Post by: Folafoluwa Soluade
Busy. Young. Tired.
Fill in whatever other adjectives that people tend to use to avoid getting involved in organizations. During undergrad, I sat on the Board of the International Justice Mission Campus Chapter, during which I created a presentation entitled “But I am a College Student.” The idea of this presentation was to explain that there truly is no limitation to getting involved in “The Call to Do Justice,” referencing my previous blog post. Although I had catered my presentation to other college students, I believe the principles are applicable at any stage of life.
Use Your Voice.
Proverbs 31:8-9 calls us to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” These verses reflect an emphasis on using your words when seeking to do justice.
Speaking up can be telling others about organizations such as International Justice Mission, Shared Hope International, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Justice Ventures International, Advocates International, and the other numerous advocacy organizations that you may be passionate about.
Speaking up looks like posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all these other popular social media sites about a cause you are passionate about. Raising awareness, bringing people’s attention to issues that may be far removed from the public eye. Speaking up can start with one post, which is effective; those in your circle might share with others in their circle, and it continues to broaden and expand the circle of people talking about the cause.
Use Your Time.
You can volunteer with various organizations, merely going to a website and clicking on the tab that says “Volunteer” or “How to Get Involved” can lead you to a world of opportunity. Organizations lay the groundwork while, in many cases, all you have to do is show up!
Donating money can look different for different people. One could do fundraising on a social media platform, simply asking people to donate to an organization with a cause they are passionate about. One could sell baked goods or clothes and intentionally donate that money. Further, many organizations provide different ways of donating. It could be done as a one-time gift of any amount or a recurring gift.
Regardless of whether you choose to get involved by using your voice, using your time, and/or donating money, the most important thing is to take that first step. Determine a cause you are passionate about, find an organization invested in that cause, and GET INVOLVED!
This post was written by a Center for Global Justice Student Staff member. The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Regent University, Regent Law School, or the Center for Global Justice.