Archive for the ‘Helping Others’ Category

Rachel Ray launched Yum-O! in 2006 to help empower kids and their families develope a healthy relationship with food and cooking. The non-profit organization focuses on three key steps: Cook, Feed, Fund.

According to the Yum-O website Rachel Ray had this to say about the Cook part of the program, “We want to get parents and kids cooking healthier breakfasts, lunches, lunchboxes and dinners and we want to make food fun, fast and affordable for American families. Our goal is to get great recipes out there and to listen to parents’ and kids’ concerns about health and nutrition, and what their kids are eating both at school and at home. We want to get people really excited about getting food into our kids. The challenge I’ve heard from a lot of parents is that it’s a time and a finance issue. They just don’t really believe they can make good food fast, but they can by taking help from the store. It’s just a matter of getting information and recipes out there so that kids can learn to cook for themselves and help Mom and Dad get dinner on the table.”

Once the “Cook” part of the program is learned, explored (interactive web items help!), and utilized, the focus turns to Feed and Fund. “Feed” is all about feeding the hungry. Yum-O’s partnership with Share Our Strength (SOS) helps to raise awareness about the hunger issues in the U.S. and works to complete special projects that address the issue of hunger in America. The “Fund” part of Yum-O! focuses on giving back via education and scholarship programs.

Learn more about eating healthy right at home by checking out Rachel Ray’s Yum-O!

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Xeroderma Pigmentosum is a rare genetic disorder. XP patients have extreme sensitivity to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Those who suffer from XP have a higher risk of cancer, non-cancerous and cancerous growths on the eyes and may experience various skin conditions.

The XP Support Group was founded in 1999 in the UK by the parents of a child with XP. The group is now as UK charitable Trust that “aims to relieve the needs of persons with Xeroderma Pigmentosum and other related conditions and their families.”

Funds raised by the support group go to assisting families, research, nighttime camp activities, and grants for UV protective equipment and products. Visit the XP Support Group to learn more about Xeroderma Pigmentosum and how you can help families dealing with this disorder.

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Bringing equality, protection, health and education services to children is what UNICEF is all about. The United Nation’s Children’s Fund is a global movement for children and the advocacy of children all over the world. With the help of national committees, country programmes, the help of volunteers and generous donations, UNICEF works to provide educational tools to children, prevent the spread of diseases like HIV/AIDs and malaria, and provides emergency humanitarian assistance during natural and man-made disasters.

UNICEF advocates for children about topics pertaining to nutrition, exercise, life skills, education, health, and so much more. They are a leader in providing care and help for children who have been abused, abandoned and become refugee’s from war ravaged countries. UNICEF gives these children a voice.

To learn more about what UNICEF has done, is doing, and will be doing in the future visit unicef.org.

Here are some statistics that should shock you:
-Every 2 minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
-44% of victims that have been raped, sexually assaulted, abused or victims of incest are below the age of 18.
-In 2003, statistics showed that 1 out of 10 men have been rape victims.
-In 2003, 9 out of every 10 rape victims was female.
-93% of juvenile sexual assault victims know their attacker.

All of these statistics and more can be found at RAINN: the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the nation. RAINN provides counseling to victims, runs a sexual assault hotline (online and offline), supports victims seeking justice against their attackers, provides education on sexual violence, and is a leader in bringing national attention to sex crimes.

RAINN has helped over a million men and women who have been the victims of sexual assault by providing a National Sexual Assault Hotline that offers confidential round the clock services. If you have been the victim of rape, abuse, or sexual assault call 1-800-656-HOPE or visit rainn.org.

If you know someone who has been a victim please visit RAINN’s Help a Loved One’s page which offers advice, guidance and support.

To learn more on how to reduce the risk of assault, reporting an assault, or the laws and resources in your state regarding sex crimes visit RAINN.

“We’re the impossible ones. We want to start revolutions with a pencil and a backpack. We want to test the edge of the world by feeling its curves. We want to see more, be more, do more.” This quote is from the Pencils of Promise Who We Are page and sums up what this organization is all about.

Pencils of Promise was started in 2008 when one child on the streets of India asked for a pencil. In the years since Adam Braun, found of PoP, handed out that first pencil over 20 schools have been created and over 20 projects have been established and started. These projects create schools for children without access to education all over the world.

Justin Bieber is a big supporter of PoP and together have launched a new campaign for everyone out there to make your own fundraiser page to create Schools4All. Whomever raises the most money will get to meet the teen pop sensation along with Pencils of Promise’s founder Adam Braun at the school of their choice.

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The mission of Operation: Blankets of Love is more than just collecting comfort items for sick, abused, and neglected homeless animals living in sanctuaries and shelters. It is about providing emergency first-response to shelters and sanctuaries, advocating for animal welfare, and promoting adoption to decrease animal homelessness.

Operation: Blankets of Love is a non-profit organization that collects, transports and distributes new and recycled comfort items to animal shelters, sanctuaries, foster groups and rescue groups. Some items that are needed year round include towels, blankets, pet treats, leashes, collars, pet toys, pet beds, crates and carriers.

Please help Operation: Blankets of Love by becoming a sponsor, donating or hosting a blanket drive. Your help will provide sick, victimized, and neglected animals with comfort until they can be adopted into good homes.

Can you imagine a place that exists where an entire group of people are systematically and deliberately destroyed based on their ethnicity, race, religion or nationality? One would think that after the Holocaust that genocide would no longer be an issue. It still is but the group behind the Not on Our Watch Project is attempting to stop the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan and beyond.

Genocide was legally defined by the United Nations in 1948 as, “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

The Not On Our Watch Project was created by Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, David Pressman and Jerry Weintraub to offer lifesaving humanitarian assistance to the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced. The group is also committed to stopping the mass atrocities of genocide still being carried out all over the world and to giving the voice to the victims of such crimes.

One of the biggest projects that Not On Our Watch focused on was creating the DigitalGlobe and Satellite Sentinel Project which uses satellite imagery to track, document and monitor the violence happening in the Sudan in real-time.