April 11, 2011

Service - My favorites

While we're all still totally pumped up about service, (which I hope will become even more a part of who I "be" instead of what I "do") I'd like to share a few of the more formal causes I love and contribute to.

Previous post.Singular Humanitarian experience (SHe) is a 100% volunteer-run organization with a two-fold mission: facilitate meaningful and unforgettable opportunities for single LDS young professionals and their friends to serve together anywhere in the world in sustainable humanitarian development projects.

Leadership Education Uganda
I have several friends who volunteer or help run this organization. You can join them for 2+ month stints. It's a great way to spend a summer. Mission: Since most Ugandan children spend the majority of their lives at boarding schools and are essentially raised by their teachers, Ugandan teachers are the tipping point of societal impact. Click here to learn how you can become a volunteer, or read testimonials from some of our previous volunteers. Also, we can always use donations, primarily to purchase classics for our students in Uganda.

Women's Rights Without Frontiers
Previous post. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers is a broad-based, international coalition that opposes forced abortion and sexual slavery in China. Our immediate goal is to raise public awareness regarding the coercive enforcement of China’s One Child Policy, the connection between this coercion and human trafficking in Asia, and the other human rights abuses that arise out of this coercive enforcement. Our long-term goal is to champion freedom, justice and women’s rights, in China and worldwide, by exposing violations of women’s rights, equipping the media and the public to understand these violations, and extending help to the victims themselves, as well as to those who stand up for freedom and justice for women.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Aid
Happy 75th Birthday to one of the best service organizations on the planet! In the last 25 years alone the church has provided $1.3 billion in service and aid to those in need, including 63,377 tons of food and 93,136 tons of clothing. Mission: As disciples of Jesus Christ, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints strive to follow the Savior’s admonition to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and those in prison The Savior also taught that we are to love and care for each other and visit the fatherless and the widow in their afflictions. Volunteer or donate here.

The Center for Social Leadership
Though not the same type of cause, CSL is a cause I personally support and care about. Mission: The Center for Social Leadership (CSL) is an action organization dedicated to building social leaders for the 21st Century. We empower ordinary citizens to make an extraordinary difference.

KaBOOM!
Previous post. This is a really fun way to serve! Mission: Our mission is to create great playspaces through the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, we envision a place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Play is on the decline throughout America. Not enough playspaces are being built, and those that exist are often in disrepair. Fears surrounding lawsuits and safety are trumping common sense, resulting in sterile, uninspired play environments. Recess is being eliminated from our nation’s schools. Kids are overscheduled, and in their free time, many choose to stay indoors, lulled by television, computers and video games.

Love, love Mother Teresa for the work she did as a single woman.

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