Posts Tagged ‘Philanthropy’

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Charity & Kindness

04/09/2012
Charity by Sir Joseph Boehm

Charity by Sir Joseph Boehm (Photo credit: mira66)

I was searching for a quote on charity and how it relates to kindness, when I happened upon this:

“Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.” ~ George Sand

My first thought was “this is not what I was looking for”; after staring at it on my screen, it might be exactly what I am looking for.  This statement forces me to look at the hard question of what I am really looking to do with “charity”.  Am I expecting something from the receiver in return for my charitable act?  Am I demanding (explicitly or implicitly) some kind of servitude?  Am I serving someone purely from the goodness of my heart and acting from the perspective of my faith?  And finally, can I continue to be charitable when I make assumptions of the circumstances of a person’s need?

What strikes you when you read this quote?  I know I am not the same after reading it.  What do you think?

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Wednesday’s Word – Philanthropy

11/07/2012

Did you know that one of the synonyms for Kindness is Philanthropy?

English: LSUAIDSWalk Quilt

English: LSUAIDSWalk Quilt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most people, I’m sure, when they hear the word are immediately thinking of foundations headed by the wealthy, giving to art organizations and the like.  While that may be true, it’s not the whole picture.  Each of us has an opportunity to do something philanthropic, whether it be volunteering in the community or donating to a cause or charity.  It could be one time or on-going.  The point is, if we look for it, we all have an occasion, and in some ways an obligation, to do good for others.  Our world depends on it!  What do you think?  Is there a place in your community that could benefit by your philanthropic actions?

Definition From Dictionary.com – altruistic concern for human welfare and advancement, usually manifested by donations of money, property, or work to needy persons, by endowment of institutions of learning and hospitals, and by generosity to other socially useful purposes.

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Wednesday’s Word – Stick Together

27/06/2012
Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado Springs, CO

Waldo Canyon fire, Colorado Springs, CO (Photo credit: Beverly & Pack)

“When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.”  ~  Robert Fulghum “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten”   This popped into my head tonight as I watched a wildfire go totally out of control 60 miles south of where I live.  “Stick Together.”  I have to do something, anything, to help.  So far, 32,000 people have been evacuated from their homes as a result of the Waldo Canyon Fire that is burning in Colorado Springs.  Four shelters have opened. People are opening their homes, their farm land, offering to cook – anything to stick together.

I hate to think what we will see in the coming days – and I know that many people need our help, in some form or another.  If you would like to help, you can donate to the Colorado Red Cross and designate to the fire efforts.  You can also donate to the Salvation Army.  If you are in the area, collect items needed, like shampoo, blankets, etc. for smaller shelters. The Humane Society is opening a temporary shelter and could use donations.  Anything helps!

For more information on the Waldo Canyon and other fires in Colorado, click HERE.

Stick Together….

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Planning For Harvest

01/04/2012

The weather here in Colorado has been spectacular, with most people feeling it’s more like May than March!  Warm weather gets some of us thinking of the garden – and although we know better than to plant before Mother’s Day around here, we are planning…

Victory garden poster, World War II

Victory garden poster, World War II (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During World War II, many people planted “Victory Gardens“, to help with the food supplies that were diminished for various reasons.  Private yards and parks were filled with vegetables, fruits and herbs to help.  Although we are not in that same situation, there may be others who could use a little extra on their tables.  If you plant a garden, why not plant a few more seeds to harvest and provide to your local food bank?  Or, you can do like some, depending on where you live – put a basket or table out with extra for neighbors and passers-by to take for free.  A couple of years ago we had a bumper crop for apples, peaches and plums.  You could see boxes all over town encouraging people to take for free!

Consider the kindness of sharing your harvest with those in need this year – it could be a family you know, a retirement community, or a food bank, to name a few options.  Now is the time to plan for a great harvest…:)

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Be Big!

24/02/2012
Hands On Network restores the ball diamond at ...

I was browsing through some websites recommended on a “Good Neighboring” site, and came across this particular program called “Be Big!”.  It’s part of the Hands On Network which “inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world”.

Be Big!” seems geared more towards school age children but the ideas can be applied to any age.  There is a promise kids can make that agree with Clifford’s Big Ideas: Play Fair, Be Kind, Have Respect, and some others.

Take a look around both sites; I think you’ll find something for everyone to take on a community project or campaign to be a better community!  Enjoy…

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