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While you’re in the voting mood November 4, 2008

Posted by amberpeace in εκκλησία, Living, relationships.
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Like most people who aren’t self-centered, I like to give. I live to give notes, I like to give food, and I like to give gifts. When it’s someone I know, I give a nice personal gift that I’ve spent much time considering – either picking it out, or making it myself.

However, the people at ACLU do not need my crocheted hats. So there are four causes that are near and dear to my heart. They are the ACLU, To Write Love on Her Arms, Appalachia Service Project, and United Palestinian Appeal (stop cringing, Gina). Unfortunately, I can’t give my money to all these excellent programs. Let me give you a run down of what they are about.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation is the arm of the ACLU that conducts litigation and communication efforts. The Foundation provides legal presentation in cases involving issues of civil liberties and constitutional rights ranging from administrative hearings to trials and appeals. In addition, the Foundation educates the public as to civil liberties and constitutional rights by disseminating literature and other publications. The ACLU Foundation preserves and promotes civil rights and liberties as guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Like making sure my future children don’t have to attend a school where creationism is taught.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Because people still think you can just “cheer up” and “get over it”

Established in 1978, United Palestinian Appeal, Inc. (UPA) is dedicated to providing aid to Palestinians in need, especially children, in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon. UPA provides both emergency humanitarian relief and long-term development programs to Palestinian communities striving for economic and social development in the wake of ongoing conflict. We strive to deliver efficient charitable services at low overhead costs in the areas of education, health care, child sponsorship, and agricultural and community development. Because you can’t just tell a whole nation to get up and move (except we might have done that to the Native Americans).

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a Christian ministry, open to all people, that fosters human development by addressing the housing needs of Central Appalachia. Each year through our ministry about 15,000 volunteers repair homes for 400-500 low-income families in rural areas of Central Appalachia. Our goal is to make homes warmer, safer and drier for families in need, while offering transformational experiences for families, volunteers and staff alike. Since our founding in 1969, over 240,000 volunteers from across the nation have repaired more than 12,500 homes. Appalachia Service Project serves the mountainous Central Appalachian region where Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia come together. Because there’s really poverty here, too.


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1. Lauren - December 18, 2008

ASP IS ON HERE!!!! THAT IS MY HEART AND SOUL! Are you connected in TN with them?

amberpeace - December 19, 2008

I’m not, personally. I have a lot of friends though that are – from working up at Camp Wesley Woods. And since Appalachian poverty is such an important cause to me, I’m all about supporting them monetarily.


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