Charity

College Students (Like You) Could End Child Poverty

Today marks National Red Nose Day! What is it you may ask? Well, it’s a day dedicated to raising money for children in poverty in America and around the world. This national fundraising campaign is run by the non-profit Comic Relief USA with the goal of helping to end child poverty through the use of comedy. Since 1988, National Red Nose Day has managed to raise over 1 billion dollars!  As college students, you may wonder what you could possibly do to help raise money when you yourself are struggling to keep up with college funds. That’s perfectly fine! There are multiple ways you can help raise money with little to no money. Even donating some of your time can not only help others, but in turn, benefit you as well in the long run. Here’s how you can do it:

How can you help?

1. You can stop by your local Walgreens or subsidiary Duane Reade and purchase a red nose for $1. Donning the red nose symbolizes a kid-friendly air that both entertains and brings awareness to child poverty. Just donating $1 can help provide 11 meals for hungry children through your local Feeding America Food Banks.

2. You can get onto the Red Nose Day website and donate money using either PayPal or card. Even small donations help!

3. You can either find or start your own fundraiser to aid children in poverty without having to spend any money. If you choose to start your own fundraiser, you have the choice of either fundraising on your own, joining a team, or starting a new team. At the Red Nose Day website, they provide you with a list of ideas on how you can start up a fundraiser.

4. You can tune into NBC from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm on Thursday, May 24th and watch three different shows “Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day”, “Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day” and finally the live broadcasting of the “Red Nose Day Special”. Each show is tied together to celebrate Red Nose Day. Throughout the three shows, you will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day, and provided with the opportunity to donate to the charity through phone calls. To learn more about the programs, click here.

5. You can spread the word! Making others aware if this campaign increases the chances of others donating their time or money to help!

How can you benefit from volunteering?

As a college student, volunteering for a non-profit organization not only helps out your community, but also keeps your skills up-to-date, expands your network, and provides yourself with the opportunity to get a potentially paying job.

Putting your volunteer work in your resume helps you showcase your skills, experience, and expertise. When employers look through a resume, they tend to only look at one for 6-10 seconds. In order to make it count, you need to have something that stands out. Red Nose Day or any other volunteer work is a great way to do so.

Even being a part of some form of Greek life on your campus can benefit you greatly. By being associated with a sorority/fraternity, you get involved in some shape or form of volunteer work. Employers will most likely take notice of this on your resume. According to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Greek system is the largest network of volunteers in the US, with members donating over 10 million hours of volunteer services each year.

If you want to find other non-profit volunteer organizations near you, click here.

Do You Own A Pair of Toms Shoes?

TOMS Shoes can be seen on the feet of some of the hottest celebrities and even your best friends. But who is Tom and why would you want to wear TOMS Shoes? Let us explain.

TOMS Shoes is a shoe company that has started a movement and redefined charity. The story begins with a traveler, Blake Mycoskie, who traveled to Argentina in 2006. Interacting with the children of the Argentinian community he found the lack of shoes on the children’s feet to be astonishing and noticed the amount of children who were without soles. Blake decided to help these children, creating TOMS Shoes.

The concept is quite simple, actually. TOMS Shoes will match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. This philosophy was known as One For One. Word of this new way of charity got back to the United States. The American people were moved and eager to help! Later that year Blake returned to Argentina with friends, family, and a group of staff that would bring 10,000 pairs of shoes to Argentinian children.

By purchasing one pair of TOMS Shoes for yourself you can put a pair of shoes on the feet of a child in need. Customers spending $44 for a pair of shoes can put a pair on a child. Not to mention, TOMS Shoes are cute! They come in men’s, women’s, and youth styles and sizes.

TOMS Shoes was a great idea! People all around the world are buying these shoes and helping others! Do you already have a pair? Are you going to buy some TOMS Shoes now?

 

With love,
Kat VonD

I’m reading The Developing Person Through the Life Span

Helping Others with Back To School

Back to school is a stressful and exciting time for everyone whether you are entering college, starting high school, or heading back on the elementary school bus. What most of us don’t think about, however, is the millions of school kids in America that can’t afford new items like dependable book bags, notebooks, and pencils. In many cases school supplies list can amount up to $200 extra; a feat which is unreachable for many underprivileged families.

This back to school season, we encourage you to donate your old items like books, book bags, and art supplies as well as new items like pens, pencils, and paper. If you don’t have reading materials to donate try purchasing discount books at thrift stores, goodwill, or clearance books on eCampus.com.

We also recommend a giving spirit with everything you do to gear up for back to school. Many companies include donations to a variety of charities with every purchase. For example, eCampus.com is sponsoring 4 clean water initiatives in northern Ethiopia. Find out your favorites and start feeling good about yourself with the choices you make.

 

Nikki the Intern

I am reading Accounting