Day 30

Mar. 26th, 2011 10:17 am
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The final day is one of my favorite charities-- Heifer International. At their site, you can buy things like llamas, flocks of chicks, honeybees, and rabbits (or shares of them, which cost less) and they'll go to families in need.

From their website:

"Today, millions of people who were once hungry will be nourished by milk, eggs and fresh vegetables.

Families who for generations knew only poverty will be building new homes and starting businesses.

Children who once headed out to the fields to do backbreaking work will be heading into schoolrooms to learn to read.

And people who never thought they’d be in a position to help someone else will be experiencing the joy of charitable giving.

How is this possible?

With Heifer’s proven approach – more than 65 years in the making – to helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income."

Day 29

Mar. 25th, 2011 08:16 am
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ASPCA

From their website:

"The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Our organization was founded by Henry Bergh in 1866 on the belief that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend our anti-cruelty mission across the country, we are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. We are a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, and proud to boast more than 1 million supporters across the country."
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Who is awesome at finding these and emailing them to me. :-)

Day 28 is ShelterBox.org

From their website:

"We provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most.

Our goal is to help 50,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year and with your help we will achieve this goal.

The ShelterBox solution in disaster response is as simple as it is effective.

We deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items."

Day 27

Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:28 pm
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UNICEF

From their website:

"We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

Day 26

Mar. 22nd, 2011 09:37 am
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Children's Center

From their website:

"Children’s Center is a not-for-profit agency which serves southwest Missouri children who are severely physically abused or sexually abused.

The mission of Children’s Center is to reduce the trauma of children who have been abused by facilitating a multi-disciplinary response.

Past experience has taught us that no single agency can possibly meet all the needs of physically and sexually abuse children and their families. Experience has also taught us that taking child victims from agency to agency for multiple interviews can traumatize and revictimize them.

As a child advocacy center, we provide a child-friendly, safe setting in which law enforcement and Children's Division personnel can conduct investigations of alleged child abuse. These teams include specially trained law enforcement and Division of Family Services personnel, prosecutors, juvenile officers, medical professionals, mental health professionals, and Children’s Center staff. These professionals meet child victims and their families at Children’s Center and, by coming together as a team, reduce the number of interviews child victims must go through.

Children’s Center staff also offer advocacy, referrals and prevention education."

Day 25

Mar. 21st, 2011 08:25 am
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Donors Choose

From their website:

"Here's how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class.

Then, you can browse project requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, we deliver the materials to the school.

You'll get photos of your project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. If you give over $100, you'll also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

At DonorsChoose.org, you can give as little as $1 and get the same level of choice, transparency, and feedback that is traditionally reserved for someone who gives millions. We call it citizen philanthropy."

Day 24

Mar. 20th, 2011 02:00 pm
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Panzi Hospital of Bukavu

From their website:

"The mission of the General Referral Hospital of Panzi as a not-for-profit institution is:

* Improve the quality of medical care for the population
* Reduce the maternal and infant death rate
* Provide treatment of the survivor of sexual violence and surgical repair for women suffering from fistulas of the urogenital tract
* Serve as a referral center for other health centers
* Preach the gospel to the population receiving services at the center"
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In reference to the Day 20 post, the donation website is now up and running for this year!

Day 23

Mar. 18th, 2011 10:16 pm
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Today is two links from my friends list:

First is from [livejournal.com profile] _yggdrasil, who writes:

"My teacher I mentioned who happened to be in Los Angeles when the earthquake struck Japan? I just found out that he went back to Tokyo, bought 10,000 blankets plus what food and fuel are available, and is heading into the afflicted zone to bring people supplies."

His link to help out with his efforts is here.

Second is from [livejournal.com profile] crevette. She's been on my friends list for a while now; awesomely funny person and weird in the best way. She writes:

"I am a finalist in a contest to win a free lap band surgery. I have a one in three chance in winning, I just need to have the most votes by April 1, 2010. There are two surgeries being given away, one by each doctor.

This is the real deal, including counseling and lifetime follow up. This is something that could change my life, and my family's life."

If you would like to help out with this, go here and vote for Irene F.

Thanks!
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Otherwise known as my parents' anniversary. 39 years today! :-)

Ian stayed up until midnight night before last. So last night, instead of trying to get a little more sleep, what do I do? Stay up until 2 a.m. mainlining the entire first season of The Walking Dead. I'm so smart.

Day 22's charity is Rescue Ink.

From their website:

"Rebel, originally named "Ribbons" because of his tattered, shredded ears, was found as a stray in Kentucky. The ligature marks on his legs and nose, as well as his severely infected, pus-filled ears, suggested he had been used as a "bait-dog" to train fighting dogs in a suspected dog-fighting ring. Rescue Ink swooped in and, with the aid of Animal Rescue Flights, flew Rebel home and offered him a new lease of life as the official Rescue Ink mascot.

With his scarred face and muscle-bound body, Rebel is a shining example of an animal's ability to forgive and live in the moment. He is a daily reminder of Rescue Ink's mission."

Day 21

Mar. 16th, 2011 10:35 am
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Amnesty International

From their website:

"Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.

Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

We are independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion and are funded mainly by our membership and public donations."

Day 20

Mar. 15th, 2011 08:54 am
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The Brittany Foundation

This one I found out about through fandom-- every year for his birthday, a bunch of Jeffrey Dean Morgan fans do a donation drive for this place. :-)

From their website:

"The Brittany Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, care and placement of homeless dogs.

While in our care, the dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and given a thorough check-up along with any necessary medical attention. Our dogs are also microchipped. If dogs are not adopted, they will live at the sanctuary for their entire life. We run a no-kill facility.

We rescue all dogs, regardless of breed, and we often focus our efforts on the harder-to-place dogs such as seniors, disabled or abused dogs, and "media condemned" breeds such as Pit Bulls, Chow Chows, & Dobies. It's relatively easy to find a home for a cute little Chihuahua, but the gratification for us comes from placing the 6-year-old Pit Bull with one eye, the stray mutt who has never had a home before, or the 12-year-old Doberman with severe separation anxiety (who is now living in a wonderful home of his own). Of late, we are rescuing more puppy mill dogs and victims of foreclosure."

Day 19

Mar. 14th, 2011 10:44 am
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Changing the Present

From their website:

"Changing the Present connects you with more than 1500 meaningful charitable gifts that change the world. Browse by cause or nonprofit to find the perfect gift for friends or for your own charitable giving."

Day 18

Mar. 13th, 2011 12:02 pm
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Today's charity is based in Kansas; link sent to me by [livejournal.com profile] rosevaughn.

Numana Inc.

From their website:

"Here’s what keeps us up at night:

Enough food is produced in the world for every person to have 4.3 lbs of food every day. But the reality is, hunger and starvation continues to torment children, adults and families. Numana can help you make a difference.

Our mission is to empower people to save the starving by raising awareness, providing actionable solutions and encouraging advocacy.

Through volunteer-driven, hands on meal packaging events, Numana enables others to send meals to countries where intense food insecurity exists."


They are organizing a relief effort for Japan-- if you're in the area, on March 19 there's a food packaging event, or you can donate at the website.

Day 17

Mar. 12th, 2011 01:28 pm
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Project Night Night

From their website:

"Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to
homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and
significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate
children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve."



Also, considering the horrible things going on in Japan right now, linking to the Red Cross, Peace Winds, and Doctors Without Borders.

Day 16

Mar. 8th, 2011 04:44 pm
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Today's charity is in honor of International Women's Day:

V-Day

"In 1994, a play called The Vagina Monologues, written by playwright and activist Eve Ensler, broke ground, offering to the world a piece of art like nothing it had seen before. Based on dozens of interviews Ensler conducted with women, the play addressed women's sexuality and the social stigma surrounding rape and abuse, creating a new conversation about and with women. The Vagina Monologues ran Off-Broadway for five years in New York and then toured the United States. After every performance, Ensler found women waiting to share their own stories of survival, leading her to see that The Vagina Monologues could be more than a moving work of art on violence; she divined that the performances could be a mechanism for moving people to act to end violence.

On Valentines Day, 1998, Eve, with a group of women in New York City, established V-Day. Set up as a 501(c)(3) and originally staffed by volunteers, the organization's seed money came from a star-studded, sold out benefit performance at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, a show that raised $250,000 in a single evening.

V-Day's mission is simple. It demands that violence against women and girls must end. To do this, once a year, in February, March, and April, Eve allows groups around the world to produce a performance of the play, as well as other works created by V-Day, and use the proceeds for local individual projects and programs that work to end violence against women and girls, often shelters and rape crisis centers. What began as one event in New York City in 1998 today includes over 5,400 V-Day events annually."

Day 15

Mar. 6th, 2011 07:57 pm
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Nature Conservancy

From their website:

"The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of our more than 1 million members, we’ve built a tremendous record of success since our founding in 1951:

* We've protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally.
* We work in all 50 states and more than 30 countries — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia."

Day 14

Mar. 2nd, 2011 09:05 am
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Kiva: Loans that Change Lives

From their website:

"Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

Kiva was born of the following beliefs:

* People are by nature generous, and will help others if given the opportunity to do so in a transparent, accountable way.

* The poor are highly motivated and can be very successful when given an opportunity.

* By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another."

Day 13

Feb. 24th, 2011 12:43 pm
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Hope in Bloom

From their website:

"Hope in Bloom is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that plants gardens free of charge at the homes of women and men undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The program operates throughout Massachusetts.

Healing gardens have been proven to be therapeutic sanctuaries offering both comfort and hope to meet the emotional and psychological needs of patients and their families."

Day 12

Feb. 23rd, 2011 05:50 pm
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Planned Parenthood

From their website:

"The heart of Planned Parenthood is in the local community. Our 85 unique, locally governed affiliates nationwide operate more than 820 health centers, which reflect the diverse needs of their communities.

These health centers provide a wide range of safe, reliable health care — and more than 90 percent is preventive, primary care, which helps prevent unintended pregnancies through contraception, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers. Caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with clients, encouraging them to ask questions in an environment that millions have grown to trust."

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