Day 222: National Association for Down Syndrome
Today is 222, a special number to me as 2/22 is my birthday, so I wanted to highlight a special organization today. In keeping with my Toronto, Mississippi mission, today’s give is in honor of my aunt who was born with Down Syndrome, while I never got a chance to meet her, I still think about her and she was the reason why I directed Toronto, Mississippi. Today I called the organization...
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Day 221: The Cara Program
Homelessness and unemployment are large issues that need to be handled across the country. I see it everyday on the streets of Chicago, there always seems to be someone new asking me for change on my way to work or to the theater. It’s a daunting problem, which is why groups like The Cara Program that have proven results need to be supported. The Cara Program was founded in 1991 by...
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Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good...– Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Thanks, Jodi!)
Day 220: Warm Blankets Orphan Care
With the third world orphan population growing at a steady rate, either due to conflict or disaster, the need for more safe and nurturing homes is immediate. Today’s give goes out to an organization providing care to orphans in need, working mainly in Africa, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Thailand. Warm Blankets Orphan Care is a non-profit Christian mission, dedicated to the rescue of...
Day 219: Beverly Farm
Today’s give is another one inspired by the spirit of Toronto, Mississippi. On Monday, I will be donating to Marklund my $1 per ticket sold for the past two weekends of Toronto, Mississippi. I will also be reaching out to Lambs Farm for information about my aunt, she would be 58 years old, if she is still alive. Today goes out to Beverly Farm another local organization providing a living...
Day 218: A Just Harvest
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, be sure to eat those left overs. :) Today’s give goes to another Chicago organization working to fight poverty and hunger. A Just Harvest, located in Rogers Park has great programs targeted at protecting affordable housing, providing meals and promoting nutrition. A Just Harvest’s mission is to reduce poverty and hunger in Rogers Park and the greater...
After 217 days of giving back, there is a lot I am thankful for. I wanted to take this time to give thanks for all the blessings in my life. First and foremost, I am thankful for my family and friends for their ongoing support and love. They help me through each day. I am thankful for my job and being able to support myself. More importantly, I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to take...
Day 217: Franciscan Outreach Association
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I will be posting what I am thankful for later today, but first my give. While most of us get together with our families or friends today to share a meal, I wanted to give to an organization helping those that might not have a place to go. I volunteered at Franciscan Outreach’s soup kitchen in high school and saw first hand the amount of homeless people the...
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I am very thankful as well. Thank you for the mention! myohmea: Someone and something to be thankful for!! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, holidays, overall cheer, bliss and overeating, be thankful for what you have and be willing to give!
Day 216: Mental Health America of Illinois
Mental health issues are very important to me. There are many friends and people in my life who are dealing with one form of mental or emotional disorders or another. For the continuation of their well being and to promote awareness for prevention and treatment of mental illnesses, today I am supporting Mental Health of America of Illinois. Since 1909, Mental Health America of Illinois (MHAI)...
Try this at home: Gifts that Give Back
With all the craziness that is about to ensue on Black Friday, it’s important to remember the spirit of Thanksgiving and give thanks for all the small blessings in our lives. With this in mind, I thought about all the people Christmas shopping on Friday and wanted to put together a list of great gifts and buying ideas for your holiday gifting that will also benefit charities as well! ...
Day 215: Lambs Farm
When I was in high school I volunteered at a variety of organizations, the one that touched my heart the most was the work at Marklund Children’s home. During Halloween, we took the kids trick or treating. The severely autistic girl I was with and I had so much fun singing songs and tricking or treating, she really had an impact on me. When I told my mother about my time at Marklund, she...
Day 214: City Year
Today’s give goes out to an inspiring organization that challenges young people to volunteer a full year of service in their communities and across the world. Volunteerism can change the world, and City Year proves it with every new leader they challenge. And somehow the whole year thing appeals to me. :) City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service,...
Day 213: Cancer Schmancer Foundation (via F---...
Today’s give goes to a Crowdrise project run by F—- Cancer, a movement to change the overall perception of cancer by society and patients. F’ Cancer has a crowdrise project to raise money for Cancer Schmancer, a organization dedicated to raising awareness and prompting early detection and prevention as a way to combat cancer and end late stage cancer detection. Led by actress...
Day 212: Envision
Here is another give in honor and inspired by Toronto, Mississippi, this one goes out to Envision Chicago (formerly the Chicago Association for Retarded Children). Envision has been helping children, adults and seniors with developmental disabilities create fulfilling lives for themselves through a wide range of services and programs from family support to employment services. Envision provides...
Day 211: Human Services Council of NYC
On Wednesday, the Living Philanthropic Facebook page hit 1,000 Likes! To honor the special occasion, I asked the 1,000 member to request a non-profit for me to feature, Elizabeth told me her favorite charity is Human Services Council, a non-profit that works hard to get government funds for non-profits in New York. Human Services Council (HSC) works with its broad member base to identify areas...
Day 210: Keep On Keeping On
Today’s give comes from a recommendation from Bonnie J., it fits with my mission to highlight organizations working to help those with disabilities. The Keep On Keeping On Foundation is doing great things locally, I recommend checking them out and seeing how you might be able to help. Volunteers welcome! They also have a benefit coming up on December 4th at Abbey Pub with a celebrity...
Expedition Escalera Update: Flight Booked!
