June 3, 2010 at 9:36 am , by Tara Bench
We all know a simple act of kindness can go a long way—so what if I told you $25 would be donated to charity on your behalf, just by filling out a no-strings-attached profile online? It’s really that easy! That was just the thought behind Allegan’s BOTOX® Cosmetic My Expressions of Kindness campaign.
Share your act of kindness (by filling out that simple profile) and $25 automatically goes towards the $250,000 total that will help support the causes of three outstanding organizations. Tweet or Facebook the campaign (the site tells you how) and an additional $5 is donated, for a total of $30.
I happen to be a fan of Botox treatments (I get just a little above my eyebrows to prevent the pesky vertical lines that look like an “11”). I realize that admitting I use Botox will not garner the attention Cindy Crawford did when she was so forthcoming—but like her,
May 10, 2010 at 9:26 am , by Amanda Wolfe
We know you’ll be inspired to pitch in when you read this month’s Do Good story, about Shara Mondy, the founder of Suited For Success. Shara was a board member for a national group you’ve probably heard of: Dress For Success, which is a nonprofit that provides clothes and career help to disadvantaged women. But Shara realized that there weren’t any similar programs for men—even though she recognized that the need was definitely there. So she started Suited For Success in her hometown of Jacksonville with just a handful of male clients. Six years later she now has more than 200 clients each month, many of whom are struggling young men or ex-offenders who need a fresh start. Shara provides just that, by giving free suits, career coaching, mentoring, workshops and more.
So how can you help disadvantaged men in your area? One easy way is to participate in the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive. This retail chain will accept gently used men’s professional clothing items in exchange for a 10-percent-off thank-you coupon. If you want to get more hands-on, organize a men’s clothing and shoe drive in your neighborhood, then donate the items you collect to a shelter or group in your area.
April 26, 2010 at 1:46 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
Update: Have you taken this month’s Do Good Challenge yet? Have any other ideas to help the homeless in your area? Please share!
After you read the story of this Michigan interior designer, Terry Grahl, who transforms homeless shelters with a few coats of paint and gives hope to hundreds of women, we know you’ll be inspired to help a shelter in your area. Don’t have any design skills of your own? No problem. Collect toiletries like shampoo and soap when you stay in hotels for business or vacation and give them to your nearby shelter. Even better, organize a neighborhood drive for products women need, like deodorant, tampons and sanitary napkins, then create individual mini-toiletry bags to donate.
If you are crafty or creative, you can borrow some ideas from Grahl’s Enchanted Makeovers charity and sew cheerful pillows and curtains to donate to your local shelter. If the shelter is open to it, you could even volunteer to brighten up the women’s dorm with a pretty coat of paint.
April 19, 2010 at 9:52 am , by Amanda Wolfe
Do you know a woman who goes the extra mile for a worthy cause? Ladies’ Home Journal and WE Volunteer are looking for outstanding volunteers for our first annual WE Do Good Awards. All you need to do is tell us how this special woman has given back to her community and has inspired others to do the same. Does she travel to help people in need in other countries? Did she start a charity organization to benefit a cause that’s close to her heart? Or maybe she’s a busy mom who finds the time to volunteer in her community and get her whole family involved.
If you know an amazing woman who deserves recognition for her efforts, nominate her today! She could win one of three great prize packages that will give her a special treat and help her give back, plus a trip to New York City for our awards event, features in LHJ magazine and on WEVolunteer.tv, and a subscription to LHJ.
April 5, 2010 at 9:51 am , by Amanda Wolfe
Sometimes the problems in other countries (and even the problems here in America) can seem so big and complicated that it’s hard to feel like you can make an impact. But it’s amazing what a few dollars can do in places where the need is greatest. The International Rescue Committee’s From Harm to Home program helps ordinary people like you and me contribute to people in need in very concrete ways. You’ve probably heard of Heifer International (where $50 buys a share of a cow). This is similar, only your money buys emergency relief, education, and healthcare for people across the globe. For instance, $34 can provide four kids with nourishment for a month. $52 can enable an Afghan girl to attend school for a year. $215 can provide five families with emergency survival kits.
When faced with numbers like that ($52 for a year of school!?), it’s hard not to get excited about the real good you can do—on any budget. It would also make a great Mother’s Day gift for the do good-minded lady in your life.
March 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm , by Amanda Wolfe
We’re psyched about CauseWorld, a cool new iPhone app that lets you donate to your favorite causes—without actually spending your own cash. Here’s how it works: Big-name sponsors donate money to the CauseWorld pool. You “check in” at local stores to earn “karmas,” unlock those dollars and decide where you want your contributions to go to. You can pick from a range of causes: ofsetting carbon, preventing child abuse, fighting cancer, helping students in need, providing clean drinking water, getting aid to Haiti, plantitng a tree, feeding the hungry, saving abused animals, and more. (That’s a heck of a list—there’s definitely a charity here for everyone.)
Download the free app and start sending your good karma out into the world!
March 15, 2010 at 9:22 am , by Amanda Wolfe
This month we’re challenging you to make the days a little brighter for disadvantaged children in your area. After you read the story of Texas mom Emily Gertson (right), who collects pajamas, school supplies and toiletries for kids in foster care, we know you’ll be inspired to help out in your community. “I learned that these kids are often removed from their home with just the clothes on their back,” Gertson says. “I wanted to give them something that would help them feel more comfortable and less scared, and new pajamas seemed like a good place to start.”
So how can you help? Collect toiletries, PJs, suitcases, bags and backpacks and donate them to your local Child Protective Services agency. Or you can walk to raise money for foster-care organizations with a group like Walk Me Home. Want to help one-on-one? Find a child to mentor in your town, or guide a child virtually through a program like vMentor.