I recently raised over $400 for the UMass Cancer Research facility. And it was simple, just ask. This is something I think we should all be a little more open to, asking and receiving as well as hearing and giving. Finding needs and filling them, whether it be a favor for a friend or defending the rights of strangers.
I think its important to realize that while we categorize ourselves every day: by which bathroom we use, by which sports team we cheer for, by what we order at a restaurant, it's not those things that define us but rather the way they fit together in their own unique jig saw puzzle to make each one of us individually interesting and special.