Mother’s Day: A List of Important Organizations for Women and Children (Part One)

Friday, May 10th, 2019

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12th, and I have been stockpiling organizations that focus on women, children, and families. I hope to celebrate by going to see Sara Berman’s Closet and the Jewish Museum in Center City Philadelphia, but compiling this list makes me realize that not every woman has the freedom to choose how to celebrate this day. I am also posting my fotos of azaleas that I took this week in my neighborhood. (first one is from the Internet) So beautiful! Perfect Mother’s Day “gift” from the mother of all of us: Mother Nature!

 

Breast Cancer Action – 275 Fifth St. #307, San Francisco, CA 94103 (bcaction.org). This is my favorite breast cancer organization because it believes tht breast cancer is a social justice issue, advocating for true primary prevention and better treatments. (Ex. IN 2018, BCA challenged corporate “pinkwashing”  [www.thinkbeforeyoupink.org] and demanded that Ford Motor Co. help put the brakes on breast cancer by no longer making vehicles with cancer-sausing exhaust.)

 

Cambodia Children’s Fund – 2461 Santa MonicaBlvd. Ste. D #833, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (cambodiachildrensfund.org). Started about 12 years ago by a visit to Cambodia by Scott Neesen, this non-profit organization demonstrates how ONE person can make a difference. At first, he focused on getting the children away from diggin gin the dumps for anything they could eat or sell. Now he helps the entire family with food, clothes, education, erc., and recently opened the Neeson Cripps-Academy to continue to education CCF’s pupils. (Personal Note: My extended family member Ignacio worked with Scott before Scott moved to Cambodia to make a huge difference with the poorest children and now espectant mothers and parents.)

Children’s Defense Fund – P.O. Box 96367, Washington, DC  20077 (www.childrensdefensefund.org) – With the motto: “Leave No Child Behind,” this organization focuses on “lifting children out of poverty, protecting them from violence, and provides them with transformative opportunities.”

Children International – PO Box 219413, KansasCity, MO 64121 (children@children.org)
This organization helps people sponsor children in need. This organization believes that “One person can make all the difference for a child across the globe by shwoing her that she is special, loved and encouraged to be her best self……IN this way, one by one, passing on love and support, we will change the world for the better.”

The Center for Victims of Torture – 2356 University Ave. West, Ste. 430, St. Paul, MN 55114 (www.cvt.org)- This organization addresses the needs of people who have been tortured or treated cruelly by regimes that use love between family members in order to terrorize, extort, or coerce their victims. I received a petition to be sent to the President, which I will sign to urge Trump to work for the rights of all families, here and around the world.

Everytown for Gun Safety – P.O. Box 3886, New York, NY 10163 (everytown.org). JUst by the title, we know that this powerful movement is about reducing gun violence, building safer communities, and fighting for changes that will save lives. I added this because so many parents have lost thier children in school shootings that I felt it needed to be on the list. One foto shows a mom who lost a child in 2012 and she was wearing a shirt that said, MOMS DEMAND ACTION. I agree!

Global Fund for Wom=n (The equal sign is part of their name.) 800 Market St., 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102 (globalfundforwomen.org). This organization invests itself in: “women-led grassroots organizations because when women work together to solve the challenges they face, they transform entire communities.”

League of Women Voters (of the US)- 1730 M St., Ste. 1000, Washington, DC 20036 (www.lwg.org) – Next year is the 100th anniversary of the League of Women AND women’s right to vote. In 2018 the League registered more than 250,000 new voters, protected nearly 2 million voters through outreach, contacted more than 500,000 to get out the vote, and educated more than 10 million people through the Vote411.org website.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Part Two tomorrow…….

December: A Time to Give

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Every year at this time I start receiving many more solicitations from NGOs, non-profit organizations. Because I give small amounts to many groups, I must be on everyone’s mailing list. Sorting out the ones I feel comfortable giving to, either with Charity Navigator orfrom  previous info on the organization, I pick and choose the ones I prefer, giving to new ones on my list as well as some I give to almost every year.

