Take Part in a Small Step to Change the World

By Cheryl Mahoney

Did you watch the Oscars last night?  I was happy about Up, Sandra Bullock, and Star Trek‘s make-up award, so it was a good evening.  And in between the ballgowns and the music, the film clips and the tributes, there was something else I was happy about too.

Did you catch the commercial about Geoffrey Canada and the Harlem Children’s Zone?  They’re helping thousands of at-risk children stay in school, go to college, and succeed.  Or did you see the commercial with Yvon Chouinard, talking about how rock climbers can protect the environment they’re exploring?  These were two inspiring stories about how to take that first step that can change the world.

These commercials were in connection with Members Project, a new initiative of American Express and Take Part.  They’re partnering together to encourage everyone to change the world, “one step at a time.”  Since I love small ways to make a big difference, that idea sounds perfect to me.  So how can you get involved?  Three ways.

Vote for a charity you think American Express should donate to.  Habitat for Humanity or the Red Cross?  The Jane Goodall Institute or Charity: Water?  You can come back and vote every week until May, when they’re giving $200,000 dollars to five charities, one in each of five categories.

Volunteer for a cause you care about.  Getting involved, helping others, and contributing to the community are all great inducements for volunteering just by themselves.  And if you log your hours through the Members Project Volunteer page, you can earn bonus Membership Points on your American Express card.

Donate to your favorite charity through Members Project.  Or you can donate those Membership Reward Points you earned by volunteering!

So if you have time to vote…time to volunteer…or a little extra money to give to a worthy cause…you can take a step for change.