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Title: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on August 26, 2007, 11:03:05 pm
As you know, one of our main goals at Melinda's Backups is to serve others through humanitarian efforts. So far we have supported, and continue to support, Malaria No More on behalf of Melinda. What about you? If you have a Charity you support we want to know about it and add it to the list below. We also want to read your ideas about supporting other Humanitarian efforts in the future. So please share them with all of us. Thanks!

Collectively our members support the following charities (You can find the links to these charities at: http://www.melindasbackups.com/Charity.htm):

Malaria No More
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
ASPCA - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The Humane Society of the United States
Orlando Rescue Mission
One.org - The Campaign to make Poverty History
Petfinder.com
American Humane Society
Ryan's Well Foundation www.ryanswell.ca/
junglefriends.org
prime-apes.org
savethechimps.org
savetheorangutan.co.uk
howlermonkeys.org
elephants.com
pigs.org
sanctuaryforseniordogs.org
pancan.org
playpumps.org
bestfriends.org/
livingdesert.org/
rescuepugs.com/
 

Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: angel4peace on August 27, 2007, 08:58:46 pm
Ryan's Well Foundation
I have supported them for two years and their focus is clean water and sanitation in Africa. It was started by a 1st grader as a school project. They have now put wells in over 13 African countries giving clean water to almost 400,000 people.
I love all the organizations you have mentioned.

I would also like to find a good organization that is honest and helping the people in the Katrina - Gulf Area area, MS, LA,  :)
Thanks Irma for always doing the right thing.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on August 27, 2007, 10:05:53 pm
Thanks Angel! I'll add it to the list. Can you find me the website link again?

And yes, we should find one related to Katrina. I know Brad Pitt is highly involved, what charity is he representing?
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: angel4peace on August 28, 2007, 12:41:20 am
Your welcome! :) I will find out re Brad Pitt. As we speak my daughter is heading back to Gulfport, MS where the hospital just re-opened it's OB ward on the base - many buildings were destroyed during Katrina and even on the base they are still re building.

Ryan Well - http://www.ryanswell.ca/
When Ryan was in grade one he learned from his teacher, Mrs Prest, that people were dying because they didn't have clean water to drink. He decided that raising money for wells for people who didn't have clean water would be a good thing. He worked for four months in order to earn his first $70.

It grew from the $70 collected by doing simple household chores, to the support of non-profit organizations such as WaterCan, CPAR, CIDA and Free the Children. It grew to over $1,000,000 in support of people in Africa who need clean water.

"I'm just your regular, average kid," Ryan says when anyone asks about his achievements. Although many people would disagree with this statement, it is very true. ...
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on August 28, 2007, 12:47:06 am
Your welcome! :) I will find out re Brad Pitt. As we speak my daughter is heading back to Gulfport, MS where the hospital just re-opened it's OB ward on the base - many buildings were destroyed during Katrina and even on the base they are still re building.

Ryan Well - http://www.ryanswell.ca/
When Ryan was in grade one he learned from his teacher, Mrs Prest, that people were dying because they didn't have clean water to drink. He decided that raising money for wells for people who didn't have clean water would be a good thing. He worked for four months in order to earn his first $70.

It grew from the $70 collected by doing simple household chores, to the support of non-profit organizations such as WaterCan, CPAR, CIDA and Free the Children. It grew to over $1,000,000 in support of people in Africa who need clean water.

"I'm just your regular, average kid," Ryan says when anyone asks about his achievements. Although many people would disagree with this statement, it is very true. ...
That's incredible that one kid can make such a difference. Unbelievable! Awesome...
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: angel4peace on August 28, 2007, 12:58:06 am
Yes, it is amazing the power of one person and a child at that. That is why I love that organization. I will know about Brad and get back to you!
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: crispy on August 28, 2007, 05:09:57 pm
I would love to see something in regards to supporting Children's Literacy!  I am working on becoming a Youth Services Librarian right now and that is so huge to me ;D  I am also supporting the Clean Water Project with Playpumps Int.  That is another great effort brought to us via Melinda! Makes you feel like you live in the lap of luxury when you hear that some children don't even have clean water to drink :-[
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on August 28, 2007, 05:33:28 pm
Thanks Christina. I love those ideas. We should look more into those.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: crispy on August 28, 2007, 06:00:40 pm
 :woohoo
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Christina K on August 29, 2007, 05:39:14 am
Hey, I do have a charity that is in the works already if you would like to join me..it is with play pumps international...If you want, they are willing to make a website specifically for melinda's back up's so we can track the donations..

it can be www.playpumps.org/melindasbackups..

and then we can have a link to this site if you'd like?
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on August 30, 2007, 04:37:40 am
We'll like to hear more about the charities you currently participate in, or would like to....

 :thanks
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Sara99 on August 30, 2007, 01:49:45 pm
We'll like to hear more about the charities you currently participate in, or would like to....

