Do Good: Look How Much Your Dollars Can Do

April 5, 2010 at 9:51 am , by

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.

How to Help Haiti

January 14, 2010 at 1:35 am , by

mapdataIf 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.

Red Cross: Send a $10 donation by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999, or donate and get more information online. (You may have seen this one spreading on Twitter and Facebook.)

Mercy Corps: Donate online to help get food, shelter and other supplies to Haiti via this organization’s emergency response team and other efforts.

CARE: This group, which is dedicated to fighting poverty, already has staff in Haiti and is sending additional emergency workers. Contribute online.

UNICEF: Nearly half of Haiti’s 10 million citizens are kids. Help children and families affected by the earthquake by making a donation online.

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.

Do Good Challenge: Donate Your Shoes

August 27, 2009 at 11:54 am , by


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!).

Whether you organize a group effort or just donate a few pairs, it’s easy to get involved: Learn more about hosting a shoe drive or find drop-off location near you.

Are you going to donate your gently-used shoes? Let us know in the comments.