We’re kicking off September 2018 with the International Day of Charity. On September 5, people around the world band together to support charitable causes.
The 5th of September was chosen to honor the anniversary of Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s passing. Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her charitable work, and today is a dedicated day for us to contribute to a charity that’s near and dear to us.
In NEPA, there are plenty of ways to give back to the community. Here are just a few:
An international not-for-profit organization, Dress for Success is a network that provides support for women through professional attire and development tools to help women thrive both in the workplace and in life.
Dress for Success accepts clothing donations, but you can also make monetary donations to support their cause or volunteer your time. You can find information on the Lackawanna and Luzerne County locations online, where you can learn more about donating and other ways to get involved.
If you’re an animal-lover, spending some time volunteering at the SPCA is for you. With a mission to prevent the cruel treatment of animals, the SPCA provides shelter for animals who have been neglected, discarded, or abused.
Volunteers are involved in many different aspects of the shelter, including caring for animals, giving presentations at schools or community events, and conducting fundraising efforts.
You can learn more about volunteering here.
This global nonprofit organization is located across the U.S. and in 70 countries around the world. With a vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live, they work towards building or improving houses into homes.
You can donate to the organization or volunteer locally. You can also join Habitat for Humanity in a number of traveling trips, which you can learn more about on their Travel and Build information page.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) works with community volunteers, training and supporting them to serve as the voice of abused and neglected children in the Luzerne County court system. CASA of Luzerne County was established in 2013 as part of the National CASA Association.
You can learn more about volunteering for CASA of Luzerne County here.
With the belief that all children have the ability to succeed and thrive in their lives, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America pairs children facing adversity with one-on-one relationships that can really change their lives.
There are a number of ways to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters—from donating to becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, you can learn all about the different ways to get involved here.
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