The Big Spring Giveaway!

April is National Volunteer Month and Everyday Philanthropist wants to make it easier for families to participate. We know you’re busy, but it is possible to make this month count even if you’re short on time and short on cash.

Though the average person may not be aware, there are a myriad of charitable organizations around the world that are finding new and innovative ways to make a difference – in no time at all!

Whether you’re surfing the web, playing a game or taking a walk in the park, families can get enjoyment – and a dose of social awareness – from everyday activities that double as a charitable boost.

Computer time
Surf for the earth!  Powered by Google,
Ecosearch.org returns the same search results but with an environmental kick: The site donates 100 percent of search revenues to nonprofits, such as Rainforest Alliance. Make it your computer’s default search-engine.

 Craft time
Encourage children to help organizations like
Make a Child Smile and Hugs and Hope by crafting cheery notes, drawings and cards that bring joy to hospitalized kids.

 Kitchen time
Bake cookies for a local fundraiser to support a chosen cause or host a charitable bake sale of your own to benefit
Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

 Game time
Play online games for good, such as the vocabulary test game at
freerice.org that donates rice to the hungry for every answer you get right. It’s entertaining and you’re helping a great cause.

 Any time
Be Someone’s Eyes. Provide a free reading service for the blind and visually impaired through
Read This to Me. All you need is a working phone and a fax.

 Summer time
Go the website,
Alexslemonade.org to find out how the kids can organize a charitable lemonade stand to help raise money for cancer research.

 One day at a time
Offer your services as a family just one day a year for communal events like
International Coastal Cleanup day or Family Volunteer Day.

Happy Giving!

Spread the Love: 5 Ideas for National Random Acts of Kindness Week

Finally here, is National Random Acts of Kindness week! The week of February 14-18 is celebrated as the time to get out there and do an act of goodness. This is your opportunity to share love and kindness with the environment, your friends, neighbours, family, colleagues, charities and complete strangers.

The Everyday Philanthropist invites you to do an unexpected Extreme Act of Kindness to an unsuspecting recipient each day! Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

 
Monday: Donate blood and potentially save up to 3 lives.

Tuesday: Drop off a plant or home-made baked goods to your local police or fire department.

Wednesday: Donate used books to your local library or school.

Thursday:  Volunteer an hour or two at a local shelter, school, soup kitchen or charity event.

Friday: Donate clothes, toys, blankets and other daily items to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.

 
 No matter how big or small, your acts of kindness can change lives and create a chain reaction to spread even more generosity throughout your community and the world. Share your acts of kindness and comments with our community on the Everyday Philanthropist Facebook page.
  
“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

Dial in to do your part: Stand Up 2 Cancer

Mark your calendars: You can help conquer cancer by tuning in to Stand Up to Cancer’s multi-network celebrity telethon on September 10, 2010 at at 8 p.m. ET.

The star-packed telethon, featuring appearances by Reese Witherspoon, Stevie Wonder, and Queen Latifah alongside cancer survivors like Lance Armstrong and Christina Applegate is set to answer calls and accept donations from the public for cancer research. Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Brian Williams will serve as joint hosts of the event.

The last Stand Up to Cancer benefit in 2008 raised over $100 million for research. Get more info about the showat standup2cancer.org.