Upgrade Your Karma- The Empowerment Plan

I know Detroit for three things:

1) It got hit hard during this last recession (and for years before that)

2) It gets fucking cold there during the winter

3) Jeffrey Eugenides is a literary stud and he is from there and his books sometimes use it as a locale

It is the first two bullet points that brings me to ask for your help.  A woman by the name of Veronika Scott started the Empowerment Plan and makes heavy coats that turn into sleeping bags for the homeless. As she passed out the coats, someone pointed out that they need jobs more than coats.  So Veronika decided to hire some homeless people to help make these much needed items.

These are now being used by the Red Cross and other organizations to help those who need them the most.  Let’s send some love and money their way and show how a good idea can become an even better idea.

http://www.empowermentplan.org

PS- If you have some money left over, seriously you should buy Middlesex by Eugenides because it is fucking brilliant and monumental and fantastic.

Upgrade Your Karma

For today’s Karma Upgrade, I am going to take a cue from Matthew:

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Matthew 25:35-36 

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Upgrade your karma- Support Planting Peace

Hey there! Have you heard of Planting Peace? They are an organization that has set up orphanages in Haiti and India. They have bought Amazonian rainforest land in Peru to keep it from being torn down. They have dewormed over 15 million children. In America, they are probably best known for giving a fabulous finger to the Westboro Baptist Church by buying a house across from them and painting it rainbow colors. (In reference to the Westboro Baptist Church: I know that here on Theologee, I want to encourage people to reach out and understand all religions. But once you call everyone sinners without reflecting on your own transgressions, you lose my support.)

So Planting Peace has lost a huge funding supporter for their orphanage in Haiti  due to their fight for LGBT rights and they are asking for support.  If you can, please donate something- anything- to this organization that does so much. Here is the link to donate: http://www.crowdrise.com/haitiorphanage

Here is their website: http://www.plantingpeace.org

It’s Year End and a Good Time to Donate

For all of us citizens of the United States, year end is a time of making resolutions (which we may or may not break in the new year) and for making last minute donations to some of the thousands of organizations who desperately need your help. And whether or not you are doing it out of the kindness of your heart or for the tax deductions, I am sure any of them would appreciate your donation (no matter how big or small).

Here are some organizations I have featured on Theologee as well as some other ones I think you should be aware of and would put your hard earned money towards good things. Please feel free to post some of your favorite charities in the comments section. (As always, do your homework before you donate.)

www.sagesf.org

http://www.homesforourtroops.org

http://www.oldskoolcafe.org

http://www.netsforlifeafrica.org

http://www.lacasa.org

http://www.wfp.org

http://www.motherofpeacezimbabwe.org

http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org

http://www.iavi.org/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.kiva.org

Upgrade your karma and donate to United Nations World Food Programme

The international diplomatic game of “Que es mas macho?” seems to be winding down (for the time being), so it’s time to focus on the people who are suffering in Syria with a lack of food.  The UN World Food Programme is in Syria and other hot spots, delivering food to those people who have been affected by political turmoil and other causes.  Take a minute and check them out here: UN World Food Programme.

Upgrade your karma and donate to SAGE

FULL DISCLOSURE: I sit on the board for this organization so I am more than a bit impartial but I wanted to talk a bit about them.

The SAGE Project in San Francisco helps victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation (prostitutes).  Let me tell you just a couple of ways that SAGE is innovative in the field and a leader in the nation and world in regards to trafficking: 1) SAGE focuses on trauma recovery by helping the survivor recovery mentally and physically from abuse before and during the trafficking and 2) SAGE is peer-led and peer-informed in that many of the staff are survivors as to help survivors and influence the direction of the organization. I really feel that labor and sex trafficking victims are often disregarded in society and need all the support they can get.

For more information, check out this link: http://sagesf.org or follow on FaceBook.

As always, do your research before donating to any charity.