Thursday, March 31, 2011

Community Fundraiser to Help Citizen Battling Cancer

This recent email reminded that there are good people sparking light with compassion and care:  “(Our friend) was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (Her) extensive treatment has left her physically worn and financially taxed…please come support her with your presence, love and prayers…at this fundraiser to help her get through the incredible cost of battling this disease….”  The small community has assembled a full barbecue meal, raffles and music for this benefit.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

American Jews Are Called to Serve and "Repair The World"

Repair the World is a tall order.  It is also the name of a non-profit that calls for American Jews to “serve those in need.”
Repair the World’s mission includes, “bringing more people into service…(and make) the service more meaningful with long-lasting results.  The organization offers service work for American Jews in just about any corner of the world that  “needs repair,” from hammer and nails to social justice.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Volunteers for Literacy

When I lived in a rural northern New Mexico village, the illiteracy rate was about 32%--and this percentage represented citizens born and raised in the U.S. for generations.  The effects of illiteracy showed the negative impact on the community as computer skills grew to become an essential part of finding a better-paying job. 
Literacy volunteers , like the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, eagerly volunteered to bring literacy to those wanting to leave behind the inability to read, even simple instructions.
ProLiteracy is a nonprofit that works from the community level to an international level with the mission to bring literacy to the world because literacy can end poverty, injustice, discrimination and violence and also help families “be healthier, support themselves through work, be better citizens and create a more fair and just society.”

Monday, March 28, 2011

Oregon Farmer Donates Oyster Larvae to his Japanese Counterparts

"Imagine if you're a shellfish farmer (in Japan) your entire crop is probably up on the beach, on mud, dead,” said an Oregon oyster farmer who learned the business in Japan.

And the oysters he now grows at his Oregon oyster farm are of Japanese origin.  So, the oyster farmer committed to helping his Japanese counterparts by donating the shellfish larvae to farmers in Japan.  Source:  KGW News

Friday, March 25, 2011

Anonymous Donors Pledge $100-Million For Medical School

Launching a university medical school is not easy, especially when funds are being cut everywhere.  Fortunately, for Western Michigan University, a group of anonymous donors pledged the university a  $100-million cash gift.  Source:  The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Rock Keyboard Player's Other Song: Conservation

Rock star keyboardist, Chuck Leavell, gathered no moss backing the Rolling Stones, and he then bit into the American chestnut tree.  Well, not exactly take a bite, but when he realized his piano was crafted from the iconic tree that once dominated over 200 million acres from Maine to Florida, and that the species barely existed any longer, the keyboard player performed a forestry conservation number.
Leavell, along with his wife, Rose Lane, recently planted a group of experimental American chestnut trees bred to resist the diseases and blights that previously wiped out the once-dense forests, on his Georgia property.  "All trees, no matter what the species, are renewable resources.  It's important that we do all that we can to recognize all of the things that the forest gives us.  And if we take care of the forest, the forest will take care of us," Leavel explained to the Macon, GA publication.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Save My Teacher!

This story has made the internet rounds, but it’s worth adding it to this collection of good news.  When a 5th grade student heard that teachers were slated for layoff, she gathered the money from her piggy bank, which came to $300, and donated it to the school to save her teacher. The student is the daughter of Vietnam immigrants who were not surprised at their daughter’s generosity.  Source:  Arcadia Patch

Monday, March 21, 2011

Filipino Singer's "Journey" To End Poverty

Arnet Pineda speaks at recent APFI event.
He’s the new voice of the rock band, Journey, Arnel Pineda.  Pineda also formed the   Arnel Pineda Foundation, Inc. a newer nonprofit dedicated to battling Filipino poverty and assisting the hundred of thousands of Filipino street kids, of which Pineda experienced as a child.

