Category: Great Websites

Volunteering with Chicago Cares

I’d been in a bit of a rut with volunteering.  I’ve been working toward some certification exams and my travel schedule has been hectic and two scheduled weekly volunteer gigs were suffering.  I felt like I couldn’t be counted on, which is the opposite…

New Favorite Charity – Adopt a Classroom

I forget where I first heard of Adopt-a- Classroom, but the premise was very familiar: Teachers spend a lot of their own money for stuff needed in the classroom.  School budgets are tight, parents can’t always afford supplies and teachers want the best for their…

Kiva Surprise

One of the fun things about Kiva is that nice little surprise of, “Your loan has been repaid!”  My last loan was made to a lady in Senegal who, instead of repaying in increments, repaid in one lump sum at the end of the…

First Groupon

I joined Groupon a few months ago, and just made my first purchase.  At lunch today, a friend asked me about the process, so I figured I ought to write about it. Prologue: You register at the website.  Then Groupon informs you, by e-mail,…

I Love Patch.com

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How to Contribute without Spending a Dime

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about “donor fatigue”, which dictionary.com defines as, “a general weariness and diminished public response to requests for aid to needy people or donations to charitable causes”. Between the natural disasters and the puppy mill raids and the increased need…

Adopting the Puppy

As I mentioned, we went nine days without a dog before we cracked. As a rescue volunteer (albeit with exotic parrots), I am committed to pet adoption. I also understand that my home is not the best for every dog. What with the cat…