30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day Thirty

The final post in my 30 Days of Giving project. For those of you still Christmas shopping (25 minutes into Christmas day for East Coasters) consider making a gift donation to

THE TREVOR PROJECT

Who they are/What they do - from the website: “The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.”

What you can do - Stay informed by signing up for the email list. Check out the various volunteer opportunities (located in multiple cities across the country). If you are a teacher, integrate some of the Trevor Project’s materials into your lessons. And of course, donate and/or host a benefit.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - 26-29

I noticed that Glamour magazine did its own 30 Days of Giving in the December issue (actually its was 31 days). As I managed to fall behind on the last couple days of this project, due in no small part to my own holiday preparations, I’ve borrowed some of Glamour's suggestions.

The Jonathan Collins Foundation’s Message from the Heart program provides teddy bears to children of deployed military personnel. The teddy bears come equipped with recorded messages from the deployed parent. A $25 donation provides one child with a bear.

An $8 donation to the AARP’s Drive to End Hunger program feeds a senior for a day.

The purchase of a hat or clothing from krochetkids.org keeps women in Uganda and Peru working and educated.

A donation of $25 to womenforwomen.org buys a woman in a war torn country a sewing kit, so that she may begin a career as a tailor.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day 25

This 30 Days of Giving post is a little different. I know it’s hard to donate money to places when you don’t have a whole lot of it. Instead, I wanted to use this post to focus on other types of ways you can help organizations/people in need.

Donate old cell phones to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. They refurbish and sell them and use the proceeds to support their programming.

Donate old formal dresses to Donate My Dress.org/a girl who cannot afford a dress for a formal event.

Click the button on the main page of thebreastcancersite.com every day and help a woman get a free mammogram.

Donate old books. Two places that would love them - Global Literacy Project and Books to Prisons.

Volunteer near your home/work place.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Catch up!!

Hey all - I fell behind in my 30 days of giving due to end of the semester nonsense (test, project, etc.). But I’m here to make up for lost time. For the last few days I’ve missed I’m going to give you a few worthy organizations built on a theme. Word?

Without further ado…

DAY 20 - In honor of #10forTebow here are some women’s health organizations that could use some holiday love from you…

Abortion Access Project - aim to increase access to health care and reproductive health care in areas with limited to no options.  You can…donate, subscribe and organize in your community.

Sister Song - from the website - “amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights.” You can…Donate, Sign up for the e-newsletter.

DAY 21 - Paying homage to my arts education roots…consider helping a child immerse him or her self in the arts…

Princess Grace Foundation - identifies and assists (via fellowships, scholarships and apprenticeships) new talent in theater, dance and film. You can…donate, or support the organization through various online shops (see website).

DAY 22 - Access to healthy food…

Community Food Security Coalition - this national coalition advocates for healthy, local food, creates networks to inform people about access to healthy food and making healthy choices and sponsors a farm to cafeteria program, among other things. You can…Donate. Join the mailing list.

Share our Strength - Their goal is to end childhood hunger in America by 2015. How you can help - Donate. Participate in events. Volunteer. Become a sponsor. Get your organization involved. All info here.

DAY 23 - Bereavement. I know this is morbid. I just watched several movies in a row about parents losing children. Heartbreaking. They need our/your help as much as anyone, especially around holidays.

The Compassionate Friends - from the website: “assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.” You can…Donate (in a variety of ways, check the link); Support those who may need it; Start a chapter.

DAY 24 - At risk children.

Casey Family Program - from the website: “we are committed to our 2020 Strategy for America’s Children – a goal to safely reduce the number of children in foster care and improve the lives of those who remain in care.” You can…Donate, advocate, provide care, volunteer.

Youth Law Center - from the website: “a public interest law firm that works to protect children in the nation’s foster care and juvenile justice systems from abuse and neglect, and to ensure that they receive the necessary support and services to become healthy and productive adults.” You can…Donate.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day Nineteen

The 30 Days of Giving day nineteen award goes to…

THE INNOCENCE PROJECT OF TEXAS

Who they are - A non profit organization that works towards the release of the wrongfully convicted/imprisoned in Texas.

What they do - see above.

Why it’s important - Cameron Todd Willingham. Tim Cole. The unknown number of other innocent people who may die in prison or be executed by the state if the work of this organization is not done.

What you can do - Become a member. Donate.

30 Days of Giving - Day Eighteen

Still a day behind due to this blasted final week of the semester. I hope to be back on track by the weekend.

Nevertheless, please give some love to:

FAMILY CAREGIVER ALLIANCE

Who they are - a community based nonprofit which aims to address the needs of family and friends providing long term care at home.

What they do - Provide services, consulting, training, etc. for home caregivers.

Why it’s important - You know this already - being cared for with dignity and respect is a human right, especially for those who don’t have much control over the situation.

What you can do - If you visit the site you can learn a bit about legislation surrounding this issue, but really, they need donations.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day Seventeen

Official 30 Days of Giving post for today.

Day Seventeen goes to…

WIDER OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN

Who they are - An organization that works nationally to to build pathways to economic independence for America’s families, women, and girls.

What they do - from the website:  “Help women learn to earn, with programs emphasizing literacy, technical and nontraditional skills, the welfare-to-work transition, career development, and retirement security. Nationally, WOW engages in organizing, research, and advocacy —- using the common framework —- to design, implement, and advocate for programs and policies that move low-income families toward economic independence.”

Why it’s important - I don’t need to tell you.

What you can do - Donate. Stay informed by signing up for the email. Check out the resources page to keep abreast of the issues WOW deals with.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day Sixteen

Still playing catch up, expect two posts in a row, then I’m on track. For the caught up post I present you with…

UNION OF CONCERNED SCIENTISTS

Who they are - a science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment

What they do - combine independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Why it’s important - Watch a republican debate. As long as there are climate change deniers, we need such groups to defend science…and the earth. (Oh and if that’s not enough polar bears are cannibalizing!)

What you can do - Lobby your elected official. Subscribe to the newsletter. Donate.

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day Fifteen

Sorry, frans. I didn’t get to doing my 30 Days of Giving post yesterday, so there will be two today.

Please excuse the late/double post.

For yesterday, please check out Communities in Schools.

Who they are - A nationwide network of professionals who work in public schools to build communities of support for students with the objective of empowering them to stay in school and work towards achieving their goals.

What they do - From the website: “works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. “

Why it’s important - As it is, many children and students have the odds stacked against them for socioeconomic or geographic (or both) reasons. To top it off, plenty of crazies seem to be coming out of the woodwork suggesting that these students deserve this, or aren’t that bad off and don’t need any special attention or help. (In one extreme case, a certain GOP candidate for US president suggested that students, like those helped by Communities in Schools, should essentially be made indentured servants at their schools.) These kids need our/your help!

What you can do - Donate. Advocate on behalf students at risk for dropping out of school. Join the organization’s network of 57,000+ professionals by volunteering in your local school(s).

30 DAYS OF GIVING - Day Fourteen

Today’s 30 Days of Giving post is a little different. As I stated from the get go, I am aiming to highlight organizations that deal with issues we’ve heard a lot about in 2011.

I couldn’t pick just one organization helping residents of Haiti recover from the Earthquake that struck the island two years ago and the subsequent cholera outbreak from earlier this year.

Instead I will provide links to a number of organizations (not the Red Cross) hoping to help the island of Haiti and its people. Please consider donating money, time, efforts or supplies to any (or all) of these organizations.

(Future posts will do something similar for other natural disaster victims)

Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Let Haiti Live

Haitian Education and Leadership Program

Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods

Please check these organizations out and help in whatever way you can.