"In 2022, there were 246,011 street children all over (the Phillipines).  At least 11,346 of them were in Metro Manila,"  reports Inquirer.Net

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rebuilding Botanical Expertise in Iraq

New Flora in Iraq is an environmental project of Nature Iraq,  and was  “…initiated in order to rebuild botanical expertise in Iraq and provide the necessary resources for scientific research” after 25 years of no botanical research in Iraq.  An interesting statistic according to the Nature Iraq web page is, “Approximately 3,300 vascular plant species occur in Iraq, of which approximately 10% are endemic that is found nowhere else.”
“Nature Iraq is an Iraqi non-governmental organization registered in Iraq, accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme  (UNEP) and Iraq’s first and only Affiliate to Birdlife International. We work to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage it nourishes.”

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gettin' Bald With It & Fighting Childhood Cancer

Bald is beautiful at any St. Baldrick’s Foundation event. And for the ones who shave their head-fur off during a St. Baldrick’s event, they join the fight against childhood cancer by raising funds.  “Shavees” seek donors, much like a marathon,. 
At a recent event in Annapolis, a volunteer “shavee” dressed in a superhero costume in recognition of a 4-year-old  in battle with cancer who  wears his superhero outfit during his chemo, radiation and physical therapy.  The simpatico adult "shavee” raised $2500 and earned a shiny new look.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Donate to Charity If You're Invited to the Royal Wedding

Twenty-six charities are set to benefit from the upcoming British royals wedding.  The engaged couple said, “No presents, please!” for their April wedding, reports the Washington Post. 
So, if you already purchased a silver gravy bowl, turn it in and send the cash to a charity!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

180 Japanese Hereos, AKA the Fukushima 50

The Daily Prism would be amiss if it did not note the Fukushima 50.  There is actually 180 workers who rotate shifts of 50 to fight the failing nuclear plant in Japan from a total meltdown.  Experts say these workers are on a suicide mission, and understand their likely fate. AOL reports: “The workers have already been exposed to radiation, which if it doesn't kill them, could leave them with serious health problems for the rest of their lives, says a report in London's Daily Mail.”

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Volunteer Medical Relief Effort Deployed to Japan

Heart to Heart International, through “volunteer-driven efforts…provides medical education, deliver(s) medical aid, respond(s) to people in crisis and address(es) community health concerns around the globe,” mobilized immediately after Japan’s earthquake and tsunami disaster was reported.

During disaster medical relief, Heart to Heart created the “Ready Relief Box,”that holds “essential medicines and supplies for as many as 500 people.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

$24 Million Raised To Aid Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Victims

Philanthropy Today reports:
March 14, 2011, 1:14 pm
Early donation totals are starting to come in from charities that are raising money to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan.
Among them:
  • The American Red Cross had raised approximately $19-million as of Monday afternoon Eastern time. Text-message contributions accounted for $1.6-million of that total.
  • Catholic Relief Services had raised $450,000 as of Monday afternoon.
  • Give2Asia raised $33,500 for relief efforts over the weekend.
  • International Medical Corps so far has raised $11,830 via text message.
  • International Rescue Committee so far has received $25,000, which it will give to Japanese charities that are providing immediate relief. The organization has an emergency team on standby ready to assist if needed.
  • Mercy Corps had received $600,000 as of Monday afternoon.
  • The Salvation Army had received more than $980,000 by Monday afternoon. Of that total, more than $68,000 came in via text message.
  • Save the Children had raised $2.5-million in the United States as of Monday morning. Of that total, $15,000 came in via text message. Branches of the charity in other countries have raised $500,000 more for relief efforts.
  • World Vision U.S. had received $848,000 as of Monday morning. Text-message donations totaled $8,200.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Search & Rescue Dogs for Japan: 100,000 "Likes" Equal $100,000

Dog Bless You, a project of the Annenberg Foundation, promised a $100,000 donation to send search and rescue dogs to Japan if100,000 people clicked “Like” on the Dog Bless You Facebook Page. Upping the ante, the foundation promised $200,000 if the 100,000 “Like” clicks took place by Sunday night.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wholesale Club Vows to Sell Only Sustainable Seafood

Bluefin Tuna
When big business makes a positive change, that sparks another fraction of light.  Recently, the largest wholesale club in the U.S., Costco,  made a statement that they will no longer sell threatened seafood.  A New York Times blog wrote,” Among the fish being pulled from display cases are Atlantic cod, Atlantic halibut, Chilean sea bass, grouper, monkfish, redfish, swordfish and bluefin tuna. Sales of these and other at-risk species will not resume until a sustainable source can be identified.."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Four Million Mosquito Nets Save Lives

When a sports writer asked his readers to donate $10 to buy mosquito nets to help combat the daily death of 3,000 children from malaria, Nothing But Nets  grassroots campaign began. From their website, Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to combat malaria, one of the largest killers of children in Africa. With a $10 contribution, Nothing But Nets provides individuals – from CEOs to youth, professional athletes to faith leaders – the opportunity to join the global fight against malaria by sending a net and saving a life.

