Author Kristen Lamb has posted a couple of times about being wary of going political or religious on your blog (though she does point out you can do good without annoying and/or alienating everyone in sight) but I couldn’t resist this video. If you’ve never seen Burns and Allen, well you’re in for a treat. (And the politics are really old – grin – so you should manage to view it without resorting to flaming or hate mail.)
I saw this really good saying on Facebook in September, though I made my own graphic because I couldn’t source/attribute properly:
Since behaving better is always a good thing, I thought I’d share some charitable organizations that I’ve found worth our time and/or money:
Provident Living – This website has some great information on how to become self reliant. It also has a link called “How to serve.” This takes you to one of my favorite charities, The Humanitarian Aid Fund. One thing I look for in a charity is low overhead. This fund sets the bar high, because none (you read that right) of your contribution will go to overhead costs. One hundred percent goes to helping people. They have other ways to pay for their overhead, so that contributions are not used for that purpose.
Our family also supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, because our lives have been touched by this cancer. Both my daughters have run for this wonderful foundation and one of my daughter’s is Fundraising for a Cure right now.
Another organization we’re big fans of is CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocates. If you want to do more than just give money, this is a great way to do that.
(If you’re offended by ANY religious message of any kind, then don’t watch this next video, which asks the question, “Have I done any good in the world today.)
One of my favorite quotes: “How often are we caught up in the thick of thin things?”
Update: Natalie Hartford, in her 9/28 blog posts asks: Why do you volunteer? Her Friday blogs are devoted to ending driving drunk.
Do you have a favorite charity? A cause you’ve worked for? Your favorite way to serve? Share it please and your comment will get entered in my monthly drawing for the $10 AnaBanana Bath & Body Treats (which is my way of saying thank you to the awesome people who stop by this blog!).
Here’s hoping that your day is both happy and filled with purpose!