Donate to Organizations and Causes YOU Believe In.

So unless you’re living under a rock in the middle of the woods with no cell phone reception or wifi….you have probably heard of the #icebucketchallenge for the ALS Association.  And while nobody can argue that it’s amazing that this marketing plan boomed larger than could have ever been anticipated….it raises many interesting questions.  How will the ALS Association handle such an increase?  How is the affecting the rest of the nonprofit sector?  How many of these people are personally touched by ALS in some way and how many just wanted to be cool (or cheap) on Facebook?

Mike Rowe (the dirty jobs guy) had a lot to say that just spoke to me.

I’d like to take a moment to list a few organizations that I personally believe in and have donated…and often more than just cash.  I’m not trying to gloat about that by any means….but more to let you know that you can support organizations that matter to you and if you are concerned of doing that financially…there are other ways to support.

American Red Cross – http://www.redcross.org/
This one is easy.  I have been really bad about keeping up since I moved to Philly, but when I lived in Maryland I was at the donation place everytime that I could.  I donated at ever drive at my college and I’m waiting patiently for a drive to come close enough to work.  Apparently my blood is special in some way which is why they hound me like they do….but I’m not so sure if that’s true or if that’s what they tell all the donors.

American Cancer Society – http://www.cancer.org/
My mother had Hodghkin’s lymphoma before I was born and passed away from lung cancer in 2011.  My dad suffered from bladder cancer when I was a kid.  ACS does not cater to a specific cancer and contributes to the well-being of patients and their families.  Not gonna lie – their Relay for Life fundraisers are a TOTAL BLAST.

Operation Ava No-Kill Shelter – http://operationava.org/
This one is fairly new to my repertoire but I kind of owe them right now.  This is where I adopted Wally, my new best friend last month.  Sadly, Wally was very sick with pneumonia when I got him and it has been a long month of recovery.  Unfortunately, I learned that people often get sick dogs from shelters because they just don’t have the means to take care of all of them.  I helped by making room for one more animal to wait for their forever home….and when I bounce back from these astronomical vet bills I hope to make monetary donations.