16 posts categorized "charity and volunteerism"

June 05, 2008

For Every Kind Action There Is An Equal and Opposite Unkind Action

Cutlery You wouldn't think that shaving your head to raise money for a Cops for Cancer fundraiser could end up costing you your job, would you?

Neither did Owen Sound mom Stacy Fearnill.

But she now finds herself "laid off for a few months" -- presumably until her hair grows back.

Stacy's husband John has written this lovely post in support of Stacy, which also includes an update on the human rights advice the family has received to date.

It's unbelievable that such a good deed could end up going so terribly wrong. Let's hope that this wrong ends up being righted soon.

June 29, 2007

How to Raise $7000 for a Homeless Shelter in a Single Weekend

I've always liked Patti Peeters' take charge style. If she thinks she can make a difference when it comes to a particular project or cause, she'll roll up her sleeves and get things done. Last weekend, for example, she raised approximately $7000 at a fundraiser and art auction that she hosted in her own backyard.

When I dropped by to purchase my tickets to the event, I snapped some photos of Patti and the mountain of donations that were taking over her house. I think the color purple may have something to do with Patti's endless energy and tell-it-like-it-is style, don't you? After all, you can't be meek and mild and wear purple. Kudos to Patti for a job well done.

Patti Peeters ~ Donations at Patti Peeters' House ~ Donation Made to Patti Peeters' "Yes, In My Backyard" Art Auction

February 04, 2007

Social Justice vs. Charity

Graffiti_religious"Justice is the moral code that guides a fair and equitable society. When an individual acts on behalf of justice, he or she stands up for what is right. Charity is a basic sense of generosity and goodwill toward others, especially the suffering....Brazilian Catholic Archbishop Hélder Câmara famously said, 'When I feed the poor, they call me a saint; when I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.' His phrase indicates the societal pressure to separate charity and justice. The two can not be separated. It would be like taking the heart out of a body—neither would live for long."
- Rose Marie Berger, What the Heck is 'Social Justice'? Sojourners Magazine, February 2007

January 22, 2007

Easter Seals Charity Fundraiser in Peterborough

Danceposter2007Anne Driscoll of The Easter Seal Society -- City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, and Haliburton -- asked me to help spread the word about this upcoming fundraiser, which is being conducted on their behalf by the Greek Orthodox Church of Peterborough. The event -- which is being billed as "A Night in Athens" is being held at the Rockhaven Convention Centre On Saturday, February 10th, 2007 -- just in time to treat your sweetie to a pre-Valentine's Dinner out. It sounds like it will be a lot of fun and you can bet the food is going to be delicious, judging by the restaurants involved. For details on how you can get tickets, click on the poster. (Tickets are available from each of the sponsors listed at the bottom.)

January 01, 2007

I Resolve to Continue to Work for Change (Plus a Few Other Things)

I'm keeping my list of New Year's Resolutions brief and to the point this year. (My to do list is long enough. I don't need a Resolutions list that's even longer!)

1. Continue to work for change.

    I will

  • continue to use my voice to speak up when I witness injustice, whether it's on a large or small scale
  • continue to work for political change
  • continue to donate to projects and causes I believe in and to spread the world about these very worthy endeavours.

2. Look for ways to leave a smaller environmental footprint.

    I will

  • purchase more reusable coffee cups so that I always have one handy when I stop for take-out coffee.
  • become better informed about environmental issues so that I can make more substantial changes that will benefit the planet.

3. Find ways to balance my new-found call to activism with the needs of my family, the demands of my writing career, and my health goals.

     I will

  • continue to implement the aspects of David Allen's Getting Things Done program that are most applicable to my life as a mom/writer/woman/activist.
  • take time to re-energize myself emotionally, physically, and spiritually so that I don't become depleted and I have more to give. (I want to be more physically active and to continue to enjoy the more relaxed pace of life I enjoyed during the last half of 2006.)
  • continue to seek support from friends who have similar life/health goals.

4. Continue to connect with people who are trying to make change so that we can support one another's efforts, both online and in real life.

How about you? Have you set some resolutions for 2007? Are they different from the types of resolutions you've set in years past? (My resolutions are definitely less "me-oriented." How about yours?)

December 18, 2006

Gifts for People Who Want to Change the World

Al Gore's video An Inconvenient Truth.

A subscription to a magazine that supports a cause he or she believes in (see this list for some initial inspiration).

A membership in an association that is making a difference in the world or in your own backyard.

Books that talk about the power of possibility and the difference one person can make in the world (this bookstore in Vermont has some interesting picks).

Fair-trade goods (Canadian or American) or goods that help to raise funds for a charity.

The Mothers Acting Up calendar.

Make a donation through Just Give.org or buy a Canada Helps.org Gift Card.

Treasures you've unearthed in a second-hand bookstore, an antique store, or maybe even your own basement. Who says second-hand is second-best? (Some of my favorite things have been pre-owned and pre-loved by other people.)

One of these ideas from Buy Nothing Day's Guide to an Alternative Christmas.

The gift of your time.

Original Comments from Blogger:


April Reign (aka Debra) said...
Don't forget livestock!


December 18, 2006 3:31 PM
Ann D said...
That's a great addition, April. My church bought a cow for an orphanage in the Hondoras. They hope to buy another cow each year as part of their project withFriends of Honduran Children. (They're also building a home for orphans.)

December 18, 2006 6:14 PM