Something’s Gotta Give

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Pay it Back. Pay it Forward.

Traveling has given me so much. Unbelievable adventures, new friends, massive self-discovery and its expanded my horizons, opening my eyes to the struggles of others.

In this mad and crazy world we live in, it’s easy for us in our daily lives to forget about our blessing, focusing on what is lacking rather than what we have. I find the practice of giving back to others not only helps me realize all that I am grateful for; it also brings me great joy.

We’re all in this world together and I believe that if we all help one another, we’ll make this world a better place. Reach one teach one, pay it a back, pay if forward, let’s appeal to our better angels and help.

Here are a few of my favorite organizations around the globe and here in US whose work inspires me. Check them out, and if inspired…GIVE Someone’s gotta! So why not you!

Kiva.org: You too can be an angel investor; it’s not for millionaires anymore. Help Entrepreneurs in the developing countries; get started with as little as $5.00.

Dressforsuccess.org: We all know how important it is to look professional when searching for work. Business attire can be costly. With the recession putting so many people out of work, maintaining a stellar wardrobe takes a back seat to putting food on the table. Dress for Success mission is to foster economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a support network and the career development tools to helping women thrive in work and in life.

ScholarMatch.org: Support higher learning and help a San Francisco high school student achieve their college dream, with ScholarMatch. There are multiple levels of funding you can give to a general fund or sponsor the next Zuckerberg by selecting individual students by need. Once you’ve donated you’ll receive updates on their progress throughout their college career.

Iava.org: Love your country? Support our vets. We as a nation do not honor our veterans enough when they come home from the battlefield. IAVA addresses critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health, Traumatic Brain Injury, a stretched VA system, inadequate health coverage for national guardsmen and reservists, and outdated GI Bill educational benefits.

Wfp.org: It’s hard to believe that in our world children are going to school hungry each and everyday. There is an abundance of food, yet for some reason millions starve each day. With an emphasis on the over 59 million children who go to school hungry daily, the World Food Programme raises awareness to this problem, raising funds for hungry children around the world.

Laptop.org: Do you believe the children are our future? Well if so teach them well and they will lead the way. Technology is the future, education the key. One Laptop per Child (OLPC) mission is to ensure that all school-aged children in the developing world have the ability to successfully engage effectively with their own personal laptop, networked to the world, so that they, and their families and their communities are exposed to the many opportunities the world has to offer.

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