Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Have you ever?

Have you ever donated your time or talents for charity?

In high school, I participated in Jump Rope for Heart, which meant we jumped rope for 24 hours (tag team style) to raise money for the American Heart Association.

A few years ago, I was part of a Breast Cancer 3-Day team. We walked 20 miles a day for 3 days, raising a minimum of $2400 each. (That experience can best be described as hellacious.)

I've also baked cakes for charity cake auctions, donated writing critiques and some of my handmade jewelry. It's a good feeling to give back and I should do it more. Not sure what my next "event" will be thought.

How about you? What charity things have you participated in?

8 comments:

  1. Heh. My favorite subject (after sex, of course)!

    Coming Together is my charity baby. Each volume in the series of erotic anthologies benefits a different cause.

    Shameless plug:

    www.eroticanthology.com

    peace & passion,

    ~ Alessia

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  2. Amanda Brice11:46 AM

    Another shameless plug..."Dreams & Desires" benefits victims of domestic violence. We're on the third volume now.

    In law school, I did quite a bit of pro bono work, both for domestic violence victims and for the homeless. We would go once a month to answer questions at a free legal clinic. It was very rewarding. I need to start doing that again, actually.

    I plan to start getting involved with Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, and doing monthly legal clinics for low-income artists in the DC area.

    For the past few years, whenever I've offered my online law workshop (for writers), I've donated my share of the proceeds to charity. Sometimes domestic violence victims, sometimes the recipient of the Romance Divas Scholarship to send a deserving writer to RWA Nationals.

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  3. I donate to the local Animal Shelter. A lot. I love the Woofers!

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  4. Great post. I think giving back is the best way to receive blessings. I also have a shameless plug....I dedicated a story, OH GODDESS, to our own Chrissy Olinger and all my proceeds go to the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
    http://samhainpublishing.com/romance/oh-goddess

    I also participate in Nothing But Nets to fight Malaria through the simple process of purchasing mosquito nets for $10 a pop.

    And nothing beats simple, yet random acts of kindness. It's selfish because it makes me feel good, ya know?

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  5. Giving back always feels so good. I do a lot for people who are struggling through local groups, belong to several cancer charities, including the Jimmy Fund, and do a lot with the Coalition for PF for obvious reasons.

    This June 27th is my firstiversary. It's the anniversary of our first date. :) We are celebrating by attending a gathering for FAIRY DOGPARENTS, a local organization working to help people struggling in the bad economy keep their pets... and to give shelters support so that many of the pets who have to be surrendered can survive, too.

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  6. I started mentoring a young girl about 9 years ago. It turned into full custody for several years. Now she's like a daughter. I still have her in my life. Of course, at this age she's driving and almost ready for college. Time flies.

    I've also contributed to The Coming Together Anthologies and donate time and supplies to the local cat rescue shelter.

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  7. I donate to my local Goodwill. I've also helped the local foodbank--my company gives us time to do volunteer work.

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  8. I am taking over as President of my local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) tomorrow! I have been on the BoD for three years or so and love helping to raise money to find a cure! I can't wait until the day when I can do something with my writing to help my favorite cause! I guess in the mean time I will have to settle with running things! :)

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