During 2011, I expect that my family responsibilities/caregiving will continue and/or increase. However, I would also like to step up my effort in giving back to the community - whether it is by offering my time, talents, or resources.
Giving back doesn’t have to be on a large scale. And doesn’t have to be about money.
Oftentimes charities, organizations, and foundations need support beyond donations. And that’s what I’m going to try to focus on.
I will be sharing what the girls and I will be doing each week. Perhaps you, too, will be inspired to give back. If you do, please comment below to share what you are doing.
Together we can make a difference.
52 Weeks of Giving: Week 1
During the first week in January, Sophia, Olivia, and I visited The Hunger Site multiple times and pressed a button which resulted in a donation of food to someone in need.
Sophia clicking on one of the Hunger Site's buttons
The Hunger Site which was founded to focus the power of the Internet on a specific humanitarian need: the eradication of world hunger. Since its launch in June 1999, the site has established itself as a leader in online activism, helping to feed the world's hungry.
On average, over 220,000 individuals from around the world visit the site each day to click the yellow "Click Here to Give - it's FREE" button. To date, more than 300 million visitors have given more than 671 million cups of staple food. To do this, click HERE.
The staple food funded by clicks at The Hunger Site is paid for by site sponsors and distributed to those in need by Mercy Corps, Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), and Millennium Promise. 100% of sponsor advertising fees goes to the charitable partners. Funds are split between these organizations and go to the aid of hungry people in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.
This is such a wonderful, simple – and free – way to help others who are hungry.
While you're at the site, there are tabs at the top for additional (free) way to give. By simply clicking on a button, you can help provide:
- Mammograms to low-income women;
- Healthcare for children in need.
- Free books to children in need.
- Awareness and prevention of deforestation; and help preserve rainforest land.
- Funding for food and care is paid by site sponsors and distributed to animals in need by The Fund for Animals, the Petfinder Foundation, North Shore Animal League America, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and other worthy animal rescue organizations supported by the GreaterGood.org foundation.