Charity Heroes

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CNN has a story with American charity leaders giving advice on how they’re dealing with the recession.  The heads of Goodwill Industries, Habitat For Humanity, CARE,, Lions Club, and United Way discuss how they’re handling increases in requests for their services and the struggle to secure donations of time and money.  Click here for the story.

The last question they’re asked is to describe a hero in their organization.

Jonathan Reckford from Habitat For Humanity says, “Each person who swings a hammer or serves on a committee or sacrifices to make a donation, gives from his or her heart and truly cares about those in need of housing.”

Helene Gale of CARE offers Scott Karell who said, “the heroes of this country are the ordinary citizens who have answered the call of service to help others. By volunteering, you are helping out that community and ultimately that society.”  Scott is one of those heroes and inspires others.

Nancy Lublin from talks about the 24 year old Kimmie Weeks.  Weeks was left for dead in Liberia as a child and vowed that if he survived he would help children in war-torn countries.  He survived and has started Youth Action International which sends college kids from America to help around the world.

Brian Gallagher of United Way talks about Mike Brooks who is passionate about making a difference.  He organized volunteers at university and now does the same thing for the United Way.

Goodwill Industries awarded the Volunteer of the Year to Denice Cooper who was an evacuee from New Orleans.  Cooper helped other evacuees in Texas where she was relocated and now helps mentor people with mental and emotional disabilities.

With six weeks left until the end of the year, ask yourself what you’ve done to help others this year and what you can do before the end of it.  I will be donating money to a charity again this year through the Hero Workshop and am definitely looking for ideas.  If you know of a worthwhile charity, let everyone know about it in the comments.

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3 Responses to Charity Heroes

  1. steven November 16, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    Matt, another good organization that should be mentioned is Big Brothers/Big Sisters. I have recently began participating in BBBS, it is amazing to see the smile on my little brother’s face every time I go to pick him up.

  2. Matt Langdon November 16, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

    I couldn’t agree more Steven. They do some great things, and the “Bigs” are certainly exploring their roles as heroes. As you know from the experiences you’re having now.

  3. Bill July 17, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    I heard DoGreat Good was helping Big Brothers Big Sister by donating a portions of revenue to the.

    Great cause & beats Bing for me!!!


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