Wouldn't it be nice to save the world? You and I know that's not going to happen, but although we can't save the world, we can do some good.

It's Presidents' Day, and there have been presidents who have worked to make the country, and the world, a better place. I think of President Carter who may not have been one of the most powerful or influential presidents, but his moral compass has been pointing in the right direction for decades and his example continues to shine. One of Jimmy Carter's ways of "giving back" has been his involvement with Habitat for Humanity.

A group of folks from Plymouth were planning to work with Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala. They would have been there right now, getting back home in just a few days, but the trip was cancelled at the beginning of this month. Greg Anacker explained: "... our Habitat trip to Guatemala was canceled... in response to the US State Department’s new travel advisory system that rates Guatemala as Level 3, Reconsider Travel.  Because of this, Habitat’s lawyers have insisted that all trips to Guatemala by US passport holders must stop, including ours.  Habitat tried to find an alternate country for us to go work on short notice, but nothing was available."

Although it didn't work out this time, there may be another opportunity later. There are so many other ways to serve, as well. The world, and our country, are crying out for help. Citizen involvement will become increasingly vital as budgetary cuts affect health and human services, the environment, and more.  May these books inspire you:

Books on Habitat for Humanity and similar programs:

A castle on Viola Street /DiSalvo, DyAnne.  E DIS

The excitement is building /Fuller, Millard   363.5 FUL

More than houses : how Habitat for Humanity is transforming lives and neighborhoods /Fuller, Millard   363.5 FUL

The theology of the hammer /Fuller, Millard   363.5 FUL

Other volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer : a traveller's guide to making a difference around the world/361.7025 VOL

Volunteer vacations : short-term adventures that will benefit you and others /McMillon, Bill   302.14 MCM

And here are some books by President Carter:

A call to action : women, religion, violence, and power /Carter, Jimmy,323.34 CAR

Our endangered values : America's moral crisis /Carter, Jimmy,306.0973 CAR

Palestine peace not apartheid/Carter, Jimmy,956.04 CAR

Sources of strength : meditations on scripture for daily living /Carter, Jimmy,248.4 CAR

The virtues of aging /Carter, Jimmy,305.26 CAR

White House diary /Carter, Jimmy,973.926092 CAR