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Guest Post – Give from the Heart With Smiles, Time & Social Media

Jay Baldwin has just joined the 365give volunteer team! We love it when one of our volunteers want to share their giving ideas and rituals. Jay has just started as a volunteer with 365give and wrote this article for us. Thank you Jay! And we look forward to having you on board at 365give! Jay has an active Facebook group that she would love for you to join!

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Jay Baldwin – Guest Post – Give From The Heart with Smiles, Time and Social Media

Hello, lovely humans! My name is Jay Baldwin and I am one of the newest volunteers here at 365give!

I am a twenty two year old university student who is also a strong activist and advocate for marginalized communities and a fighter of all things human rights. I was born with Spastic Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy and over the years I have acquired some mental health related disabilities too. I grew up in a small town and in all the years that I went to school, I never  really had friends who understood what it was like to be disabled in a world that wasn’t built with them in mind. So, my mission has been to create spaces where  people like me, who are marginalized and stigmatized, feel less alone and seen.

Which is why I run a Facebook group called: Disabled, Queer and Fabulous! Home to  over seven hundred and thirty disabled, neurodivergent and chronically ill 2SLGBTQIA+  people, from all over the world, as well as our supporters. At the end of the day, who better to build these communities than the people who are affected by the lack of them?

As well, I am also an ambassador for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab- the hospital where I went after every surgery, as a kid and it changed my life! I have been involved in various campaigns, featured in articles, talked about the importance of inclusion for people with disabilities and so much more.

With the work that I  do, I understand that giving every day can truly change the world. Being disabled makes it hard to give money because I do not have much of that to begin with. As you can probably tell: not having much money has not stopped me from giving because I give my time, my love, my spirit,  and my passion! My experience is living proof that giving goes deeper than what is in your pocket, it is what is in your heart. It does not take a lot to give and I believe it makes the world a better place, when we can help our communities and lift each other up.

I am very grateful and excited to continue to share my journey and help this wonderful organization grow and thrive!

Join Jay on their Facebook Group!



What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)