Aug 012014
 

USA
The donation of August 2014 goes to:

Home of the Sparrow - logoHome of the Sparrow

Home of the Sparrow serves the community as a transitional shelter program providing housing and supportive services for homeless women and their children in McHenry County and Northern Illinois. Through the generous support of donors and friends, Home of the Sparrow celebrated its 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2012. Each year, more than 165 homeless women and children reside in Home of the Sparrow’s shelters and scattered site apartments. At any given time, up to 65% of residents are children. Since Home of the Sparrow’s program began, over 2,500 women have reached out to Home of the Sparrow, seeking help and hope and ultimately, lives of independence and self-sufficiency. We also provide women in crisis situations with information on additional advocacy services and prevention programs within our community.

The doors of Home of the Sparrow are always open. Utilizing all resources available, we strive to meet the needs of as many women and children as possible while keeping our waiting list at a minimum.

Jul 012014
 

International
The donation of July 2014 goes to:

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - logoSea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)

Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Jun 012014
 

Lesotho
The donation of June 2014 goes to:

African Library Project - logoAfrican Library Project – Lesotho

The African Library Project changes lives book by book by starting libraries in rural Africa. Our grassroots approach mobilizes U.S. volunteers, young and old, to organize book drives and ship books to a partner library in Africa. Our method makes a concrete and personal difference for children on both continents.

Lesotho is the home of the first African Library Project in Malealea Valley, begun in 2005. Since then, ALP has partnered with the U.S. Peace Corps, the Ministry of Education, and local citizens to start/improve more than 239 community libraries; this includes libraries in schools and hospitals.

In 2009, Lesotho hosted the 2nd ALP African Partners Summit. Among other activities, the Summit featured library tours and the launch of a new tracking system to measure the progress of ALP libraries.

May 082014
 

Canary Islands
The donation of May 2014 goes to:

Cáritas Diocesana de Canarias - logoCáritas Diocesana de Canarias

Cáritas Diocesana de Canarias is organized in order to respond to the reality of the social exclusion of the diocese, with the basic criteria of the person who is the center of all action and activity.

The task of Caritas serves primarily in groups Caritas Parish, where the community organizes and chooses the service to people in vulnerable situations or social exclusion, and it is here where most exercises its voluntary social work.

To enhance coordination among the various parishes and with the aim of developing a common task Arciprestales Coordinators and the different territorial areas where volunteering is taking his pulse task set, all accompanied by a volunteer who will be the coordinator and arciprestal healing companion.

People arciprestales coordinators of the 21 deaneries of the Diocese of Canarias form together with the management team on Diocesan Council , a body that exercises the government corporately Caritas Canary executing the decisions taken earlier in the Diocesan Assembly, where it has representation all volunteers from Caritas.

The Management Team consists of the leadership positions, Deputy Director, manager / a, episcopal delegate and secretary general. Is the executive body of the Diocesan Council, and your task is to encourage and coordinate activities and actions Caritas de Canarias , and manage the General Diocesan Services, both in technical and volunteers that form as the material resources feature.

The General Services Diocesan develop a specific technical task in the service of Caritas de Canarias and volunteering. Its three main areas will be Social Action, where the direct intervention of people volunteering to giving it serviced greater professionalism accompany; from Institutional Development will take care that the projection of Caritas and the development of their work and attend to their identity and mission from Secretariat support will be provided and all administrative, bureaucratic and infrastructure task will run. You are three areas are divided into programs / projects / departments that are responsible for the completion of tasks.

[translation via Google Translate]

Apr 012014
 

Canada
The donation of April 2014 goes to:

Looking Glass logothe Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders

Recovery is possible. We have seen it, been through it, and have helped others find their way along the path to recovery. This is our story and why we believe in what we are doing.

We are parents and friends who know the fear of living with a child suffering from an eating disorder. We know that eating disorders are not a choice you make but rather, serious illnesses that deserve serious attention. In 2002 we came together for mutual support in order to over come the fear that comes from being alone, unable to find help. At that time, community programs were overburdened, hospital admissions meant long wait lists and families seeking residential care were forced to find it outside of Canada at tremendous expense and personal sacrifice. We recognized the desperation of families and the tremendous need for appropriate, accessible care in Canada for all adolescents facing the challenge of eating disorders.

With the passion only those touched by this illness can know, a small group of concerned parents formed The Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, a not-for-profit charitable foundation seeking to serve adolescents across Canada. Looking Glass is dedicated to creating a better understanding of eating disorders, improving access to care, and providing urgently needed programs and services previously missing from the continuum of care. We work in close partnership with medical professionals and the Government of BC to assure the highest quality of care.

As a result of this vision and mission, since 2002 we have developed a variety of essential programs and services for adolescents. These include: Ongoing support groups (online and face to face), scholarships, an annual summer camp program, and the Woodstone Residence, Canada’s first residential recovery centre for adolescents specializing in the care and treatment of eating disorders. We offer our heartfelt thanks to the many generous donors and committed volunteers who have helped us realize our dream.

[hat tip: Magda Apanowicz]

Mar 012014
 

International
The donation of March 2014 goes to:

Right to Play - logoRight to Play

The UN recognizes play as the right of every child. Play is NOT a luxury; it is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace, and a game of tag can teach about malaria. Play helps teach important life lessons and develop skills like cooperation, leadership and teamwork.

Mission:
Right To Play’s mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities.

Vision:
Right To Play’s vision is to create a healthy and safe world through the power of sport and play.

[donation made via Right to Play Norge]

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