Category Archives: Charity

Houston Among Cities Raising Funds to Feed the Needy

As most Americans prepare to sit down for a big Thanksgiving meal, there are thousands of Americans that are wondering where their next meal will be coming from and when, says spokespeople with Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank program which operates over 200 food banks across the United States.
These food banks hope that donors will remember them throughout the year. Most food banks can provide between two and eight meals on a single dollar. Since the donations are often matched by corporations, an article in The Eater points out that the best way to help feed the hungry is to give cash.
One of the largest of the food banks is located in Houston, Texas. This food bank operates over 200 feeding centers throughout Southwest Texas. This food bank feeds over 800,000 people each year with plans to grow to feeding over 1 million in the next two years as the problem continues to expand.
The Salvation Army recently kicked off their Red Kettle Campaign in most American cities. For over 125 years, this organization has been feeding America’s homeless.
The idea for the Salvation Army’s red kettles began in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain wanted to feed 1,000 of San Francisco’s poorest residents but lacked the funds to do it. He hit on the idea of putting a kettle near the city’s port. He began to gather contributions and was soon able to feed the residents a festive Christmas dinner.
From that humble beginning, the idea spread to the Boston area before eventually spreading throughout the United States. Each year, Americans contribute about $136 million annually. The annual campaign runs from early November to Christmas Eve.

Capitol Anesthesiology And Their Outreach Work

Capitol Anesthesiology is a committed practice for all patients, and they offer outreach services in Austin that rival some of the largest charities in the state. This article shares why Capitol Anesthesiology has been lauded for its brilliant work helping the people on the community lead better and fuller lives.

#1: The Practice Performs Outreach Consistently

Capitol Anesthesiology performs outreach on a consistent basis through Austin Smile, Eels on Wheel and Operation Smile. They have their staff participating in as many events as possible, and they are visible in the community where patients may learn of their great work.

#2: Sending Staff Members Overseas

The office at Capitol Anesthesiology is happy to send its staff overseas for assignments with charities such as Operation Smile. They wish to help every child who does not have the right smile, and they will volunteer their time because it helps the world become a better place.

#3: Patients May Get Involved

Patients are asked to join in with community outreach projects at Capitol Anesthesiology, and the family comes together to help in the Austin area. Patients are a part of the greater good at the office, and they are welcome at any time when they wish to help others. Capitol Anesthesiology wishes to engender a familial spirit that has patients willing to help with even the smallest of projects.

The practice is a lovely place to work where the community is seen as a priority. They have created a culture at Capitol Anesthesiology that values those in need.

Houston Among Cities Raising Funds to Feed the Needy

As most Americans prepare to sit down for a big Thanksgiving meal, there are thousands of Americans that are wondering where their next meal will be coming from and when, says spokespeople with Feeding America, the nation’s largest food bank program which operates over 200 food banks across the United States.

These food banks hope that donors will remember them throughout the year. Most food banks can provide between two and eight meals on a single dollar. Since the donations are often matched by corporations, an article in The Eater points out that the best way to help feed the hungry is to give cash.

One of the largest of the food banks is located in Houston, Texas. This food bank operates over 200 feeding centers throughout Southwest Texas. This food bank feeds over 800,000 people each year with plans to grow to feeding over 1 million in the next two years as the problem continues to expand.

The Salvation Army recently kicked off their Red Kettle Campaign in most American cities. For over 125 years, this organization has been feeding America’s homeless.

The idea for the Salvation Army’s red kettles began in 1891 when a Salvation Army Captain wanted to feed 1,000 of San Francisco’s poorest residents but lacked the funds to do it. He hit on the idea of putting a kettle near the city’s port. He began to gather contributions and was soon able to feed the residents a festive Christmas dinner.

From that humble beginning, the idea spread to the Boston area before eventually spreading throughout the United States. Each year, Americans contribute about $136 million annually. The annual campaign runs from early November to Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

Man Feeds Baton Rouge Flood Victims

Those who live in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana have been overwhelmed with flooding recently. Several have lost their lives and thousands have been displaced and may have permanently lost their homes. One man, Christian Dornhorst, was not affected by the flooding but decided to spend his day giving back to those who were, according to the article posted on the Washington Post Online.

Dornhorst said that he got to work on Monday morning and felt in his heart that he needed to do something to help the flood victims. His boss let him take the day off to do so. He, along with his wife and daughter, went to their local Sam’s and purchased more than $850 worth of brisket. In fact, they bought all the brisket the store had available with their own funds. Then they got to work. By noon they had all the brisket in their smoker, but were still unsure where they could set up. A local business sent them in the direction of the Celtic Media Centre, a film studio where “True Blood”, “The Fantastic Four”, and other hits had been filmed. The studio was turned into a makeshift shelter for those displaced by the flood.

Dornhorst and his family served food to those at the shelter until every bit of what they brought was gone. The 108lbs of brisket that the family smoked was gone in just 20 minutes. Organizers for the shelter asked Dornhorst if he would be able to return the next day to help with relief efforts. He put in a request with his boss, and even asked if his company might sponsor the next round of brisket.

