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Help Out Your Neighbors; It’s Good For You

Leave a Comment March 18, 2013

When was the last time you checked in on a neighbor? Been awhile? According to a new survey published in Atlantic Monthly, you aren’t alone.

The survey showed that, regardless of income level, the one community resource that most people felt they lacked was “kind, supportive neighbors.”

And community and environment can actually play a role in overall health and happiness.

How connected are you to your local community? Can you name a local nonprofit helping your community? See what happened when we asked some locals to name a nonprofit near them.

Find an organization in your community using our thousands of city pages. Start here with our zip code search. If you’ve spent time at a local nonprofit, share your story here by writing a review.

 

Help Victims of Superstorm Sandy

Comments (12) October 31, 2012

Superstorm Sandy has created chaos on the East Coast.  Now you can help those affected begin the long and slow process of recovery and you can support those in need. Millions are still without electricity and transportation and many have homes under water and nowhere to go.

Check out these highly-rated national and local nonprofits helping Sandy victims.  Your donation can help these nonprofits provide necessary food, shelter, health and medical aid. These organizations have been highly-rated by volunteers, donors and actual people helped by these charities. (more…)

10 Nonprofits that Walk the Talk

Comments (7) October 15, 2012

Hey Volunteers!  Thanks to your feedback through candid reviews, we were able to compile a list of great nonprofits who are effectively acting on their mission statements. These are organizations that you’ve told us not only talk the talk, but walk the talk!

 

DC Central Kitchen

Mission: We use food as a tool to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities

GNP users say: “Its food doesn’t just go straight to the needy, it first drives a culinary program for putting people back on the path to self sufficiency with skills in hand.”

Center for Intercultural Organizing

Mission: The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is a diverse, grassroots membership organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights

GNP users say: “The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is an amazing organization that touches the lives of immigrants and refugees. The close-knit intercultural relationships created and fostered through this organization by bringing together so many different cultures (many with long-time historical conflicts) are creating long-term change locally and state-wide; creating a positive ripple effect for American born residents, and maybe even worldwide.”

Cancer Schmancer Foundation

Mission:The Cancer Schmancer Movement is to ensure all women’s cancers are diagnosed in stage 1, when they are most curable

GNP users say: “Coming across Cancer Schmancer, I can’t even describe to you… It has changed everything for me. I know what to look for now. I know what to do. I know how to react. And most importantly, I know that cancer is NOT the boss of me. The Cancer Schmancer Movement has taught me to be a medical consumer, and has comforted me and guided me in helping my dear friend who was just diagnosed… at stage 1.”

Abilities United

Mission: Abilities United champions people with developmental and other disabilities and provides the training, education, and support they need to lead the lives they choose

GNP users say: “When Amber stepped into the warm water at the Betty Wright Swim Center, she walked on her first for the very first time – or more appropriately, she RAN through the water unassisted. Eventually she was able to repeat that experience on land Amber is now 16 and continues to be served by the Betty Wright Swim Center as well as the After School Socialization Program at Abilities United. Abilities United has made a profound difference in our lives!”

Operation Gratitude

Mission: To lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to Veterans,  Wounded Warriors and First Responders

GNP users say: “As a prior service member, I cannot impress upon you how uplifting it is to receive such generosity from strangers, in any form. In recent years, I have helped put together care packages for service members, full well knowing that there will be a hard-working, well-deserving service man or woman on the receiving end.”

In-Sync Exotics

Mission: To provide a caring, safe haven to some of God’s most beautiful creatures. We put their needs above all else; the old, the maimed, the unwanted can find sanctuary here

GNP users say:  “The exotic cats at In-Sync are so loved and cared for by the staff and volunteers. I have been impressed by the high standards Vicky Keahey sets for the care of these beautiful cats and some of the stories of rehabilitation from the horrid conditions they were rescued from are remarkable.”

WiserEarth

Mission: “Wiser is a free online community space connecting the people, nonprofits and businesses working toward a just and sustainable world”

GNP Users say: “I turned English into Chinese in order to make more people access to it–a green social network engaging in sustainable development. We share interesting information and together hold activities.”

 

Love Without Boundaries 

Mission: To transform the lives of orphaned and impoverished children by providing hope and healing

GNP Users say: “I have seen the work that LWB does for the children and rural families in China for 8+ years now and know that they have saved lives and changed countless more lives around the world by what they are doing for the children of China.”

 

Malecare

Mission: Develops practical, life saving programs for cancer survivors

GNP Users say: “Malecare is a Non-profit organization that brings men from all walks of life together who have or have had prostate cancer. It offers support to individuals who previously would have felt or been isolated.”

 

Society for Science & the Public

 Mission: dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education

GNP users say: “I have been involved in Science Fairs for over 22 years and the International Fair since 1994. The parent body (SSP) that supports this fair does a tremendous job. They support the students, the teachers, and all who are trying to keep kids interested and inspired in the sciences, technology, and engineering.”

Did we miss one? Write a review and let us know in the comments!


 

Supreme Court Upholds “Obamacare” Individual Mandate

Comments (4) June 28, 2012

Obamacare

photo: LaDawna via Flickr

Thursday the Supreme Court upheld the Obama Administration’s individual insurance mandate. Mitt Romney has pledged to appeal the law immediately if elected.

How will the mandate affect you? If an individual chooses not to keep health insurance, that person would be responsible for paying the IRS one percent of his or her income. There will be exceptions made for religious and financial reasons. It will be unlawful to not buy health insurance and to not pay the IRS the additional money.

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