I booked my flight to Mexico and raising the final funds needed for my Escalera Expedition. I am so excited to embark on this journey and build a school for a community in need. If you would like to help me, please visit: http://carloescalera.chipin.com/escalera-expedition-2010-part-2 Thank you to everyone who has supported me thus far! All the best, Carlo Garcia
Day 209: Little City
The show I directed Toronto, Mississippi opened last week at Mary-Arrchie Theatre. I am really proud of the work on this piece, the story revolves around a mentally handicapped girl coming to age and trying to reach her dreams, it is a beautiful story and I think the cast is amazing. I am donating $1 for each ticket sold to Marklund Children’s Home for this show, a organization I...
Day 208: American Diabetes Association
This past weekend a fellow alum of mine did a Step Out walk to fight diabetes, I wanted to give a little something to her cause and to support the American Diabetes Association. As the saying goes, better a little late, then never. Good work, Annie, I hope you met your goal! The American Diabetes Association is the only non-profit organization supporting all 23.6 million Americans living with...
Day 207: Children's Aid Society
In a ideal world, every child would be nurtured and provided for by their parents. In our real world, there are circumstances and difficulties that make this impossible. It makes it ever more important that social services are in place to help these families grow healthy together. The Children’s Aid Society in New York has been doing just that for the past 150 years! The Children’s...
Day 206: Chicago Rarities Orchard Project
I went to get some lunch today at Uncommon Ground in Chicago, a great green restaurant in Chicago. They used to sell a Tree-Tini, where portion of the cocktail went to planting 10,000 trees in India. They have now turned their mission towards the Chicago Rarities Orchard Project, and introduced a new cocktail, AGRIPOLITAN, where .50 cents from each drink sold will go towards planting fruit trees...
Day 205: amfAR - The Foundation for AIDS Research
There is no denying that AIDS is a global epidemic, it is life altering and deadly disease. With no true cure, it is important that organizations like amfAR exist to fund research and development of new vaccines, treatments and ultimately a cure for AIDS. Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to...
Day 204: Mujeres Latinas En Accion
My mother and father came to see my show last night (Toronto, Mississippi). My mom is one of my biggest supporters. A lot of what I have achieved today is because of her and her faith in my ideas and talent. She accomplished so much in raising my 5 sisters and me, and worked so hard to feed and school us. Like many mothers, doing so with very little. Today’s give goes out to organization...
Day 203: Wounded Warriors Family Support
Happy Veteran’s Day! Today’s give goes out to an organization helping our soldiers and their families with the support services they need to find peace and happiness after the trauma of combat. They sacrifice so much to keep us safe. Wounded Warriors Family Supportmitigates their trauma by allowing them to find peace and solace as a family once more in...
Day 202: The Trevor Project
Suicide is not an acceptable answer to stop the bullying and discrimination. We need to support and protect our children in their most vulnerable time, there is enough pressure for a teen to fit in and be liked as it is. It is increasing more difficult for those youth who are LGBTQ,which is why the work The Trevor Project is doing is so important. I believe love and acceptance can go a long way....
Day 201: Hour Children
A bond between a mother and child is so crucial to the development of that child, when incarceration affects that relationship, it is important that support services are in place to help the family establish a good life together. Hour Children helps women and their families attain a healthy life on both sides of the prison walls. Located in New York, Hour Children is a multi-faceted family...
Day 200: Palestine Children's Relief Fund
In an effort to reach as many people as possible, I wanted to focus a give on an organization helping children in the Middle East. In a region full of political turmoil and violence, children become victims of violence and may not always have the access to the medical attention they need. The Palestine Children’s Relief fills the gap with a humanitarian heart. This give goes out to my...
Day 199: Harvesters: The Community Food Network
Putting an end to hunger is a great goal and as communities we need to rally around organizations helping those in need obtain a healthy meal. Today’s give goes out to Harvesters in Kansas City, MO, this group has responded to community’s need and has been successful in battling hunger in their community as Kansas City’s only food bank! Harvesters is the community’s...
Day 198: Patient Advocate Foundation
Having a life threatening illness is pain enough, and the added stress of medical bills, loss of employment, and retaining health insurance can make the experience even worse. For those patients in need of support battling these additional stresses, the Patient Advocate Foundation is there to help. Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) is a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization which...
Day 197: Scholarship America
I firmly believe that education should be available to all, and no one should be denied based on economic status. Education is integral to the growth of our nation, educated minds lead the way to educated decision making for a better future. That is way, Scholarship America gets my support for helping mobilize funds to help those in need obtain education. Scholarship America has distributed more...
Day 196: Architecture for Humanity
Kudos to another great organization working to spark positive change in the world, by designing for a better future. Architecture in Humanity has built a network of people willing to lend a hand to those in need of proper design and construction services. They have also stepped up to rebuilding efforts in Haiti, Pakistand, and other recent natural disaster areas. Way to go! Architecture for...
Day 195: United States Veterans Arts Program
I am a strong advocate of the arts and the healing power that creation can have. When I stumbled upon United States Veterans Arts Program, I thought it was a cool organization working to provide education, supplies, and more to veterans with an interest in the arts. This is a terrific way to help our veterans have their artistic voice embedded in our cultural landscape. USVAP is an...
Day 194: Living Lands and Waters
Today’s give goes out to a great group of people working on preserving the major rivers and water sources in the Midwest. From educational outreach, to river cleanups, and conservation, Living Lands & Waters is doing the work need to protect our waterways for future generations. Living Lands & Waters is a 501 (c) (3) environmental organization established by Chad Pregracke in 1998...
Day 193: Marklund Children's Home
In high school, I spent a lot of my time volunteering for a variety of organizations from the Ronald McDonald House to soup kitchens to Marklund’s Children Home. My experience at Marklund was further highlighted by a very personal revelation in my own family which led me to a deep interest in the developmental disabled. It was this interest that lead me to want to direct Toronto, Mississippi...