Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Very Big Good Deed List

The list begins: (Come on, help us add to it!) See post: You and Me and E.B. for more info.


The Very Big, No-Kidding,
We're Changing the World, You Bet!
Good Deed List

21 comments:

  1. America's Second Harvest -- http://www.secondharvest.org/, since children who are hungry can think of little else, even literacy

    Childhelp -- http://www.childhelp.org/ -- ditto

    MomsRising -- http://momsrising.org -- http://momsrising.org/ -- to build a more family-friendly America, and I don't mean ultra-conservative "family values" -- I mean, putting an end to the silly so-called "Mommy Wars" and making it so that women can work *and* raise their children without sacrificing income and future employability (and much, much more) -- ultimately, this benefits children...

    W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville -- http://www.wosmith.org/ -- "where education, instruction and encouragement is offered to children with a passion for music without the means to afford lessons or instruments."

    So much more, but I better stop . . .

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  2. Oops -- those aren't all book-related, and I see you originally asked for that . . . I'll think on it some more...

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  3. Thanks, Jules. It's okay if they're not strictly book related. Anything child/family/literacy/book-related is Good Deed worthy because as you say, they are all intertwined.

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  4. Oh, my jules, that music school looks wonderful! Thanks for showing it to me!

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  5. Isn't it great? They rock hard.

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  6. sara, i got one of my organizations wrong. it should be Hearts of America, not Books for America. both are based in d.c. and i got them confused (sorry). both heartsofamerica.org and firstbook.org donate books to underprivileged kids. this is a great idea since we can learn more about other worthwhile programs/organizations that need help!

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  7. Gotcha covered, jama. I changed it to Heartofamerica.org (There's no "s" in the link or it doesn't go to the right website.)

    Thanks! Sounds like a wonderful organization.

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  8. oops again. deep breath.
    HEART OF AMERICA, not "hearts of america."
    i am definitely suffering from age-related mental decline.

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  9. I support some which are book-related and some which aren't (I have been a member of Friends of the Sea Otter since I was a child, and I support the Monterey Bay Aquarium; there's also the weekly trip to the recycling center). I'm sending the readergirlz over here too. Every month, the readergirlz issue includes as community challenge and spotlights a woman who is helping to conserve, educated, or otherwise support a community.

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  10. Thanks, Little Willow. I love the whole readergirlz idea. It's hip and full of substance, too. I'm putting it on my Big List!

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  11. Thank you! I'll pass the compliments on to the ladies.

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  12. readergirlz8/2/07, 4:40 PM

    Thanks for the kind words about readergirlz! We so appreciate the support, and we think the list you are making rocks!

    Best in making a difference,

    Lorie Ann, readergirlz diva

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  13. It's great that you're thinking about this, Sara. In addition to Readergirlz, as organization that does great things for teen, I like:

    FirstBook -- www.firstbook.org -- They put books into the hands of underprivileged children, and advocate reading.

    Reach Out and Read -- http://www.reachoutandread.org/ -- They work with doctors to distribute free books to kids at each well-child visit, up to age 5.

    Cops 'N Kids -- http://www.cops-n-kids.org/ -- Founded by a police officer, this program provides books in police cars and police stations, to give to kids, and also sets up local reading centers.

    Room To Read -- http://www.roomtoread.org/ -- They build libraries in third world countries.

    and of course there's Reading Is Fundamental -- www.rif.org -- still out there encouraging kids to enjoy books.

    I haven't necessarily given money or books to all of these programs, but I support them by writing about their activities on my blog when I have the chance, and encouraging their support. I have a list of some other literacy/book related programs in a side-bar on my blog. (Right-hand side, about half-way down, labeled "Programs That Focus on Giving Books to Kids")

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  14. Wow, Jen! Thanks! I do read your blog, so I know what a champion of literacy you are. I'll add these to my list, and point readers to your list if they need even more ideas.

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  15. 2007 book-related charity initiatives of JustOneMoreBook.com podcast:

    - organized PAB2007 book drive for a public school (collected 86 books and $291), June 2007:
    http://www.justonemorebook.com/2007/05/20/help-us-help-kids-pab2007-childrens-book-drive/

    - $1 per comment to Raise-A-Reader, February 2007:
    http://www.justonemorebook.com/2007/02/01/thank-you-for-joining-the-conversation/

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  16. Sara... I told you I would do this right after L.A. -- and I'm only about a month late! Wheee....

    This is book but not kid related:

    http://www.insidebooksproject.org/

    It provides free books to the multitude of folk incarcerated in the state of Texas.

    Also, http://www.ethiopiareads.org/index.html

    This is international -- bringing literacy to Ethiopia.

    Thanks for pulling the BIG LIST together!

    Cheers, Liz

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  17. Thanks, Liz! Got you added.

    And for anyone else who's thinking about it: Anyone can email me or comment here at any time, and I'll update the Big List.

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  18. What kind of world do your want?
    For every time this video is viewed $.40 will be donated.
    Let's cure autism.
    http://www.whatkindofworlddoyouwant.com/videos/view/id/408214%3D20/page/10

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  19. I'm hanging in there with my kids. Does that count? It's about all the good deed I can muster up right now, and it is kid related and we read a lot of books. So I'm just going to decree that it counts.

    Let me rephrase it: I'm being a good mom to difficult children. That's my special project that is changing their world.

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  20. "I'm being a good mom to difficult children. That's my special project that is changing their world."

    Hear! Hear! A child, loved, is the most potent force for change in this world.

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  21. I'm collecting those coke codes and redeeming prizes for various doing good in the world organizations, including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Nick's Kids Funds and Multiple Sclerosis.
    http://donateyourcokecodes.blogspot.com/

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