 :thanks

I support the following charities--

http://www.malarianomore.org/index-magnum.php
http://www.junglefriends.org/
http://www.prime-apes.org/
http://www.savethechimps.org/
http://www.savetheorangutan.co.uk/?p=15
http://www.howlermonkeys.org/
http://www.elephants.com/
http://www.pigs.org/
http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/
http://www.pancan.org/

I would love for this group to eventually work with Melinda directly to develop a clean water project in her name.


Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: crispy on August 30, 2007, 02:55:52 pm
I would love to see something in regards to supporting Children's Literacy!  I am working on becoming a Youth Services Librarian right now and that is so huge to me ;D  I am also supporting the Clean Water Project with Playpumps Int.  That is another great effort brought to us via Melinda! Makes you feel like you live in the lap of luxury when you hear that some children don't even have clean water to drink :-[


I love the Children Literacy program.  IS Marian Wright still running the National Organization? I know over Christmas my daughter and I did work for Toys for Tots in MS; because of Katrina they did not have enough toys for all of the children , :(so we contacted National and set up an emergency toy drive.

They Playpumps is a good one time, Melinda is not yet behind that one. Christina from TD is running that herself and waiting to hear back from the Gayle's.

There are serious cuts to music education programs in many schools. I know of school were they only have music  class once a week, no money for instruments. Studies have shown that children who are involved in the arts do better in their academic classes.

Maybe we could eventually set up a Melinda Doolittle Vocal Scholarship to help a talented young vocalist who could not attend college without some assistance. Just a thought!



I think Janet mentioned something before about Melinda working with music kids, I have it in a myspace email.  She would prob love that.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: jenprays on August 30, 2007, 05:11:13 pm
What if we were able to provide sponsorship/grants to school who were needing to cut their music program? Or if we did a specific scholarship for a student applying to Belmont's vocal music program?
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: angel4peace on August 30, 2007, 05:14:38 pm
I would love to see something in regards to supporting Children's Literacy!  I am working on becoming a Youth Services Librarian right now and that is so huge to me ;D  I am also supporting the Clean Water Project with Playpumps Int.  That is another great effort brought to us via Melinda! Makes you feel like you live in the lap of luxury when you hear that some children don't even have clean water to drink :-[


I love the Children Literacy program.  IS Marian Wright still running the National Organization? I know over Christmas my daughter and I did work for Toys for Tots in MS; because of Katrina they did not have enough toys for all of the children , :(so we contacted National and set up an emergency toy drive.

They Playpumps is a good one time, Melinda is not yet behind that one. Christina from TD is running that herself and waiting to hear back from the Gayle's.

There are serious cuts to music education programs in many schools. I know of school were they only have music  class once a week, no money for instruments. Studies have shown that children who are involved in the arts do better in their academic classes.

Maybe we could eventually set up a Melinda Doolittle Vocal Scholarship to help a talented young vocalist who could not attend college without some assistance. Just a thought!



I think Janet mentioned something before about Melinda working with music kids, I have it in a myspace email.  She would prob love that.

That would be wonderful and something that we know that Melinda is behind. Hope we can find out more about that project.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: angel4peace on August 30, 2007, 05:15:11 pm
What if we were able to provide sponsorship/grants to school who were needing to cut their music program? Or if we did a specific scholarship for a student applying to Belmont's vocal music program?

Both great ideas!
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Cindy on August 30, 2007, 09:16:25 pm
What if we were able to provide sponsorship/grants to school who were needing to cut their music program? Or if we did a specific scholarship for a student applying to Belmont's vocal music program?

Both great ideas!

I agree - didn't she come back after graduation to work with new Belmont students on  a continuing basis? Obviously, music education is very important to her...
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Cindy on August 30, 2007, 09:19:08 pm
What if we were able to provide sponsorship/grants to school who were needing to cut their music program? Or if we did a specific scholarship for a student applying to Belmont's vocal music program?

Both great ideas!

I agree - didn't she come back after graduation to work with new Belmont students on  a continuing basis? Obviously, music education is very important to her...

And I just made my third level  :banana  - not too bad for being here less than 24 hours. Of course the night Vamp hours helped a lot - thanks Nicole and Nancy!
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Rene on August 30, 2007, 10:07:44 pm
What if we were able to provide sponsorship/grants to school who were needing to cut their music program? Or if we did a specific scholarship for a student applying to Belmont's vocal music program?

I was thinking of something like that Jennifer. E-mail me and lets talk about it. OK
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: ghopper on August 30, 2007, 10:15:01 pm
What if we were able to provide sponsorship/grants to school who were needing to cut their music program? Or if we did a specific scholarship for a student applying to Belmont's vocal music program?

Both great ideas!

I agree - didn't she come back after graduation to work with new Belmont students on  a continuing basis? Obviously, music education is very important to her...

