The year 2013 is quickly drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of time to do some good, and at the same time, maybe even help lighten your tax burden for the upcoming filing season. Here are 10 ways you can help provide essential resources to those in need in the U.S. and around the world.
World Vision Clothing and shelter, access to education, and even soccer balls are just some of the items donors can choose to provide for economically challenged children living in countries like Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Ghana. A donation of $100 provides a family with a goat and two chickens — or healthy milk, cheese and yogurt and fresh eggs. Learn more: www.worldvision.org
charity: water Working to provide clean and safe drinking water "to every person on the planet," charity: water has managed to fund nearly 9,500 water projects in 20 countries. One hundred percent of donations goes directly toward a water project. Charity: water's online store, with merchandise ranging from playing cards and T-shirts to campaign posters and Pure Fix Cycles, is also an option since a percentage of every purchase supports the nonprofit. Learn more: www.charitywater.org more >>
What was the world like in 2013 for the planet's most marginalized and vulnerable communities?
1. Syria's Civil War more >>
It started as "personal style challenge" for the Los Angeles-based trend-forcasting professional. Taking advantage of the warm southern California weather, Blythe Hill decided to see if she could wear a dress or skirt every day the entire month of December. She named the campaign "Dressember."
That was in 2009. In her fifth year of the campaign, taking a cue from the male-facial hair growing campaign "Movember," Hill decided to expand the movement beyond its identity as a fashion test and turn it into a way to support the Christian anti-sex trafficking organization, International Justice Mission (IJM). Those who wanted to join would commit to wearing a dress every day and setting a fundraising goal for the cause.
Hill credited her faith with playing a role in her decision to add a cause to her fashion movement. more >>
A North Carolina-based ministry is taking a stance against nationwide sex trafficking by directly engaging with the women and underage girls involved who pose as escorts in online ads that are found on classifieds websites, including craigslist.com.
On Eagles Wings Ministries is behind the outreach program, "Rahab's Hope," named after the Canaanite prostitute found in the Old Testament. In the past two years, the organization has contacted over 2,000 women, 90 percent of whom are victims and under the control of a pimp.
"At Rahab's Hope, we pull ads from backpage.com from the escort section in different cities," said Amanda McCoy, outreach director for Rahab's Hope, to The Christian Post. "We call a different city each time for two hours, twice a month and we always have resources in their area before we make the calls." more >>
More than 40 groups have signed on to sponsor an event geared toward combating pornography in the United States.
The National Day of Prayer Against Pornography will take place next Tuesday. The anti-pornography observance is chiefly sponsored by the group Morality in Media (MIM), which is dedicated to combating pornography usage via education and the law.
Patrick Trueman, president and CEO of MIM, told The Christian Post that his group intends to make this an annual event. more >>
Victory Outreach International, a ministry organization with churches worldwide, is committed to community outreach programs throughout several cities including Oakland, Calif. where sex workers have made parts of the city a prostitution hub.
Each week, members of the ministry's church in Oakland take to the streets to talk women into leaving the sex industry as they pray for them and offer shelter. Their focus is International Boulevard, an area known as Oakland's sex strip where oftentimes outreach members are careful not to interfere with the prostitute's pimps.
"There are very few groups who are willing to do what Victory Outreach does, approach the young girls and the pimps and the johns without a badge," said Oakland council member Noel Gallo, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. more >>