Ruth acknowledges that sometimes one has to be in the right place at the right time. "Opportunities for activism must be there and your life circumstances must allow for you to take advantage of them."
"Hundreds of opportunities present themselves on a daily basis You have to grab one of them and say, 'This is something I can do.' There is an inclination in a person to help humanity; to do something for another. You then find an opportunity that goes along with your interests and your abilities, and grab it."
"What do you do? You go out and if you see something that needs to be done—do it! You don't need anybody's permission or affirmation. If there's trash or litter on the street, pick it up. How much you can do depends on the collective; getting help. But to start, you just do it! You can make things happen. The essence of philanthropy is: if you care enough, you can make things happen. You will meet all sorts of challenges along the way, but for each one of the challenges you have to be flexible enough to confront it, and get through it."