The organization has distributed over 4 million nets thus far.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Breaking Adoption Barriers For Special Needs Kids

A special needs child comes with a challenge and when compounded with the need for a home, one challenge piles on another.  Children Awaiting Parents, Inc.  (CAP) is a volunteer organization designed to unload the challenge of finding homes for such children.   About 120,000 children await homes, notes CAP’s website.  Included in CAP’s mission is to break down adoption barriers.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Egypt's Animal Welfare Rescue Abandoned Pets

Unwitting losers to Egypt’s revolution are domestic animals.  Horses, cats and dogs, to mention the most popular, have been abandoned or lost in the shuffle of people leaving the country, or  neglected because of the lack of tourists. The Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals  (ESMA) fights the tide and tries to rescue abandoned and starving animals The charitable group’s Facebook page posts photo after photo of rescued animals ready for adoption.  Recently, the International Fund for Animal Welfare issued a grant  to ESMA to help with the cost of the national emergency.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

"Doing Good Things Pay Back Eventually," Says Ripped-Off Skateboarder

A skateboarding 13-year-old from La Canada, CA found a man lying injured on the road—he had been struck by a pick-up truck.  The teen left his skateboard and helmet on the sidewalk and rushed into the street to aid the man who now had a shattered leg, a fractured pelvis and severe bruising. When the teen returned to his skateboard, the helmet was gone.  Several days later the employer of the man who was now hospitalized contacted the teen and presented him with a $50 gift card to replace his skateboard helmet.
“Doing good things pays back eventually, even if something bad seems to come from it. Other people will notice and it will be repaid to you in some way,” said the teen.

Source: La Canada Valley Sun

Friday, March 4, 2011

Be a Dear, Donate A Brassier

Homeless women can use some support, and that includes one kind of support they frequently request from a shelter—a brassier that fits.  Be A Dear And Donate A Brassier is a project  found on the social media site, Facebook.  Thus far, “over 2700 (gently used) bras”  have been donated to Mountain View, CA  project. 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Committed to Change, Three Hereos Surface in Libya

“A lawyer, an air force pilot, and a middle aged oil executive walk into a bar…” may sound like a joke’s opening line, but in this case the lawyer, a human rights activist in Libya, sparked the current Libyan rebellion when he was, again, arrested for protesting Moammar Ghadafi’s regime; the pilot commandeered  a Libyan bomber and was ordered to bomb “rebel targets,” refused to do so even when his co-pilot put a gun to his head and responded by ejecting himself from the plane; the middle aged oil executive frustrated with the gunning down of his countrymen while they tried to enter a military base, filled his car with propane canisters, crashed thru the compound’s gates and blew the gates open with the end result of pro-democracy forces overrunning the Benghazi base and turning the rebellion around.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Pop Singer Announces Million Dollar Donation

Muammar Gaddafi’s family paid pop singers millions of dollars for private performances. Last Sunday, Furtado wrote on Twitter, “In 2007 I received $1-million from the Qaddafi clan to perform a 45 min show for guests at a hotel in Italy.  “I am going to donate the $.”


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Victim Support Volunteers Pull 24-7 Duty in Christchurch

Star Canterbury Photo

Victim Support volunteers, many who have themselves lost homes, are working round the clock in Christchurch to provide support to a city which has ‘lost its heart’ after Tuesday’s devastating earthquake,”  reads the first line in a news story about how a volunteer group helps earthquake victims deal with unexpected life-changing circumstances that include loosing loved ones, homes, friends and more.