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50 for 50 Day 42: Boys and Girls Club

June 28, 2011

It’s my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 42 (the jersey number of the great James Worthy of the LA Lakers). Here’s what’s going on: because I feel so lucky and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. One thousand thanks.

Another local opportunity – if you have a Boys and Girls Club in your community, and you probably do, they can certainly use donations of time and money.

I spent the afternoon at a Boys and Girls Club the other day. It was really inspiring – kind of controlled chaos run by mostly young, enthusiastic staff, with opportunities for kids to do everything from play basketball to do homework to make art. Everyone seemed happy and well cared-for and busy.

From their website:
In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.

Here’s the donation page. And the volunteer page, which you should thank me for linking to, because their site navigation is so bad it took me about 2 minutes to get in exactly the right spot to be able to click on the menu.

Previously featured organizations:
Your Local Food Bank
Girls for a Change
Operation Smile
Wheels for Humanity
National Security Archive
Books for Africa
Seed Savers Exchange
MAP International
The Fresh Air Fund
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Impact Personal Safety
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Light Up the World Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Doctors Without Borders
Heifer International
Team Rubicon
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

  1. June 28, 2011 12:15

    this one! this one is already on my list – it’s where my girl swims in the winter – of course it’s on the list. 🙂

    • June 28, 2011 22:44

      It is a great organization. I hear a lot of leaders say they were Boys n Girls Club kids.

  2. June 28, 2011 19:59

    You know, I’m impressed that you can find 50 charities. Because I can only afford to give to a handful, I tend to ignore the others and pretend that their causes aren’t just as worthy as the ones I’ve chosen. I’ve heard of Boys and Girls Club, though. Very nice.

    • June 28, 2011 22:43

      It has been harder than I thought to find 50 that are diverse and that I think are worthwhile!

  3. June 28, 2011 21:04

    I love the Boys and Girls club. And I love that you’re doing every one of the fifty days!

    • June 28, 2011 22:41

      Thanks, Jason. It has been a LONG road.

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