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News + Action = RYOT and it also equals my new favorite news source in the world. S#@t just got real.

You Matter

The University of Southern California School of Social Work invites you to participate in You Matter, a grassroots campaign designed to foster well-being and bring back some much-needed human connection. Use our Care Cards to tell someone why they matter to you.

The purpose of a Care Card is to serve as a random act of kindness — a message of love, friendship or appreciation. The You Matter campaign encourages human connection and is a reminder that we’re all in this life together. You never know what someone may be going through, and simply checking in can have a huge impact on that person’s well-being. Take a moment to tell someone, “You Matter,” by downloading a Care Card today!

Not sure how to get started? Download a You Matter Care Card and read their post on 60 Ways to Use a Care Card for inspiration.

(Via GOOD)

Neighborhood Remarks

They say, if walls could talk…I’m actually not really sure what goes after that, but now they technically can with Neighborhood Remarks.

The project was started as a way for communities to have conversations about how their neighborhoods are changing for better or for worse by placing the stickers in public view in order to engage passerbyers.

Download the set for free here.

Go without your phone to give clean water

UNICEF Tap Project is working to help the 768 million people around the world without access to clean water. This year you can help by taking a challenge to give up access to something far less vital than water–your cell phone.

For every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone, Giorgio Armani Fragrances and other generous donors can fund one day of clean water for a child in need.*

Not touching my cellphone = clean water for a child in need! My cell phone is dead to me.

One Percent Foundation

The One Percent Foundation makes philanthropy accessible to Millennials+ and empowers them to change the world together. One Percent Foundation’s goal is to inspire young adults to give at least 1% of their income to philanthropic causes.

Through their programs their vision is to build a movement of young philanthropist, and I think they do a dang good job.

Release you inner philanthropist through one of their programs here. 

Raise Minimum Wage?

TakePart has a new petition on their site about raising minimum wage, here’s what they have to say:

If the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation over the past 40 years, it would be $10.74 — $3.49 above where it is now. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, if passed, would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015. It would also increase the hourly wage for tipped employees, such as waiters, for the first time in 20 years.

The annual income of a full-time employee working at the federal minimum wage is$15,080. These individuals live $3,000 under the poverty level and struggle to meet basic needs.

Today, 17 million children have a parent who works for minimum wage. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 could have a dramatic impact on fighting poverty and hunger.

Well I know where I stand on this one. Sign the Petition.

Donate A Photo

Donate A Photo is Johnson & Johnson’s new app that turns your photos into good deeds.

You can donate one photo a day, every day and for every photo you share Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 to a cause you choose to help, like fixing up a public park, getting medicine for an infant or helping kids play sports safely.

You can get the app on Google Play Store or The App store for free.

via Goodnet