I was excited to see that Jolkona, the name of one of the charity clearinghouses I mentioned yesterday, is a Bengali word for drop of water and the site is all about the belief every drop in the bucket counts and creates a ripple effect. That’s what I try to embrace with this blog. Speaking of embracing, here’s another 15.
Here are some medical ones: IMANA: Islamic Medical Association of North America – collecting for Pakistan flood relief. Aflac Cancer Center – one of the country’s top children’s cancer centers. International Rett Syndrome Association – fighting a debilitating, incurable neurological disease somewhat like autism. I’d never heard of any of these groups – learn something new everyday…wait, that’s another page. lol.
And here’s a few for military overseas and their family at home. What I like about groups like these is they let you do hands on, personal stuff as well as donate money: write a letter, send a care package. Operation Combat Boot Comfort: grassroots group supplying troops with care packages. Operation Gratitude sends letters and care packages to deployed service men and women, too. And thanks to friend of the blog Terri once again for introducing Operation Military Kids – “the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. …”
Now various categories. Since he moved to LA, we in New England could stop hating on Joe Torre. Here’s a reason to like him: he runs the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation – helping victims of domestic violence , including kids and teens. I saw this on the local news the other day: Lovelane Special Needs Horseback Riding Program.
Let’s go international for a bit: Engineers Without Borders – self-explantory. And so many places need engineering. New Light India helps women and children who have been victims of sex slavery and abuse. A lot of great elements including HIV/AIDS care and educational opportunities. World Vision – wow, how did I not get to this group yet, they’re a huge group. You’ve seen the commericals. You know what they do- help poor kids and their families and communtiies with sponsorships. They, like Samaritan’s Purse, are a faith-based aid Christian group. Another big group helping abroad: American Jewish World Service.
Here’s another really good development/empowerment type of agency Heifer International . You may have heard them. Their “goal is to help end world hunger and poverty through self-reliance & sustainability.” You can donate animals. It’s cool. ….Hey, have I failed to mention the Salvation Army? I have. Whoops. Salvation Army.