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Idealists in Action | October 30, 2020

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Opportunities to safely celebrate Halloween, support the US election and more
Candy chutes, and other creative ways to celebrate Halloween safely
Stories of people banding together and opportunities to make a difference. 

Hi there! 👋

It's finally fall here in NYC, and I can't wait to celebrate the season. For me that means wearing fuzzy sweaters, apple picking and (safely) celebrating Halloween. So I put this email together to help you get into the spirit too! Read on to find creative ways to celebrate Halloween, fall-themed volunteering opportunities, and more. Hope you enjoy!

What does volunteering mean to you? Share your thoughts with me at  📬

Community Spotlight

Communities around the country are creating "candy chutes" so trick-or-treaters can collect their candy safely! Anyone can try this creative idea. Just buy a PCV pipe, decorate it, and send down the treats! For more inspiration, check out this candy chute in Virginia. 

Other people inspiring us this week

🐠A 23-year-old British design graduate invented a biodegradable material made from fish waste. Experts say it could replace plastic packaging!

🎨 Artists have been creating hand-shaped medals, which they’re giving to caregivers, nurses, and doctors to show gratitude for their work throughout COVID-19.

🐶 A man sheltered 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta in his Mexico home.

🔎Anika, a 14-year-old in Texas, made history by developing a potential therapy for COVID-19. She’s got a bright future ahead of her!

🛹 Members of Skate for Change have been handing out hygiene kits, water, and food to people experiencing homelessness.

Opportunities to make a difference

🇺🇸 Get involved in the U.S. presidential election: Join a nonpartisan text bank to share information on poll locations, and apply for a job building multi-racial coalitions among voters. 

🎃 Celebrate Halloween! Create a spooky, homemade card for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and bring your leftover pumpkins to a farm to feed the animals. 

📚 Support education: Become a Sunday School teacher at an Islamic community center, teach mental health education sessions, or teach computer literacy to refugee/immigrant populations. a whole lot more! Start your own search at

What's one small thing we can do to support each other every day?

"Have compassion. Remember that it’s almost impossible to hate someone once you know their story." @strangeledweirdo

"​​​​​​Noticing the coping skills that are coming from pandemic fatigue, and claiming them as life skills 👏👏👏" @cory2020

Join the conversation and see more community responses here.

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Lizzy Cooke

Lizzy Cooke is the editor of the Idealists in Action newsletter. She also builds the Idealist community through social media and marketing. Outside of work you can find her reading, running, or walking dogs for her local animal shelter in Brooklyn.