Blogging About Plogging

Excuse the post title, we just couldn’t resist.

Wellness, sustainability, and service with some optional competition thrown in. Doesn’t that sound awesome!?! Enter PLOGGING.

What is Plogging?

It’s simple, plogging is pickup up litter while jogging. According to Professor Wikipedia, it began as an organized activity in Sweden around 2016 and it has since spread around the globe.

Why Plog?

It’s good for you! Going for a jog (or walk) is a great way to stay active while also practicing social distancing.

It’s also good for Mother Earth. The problem of waste as a whole can be overwhelming and discouraging, but when you think of tackling these problems as a way of life you can transform frustrations into joyful habits.  By integrating trash pick-up into your jogging routine or your daily walk you will protect wildlife, affect people’s sense of well-being and safety, and change cultural norms. 
At the same time recognizing the problem begins much further upstream.  And when we reduce the waste in our own lives, pressure companies to do better, and reach out to our representatives we can stop the steady flow of waste into our wildlands and neighborhoods before it even begins. 

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”

Howard Zinn

Wildcats Plog 2020

Here’s where you come in! We want you to SAFELY stay active and help out during these unprecedented times because that’s what WILDCATS do! By the way, there are some awesome prizes available. Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Decide how you will safely pick up litter. Remember to not touch any litter with bare skin. This post has some great tips.
  2. Go plogging, and be sure to track it with your smartwatch and take a selfie with the litter you find.
  3. Post your selfie with #LogYourPLog
  4. If you’d like to compete for amazing prizes complete this form each time you go for a plog https://forms.gle/sQFbg6L571z6aUYr5.
  5. Spread the word and repeat.

How to Safely Help During COVID-19

What can I do to help??

We’ve heard that question many times and are here to provide you with some options. First things first, follow all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and your local Health Department. Once you’ve determined you are able to do so safely, here are some great ways to stay involved.

We’d love to hear how you’re helping out! Send stories or tag us on social media or email them here.


Provide Virtual Companionship For Isolated Seniors

Seniors who are isolated by COVID-19 can sign up to receive calls from a volunteer for a virtual social visit, technology support by phone, finding answers to questions. It’s not just a one-time thing either. People will need support for the weeks or months to come. The phone bank ensures seniors get calls on a regular basis from the same person, building a new and meaningful connection in a moment of crisis. Sign up at this link or call (650) 267-2474.

To read more about ways anybody can support seniors in their community, check out their blog 5 ways to help seniors isolated by COVID-19.

Volunteer Online with the United Nations

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins. Learn more here.


Deliver Meals to Vulnerable Populations

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Vulnerable seniors are at greatest risk amid COVID-19. Let’s help keep them safe and cared for. Contact your local Meals on Wheels organization, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.


Donate Blood

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Donated blood has decreased dramatically. Healthy, eligible donors are urged to come out and give to ensure there’s lifesaving blood on the shelves for those who need it most. Visit the American Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive

In Chico you can find ways to donate at this link https://www.vitalant.org/Locations2/Northern-California/Chico.aspx.


Volunteer at a Food Bank

Food banks are in great need of volunteers to help pack and sort food. They are taking precautions to prioritize volunteer safety. Visit the California Association of Food Banks at www.CAfoodbanks.org.


Assist Professional Researchers

The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research. This research is made possible by volunteers — more than a million people around the world who come together to assist professional researchers. Our goal is to enable research that would not be possible, or practical, otherwise. Zooniverse research results in new discoveries, datasets useful to the wider research community, and many publications.


Neighbor Check-ins

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Check on older neighbors with a call, text, or talk through the door. Full details here.


Join DoSomething

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Using our digital platform, DoSomething members join our volunteer, social change, and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about.


Donate or Create PPE

Are you able to donate or make Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as facemasks, face shields, gowns used by medical professionals or first responders? Here are some ways to help.

#GetUsPPE
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Volunteer to Help Distribute Donations to Camp Fire Survivors

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If you would like to volunteer at one of their locations to help with Camp Fire Relief Services, please call the Camp Fire Hub at 530-327-7486 or email Margie@orovillehopecenter.org.


THANKS

Thanks to the following sources for helping us find these opportunities.
https://californiavolunteers.ca.gov/
https://www.dosomething.org/

Women’s History Month

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© 2016 Ian Gibson

Women’s History Month
Each year we see records breaking, wages gaps changing, and voices multiplying. The feminist movement is in full swing with no signs of its momentum slowing down. Every year, March 1st signals the start of Women’s History Month: 31 days devoted to celebrating the woman. Fights they have fought, paths they have paved, and armies they’ve led into resistance. This month, CAVE would like to acknowledge some history-making women and how they have impacted our lives without us even realizing.

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As another semester begins, one can quickly find themselves deep in a sea of homework, meetings, work, and other responsibilities. As important as all these tasks are to your intellectual development, it is also vital to remember that your mental health supersedes above all. Burnout is real and can make your daily routine harder than it already is, but here are some ways to prevent overloading yourself from our CAVE staff. Easy things you can do too!

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Keeping it CAVEY

Professionalism Tips

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Keeping it CAVEY is all about professionalism and having the right attitude in a work environment. Professionalism is a skill we should all learn before leaving the comfort of college and diving into the big, scary world of adulthood. Mastering this skill isn’t always easy, and doesn’t occur as naturally in some of us as it does in others. Here are a few tips that can help make you a CAVEY, professional master.

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