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Tom’s of Maine launches ’50 States for Good’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tom’s of Maine launches ’50 States for Good’ | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Tom’s of Maine’s 50 States for Good website: http://www.tomsofmaine.com/community-involvement/living-well/project-sponsorships

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Yawkey Foundations give millions to those who need it most

The Yawkey Foundations made nearly $29 million in grants last year. Below is just a bit from the intro to the organizations’ 2009 grant report, a link to the website and a link to the report.

The Yawkey Foundations trace their origins back over seven decades to the philanthropic commitments of Tom and Jean Yawkey. With great concern for the forgotten and underserved, the Yawkeys took careful steps to ensure that their legacy would live on through the work of the Yawkey Foundations. The Yawkeys were perhaps best known for their longtime ownership of the Boston Red Sox. More quietly, but with just as much passion and commitment, Tom and Jean Yawkey were also engaged in an unwavering dedication to those most in need.

With his last will and testament, Tom Yawkey established the Yawkey Foundation in 1976. Jean Yawkey established the second Foundation in 1982. With thoughtful planning, the Yawkeys ensured that their legacy and commitment to those in need would live on after their lifetimes. The Foundations’ Trustees look forward to continuing the Yawkeys’ efforts to have a positive impact on the lives of children, families and the underserved.

For more information about Tom and Jean Yawkey and The Yawkey Foundations, please visit the Foundations website at http://www.yawkeyfoundation.org/.

Click on this link to read or download the entire report.

Idealist.org: The long road to recovery – and how you can help

The first thought might be to rush in to volunteer when faced with such a tragic situation as the earthquake in Haiti. The images and stories coming out of that very poor country are terribly sad and rightfully are spurring incredible generosity to charities helping there.

But, as this Idealist.org blog entry by Erin Barnhart indicates, waiting may be the very best thing to do for those not trained to deal with such disasters. Follow the link to the bog.

MPBN page on Haiti relief for Mainers looking to help

Map of Haiti

Map of Haiti.

Here’s the link again for the Maine Public Broadcasting webpage on the Haiti earthquake. It has news, a map, links to charities and more. Here’s a link to that page.

Remember, before you rush to give, take a moment to avoid being scammed. Give to a known charity, especially one that was already in Haiti before the earthquake.

Here’s a link to the Better Business Bureau’s landing page on giving to charities. They have suggestions and recommendations to avoid being scammed. Follow the link to a button specifically to giving in wake of the earthquake in Haiti. http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/

Better Business Bureau’s website on giving to Haiti, charities

Here’s a link to the Better Business Bureau’s landing page on giving to charities. They have suggestions and recommendations to avoid being scammed. Follow the link to a button specifically to giving in wake of the earthquake in Haiti.
http://www.bbb.org/us/charity/

Red Cross continuing to push aid to Haiti amid difficult conditions

Here’s a link to the Red Cross webpage about giving.

 Red Cross Continuing to Push Aid to Haiti Amid Difficult Conditions.

Here’s a link to a blog about other agencies and how to give, if you can. It comes via Change.org.

http://globalhealth.change.org/blog/view/haiti_rocked_by_massive_earthquake

Chance for more Mainers to help those in Haiti

 Maine newspapers over the past couple of days have had stories on Mainers in Haiti, usually there before the earthquake either as part of a charitable mission, as students, or to visit family. Those stories also had links to charitable agencies and tips on how to avoid being scammed.  

The best way for Mainers to help now after the earthquake is to give cash to established charities, because scams are already out there. Established charities, especially those with a presence in Haiti before the earthquake, is where donations should go.  

And it doesn’t have to be much – pass on that pack of cigarettes and send the $5 you would have spent on that; skip a movie rental one night and send that money; ask your children to empty their piggybanks for the children of Haiti. That is all you would need to do.  

A first thought might be, “Well, they need food, don’t they, and water and other basics. Let’s have a food drive!”  

The thing is that established charities can buy more food and other necessities that we can individually.  

And – this next thing may be even more important than the established charities’ buying power – those established charities often buy locally, thus stimulating the economy there, which is something that needs to be done.  

If you cannot give money, try donating time to a local charity or giving blood. Those actions might not help the people of Haiti, but someone will be helped.  

Here’s a link to the Idealist.org blog item on how to donate or volunteer.  

And here’s a link to a blog supposedly written by an aid worker in Haiti. It was passed along to me by a friend, but I cannot vouch for its authenticity. Therefore, I would NOT recommend making a donation to the blog unless you can verify it’s for real. But the perspective is interesting.