Category Archives: Charity

The reductive seduction of other people’s problems

downloadChris B. shared this, an interesting essay in how we look at other cultures and other people and their seemingly uncomplicated lives. From the essay:

If you’re young, privileged, and interested in creating a life of meaning, of course you’d be attracted to solving problems that seem urgent and readily solvable. Of course you’d want to apply for prestigious fellowships that mark you as an ambitious altruist among your peers. Of course you’d want to fly on planes to exotic locations with, importantly, exotic problems.

Which is not to discourage voluntourism or people traveling to perform good works, but…

U.S. suspends Haitian deportation after Hurricane Matthew

downloadThe U.S. recently suspended a policy that would have sent Haitians home to a country devastated by the recent hurricane.

Meanwhile, Haiti awaits more help.

Check out how one man helps panhandlers

Chris-Leamy-FacebookChris Leamy plays his guitar near people who ask for money in New York City, and that helps them, a lot.

This — THIS! — is a creative way to work with people who ask for money on the streets, yes?

Want to help the people of Ecuador?

160418123601-earthquake-magnitude-measurement-8-exlarge-169Here’s one way.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador last week, and authorities there say it will take “years” to recover — even while the country is rocked by more quakes.

If you want to donate care package items for CT’s refugees

CARE_PACKAGEGo here. Aida Mansoor, of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford (probably better known as the Berlin Mosque)  has set it up so it’s easy-peasy.

Broadway at Hamilton Heights fundraiser in Hartford

This fundraiser (set for tomorrow) supports an awesome program, where people build furniture made from abandoned pallets. They’re sturdy and pretty at the same time, that furniture.

On forgiveness and regret

Ricky_Jackson_1Check out this Christian Science Monitor story about Ricky Jackson, a Cleveland man who was unjustly imprisoned for 39 years — 39 years — and recently was released to a brand new life.