Syrian Crisis

Syria’s civil war and resulting refugee crisis are poised to become the most humanitarian disaster of our time. In just two years over one third of Syria’s population has been replaced from their homes due to violent conflict.  Approximately 5 million people remain inside of Syria and 2 million have already fled to neighboring countries. 1 million of those who have escaped are children whom are dependent on humanitarian aid.

As it intensifies, the situation can sometimes feel too overwhelming to understand. You can help Syrian refugees by donating to one of the several non-profit organizations.

Mercy Corps– This organization helps alleviates suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Specialize in emergency response

Oxfam America-  This global organization creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and social injustice.

ShelterBox USA– Provides and delivers essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

Check out these three awesome charities! You can make a difference in Syria!

Habits to Help the Planet

Here are some easy ideas to get involved and help the planet that do not require a lot of time and expense.

Go fluorescent; change your bulbs from the regular lightbulb to fluorescent. The pollution reduction would equate to removing about one million cars on the road if every household in the U.S replaced one regular lightbulb.

Turn your computer off; better for your computer and for your electric bill. You’ll save approximately 4 cents a day or $14/year.

Skip rinsing dishes; you’ll save time and energy used to heat the additional water.

No need to pre-heat the oven; unless its bread or pastries of some sort. Otherwise, throw it in and turn it on.

Recycle Glass; obviously of course. Did you know you will actually reduce related air pollution and water pollution?

Diaper with a conscience; 3.5 million tons of waste in U.S. landfills each year are due to diaper waste. Be conscious when your selecting your type of diaper.

Hang dry your clothes; your wardrobe will last longer! Buy a clothes rack or dry them by air.

Go vegetarian; even if its just one day a week!

Wash in Cold or Warm; stop the hot-hot cycle and change it up to warm-cold.

One Napkin a day keeps the landfills away; or lesser I should say.  If everyone used one less napkin a day, we could  save a billion pounds of napkins a year from landfills!

Use both sides of toilet paper! No explanation necessary.

Recycle Newspaper; about 69% of newspapers are just thrown away.

Wrap creatively; reuse your old gift bags, bows and paper and get creative!!

Think twice before bottling! Try to avoid buying bottled water, there are several alternatives.

Use rechargeable batteries; invest in a charger with a few sets of rechargeable batteries

Stop paper bank statements; pay your bills online!

Use cotton swabs with paperboard spindles. If 10% of US households switched to using paperboards, the petroleum energy saved each year would be over 150,000 gallons of gasoline.

Fly with a e-ticket; did you know the cost of processing a paper ticket is about $10, while processing an e-ticket costs only $1? Save the airline industry $3 billion a year.

Skip the coffee stirrer? Come up with a more eco-friendly alternative such as a piece of pasta.

Choose matches over lighters; they are much more easily recycled.

Give it away; donate your goods before throwing them away! Several organizations such as freecycle.org offer ways to connect people and things!

Go to a car wash; if everyone would just take their car to a car wash we could save nearly 8.7 billion galloons of water a year.

Cut down on the junk mail; the average american receives 40lbs of junk mail a year, destroying 100 million trees.

Telecommute; work from home! Save money and gasoline! This is with your employers approval of course.

Maintain your vehicle; extend the life of your automobile as well as the earth by keeping your car maintained.

Buy local; consider the amount of pollution created to get your food from the farm to your table. Whenever possible, buy local!

Use cruise control; get up to 15% better mileage.

Adjust your thermostat; adjusting it one degree higher in the summer and one degree cooler in the winter can save about 10% of energy use.

Get your own coffee cup; cut down on waste and find your very own special cup!

Ban bath time; have a no-bath week instead! Baths require twice as much water.

Try a few of these new habits, you might be surprised with the little changes you will see and make!

 

Helpful tips to make your contribution go far

Ever come across that gut-wrenching commercial, photo or ad and want to help immediately? WAIT!

Here are some important tips to consider before you make your special contribution.

  • Do not send supplies
  • Be cautious of email solicitations
  • Seek out the Charity’s authorized website
  • Think before you text
  • Consider the nature of the Charity’s work

According to Donate Life, 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor. Make sure you take the proper steps to ensure your donation is accepted and used by the organization you desire.

Love Africa?

Why not become involved with one of these 5 charities?

These charities include helping educate, feed and build all throughout Africa! Find one your interested in today! 

  1. Aid for Africa– Dedicated to helping children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africa programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa

2. RIPPLE Africa  – helping young Malawians reach their potential through the development of local education.

3. Send A Cow-  helping African families and orphans grow enough food to eat, sell and develop small businesses that last. Help provide livestock, seeds, training and support.

4. Together4Africa –  a coalition of UK registered charities working with local grassroots organizations in Africa. Members have agreed to work together as ‘a partnership of equals’ for a common purpose.

5. Zane Zimbabwe – helping redevelop communities who are currently in crisis and assisting people in becoming self-sufficient.

Find a charity in Africa today! You can help! 

Human Services

Do you enjoy feeding the hungry? Working with underprivileged children? Assisting elderly people?

If so, a human service charity is waiting for your help! Human service charities provide assistance, shelter, food and basic necessities for the elderly, homeless and the youth in need.  These human services include social services, children and family services, youth development, shelter and crisis services.  These services help our communities and people grow and live a healthy and happy life we all deserve.

With your help you can become directly involved with providing these services! Check out the human service charities offered on your area and become involved today!

 

Desire to help the ill?

Have yourself or a loved one been affected by a mental or physical illness? Do you enjoy working with the ill?

Heath charities have helped cure disease, provide treatment and support to the sick and disabled and help seek further improvements in medical treatments. Heath charities also play a big role in promoting public understanding and awareness of health risks, disabilities and diseases.

By becoming involved with a heath charity you can help save a life, find a cure and help support those in need. Become a part of the movement today by checking out a charity that interests you! You too can make a difference!

Are you an environmentalist?

Do you practice green living? Does sustainability interest you? Do you have a soft spot for the environment?

Our environment is changing quickly. With the help of several environmental charities we can work to preserve and protect the environment. Everyone can make a difference if they change simple daily practices, and you can be a help of the movement too!

Check out these charities for fun and simple ways to become involved in sustainable living today!

How Can I Help – A Directory of Charities Around the World

Welcome to HowCanIHelp.org, where we make it easy to learn about different causes and charities around the world.

HowCanIHelp.org is the ultimate go to place for ways you can get involved directly in the organzation you desire no matter where you are in the world.

HowCanIHelp.org provides up to date relevant information of charities and organizations with direct and easy access to ways you can get involved in your community.

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