Push for Good: This Week's Guide to Crowdsourcing Creative Progress

With our Push for Good series, we have identified crowdfunding opportunities for the GOOD community to get behind. Now we are also shining a light on crowd-doing opportunities—so you can join others in working towards the greater good with actions as well as donations. Here's our weekly round-up of our favorite members' projects from the crowdsourced world.

Crowdsourced Photos

Ending Marriage Discrimination in Pennsylvania with Messages About Why

Although the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down recently, that doesn't mean all states allow gay marriage. GOOD member Marion Leary, founder of Commonwealth Equality in Pennsylvania, is now crowdsourcing photos to defend marriage equality in her state. Participate, and start your own campaign if your state hasn't legalized gay marriage yet. Learn more from Leary about how she formed the campaign. Click here to say you'll do it.

Crowdsourced Answers

Test Your Knowledge About the 1963 March on Washington

This week we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, in which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream Speech," discussing jobs and freedom for people of color. Test your knowledge about this historical event, so that you can understand why it's still relevant, and how you can be a part of the collective change that needs to happen. After you take the test, learn more from educator Bill Fletcher Jr.

Crowdsourced Votes

Help Bring Job Training to Melbourne Refugees Through a Coffee Shop

GOOD member Jane Marx is hoping to cover start-up costs for a coffee shop that will provide paid training and the chance to acquire barista and hospitality skills to Melbourne's refugee community. Your votes could help her do that. Learn more here.

Crowdsourced Supplies

Donate School Supplies Through Reddit's Gift Exchange for Teachers

It's the beginning of a new school year and Reddit wants to be a part of it. Sign up to donate supplies to teachers by Tuesday, September 3; or, if you're a teacher, sign up to stock up on paper, pencils, notebooks, etc.

Crowdsourced Activity

Go for an Adventure with Friends

Since it's Labor Day Weekend, go somewhere! Or, take a staycation. Just remember to explore. Click here to say you'll do it and report back! Where would you love to go?


Make an Impact Investment in the Nutritional Well-Being of West Oakland

The People’s Community Market (PCM) wants to be a sustainable solution for the food desert communities in West Oakland, California. They will offer the city nutritious foods, plus a venue for health screenings, food educational programs, and other community activities. And to fund their project, the founders are offering any California resident the opportunity to be a Founding Shareholder, which means he or she will earn three percent annual interest and a one percent store credit. Learn more here.

Get Your Donation Matched by Jack Johnson to Fund the Ocean Futures Society

Jean-Michel Costeau's Ocean Futures Society helps protect the world's oceans and through Matching Donations, you can get your donation matched by musician Jack Johnson. Learn more from Matching Donation's founder and GOOD member, David deSouza.

Successful Projects We Featured That Got Funded in the Last Few Weeks:

Click here to add crowdsourced projects you can care about to your To-Do list.

Illustration by Jessica De Jesus

Ottawa Humane Society / Flickr

The Trump Administration won't be remembered for being kind to animals.

In 2018, it launched a new effort to reinstate cruel hunting practices in Alaska that had been outlawed under Obama. Hunters will be able to shoot hibernating bear cubs, murder wolf and coyote cubs while in their dens, and use dogs to hunt black bears.

Efforts to end animal cruelty by the USDA have been curtailed as well. In 2016, under the Obama Administration, the USDA issued 4,944 animal welfare citations, in two years the numbers dropped to just 1,716.

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We often dismiss our dreams as nonsensical dispatches from the mind while we're deep asleep. But recent research proves that our dreams can definitely affect our waking lives.

People often dream about their significant others and studies show it actually affects how we behave towads them the next day.

"A lot of people don't pay attention to their dreams and are unaware of the impact they have on their state of mind," said Dylan Selterman, psychology lecturer at the University of Maryland, says according to The Huffington Post. "Now we have evidence that there is this association."

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A controversial editorial on America's obesity epidemic and healthcare by comedian Bill Maher on his HBO show "Real Time" inspired a thoughtful, and funny, response by James Cordon. It also made for a great debate about healthcare that Americans are avoiding.

At the end of the September 6th episode of "Real Time, " Maher turned to the camera for his usual editorial and discussed how obesity is a huge part of the healthcare debate that no one is having.

"At Next Thursday's debate, one of the candidates has to say, 'The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.' All the candidates will mention their health plans but no one will bring up the key factor: the citizens don't lift a finger to help," Maher said sternly.

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There is no shortage of proposals from the, um, what's the word for it… huge, group of Democratic presidential candidates this year. But one may stand out from the pack as being not just bold but also necessary; during a CNN town hall about climate change Andrew Yang proposed a "green amendment" to the constitution.

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Me Too Kit

The creator of the Me Too kit — an at home rape kit that has yet to hit the market — has come under fire as sexual assault advocates argue the kit is dangerous and misleading for women.

The kit is marketed as "the first ever at home kit for commercial use," according to the company's website. "Your experience. Your kit. Your story. Your life. Your choice. Every survivor has a story, every survivor has a voice." Customers will soon be able order one of the DIY kits in order to collect evidence "within the confines of the survivor's chosen place of safety" after an assault.

"With MeToo Kit, we are able to collect DNA samples and other tissues, which upon testing can provide the necessary time-sensitive evidence required in a court of law to identify a sexual predator's involvement with sexual assault," according to the website.

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