0108:  /handmedowns-y4

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Local exchange for kids clothes

Buying clothing for children is a constant dilemma.  On one hand you want high quality items for your kids, on the other you know they might grow out of them in 6 months.  Not to mention, this often leads to low priced clothes made in foreign countries by kids not much older than the the ones that end up wearing them.

Hand-me-down clothes are a great way to get quality clothing for little cost or even free.  If your son just turned 5 and no longer fits into size 4 just post the stack of items to /handmedowns-y4 which is followed   by others in the area who have a 4-year-old. Then proceed to check   out what people have to offer on /handmedowns-y5 that might fit   your son.

At any given time there are bags and bags of perfectly good clothes either thrown away or donated to charity (which are then shipped thousands of miles away at great environmental cost).  The /handmedown urls is a great system to keep things local and build     an ecosystem of re-use.

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0100: /doing-good

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Giving back and building community

Doing good is something most people think about.  We want to help each other, it’s a key part of the human experience.  But while we       see TV commercials about hunger and water conservation halfway across the world, we often struggle to connect to and help the people right around us.

In many cases it’s useful and important for non-profits and other charitable organizations to be a clearing house for good works.  But what if the 78 year old woman a couple of blocks over just needs help clearing trees after a storm?  Wouldn’t neighbors be the best people to help and get the most out of connecting to and developing a friendship with her and with each other?  /doing-good is a way to change that and to build community with those people right around us.

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0080: /commgarden-fund

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Fundraising locally and quickly

Sometimes it helps to have access to a national or global audience, but some collaborations matter most to the people right around you.

Posting a to-do list, coordinating who is picking up supplies from the hardware store, these are the kinds of things that happen quickly when you’re creating a community garden from scratch. /commgarden-fund is a way to coordinate fundraising to help that effort, whether it’s time, money, or even just the extra gardening tools from your shed that are going unused.

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