I often get what appears to be a wild hare across my butt to encourage crazy things to happen. In reality, I think about things for several months or years and then bring them up when the time looks right to me. This past week has been one of those times, and we’re getting ready to launch something I’ve wanted to for about four years, now.
The polyamory community, especially in the US, has some wonderful stuff going for it — we have Loving More and the delightful workshops, publications and publicity work they do, people hosting conventions, people organizing discussion groups on the Internet, and in person, legal defense funds… Just fantastic stuff.
The thing we don’t do as a community (at least that I’ve been aware of) is do a lot of giving to the “rest of the world” as a community. Polyamory has in the past relegated its giving to the polyamory community. That’s well, good and worthy. Not knocking it. It’s needed and should continue.
But we live in a big and diverse world — a world that we’re a part of. In this world, a good path to acceptance, I think, is to show that we are a part of it, know we’re a part of it, and do what we can to make it a better place. It’s hard to hate someone willing to get her hands dirty in the name of charity.
PolyFamilies has come together this past week with the intention of forming a charity fund. The org has no name, nor specific guidelines yet, but there is a single intention among us — to do good in the name of Polyamory.
This is very much in the planning stages, so I can’t throw out exact details. I do invite people who want to be in on it to join PolyFamilies and speak up.
If you’re not into the organization side of things, but are still interested, I promise you’ll have ample opportunity to pitch in. I’ll be advertising about it in this column from time to time, so if you’re into making the world better and helping out the poly community at the same time, here’s a way you can do so.
Love is a Verb.