And I just made my third level  :banana  - not too bad for being here less than 24 hours. Of course the night Vamp hours helped a lot - thanks Nicole and Nancy!
Now, how exactly did you do that?   ???  I've been here from day 1 and have barely gotten up to 2!   :(
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Cindy on August 30, 2007, 10:23:28 pm

And I just made my third level  :banana  - not too bad for being here less than 24 hours. Of course the night Vamp hours helped a lot - thanks Nicole and Nancy!
Now, how exactly did you do that?   ???  I've been here from day 1 and have barely gotten up to 2!   :(
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Maria it took some time and sleepless hours last night, which I'm sure you don't want to have to go through -  :D Anyway, now that I have reached this level, I will be slowing down a bit - have to get some things done and it will take awhile (for everyone but Angel) to reach the next level of 500 (?) posts...
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Desiree on August 31, 2007, 03:00:12 am

And I just made my third level  :banana  - not too bad for being here less than 24 hours. Of course the night Vamp hours helped a lot - thanks Nicole and Nancy!
Now, how exactly did you do that?   ???  I've been here from day 1 and have barely gotten up to 2!   :(

I haven't even got up to 2 yet  :brickwall

... but I'm dreaming big ... I will have 3 stars before Tuesday!  Prepare for lots of pictures to be posted this weekend  ;D
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: OldSchool80s on August 31, 2007, 03:03:39 am
We'll like to hear more about the charities you currently participate in, or would like to....

 :thanks

I support the following charities--

http://www.malarianomore.org/index-magnum.php
http://www.junglefriends.org/
http://www.prime-apes.org/
http://www.savethechimps.org/
http://www.savetheorangutan.co.uk/?p=15
http://www.howlermonkeys.org/
http://www.elephants.com/
http://www.pigs.org/
http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/
http://www.pancan.org/

I would love for this group to eventually work with Melinda directly to develop a clean water project in her name.




Sara, I love your charities.  Anything to help and protect animals.  I totally want to do a clean water charity, just one that she supports.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: crispy on August 31, 2007, 04:09:35 pm
I'm pretty sure she said something about the clean water in an interview from her experience in Africa.  I remember something about that.  That is why I donated to it anyway.  Has she said she supports all the other charities?  Just wondering what kinds of things we are going for and what we aren't :)
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: jenprays on August 31, 2007, 04:13:27 pm
I'm pretty sure she said something about the clean water in an interview from her experience in Africa.  I remember something about that.  That is why I donated to it anyway.  Has she said she supports all the other charities?  Just wondering what kinds of things we are going for and what we aren't :)

From my understanding things will be narrowed down to about four charities that we can focus our attention.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: crispy on August 31, 2007, 04:17:10 pm
AHA! :thanks

oops, sometimes I get trigger happy with them smilies :oops :stupid
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: jenprays on August 31, 2007, 05:32:02 pm
If they weren't so cute...they wouldn't be so tempting... I :wub them!!
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Bernie on August 31, 2007, 05:44:04 pm
We'll like to hear more about the charities you currently participate in, or would like to....

 :thanks

I support the following charities--

http://www.malarianomore.org/index-magnum.php
http://www.junglefriends.org/
http://www.prime-apes.org/
http://www.savethechimps.org/
http://www.savetheorangutan.co.uk/?p=15
http://www.howlermonkeys.org/
http://www.elephants.com/
http://www.pigs.org/
http://www.sanctuaryforseniordogs.org/
http://www.pancan.org/

I would love for this group to eventually work with Melinda directly to develop a clean water project in her name.

How about our real TIGERS, who are so severely endangered that there are more in zoos than in the wild?
(Best site -- http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/)



Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Sara99 on August 31, 2007, 06:25:15 pm
We'll like to hear more about the charities you currently participate in, or would like to....

 :thanks



How about our real TIGERS, who are so severely endangered that there are more in zoos than in the wild?
(Best site -- http://www.lairweb.org.nz/tiger/)




Excellent point Bernie. Thank you for mentioning the tigers. I did some volunteer work this summer at a big cat sanctuary. So sad to see their freedom had been snatched from them by our species.
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Valerie on August 31, 2007, 06:29:20 pm
Some more -


http://bestfriends.org/

http://livingdesert.org/

http://rescuepugs.com/
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on September 01, 2007, 11:24:44 pm
Some more -


http://bestfriends.org/

http://livingdesert.org/

http://rescuepugs.com/


I love animal charities :)
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Reetta on September 02, 2007, 09:08:35 pm
Do I count?

UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org)
Save The Children (http://www.savethechildren.org)
World Vision (http://www.worldvision.org)
The Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) (blood bank and disaster relief fund)

plus a few Finnish ones
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: igabyy on September 02, 2007, 10:30:11 pm
Do I count?

UNICEF (http://www.unicef.org)
Save The Children (http://www.savethechildren.org)
World Vision (http://www.worldvision.org)
The Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/) (blood bank and disaster relief fund)

plus a few Finnish ones

you absolutely count!  ;D  thanks!
Title: Re: Charities we support
Post by: Jena on August 04, 2009, 09:58:33 pm
I just discovered this thread. :superexcited What a beautiful tribute to the backups!
Is anybody interested in making the first post at the top of this thread into two lists?
Charities Supported by The Backups As a Group
and
Charities Supported by Individual Backups

I'd love to hear more about what we're involved in individually, and it might encourage others to get involved.  I haven't even heard of a lot of these charities til now.