November 5, 2008

What are you doing this week in your community?

As I'm sure everyone is aware, our country completed another historical election last night as we elected a new President of the United States. It is truly a blessing to be an American where we all have the right to vote and let our voices be heard. Regardless of which party you voted for, and I hope that you all took the time to vote!, the major theme from both parties has been change. This is an inspiring message to different people in different ways; for me, it has reminded me of our mission at National American Miss:

"The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders."

One of the main purposes of this blog is to highlight the activities of NAM participants in their local communities year round. Today I pose a question to everyone reading; what are you doing or have you done to promote positive change in your community? How are you making a difference?

I received an e-mail yesterday from one of our participants in the Washington State Pageant. She lives in Spokane which is on the far eastern side of the state; she earned the title of State Ambassador at the state pageant and wanted to know what she could do to get out and make appearances. What can she do to get out and made a difference? I committed to get in contact with the local Convention and Visitor Bureau and see what I could find for her.

For me, being in a different state it is sometimes difficult to get plugged into the scene of each different community. The CVB's are a great resource but they only get us so far. For that reason, I'm turning to all of you. Please share any ideas that you have on how our young ladies can get involved in their local communities. What have you done? How did you get started? Who did you talk to? Any practical input would be great! We can certainly all learn from each other.

I will put together some ideas as well and post them at a later date but for now, I want to hear from all of you! Over the years I have seen families take on all sorts of great projects and get involved in so many wonderful ways in their schools and communities. That's what National American Miss is all about!

Help me out and share an idea right now for everyone to read.

2 comments:

  1. I thought I would share some ideas for community service. There is an organization called Soldiers' Angels. (www.soldiersangels.com) Claire-Indiana Princess- has made cards and blankets for soldiers over seas and also gotten her class involved. Our family even sponsors a soldier. We write him letters once a week and send him care packages once a month. They have lots of opportunities to help out.

    We have also contacted the United Way. Our local chapter has a website and they post lots of volunteer opportunities in our area.

    Another idea is to contact a local nursing home. If you like to entertain the holidays are a great way to share your talents. We have danced, played music, sang carols and recited poems.

    Hope this helps!

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  2. inteenqueen08November 06, 2008

    The Holidays are a WONDERFUL time to get involved! My family and I always try and pick an organization to help out each year. I recently donated the remainder of my books and bears to Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter. I have never seen children so thankful to recieve a book or bear.

    Call your local community office. See what organizations your community has to offer, and than choose the one that is the most meaningful to you, so you are able to get the most out of helping someone else.

    As an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society I strive to help cancer victims feel more comfortable in their day to day lives. I speak with them about early detection, how to be positive in such a negative situation, and let them try on the crown to show they too are queens in their own battle.

    Be creative and passionate about getting involved! Good Luck!

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