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Idealists in Action | September 15, 2020

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Lizzy Cooke

Ideas for your next big adventure (at home! 🏠)
plus, new job and volunteering opportunities that make a difference.

Hi there,

As the summer's coming to a close, I feel so grateful that I've kept my job throughout the pandemic, and my heart goes out to the millions who weren't so lucky.  But while we all continue to stay at home and push through this thing, I think we deserve to have some relaxation and fun. 

​​​​​I didn’t end up taking a vacation, so I’ve just kept working (like 67% of Americans) because I wanted to do my part and keep NYC safe. But with fall fast-approaching and all these leftover vacation days, I’m challenging myself to take a stay-at-home vacation (also known as a 'staycation') instead.  Will you join me?

Taking a staycation is a great way to use your paid time off while staying safe through the pandemic. After all, taking time for ourselves gets us back to work feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to take on the world 👊💥

Today I’m sending stories of creative, funny and inspiring staycations to get you started. There are even some volunteer opportunities where you can recharge while giving back this fall! So put on your favorite fuzzy socks, grab a cup of tea (or a pumpkin spice latte) and treat yourself to a relaxing vacation right at home. You’ve earned it!

Waving from NYC,



​​​​1. Tiffany created her very own cruise at home! She had been planning to take one with her friends, but when it got canceled she had a blast recreating it and sharing the pictures on Facebook.

2. ​​​​Sometimes, traveling can be as simple as jumping into a good book. When her travel business took a pause due to the pandemic, Emily restarted her Travel Book Club. The crew is currently reading Around the World in 80 Trains.

3. ​​​Teacher David Marriott started a Facebook group called The Backyard Campsite to encourage families to camp in their backyards. Over 3,000 people joined in, sharing photos of s'mores from around the world! 

4. ​​​​​Greg Edwards and his friends made a VR Black Rock City to host a virtual music festival and art installation. Artists have traveled to the virtual desert to create over 100 virtual rooms where people can listen to music and relax.

5. Jerad and Nina are traveling the world through NYC take-out. Recently, they have eaten their way through Georgia, Chad, Greece, Laos, and Lebanon, and are documenting every bite on Instagram.  

📬  Did you take your own staycation this summer? Reply to this email to share your story, and it may end up in the next newsletter! 

​​​​​​🥾 Help run the Virtual Hiking Club, created for adults with disabilities. The group goes on virtual hikes together, and members also share photos of their solo hikes for all to enjoy.

🎨Decorate the St. Joseph home for Fall/Halloween! You can add design inspiration to the collaborative Pinterest board, and even mail in decorations if you’d like.

​​​​​🎥 Create movie night kits for a group of adults with intellectual disabilities. You send snacks and your own movie recommendations so they can hold their own film festival!

🍁Create a fall-themed book for kids, and record yourself reading it aloud for storytime! The kids live in a pediatric nursing facility, and storytime makes it feel like home.


Students for Sensible Drug Policy is hiring an Executive Director​​​​ in Washington, D.C.

​​​​Food Forward is hiring a Communications Manager in Los Angeles.

Global Health Corps is hiring a Vice President of People & Operations in New York, NY.

The National Police Accountability Project is hiring a Legal Director in New Orleans, Louisiana.

​​​​The Public Health Management Corporation is hiring a Community Nutritionist in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


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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.