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.
January 14, 2010 at 1:35 am , by Amanda Wolfe
If you’ve seen any of the news coverage of the earthquake in Haiti—and the total devastation it’s caused—you’re probably wondering how you can help. According to the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI), monetary donations are almost always the best and fastest way to help victims of a natural disaster, often because of the logistics, time, and money it takes to assemble, transport, and distribute other collected goods. (CIDI info found via The White House Blog.) Here are ways you can make a donation that will help get relief to Haiti quickly. Even $5 or $10 can go a long way, especially when thousands of people contribute.
Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Foundation: Text “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 to the popular Haitian singer’s foundation, which is using 100% of funds raised for relief. (This fundraiser’s also been popular on Twitter.)
You can also check this list (which is being updated periodically) from the San Francisco Chronicle for more ways to help.
UPDATE: There have been reports of donation hoaxes on Twitter, email and Facebook so before you text a donation (or follow a link from email to donate online), to be safe go directly to the organization’s website to make sure it’s legit. Almost every group has Haiti relief information and links to donate on their homepage right now.
August 27, 2009 at 11:54 am , by Amanda Wolfe
This month, we’re challenging you to help change the world, one pair of shoes at a time! Here at the LHJ offices we’re collecting new and gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a group that helps gather and donate shoes to people in need all over the world. That’s us in the picture, with just some of the shoes we’ve collected (yes, we have more!).
Are you going to donate your gently-used shoes? Let us know in the comments.