The willingness to help other people, whether they are our neighbors in the community, or people who live in another state or country -- this is part of what makes America great. Varga & Nickel Real Estate Group encourages you to find a place where you can make a difference, and either donate to that organization, or see if you can volunteer there.
American Red Cross: There is a shortage of blood right now (especially O negative and B negative), with the many things going on in our country, so please consider donating blood. Click here for more information.
National Disaster Search Dog Foundation: This is a pretty amazing organization I ran across a number of years ago; they are based in Santa Paula, CA. Whenever you see a disaster on the news (earthquake, flood, mud slide, building collapse), these are the highly trained FEMA-certified dogs that are sent in to find live people.
What makes these dogs extra special is that they, too, have been rescued. The dogs are found by SDF at animal shelters all over the U.S. Once in a while, a dog may flunk out of "seeing eye" training, or someone might donate a dog, but most of these dogs were thrown away, usually because their energy levels were too high. SDF trains dogs with a high prey drive (i.e. they go crazy over a bouncing ball) to search areas humans couldn't due to debris fields, and save live humans. SDF pledges that even if a dog flunks out of search dog training, it will never again be sent to an animal shelter, but a forever home will be found for the dog. Click here for more information.
ReadingPartners: I am on my second year of volunteering for ReadingPartners at Jackson Elementary School in Altadena. It is such a joy to work with these students (K-3) who are one year below the reading level they need to be at. As you can imagine, if you can't read, you will be slipping behind the other students, as homework becomes more oriented towards reading the material. The person who helps train us as tutors and tests the students is so helpful! If you think you might like to tutor for one hour a week or more, please contact Azra Rahim at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she can also get you set up at a different school or one closer to your home. You can read more about this organization at https://readingpartners.org.
P.E.O.: This is a philanthropic organization I belong to that raises money for womens' scholarships. There are scholarships for students in their senior year of high school, who are getting ready for their first year of college, for graduate degrees, for "schooling interrupted," meaning that you went to college for a few years, maybe got married and had children, and now ten years has passed, and you want to go back to college. P.E.O. also has college loans that are often at a lower rate than the norm. Additionally, P.E.O. has an affiliated womens' college in Nevada, Missouri, called Cottey College. For more information about P.E.O. or to make a donation, click here.
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