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Be the Change: A Day of Service

Mahatma Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the movement for the people of India to gain independence from British rule. Gandhi is well-remembered for his simple call-to-action that resonates just as clearly in 2015, “be the change you wish to see in the world.” In honor of this spirit of social and civic engagement and Gandhi’s birthday, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) coordinates “Be the Change,” an annual day of service where several thousands of people rally to improve conditions in their communities through volunteer service.

Be the Change is especially geared toward the South Asian community in the U.S., but anyone can volunteer. On October 3rd, teams of volunteers from cities and campuses will organize projects such as park clean up, serving meals to the hungry, sorting donated clothing in shelters, and more.

Beyond the day of service, “Be the Change” is a rallying cry used by many United Ways and other organizations to spur people to act for the greater good. Be the Change could mean a wide range of civic engagement activities, like joining a Student United Way to address bullying or lead a food drive. In Gandhi’s native India, United Ways are facilitating discussions among community leaders to galvanize action on critical issues. Or, Be the Change could mean advocating through social media and in direct communication with legislators about important policy issues, such as protecting tax credits that help working families keep more of what they earn.

How will you “Be the Change” this year? We’d love to hear your ideas, and hope you will share them on this blog and with your local United Way.