather than their disabilities
    Our program is unique in many ways, one being that we are staffed totally through volunteers, and survive financially through fund raisers, grants, and donations from people in our community

They are always in need of volunteers and supplies, here's a few of the much needed items you could help them with:

    Fence Boards
    Bedding
    Grooming Tools
    Wheel Barrow
    Muck Forks
    Cleaning Supplies
    Adult Volunteers to mow and weed-eat
    Horse Feed
    80' Heavy Duty Hose
    Hose Nozzle
    Tool Hangers
    Plastic Storage Bins
    Bottled Water
    Volunteers to help with children and horses

Bristol Regional Speech & Hearing Center
2603 Osborne Street, Suite 1
Bristol, VA 24201    276-669-6331
www.brsh.org

Donate your old or un-used hearing aids to the center, they can be cleaned, repaired and re-fitted for low-income individuals in need of hearing aids.

Cash donations help the center to purchase hearing aids for the less fortunate and to provide speech and hearing services to the community.

For more ways to help them click here

 Feeding America

Abingdon Distribution Center
    * 21452 Gravel Lake Road
    * Abingdon, VA 24211

* Mailing Address: PO Box 2579
    * Abingdon, VA 24212

    * Phone: (276) 628-9266
    * Fax: (276) 628-3947

There are many ways to help out!

You can make monetary donations or go and volunteer in the soup kitchen or help with organizing donated food for distribution.

I have been helping out in the soup kitchen as my way of giving back to those who are in need. Great group of individuals to work with!

Not sure what or how you would llke to give back, take this survey on Oprah.com to figure out your best match.

Ways to Give Back in a Global Way

Help support much needed change in the lives of African children:

 Invisible Children-

As a non-profit we work to transform apathy into activism. By documenting the lives of those living in regions of conflict and injustice, we hope to educate and inspire individuals in the Western world to use their unique voice for change. Our media creates an opportunity for people to become part of a grassroots movement that intelligently responds to whats happening in the world.

Greater Good
Go to this
website daily and click on each group. Each association's sponsors make donation for


    Animals
    Children's Health
    Rainforest
    Breast Cancer
    Veterans
    Literacy
    World Hunger

It only takes a minute, if you sign up for emails, you will get a reminder email daily to do your daily clicks.

 Stayed Tuned as I Continue to Add More Resources.

Resources To Help Yourself Along
Your Journey Of Life

  •     Start to find things that bring you joy
  •     Seek sources of enlightenment
  •     Connect with nature
  •     Connect with friends and family
  •     Try out things you have never done
  •     Take a RISK
  •     Give someone a hug
  •     Say I Love You to yourself
  •     Volunteer your time to help another
  •     Expand your mind
  •     Explore new areas, new subjects
  •     Trek into the UNKNOWN
  •     Laugh and Laugh OFTEN
  •     Give yourself a hug
  •     Give yourself a pat on the back
Subjects of Interest Along Your Human Experience Journey


On one of the highest hilltops in Elbert County, Georgia stands a huge granite monument. Engraved in eight different languages on the four giant stones that support the common capstone are 10 Guides, or commandments. That monument is alternately referred to as The Georgia Guidestones, or the American Stonehenge. Several things are apparent. The messages engraved on the Georgia Guidestones deal with four major fields: (1) Governance and the establishment of a world government, (2) Population and reproduction control, (3) The environment and man's relationship to nature, and (4) Spirituality. 

The Shift Network-

Aims to empower a global movement of people who are creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turn leads to a more enlightened society, one built on principles of sustainability, peace, health, and prosperity.

VividLife.me-

Is an online inspirational resource center designed to help visitors all over the world in living their ultimate life.

We do this by combining over 150 conscious-minded visionaries and businesses who are interested in personal growth, spirituality, conscious living, environmental conservation and protection, and working towards being the absolute best that we can be.

Heal Your Life-

Great resource for bringing enlightenment into your life. Some of the best of the best in the world of enlightenment share information here.

 Global Coherence Initiative-

The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based initiative uniting millions of people in heart-focused care and intention, to shift global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace.

 Healthier Living by Connecting to Source-

Live from inspiration, not perspiration.  When you are connected with source…when you are in the flow…life becomes easier, richer, more fulfilling. Offers Tele-Summits with a variety of speakers and subjects.

Good Vibrations Radio-

Present real world information for a more balanced and fulfilled spiritual life. 

VibesUp-

Has new Vibrational Energy products and Vibrational Energy Jewelry to help you attract more of what you choose into your life. Fill Your Life With Healthy Energy. Power Up With Vibrational Energy!

I AM Documentary-

An utterly engaging and entertaining non-fiction film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?

 John Davis-  

Esoteric Psychologist, Counselor, Numerologist and Egyptologist. John has given over 11,000 readings. You can receive a 20-page personality profile, 30 minute recorded reading for $90.

For readings for more information:

Know Yourself, Wyoming, MI 616-531-1139 or [email protected]

The Prophets Conference-

Welcome to The Great Rethinking and The Prophets Conference, an international organization dedicated to assisting in the birthing of a new humanity, and thereby, the realization of the successful cultivation of a sustainable and workable world.

Unprecedented changes and challenges are facing the people of this world and we see these as a birthing process leading towards a tipping point for a personal and planetary renaissance.

The Prophets Conference programs, with many of today's trailblazing teachers, are designed to cultivate spiritual principles and scientific potentials, invoking oneness and deeper experiences for those who participate in this growing community.

Working to integrate expansive perspectives, and prompting discovery, beauty and understanding, The Prophets Conference looks to be of service for the creation of the direct knowing of the love filled eternal present moment in which we all abide.

Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville®

Come visit Yogaville. People of all faiths and backgrounds come to visit Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville®. They come for many different reasons: to study and practice the teachings of Integral Yoga®, to experience the yogic life in a spiritual community, or to get a little rest and relaxation in this spiritual setting in the midst of the rural Virginia countryside.
You are invited to join us for a day, an overnight stay, or for a longer visit and are welcome to take part in the daily Hatha Yoga, meditation and vegetarian meals during your time with us. We encourage you to take advantage of all that Yogaville offers to open yourself to inner peace, joy, love, and light.

The Guest Stay includes:

    Three vegetarian meals a day (Read More about the Integral Yoga Diet here)
    Group meditations (3 available each day)
    Hatha Yoga classes (2 available each day)

Tour beautiful Interfaith Shrine,
LOTUS (Light Of Truth Universal Shrine)
 
    Various evening programs, scripture study groups, chanting
    Hiking and Walking Trails

On Saturday evening we have our weekly spiritual gathering called Satsang, which includes kirtan (chanting), a presentation by a senior member or a special guest, and a video of Sri Swami Satchidananda sharing his warmth and wisdom with us. This program is open to our guests and program participants, alike.
Saturday morning enjoy a talk on Deepening Our Yoga Practices and Sunday morning you may choose to sit in on a talk about Applying Yoga in Daily Life.  Enjoy a stroll around the property, visit the sacred shrines, see the Yogaville Farm.  We hope you will stop by our bookstores where you can find spiritual gifts and many books and videos to support your exploration of Yoga.

To learn more about the Integral Yoga Programs and workshops, click here.

There are programs and workshops offered year round.

 To schedule a visit or for more information:

800-858-9642
434-607-4882 Skype
9am - 5pm Mon-Fri EST