NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, November 2, 2015, 10:48 AM
Many modern-day healers put the act of gratitude right up there as one of the most effective forms of healing. And one of the most powerful ways to show and feel gratitude for your own life is to reach out to help someone else — even a small act of kindness can fill your heart with so much gratitude that it can literally change your life.
There are many ways to give; donating a few hours a month to a cause is as beneficial as gifts of money. Whatever form your contribution takes, you can make a difference in the world.
Here is a list of my favorite charities to get you started. For inspiration, you’ll see which of the many different types of charitable benevolence may especially resonate with your star sign.
The Gift of Clean Water
Two remarkable and fearless women, Tennille Amor and Alexi Panos, founded E.P.I.C. (Everyday People Initiating Change), an organization that brings safe, clean drinking water to the developing world while supporting other aspects of community growth. It is also a movement to encourage other everyday people to initiate positive change in the world around them.
They believe that every individual has an extremely important role to play in transforming our world for the better, and it is all possible if we come together to make the change, one step at a time. E.P.I.C. drills wells, helps develop communities and improves health and hygiene in developing villages. To get involved with E.P.I.C or join their amazing fellowship program, visit EpicFellowshipProgram.com or EpicTheMovement.org. It will change your life!
Aquarius is known for their humanitarian outlook and community orientation, so this is a great fit. Leo loves children — who are so vulnerable under unhealthy conditions — and the water element appeals to all the water signs: Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. Virgo is a natural for service involving health and hygiene.
Homes for Orphans
Every Orphan’s Hope builds homes in Zambia, Africa. In the process, they build families. By constructing homes in AIDS-stricken communities, orphans and widows build new lives together as a family. Led by a “mama,” orphans are brought to life in Christ in the community where they are known and surrounded by their peers. Both U.S. and Zambian teams work together to make a difference in their lives. Your support can sponsor an orphan and change both of your lives forever. To see how you can help, visit Every Orphans Hope.
Taurus and Cancer, for whom home and security are so important, will love this foundation. Aries can appreciate the power in building something from the ground up. A Pisces heart will soar, knowing they’ve helped to save innocent lives. Whose heart doesn’t go out to an orphan?
Live Out Loud is a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth live proud, live out, live free! Live Out Loud inspires, nurtures and empowers LGBTQ youth to build a successful future by connecting them to positive role models and affirmative experiences in the LGBTQ community, and provides financial and mentoring support to young scholars and leaders. Visit: liveoutloud.info.
Scorpio can feel great knowing they’ve empowered youth to grow up with pride in their sexuality, and Aquarius knows the importance of honoring one’s individual truth. Libra is all about fairness and justice, and Sagittarius knows the value of personal freedom, making Live Out Loud a great fit for all these signs, and more.
Ending Hunger and Poverty
Heifer.org empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but their approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Their animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses. How can you help? Visit Heifer.org and explore the possibilities.
This “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove Dan West to found Heifer International, and would also appeal to all the earth signs: Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn, as well as strongly independent signs like Sagittarius and Aries.
Last Chance Animal Rescue is a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. They rescue animals that are located in “kill” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to no-kill facilities and foster homes in hopes of finding them a forever family. They depend on donations to continue to save animals from being killed. To offer support, go to lcarescue.org
Sagittarians are famous for their love of animals, and Pisces is a natural for rescuing defenseless creatures. All the water signs, as well as gentle Libra, want to give everyone a “Last Chance.”
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
Financial support is always welcomed, but so are volunteer workers. If you think you can help and feel passionate about homelessness, contact your local branch and see how you can contribute. Nationalhomeless.org
One of Taurus’ greatest fears is to be homeless, and the other earth signs, Capricorn and Virgo, have great compassion for a lack of basic security. Aquarians are always first to put their hand up to help someone who is down on his luck.
Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries
Foodpantries.org have set up an extensive directory of food banks, soup kitchens and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. that are committed to fighting hunger. Check the list to see where you can lend a hand or donate: Foodpantries.org
No one likes to go hungry; this is a cause that touches everyone’s heart. But Taurus, the foodies, will particularly resonate with it. Cancer is another nurturing, food-oriented sign, and Pisces and Scorpio can fill their own hearts while filling others’ plates.
The discipline of keeping fit and healthy starts at a young age, and Project Fit America is a national agency that works at the grassroots level with schools and frontline educators to create new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and healthy.
They are an action-based charity, which means the funds they receive result in kids in motion. To get involved, visit their site at projectfitamerica.org.
Health-conscious Virgo would feel great helping out here. Cancers’ and Leos’ love of home, family and children, and Aries’ get up-and-go energy, will all resonate with this foundation. Mercury-ruled Gemini could get behind Project Fit, given this sign’s association with youth as well as the kind of activity that keeps you trim.
Support for Women
As we all are part female and male, all signs will resonate with women’s networks, but particularly Cancer. Ruled by the feminine Moon, Scorpio can champion sexual abuse like no other. Libra stands for equality and fairness and Sagittarius fights for justice. Venus is at her best in the compassionate sign of Pisces, who may be drawn to these causes as well.
Women’s Funding Network has more than 100 women’s funds and foundations engaged, and is the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls. So no matter where you are in the world you can get involved. Womensfundingnetwork.org
There are many breast cancer organizations you can get involved in. For a website that lists a number of different foundations, large to small – where there is sure to be something in your area to which you can provide your support, visit NonProfitBreastCancer.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM), and sexual slavery. To get involved: Vday.org
RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest Natural Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country, and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. To get involved or support RAINN, visit their site at rainn.org
Scorpio stands up for sexual healing, and would feel uplifted supporting this network. Aries the warrior and Libra the lover are a natural to help out here.
Perfect for Leo the fashion queen, Venus ruled Taurus and Libra, as well as creative Gemini, inspirational Pisces, and anyone who has a passion for fashion.
Fashion Project has a mission to raise as much money as possible for charity by creating a community where their members can donate clothing and shop for causes they care about. Every sweater, handbag or designer shoe donated starts a movement that impacts the lives of others around the world. They reach 34 countries and impact 3,000-plus charities, with up to 55% of net proceeds going to charities. To get involved, visit their site at Fashionproject.com
If it’s art that gets your heart racing, you can follow Brooklyn-based artist Lindsay Risk, who loves to paint and create art on all mediums. Risk donates a portion of her sales to her favorite charities and foundations. You can visit her gallery at RISK Gallery & Boutique’ at 232 Varet St. in Brooklyn, N.Y. Or order online at RosyBleu.com
Polaris Project. Modern slavery is a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening right down the street, from the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop to the man in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. Slavery networks rob human beings of their lives and their independence. To get involved: Polaris Project.
Can-do star signs like Scorpio and Aries will love this. Appropriate for globally aware Gemini and Sagittarius.
If your heart reaches out to the veterans, CNBC has put together a great list of the 10 top charities that support veterans. Have a look and see which one speaks to you. Veteran Charities.
Mars ruled Aries and Scorpio understand a warrior’s sacrifice, and Capricorn and Taurus know what duty is all about.
Wondering where to put your support to ensure those in charge are looking after our environment? EarthEasy – Solutions for Sustainable Living is a great site with a load of information to help make up your mind. EARTHEASY.
This is a perfect charity for the earth signs: Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. Ideas about sustainability are right up Geminis’ and Aquarius’ alleys. Pisces and Cancer also tend to be drawn toward environmental causes.
Special Olympics helps individuals with intellectual disabilities overcome barriers through sports. They empower their athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life. You can donate to this cause by visiting their site: SpecialOlympics.org
Aries loves to overcome a challenge, and the fiery spirit of Leo and Sagittarius will also be fed by helping others reach for the gold.
I love this site. It provides an A-Z list of charities covering any areas of life you can think of, as well as reviews, near where you live. It’s worth having a look to see if there is something in your neighborhood that supports your favorite charity. GreatNonProfits.