Because I will be going to the west coast to celebrate my  birthday the first week of December with my children and several nieces and nephews who live in California, I wanted to let them know that I don’t need anything for my birthday, just their presence, not  their presents! Instead, I gave them a list of some of my favorite organizations — mostly food, humanitarian, and environmental groups — and let them choose to give (or not) in lieu of a personal birthday gift. They can even choose to donate to their own favorite organization.

I am posting the list in case you want to investigate these organizations and perhaps make a donation. But give from your heart as well as your pocketbook. If you begrudge giving, or you are too financially strapped to do so, then no need to feel guilty about not giving. Take care of your needs first and then give whatever you can, if you can. The quote below by diarist Anne Frank sums it up for me.

 

www.cvt.org:  Center for Victims of Torture: 2356 University Ave.W., Ste. 430, St. Paul, MN 55114. Donations used to help survivors of torture heal their wounds, rebuild their lives, and rejoin their families and communities as caring, productive members.

www.earthjustice.org.: Earth Justice, 50 California St. Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94111. As the nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization, we leverage our expertise and commitment to fight for justice and advance the promise of a healthy world for all. We represent every one of our clients free of charge.

www.edf.org: Environmental Defense Fund, PO Box 5055, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5055. Help us protect polar bears and other living creatures from climate change, habitat destruction, and toxic pollution. Your tax-deductible donation will help create a safer future for us all.

www.foe.org: Friends of the Earth, Washington, DC and Berkeley, CA. Friends of the Earth is a bold and fearless voice for justice and the planet. “We believe all people deserve to live in a healthy environment.”

www.organicconsumers.org: Organic Consumers Association, 6771 S. Silver Hill Drive, Finland, MN 55603. This organization safeguards organic standards, promotes org. agriculture, and challenges genetic engineering and factory farming.

www.seacology.org: Seacology (1623 Solano Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707) For 25 years, it has helped protect island habitats and local communities by offering a unique deal: if they agree to create or enforce a forest or marine reserve, we’ll provide funds for something the village needs, like a schoolhouse or health clinic.

www.globalfundforwomen.org: Global Fund for Women, 800 Market St., 7thFl., San Francisco, CA 94102. This organization envisions a world where all women are strong, safe, powerful, and heard.

www.mazon.org: Mazon, 10850Wilshire Blvd. Ste 400, L.A. CA 90024: Mazon is a Jewish response to hunger and this year they are focusing on food insecure veterans the support they need. (I posted this on Veterans Day in early November.) Services all denominations and groups in need of food security.

www.NRDC.org: National Resource Defense Council, PO Box 1830, Merrifield, VA 2216-8030. Current project involves sending a petition to Bayer to stop using “neonic” pesticides that are a key factor in the alarming collapse of bee colonies.

www.progeriaresearch.org: Progeria Research Foundation, PO Box 3453m Peabody, MA 01961. Mission: To discover treatments and the cure for Progeria and its aging-related disorders, including heart disease.

www.splcenter.org: Southern Poverty Law Center, PO Box 5604, Montgomery, AL, 36177-7455. Fighting Hate/Teaching Tolerance/Seeking Justice. MOrris Dees has been doing this work at risk of his own life since 1971.

www.ucusa.org: Union of Concerned Scientists, Two Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138, Science for a Healthy Planet and Safer World. Puts independent science to work to solve the planets most pressing problems.

www.ufw.org: United Farm Workers of America, PO Box 62, Keene, CA 93531.
Begun in 1962 by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Gilbert Padilla and other early organizers, the United Farm Workers of America is the nation’s first enduring and largest farm workers union. The UFW continues organizing in major agricultural sectors, chiefly in California. (Mostly Hispanic men & women working in poor conditions.)

Note: Charity Navigator rates many of these organizations, if they are large enough. For some of the organizations, I have first-hand knowledge of what they do because I either visited the organization (ex. Mazon)  or because I know someone who is on the staff there and can vouch for the work that the organization does (ex. Progeria Foundation). You can also ask for the yearly financial profile and check to see is fundraising is a small part of their budgets and prgrams are the major part of their budgets.

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