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.

HelpUSA: Homeless in America

HelpUSA has been one of the leading providers of jobs, homes and services for America’s homeless. Services offered at HelpUSA include employment training and placement, life skills education, domestic violence counseling and childcare. HelpUSA provides the skills and services needed in order for the homeless to take control of their life and start a new beginning.

Take action today by donating or volunteering. Become a part of one of the several of the programs HelpUSA has to offer!

Programs include:

  • Mentoring
  • Street Soccer
  • Domestic Violence
  • Veterans
  • Housing
  • Families in Crisis
  • HIV/AIDS services
  • Job training and employment services
  • Homeless Prevention Programs
  • Client Case Management
  • Youth Programs

Visit HelpUSA.org for more information.

Help Prevent Violence: Latin American

Approximately 534 million people are living in the Latin America/Caribbean region. One of the main issues within Latin America is the amount of crime. Currently, Latin America is working to overcome the barriers of violence in the homes, schools and workplaces of children and people.  Brazil, one of the most criminalized countries in the world, is considered one of the top 20 countries with the highest intentional homicide rates.

Unfortunately among crime, drug use and distribution is an ongoing issue. The common drug, cocaine, found in Brazil, is one of the underlying problems of crime occurrences. These crimes in Latin America mostly consist of homicide, muggings, robberies and kidnappings.

With the help of Latin American based charities, the fight against the ongoing problem of often brutal violence will continue to be addressed in hope of a brighter and safer future.  Help stop this continuous path of crime and violence in Latin America. Every child and person deserves to live a crime-free life without fear. Latin America needs you to help stop crime now.

Staggering facts…

  • Approximately 43% under the age of 12 years that have had sex, admit the first time they had sex, they were raped.
  • 11% of people in Latin America live on less than $1 a day.
  • 24.7% of people in Latin America live on less than $2 a day.

Get involved with a charity to help Latin-America put an end to this crime spree. You can Help today!

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!

 

Help spread the power of knowledge!

Do you find yourself always wanting to learn more? Have you always had an interest in working with the youth? Are you passionate towards education?

Education charities ensure that learning is possible for students of all cultures, backgrounds, needs and ages. Education organizations provide educational services and opportunities to students to make sure they get the appropriate education they need and desire.

These organizations offer various programs including vocational and technical training, libraries, literacy programs, scholarships, student organizations, and parent-teacher groups. By becoming involved with an organization near you, you can help spread the power of knowledge. Every child deserves to learn.

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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