in a Backpack
This program was initiated
when teachers noticed children from low-income families, who were
on free or reduced rate lunch program, would return to school
on Mondays tired, hungry and sluggish. They realized there was
no food for them to eat at home on the weekends. The purpose of
this program is to provide these students iwth backpacks filled
with enough food to provide 3 meals per day during the weekend.
The Blessings in a Backpack Program is simple. A passionate parent,
teacher, nurse, counselor, community advocate or corporate supporter
elects to start the Blessings in a Backpack program in a local
school. Blessings in a Backpack works with you to gain support
with your school and district leadership.
Patti's Comment: My church is doing a fundraiser for this great
States Holocaust Memorial Museum
work at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is about more
than looking backit is about using the lessons of the Holocaust
to confront the rising tide of hate today. As the world's authority
on Holocaust history, this Museum is uniquely positioned to lead
the effort to combat denial and antisemitism.
These sound inspiring
Innovative Charities (Listverse)
Foundation (Poverty Awareness)
Charitys version of Menudo, the Oaktree Foundation is an
aid and development organization run exclusively by young people
under the age of 26.
Voice Mail (Homelessness)
Community Voice Mail provides free voice messaging services for
the poor or homeless throughout the United States.
Provides new books to children by mitigating the most important
factor affecting literacyaccess to books.
Needs (Financial Crisis)
Their grant programs are designed to assist people who generally
pay their bills with no help from anyone, but cant qualify
for conventional assistance.
Founded by Kenyan journalists to map post-election violence, Ushahidi
is a free and open source web platform for data collection, visualization
and interactive mapping of fast-moving crises or political events.
Public school teachers spend $40 a month on classroom materials,
often using their own money. DonorsChoose is changing that, with
a website that allows donors to browse school projects and donate
directly to classrooms in need, instead of to a general fund (which
is often mismanaged).
KIVA is the worlds first online micro-lending program, specializing
in loans and grants to the developing world.
Hopeline Phone Program (Domestic Violence)
Since 2001, Verizon has distributed 90,000+ wireless phones (with
service) to battered womens shelters.
Meals (Famine Relief and Education)
Marys Meals runs school feeding projects, providing 390,000
of the worlds poorest children with a meal a day AT their
place of education.
for Humanity (Housing)
Habitat for Humanity is probably the most famous community service
project in America. Habitat builds affordable, simple housing
for the needy using local volunteers as much as possible.