more than 50 ways to save our children
Adopt a Child
A really BIG way to help children and to share your love, is to adopt a child. Thousands of children wait for loving homes, for parents who’ll care for them, who’ll give them a sense of belonging.
Advocacy & Public Policy
Join the board of your favorite child/family-oriented non-profit organization. Make a commitment! Making a difference for our children means rolling up our sleeves, and doing something to help. It might mean WRITING A CHECK, it might mean GIVING YOUR TIME.
Be involved with your local and state legislators. Contact them about the educational, health, security issues of the children in your city, town, or state. Afraid your voice won’t be heard? Remember the ancient poet Hesiod: “If you put a little on a little, soon it will become a lot.”
If you don’t have a favorite charity, or don’t know how to find one, contact The National Charities Information Bureau. They research and compile a “Wise Giving Guide,” a summary of evaluations of National Charities based on the National Charities Bureau’s standards in philanthropy.
National Charities Bureau
19 Union Square West
New York, NY 10003
Or visit their website: http://www.give.org
Camps & Clubs
Kids can benefit from participating in activities in natural settings, and by being members of groups and clubs, like Girl & Boy Scouts, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Many inner-city kids never get the opportunity to “hug a tree,” flip pancakes over an open fire, and lie out on a hillside and gaze at the stars. Such experiences help kids see the bigger picture – not to mention that such restorative environments simply make you feel good. Visit these links to see how you can sponsor a child, or donate to organizations that do.
There are so important many ways to get involved in your community. Help out at your local grammar school or library. Donate food and clothing to a local shelter. Give blood at the local Children’s hospital or to the Red Cross. The good news is, everyone can do something. When you put a little on a little, soon you will have a lot! It’s a simple concept, but one that works.
Knowledge is freedom. Most of us take our education for granted, but for many individuals worldwide, the idea of receiving an education is only a dream. Help make these dreams a reality.
Natural disasters can shatter dreams and destroy lives in a heartbeat. Sadly, we have seen how man-made disasters, like terrorism and war, can cripple society with devastating long-term consequences. Natural disasters can do the same. Recovery from natural and man-made disasters requires enormous long-term relief efforts, and the compassion and dedication ofmany caring individuals — the unsung heroes of our time.
Everyone should get to enjoy the great outdoors, and there are many wonderful places to explore. Here are a few great reasons to take care of our planet:
- So our kids will always enjoy our world’s natural wonders; the Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, bald eagles, and other sites and animals in the wild.
- So the Amazon’s many plants and animals will continue to thrive.
- So we can be sure to see lions, wildebeests, elephants and rhinoceros in their natural habitats.
- So the penguins will always have a glacier to march on.
- So the Great Barrier Reef will continue to support a startling array of sea life – coral, fish and sea turtles are some examples.
- So the ocean’s whales and dolphins always have a home to swim in.
- So the giant pandas can survive in their natural habitat.
On any given year, there are hundreds of thousands of children in foster care-many of whom are waiting for adoptive families. The following organizations provide guidance and information for individuals interested in adoption, and/or helping out with foster care.
We are all in this together. It sounds like an overused sentiment, but its true. The current global warming dialog should make that fact crystal clear. But millions of our global relatives are having difficulties many of us cannot even imagine.
Limited though we may be to our own experiences and perspectives, it is vital that we view issues with a global sensitivity. Visit these links to take a look at the big picture; to see what is going on outside our own backyard.
Be a good global neighbor and lend a helping hand. Remember – we share the air, the sea, the sky, the sun, the moon…it goes on and on. And it will clearly take a concerted effort on all of our parts to ensure that it does go on and on.
Health and Medical Resources
Children suffer from many illnesses and diseases, and as parents, it is our responsibility to safeguard them. Though many illnesses are preventable or curable with appropriate and timely interventions, others are not so accommodating to medical interventions.
There are numerous health and medical resources available online, as well as charitable organizations that would benefit mightily from your help and your generosity.
When you’re living a comfortable life, it’s hard to imagine not knowing where your next meal will come from, where you’ll sleep, and how you will survive from day to day.
Sadly, millions of people – many of them children, wake up each day homeless, and/or facing the debilitating consequences of extreme poverty.
Can you imagine not being able to feed your children? Can you even recall the last time you had to go without a meal? Unless you’re fasting for religious or health reasons, most of us take our food, clothing and shelter for granted. However, for many people across the globe these fundamental basics are a daily struggle, and a miracle when they do appear. Take judgment out of the equation; lend a hand up to people who find themselves out of food, out of a home, and out of hope. Visit these sites to see what you can do.
International Aid & Outreach
It takes a village. This old African saying rings true time after time. We are all affected by what happens to those around us, whether they are near, or far. We cannot sit by placidly watching as children starve to death; as mothers languish by the side of dusty roads waiting for aid; while nations wage war; while communities try to recover from natural disasters. We need to be the community of man/woman and reach out to help.
The average reading level of a United States citizen is less than high school level — in other words, ninth grade. Worldwide, the statistics are equally as sobering. This should be a clarion call to all of us to make sure our children get the education they need so they can survive and thrive as productive citizens. How do you make sure they get the help they need? Find a mentor.
Children can benefit from mentors. Mentors are concerned adults who may or may not be family members — who participate in their lives. Many kids don’t have the resources to get the help they need with homework, class curriculum, and college and career advice. Mentors can make a huge difference. You can help.
Shop & Give
What could be easier? Go shopping for things you need, and donate a portion to a charitable organization. You can shop online, but there are also several retail shops that donate to worthy causes.
With a small monthly donation, you can make sure a child in a developing country has food to eat, clothing to wear, and a chance at an education.
You can sponsor children all over the world.
All kids need to play, exercise their bodies, and enjoy nature. You can make sure disadvantaged kids get the opportunity to do so.
Wellness & Nutrition
Children’s nutrition and wellbeing are among the world’s most pressing concerns. With the rise of childhood obesity and diabetes in this country, and malnutrition and poverty in many parts of the world, we clearly must focus on prevention and healthy practices to ensure the quality of life we desire for our kids. Globally, we are also concerned with measles, HIV-Aids, traumatic stress-related disorders, and other serious issues that threaten children’s health and wellbeing.