Advocacy

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Advocacy in your community

 

Advocacy seeks to ensure that all people in society are able to: Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. Protect and promote their rights. Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives. There are so many ways to become an advocate, and it can be hard to know where to begin, since there are so many issues affecting so many people.

When I was in Cub Scouts, I learned the importance of helping others. It’s something I do to this day – I’m a helper. And I’d like to encourage you to get out in your community and become a helper, an advocate for causes and issues that are important to you. There are so many organizations, causes and issues you could become involved in, and sadly, it may not be possible to help every one – but every bit you do helps!

Take some time to assess yourself and your circumstances to see how your efforts can help benefit your community the most – it doesn’t have to be financial support, either. Volunteering your time for community events (like picking fruit for a food bank!) is a great way to meet new friends, while supporting worthwhile causes!

Mental Health

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SUPPORT GROUPS

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need.

If you’re struggling, it’s important to talk.

Alzheimers

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Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. Dementia is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a group of symptoms.

Worldwide, 50 million people are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. It’s not just those with the disease who suffer – friends and family experience an emotional toll. I’m glad to be a resource for those coping with friends or family with these afflictions. Find out ways you can help those you love who are experiencing the effects.

Cancer

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Cancer can start any place in the body. It starts when cells grow out of control and crowd out normal cells. This makes it hard for the body to work the way it should.

Cancer can be treated very well for many people. In fact, more people than ever before lead full lives after cancer treatment. As someone who’s life has been touched by loved ones with cancer, I encourage you to find out more about it, and ways you can help your own family or friends.

The Humane Society

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The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is the oldest and largest nonprofit in Southern Arizona serving pets and the people who love them.

They aim to make a better life for the cats, dogs and other furry friends that come through their doors. In addition to Affordable Spay & Neuter services, low-cost vaccinations help keep the pets of our community healthy.

I’ll admit – I’m a dog person, and although I wish I could adopt every one in the shelter, I just can’t. So, I use my Amazon Smile account to help them raise funds!

Know someone who needs a friend?

Bring a friend home today