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And the Winner Is….
Thank you to everyone who voted on our ModCloth Earth Day Volunteer Project. The winner by a landslide was the Garfield Community Farm, so we’ll be getting dirty with some veggies for Earth Day. Make sure to check the Green Scene post on April 22nd to see all the farm-tastic fun we had. Just call us Old McModcloth!
Your Favorite Green Charity…
In addition to our green volunteering, ModCloth is donating 10% of our Earth Day sales to a charity one of YOU suggest! Just leave a comment below and let us know your favorite green charity. It can be local (wherever you live), national or international. We’re open to all ideas, and the more creative the better. For every $10 you spend at ModCloth on Earth Day, we’ll give $1 to the winning charity! Like trees? Animals? Environmental clean-ups? Recycling? Let us know the green charities you think are most deserving, and we will announce the winner on April 20th.
Green thinking caps on? Start suggesting!
One of my all time favorite charities is the Union of Concerned Scientists. Not only does it have a really cool name, but funds go towards researching environmental issues and finding solutions.
Others that I think are cool:
Fauna & Flora International: http://www.fauna-flora.org
Earth Island Institute: http://www.earthisland.org
1. Union of Concerned Scientists
2. Fauna & Flora International
3. Earth Island Institute
Hands On Gulf Coast!!
A Mississippi-based organization, still clearing up the post-Katrina area. That’s right, the area that was struck by the 2005 hurricane. 2005!
And they do all sorts – replanting trees, building houses, volunteering with kids’ organizations… you name it.
Heifer International! H.I. provides livestock and supplies to families in need in developing nations. These families are then required to help propagate the spirit of giving and development by giving offspring, produce, etc. to their neighbors and others in need. They are working to end world hunger in a very real and sustainable way.
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: “ASAP helps create and expand local food markets that will preserve our agricultural heritage, give everyone access to fresh, healthy food, and keep our farmers farming. Our mission is to collaboratively create and expand regional community based and integrated food systems that are locally owned and controlled, environmentally sound, economically viable, and health-promoting.” If that’s not a cool mission, I don’t know what is.
Props to you, ModCloth, for such a generous offer!!
Oh, and I just heard about this and it sounds really neat! http://www.greencafenetwork.org/
“Love our planet a latte”…awesome motto!
Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest: http://www.pittsburghforest.org/
My pick is The Cat House in Rosamond, California
These are so cool! Thanks, everyone…keep ’em coming!
DRINK 1, GIVE 10- Every liter of ‘Volvic’ you drink will provide 10 liters of clean drinking water to children in Ethiopia. http://www.drink1give10.com
and Something Used: http://www.myspace.com/somethingused and uniteforchildren.org and worldvision.org
I’m partial (and biased) to the Pennsylvania Resources Council. (www.prc.org) We’re an environmental non-profit that is committed to preserving Pennsylvania’s resources. With one of our offices in Pittsburgh, we’re local! What do we do you ask? Tons! Household hazardous waste and hard to recycle collection events, in-school education about litter and recycling, adult community classes about rainwater harvesting and composting, clean up events….we do it all! Currently I’m working on a project to get local businesses to compost their food waste and reduce their landfilled waste. GO GREEN!
Here is a secind vote for Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest!!!!!! Planting trees makes the earth smile!
I think that the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is a great organization that would really merit and make good use of the contribution. They’ve done so much to make the city a more livable place already.
The Environmental Defense Fund is always sending me mail, asking for contributions to help the polar bears. Their website is: http://www.edf.org. They look like a worthy group to contribute to and it looks like they have change many negative environmental issues.
Redd-Up Wilkinsburg is a really good one, for local Pittsburgh action – http://wilkinsburgsun.wordpress.com/2009/03/01/spring-cleaning/
And then there’s the Penny Harvest – http://www.commoncents.org
where tons of kids around the country are collecting pennies to help those in need, rather than have unwanted pennies sit around and collect dust or go to waste.
Oh! And there’s ALWAYS the WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Who doesn’t love animals?
PLEASE DONATE TO HELP—BIG CAT RESCUE!!!
Why Help Big Cat: (full article: http://www.bigcatrescue.org/000news/0articlesbybcr/reasons_to_support_us.htm)
We are saving habitat for wildlife.
We are saving wild cats in the wild.
We are training people to be better animal stewards.
This is their vision:
Big Cat Rescue has a vision of no more big cats in cages, but a big vision requires a bigger committment. In order to raise the funds necessary to insure the continued comfort of the exotic cats in our care we have to look for ways that enable us to grow financially without compromising the cat’s sanctuary.
The Big Cat Lodge is an 8000 square foot building that we are planning to house corporate events, functions, school outreach programs, summer camps, a natural history museum and gift shop. It started out as only a dream, but thanks to the generosity of the following people and businesses it is starting to take shape.
As a result, our management, general and fund raising expenses together account for less than 10% of total expenses. Because tour revenue more than covers those expenses, 100% of your donations go directly to save the cats. For ways in which you can donate or other ways you can help, please click here.
My husband and I went down to visit their facilities but unfortunately went on a day it was closed. We donate to this org frequently and hope you will too!
If you’re looking for something local and a little atypical:
Its not exactly a ‘green’ charity but http://www.kiva.org is a brilliant way to help others get their business up and running – and in turn help their local economy …. its a happy spiral of greatness x
The Nature Conservancy: the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
ohhh nice info
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