About Elizabeth

I am a writer and former health educator living in Seattle, Washington. I am also a volunteer coordinator for a nonprofit, a busy mom of two wonderful children and a young grandmother to my lovely stepdaughter’s child.

During the last 15 years working on public health issues, I have come to realize that what really gets me jazzed up is telling stories about amazing people and organizations doing “good”.

In the midst of all the depressing things happening in the world (poverty, disease, climate change, war, intolerance, etc.), there are wonderful people and organizations working hard to make this world a better place. And I believe there are many more individuals out there who would like to make a difference, but aren’t quite sure HOW.

In the early nineties I had the good fortune to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa, as a teacher.  This experience was life-changing. I came back having a whole new perspective about poverty, volunteerism, and the true meaning of community.

And ever since my Peace Corps experience, I have tried to find opportunities to make a difference in whatever way I can. As a philanthropist, I am simply giving my time and talents to worthy causes. Sometimes I donate a few dollars here and there.

I write about important issues that have an impact on how we live our lives and how we choose to conduct ourselves with our families, friends, colleagues and within our communities. I’ll be profiling inspiring organizations working on important causes and people doing amazing things with their lives. Through the stories I tell, I hope to help people connect and identify with causes and values they believe in. We are doing what we can, with what we have.

Contact me at elizabeth.s.ralston@gmail.com with story ideas or to simply share your thoughts about local or global efforts that inspire you. You can also follow me @Esralston on Twitter.


5 Responses to About Elizabeth

  1. Tony Ralston says:

    Good page, Elizabeth. I’ll look forward to your postings on the QM2 and beyond.

    Love, Dad

  2. Lisa Haselby says:

    Congratulations on getting your blog up and running, Elizabeth! Looks great!

  3. You are so right, Elizabeth! Everyone needs to know about the individuals and organizations trying to make things better in the face of so many challenges and negativity. You will inspire many people through your blog. Looking forward to reading. Congratulations!


  4. TonyaP says:

    What a wonderful topic to blog about. Being a philantropist any way I can is an inherent value of mine (instilled from my parents). Now with a child myself I want to impart the same value in my daughter. Thanks for infusing this conversation, action, and way of being.


  5. revmichaelbernard says:

    Very nice and inspiring site. I would recommend Nipun Mehta ServiceSpace.org (formerly charityfocus) as another inspiring blogpost. Thanks for the links and all you do!
    Life is a Blessing and so are you 🙂

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