Be the positive change

Be the positive change


While the end-of-the-year holidays are often considered a good time for looking back, one holiday is more of a time to look ahead. When looking ahead this New Year’s, consider some options that could enact positive change not only for you, but for others as well.

Making resolutions has always been the tradition at the start of a new year. The choices seem endless when starting with a clean slate. Some of the top resolutions year after year have been to lose weight, exercise regularly, find love or quit smoking. They are all very worthwhile endeavors. However, this year, try moving beyond the first-person and spread all of that effort around. Here are some ideas to help you get started.

First, become a volunteer. It doesn’t matter if it’s with a local food pantry or with a community-based group such as civic associations, historical or beautification societies. These organizations help members to become more familiar with their neighborhood and neighbors, while bettering the community in a number of ways.

Donate to a conservation-conscious group. There are dozens based here on Long Island, such as Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Save the Great South Bay and the LI Pine Barrens Society. These organizations have worked to protect the health of our waterways and with the changes that are now occurring in our climate; having advocates to work on behalf of the environment is becoming more important every day. 

Become trained to administer Narcan. It’s no secret that there’s an opioid crisis on Long Island. Narcan, an easily administered drug, has been proven to save many lives from what would have been a fatal overdose. Over the past year, many more classes have been offered to the general public, teaching when and how to use it. Some of them have been arranged by Suffolk County and local NYS elected officials. Call your representative and get on board.

And finally, be a mentor. School districts offer programs in both middle school and high school, where adults are invited into classrooms to talk about their field of expertise. Some of them also have shadowing programs, where students can actually get hands-on experience in a particular area of interest. You could help a kid get a little bit of a head start thinking about their future. That’s always a good thing.

Any or all of the aforementioned resolutions would be an easy one to make and keep. Remember, no effort is lost on those who reach out to help others.


Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year!