I have a couple: Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Operation Christmas Child. (Yeah yeah... don't laugh, I'm a sucker for animals and kids.)
Another lessor known one is SoldiersAngels which I am a huge advocate for, although I don't know how active they are anymore. But any way, big or small we can help our buddies overseas --- hey, might as well pass it on.
A couple of local ones - Central Missouri Food Bank, because it helps so many people locally, and Bethlehem Home, a Christian maternity home for unwed mothers who are choosing to have their babies, either to keep or give for adoption.
A couple of local ones - Central Missouri Food Bank,
because it helps so many people locally, and
Bethlehem Home, a Christian maternity home for unwed
mothers who are choosing to have their babies, either
to keep or give for adoption.
Yeah, I agree it┐s easier to latch onto local causes than national ones. I never get into the United Way, Salvation Army or the Red Cross. I admire their work but it┐s a bit too removed.
After I started this thread I realized that you probably already know each other┐s projects ... so this is probably redundant. Oh well, umbrella topics are great for new people.
No, not really, it's always fun to learn new things about everyone!
Each year at VBS (which we're doing this week), we have two mission projects, and we have a can for the girls, and a can for the boys, and have a contest to see who can collect more. Funny, but last year, the two cans had exactly the same amount! The one project we are collecting for is soccer balls for South Africa; I didn't catch exactly why, is anyone else familiar with this one? The other one is collecting paper products for a local children's home; that's one the kids can relate to.
Next week I'll be driving to vacation at Ysleta Lutheran Mission in El Paso TX for a month. A couple of years ago, working through World Mission, I was a long term volunteer there for a year. Life hasn't been the same since then. Check out their web sight at "www.ylm.org."
Next week I'll be driving to vacation at Ysleta
Lutheran Mission in El Paso TX for a month. A couple
of years ago, working through World Mission, I was a
long term volunteer there for a year. Life hasn't
been the same since then. Check out their web sight
I should have called this thread "What volunteer opportunity or cause are you working on [i]right now?"[/i]
Some from our church went there spring break. I'm considering going with my kiddos next year; it would be cool to do a mission trip all together. That's why I've never done one yet; wouldn't want to have all that time away from my kids!
Our community has a soup kitchen, which serves dinner every night. Our church is responsible for one Tuesday a month, and the serving is alternated each month by our college student group, or the youth group. The cooking is done by congregation members. My kids and I have served many times, and I've cooked a couple of times. It's the college student turn this month, but they were having trouble finding someone to cover this month, so I volunteered the kids and I for tomorrow night.
I feel it's been such a great experience for the kids and I. We're so humbled by it; people are so grateful for so little. At first, the idea was a little frightening, as it's in the middle of the not so good part of town, but the patrons are very good at self-policing (they know better than to mess up a good thing), and there's always a male representative from one of the churches there. We've had nothing but great experiences doing this. I do feel it's been good for my kids to see that not everyone is as blessed as they are.
Little Angels (a home for children with severe disabilities in Elgin, IL)
Back Pack Buddies (provides backpacks and school supplies for kids whose parents can't afford them)
American Parkinsons Assoc. (My dad had parkinsons)
Helping those in our area/state
Ronald McDonald House
I could keep going and going and going (just like the energizer bunny! - sometime I feel as if I am!)
Two of my favorites are Habitat for Humanity and World Gospel Outreach. I'm a team leader for both so I'm a bit prejudiced. My most passionate though is our non-profit-East to West Misions (www.easttowestmissions.org). We provide financial assistance to students going on short-term mission trips. We always have more students applying than $$$$ to give. Mich. economy has hit us hard. Always looking for new funding methods so we can help more kids.Thrivent has been a big help in my mission work. Thank you
Mine is Dream Center, which is a Christian organization around the U.S., started by one individual in inner city L.A. to help feed the homeless/poor to meet their physical needs to open up the door to their spiritual needs.
I have two at the current time. I volunteer at an elementary school in a small rural town when the pre-K teachers have testing, as it has to be one-on-one at that age. I also enjoy creating and putting up their bulletin boards. Resell shops also love to see me coming to pick up classroom supplies and clothes.
My second is voluteering with a trap-neuter-return program for feral cats. They are also given a rabies shot; colonies are fed and monitored by volunteers to keep them all healthy.
I volunteer for the Open Arms Free Health Clinic...it is an awesome organization totally run by volunteers, including medical staff. Even with Obama's ACA there is still a tremendous need out there! In less than a year we serve over 600 patients.