Category: Causes + General Do-Gooding

Empowering Teens, One Showtune at a Time

One of the coolest and most underrated nonprofits I know is City at Peace, which uses performing arts as a way of promoting positive development in urban teens. They bring together a diverse group of kids for a year, during which time they mine their lives for stories and compile them into into a big musical production. It’s sort of AmeriCorps meets Theater Camp.Before you roll your eyes, I’ve seen one of their New York performances myself and the show is remarkably moving (and a cut above the standard high school production of Our Town), with true stories of...

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Give Your Pringles to Someone Who Really Needs Them

Do you really need to be eating that can of barbeque pringles? Or that bag of red hot cheetos? I’m thinking that perhaps there’s no time like the present (cough-bathingsuitseason-cough) to put the junk food away and send it to someone who could actually use it – like our troops overseas. We figure since it’s Military Month, the best thing you could do to show your support, other than sporting the whole flag-yellow ribbon combo, is send a care package to a soldier. Founded by a Denver Business Woman, Treatsfor Troops offers a variety of care packages chock full...

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Rise Up, Moms!

"Women shouldn’t be discriminated against simply because they are mothers." Any organization with a manifesto like that has our full attention. Introducing Moms Rising, a new organization that’s creating a grassroots movement of moms on the internet (hey, that’s you!) to champion family issues. Not a joiner? Activism isn’t your thing? Perfect. You’re just who they’re looking for. Moms Rising was started by two very politically connected moms in order to rally regular old moms together. The goal is to effect real change around issues we care about as mothers. Think: paid maternity/paternity leave, quality educational programming on TV,...

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Pack Up Your Trumpet in Your Old Kit Bag…

Do you honestly think you are ever going to pull out your old 6th grade band saxophone and play a little "Tequila" for your family and friends? And please don’t tell me you plan on taking lessons again or are saving it for your kids. I have a feeling that your child is probably not going to want your old axe – the one that hasn’t gotten play in as long as well, um, me. So instead of wasting all those potentially beautiful musical notes, send it off to Hungry for Music, a fabulous charity that donates instruments to...

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The Mother’s Day Gift That Keeps on Giving

While it’s nice to see your spousal unit wiggle and squirm in an attempt to figure out what the heck to get you for mother’s day, I imagine you probably don’t need yet another "I Love Mom" necklace or beaded stretch bracelet. So, why not consider having a donation made in your honor to the CARE program, which provides education for girls and support for poor women in countries around the world? For every $25 that you donate, you will receive a beautiful artist-designed card describing your wonderful gift. Make sure to order by April 20, so your card...

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Leggo of your Lego

I hit the jackpot today. My couch cushion diving expedition uncovered $2.32, a pen, some cheerios, and way too many LEGOs. It’s general parenting knowledge that if you have a kid, you have LEGOs, and they are everywhere. So, instead of throwing them back in the bottomless bucket where they will inevitably find their way back into your couch or under your foot, why not donate them to the LEGO Builders of Tomorrow program? As part of an effort to support the rebuilding of Post-Katrina New Orleans, LEGO is asking children and parents to share their little plastic building...

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Purl with a Purpose

I’m a winter knitter. I have no problem creating toasty scarves and booties when the weather is chilly – but for some reason, when my butt is roasting on a lovely 85 degree March day here in Mississippi, I have a little more difficulty motivating myself to grab my needles and go. Luckily, I am no longer a bad-weather knitter since finding Knitting for Charity, a wonderful organization that provides hand knit, crocheted, and sewn toys and bags for children in hospitals. They offer a variety of patterns, including photos, for beginner through advanced crafters right on their site....

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This Organization Goes to 11

The brilliant mind that brought us This is Spinal Tap has made a massive–and welcome–leap to the world of non-profits. Parents Action for Children is Rob Reiner’s very cool parent advocacy group. The website features the standard fare on topics like schools, safety, wellness, and children and the media; but what really differentiates it from Babycenter and the like is the action section. Here they lay out facts on the issues you care most about, then tell you exactly what you can do to make things better. Whether you¬πre concerned about violent videogames, up in arms about junk food...

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