Finding a Center at the Kabbalah Centre

Steeped in thousands of years of tradition, Kabbalah has long been an avenue of Jewish faith and spiritual practice. While it was traditionally practiced by men over the age of forty it has come to be understood that a new era calls for a different set of rules, and practitioners come from all walks of life with the common thread of faith running between them.
Today the Kabbalah Centre provides guidance to a diverse set of students who are interested in studying this important spiritual practice. Based out of Los Angeles, California, the non-profit institute keeps its doors open to all of those who are interested in pursuing the ancient spiritual teachings of Kabbalah. Unlike many previous doctrines, the Kabbalah Centre approaches the practice of Kabbalah as a largely self contained pursuit rather than using an understanding of Jewish texts as a prerequisite. This is in keeping with their view of Kabbalah as a supplement to faith rather than an alternative approach to it.

Kabbalah holds that humans only really perceive one percent of the world, and that beneath the surface are a set of complex and symbolic relationships that man must divine without the use of conventional senses. Coming from the ten emanations and attributes of God, the Sephirot, the world itself is understood to be a manifestation of God’s Light. In order to be at harmony with the world and manifest one’s will within it, Kabbalah teaches its adherents to understand the Light.

It is no wonder that an institution like the Kabbalah Centre would prove a major draw for everyone from wealthy and famous celebrities to the average person. The opportunity to pursue a higher spiritual life and to receive guidance in understanding the Light of God is something that few seekers of truth could pass up. In this era of change the Kabbalah Centre is proving to be a center of enlightenment.

Street Medicine Program For The Homeless Starts Up In NYC

In New York, a medical team ventures out on the streets to treat the homeless. The street medicine program is sponsored by the Center for Urban Community Services. Homelessness requires some severe living and hardship. Fear of authority, shame, and mistrust of the system create a downward circle that gets smaller every day.

To counteract these negative effects, two nurses make contact with the homeless, reports the Huffington Post. Each nurse is partnered with a social worker who has been doing street outreach. The nurses do assessments, referrals, and treatment. Housing and psychiatric care are what the social workers have to offer.

The team approach works better than when the social workers are alone on the street. 200 homeless a year can be reached with this technique. This program is based on Boston Health Care for the Homeless, a successful homeless outreach and follow-up program. They have been in operation since 1985. Their common sense approach states that if they will not come to us, we will go to them.

The more serious health problems of the homeless include foot problems, open sores, diabetes, and high blood pressure. All of these conditions are exacerbated by poor health. There is limited health care that can be done on the street. Blood work cannot be done because the temperature cannot be controlled. This medical unit is on foot after all. Long-term care must be set up with a clinic or hospital.

Some of the homeless are in denial about their medical issues. Others have had a negative experience when dealing with a clinic or hospital. The lines of communication are opened by the street interaction with a medical professional. 60,000 homeless people live in shelters in New York. Another 2800 homeless people are estimated to be out on the street.

Little Free Pantry Brings Nourishment in Fayetteville, Arkansas

Jogging around Fayetteville, Jessica McClard was inspired by Little Free Libraries all over town. The small structures invite the public to drop off a book or take one to read. The 41-year-old McClard saw the Little Free Library as a model to meet needs. Hoping to meet other public needs, McClard used the Little Free Library example and designed the Little Free Pantry.

McClard sought funding, and received a $250 grant that was to be used for a community service project of her choosing. She invested in a small cupboard or, fittingly, a little pantry. Earlier this year, that first Little Free Pantry was mounted outside the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

The goal of the pantry is to offer food, paper products, and other goodies that help locals in need. Popular items include peanut butter, diapers, and feminine hygiene products. Generally, the pantry is stocked with shelf-stable foods, but McClard also includes bread and produce. Those fresher items fly off the shelves of the Little Free Pantry.

The good work of the Arkansas native has caught on. Others from the community have pitched in to help restock the pantry. The idea of the Little Free Pantry is also spreading. In another part of Fayetteville, Christ’s Church has erected a Little Free Pantry.

Outside of Arkansas, similar structures have been spotted around the country. Some sites include Ardmore, Oklahoma; Clinton, Indiana; Greensboro, North Carolina; New Castle, Pennsylvania; and Norfolk, Virginia. While not all structures use the Little Free Pantry name, they have the same mission and inspiration.

McClard offers guidance for those that are looking to create their own Little Free Pantries. The Facebook page offers links, resources, and a supportive community. McClard encourages others to start their own pantry, noting that the rewards are much greater than the investment.

Barnesville, Georgia Helps a Homeless Pre-Med Student

The small town of Barnesville, Georgia boasts a population of slightly over 6,500 people. Located about six miles west of I-75 and nearly midway between the cities of Macon and Atlanta, the community once served as a center of buggy manufacturing in rural Georgia. Today, it lies on the fringes of the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area and serves as the home of Gordon College, a small liberal arts college within Georgia’s state college system.

Recently, people in Barnesville received national media attention because of their generosity in assisting a homeless premed student. Local police discovered the young man, 19-year od Fred Barley, sleeping in a makeshift tent on the campus. He had borrowed his younger brother’s bicycle to travel some 50 miles from Conyers on the eastern edge of Atlanta to the college. He lacked any other means of transportation.

After discovering the young man camping at the college in order to register to attend a second semester, officers kindly put him up at their expense in a local hotel. As people in the area learned of Fred Barley’s plight and his determination to succeed, many of them offered assistance. The owner of a restaurant extended a job to him. Other residents of the small town launched an online campaign using social media and other sites to help raise funds for the college student. He received donations of some $184,000 to assist his educational goals. Fred Barley thanked the community for their support and promised to use the resources wisely.