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Four Cool Causes

Sleeping on benches no more

Sleeping on benches no more

These are some causes and non-profit organizations that lately have snagged my attention latetly—and held it!

1. Housing First

I’ll let the Wikipedia page explain:

“Housing First moves the homeless individual or household immediately from the streets or homeless shelters into their own apartments.
Housing First approaches are based on the concept that a homeless individual or household’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing, and that other issues that may affect the household can and should be addressed once housing is obtained. In contrast, many other programs operate from a model of ‘housing readiness’— that is, that an individual or household must address other issues that may have led to the episode of homelessness prior to entering housing.”

What a novel concept! Understandably there are opponents, but there is also evidence that the method of “Housing First” works. Check out the information on Housing First at the National Alliance to End Homelessness and NPR’s special report on Housing First.

2. Badass Teachers Association

This relatively newborn organization unites teachers in taking a stand for their classroom authority. They declare on the homepage of their website,

“This association is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning.”

They are planning their own March on Washington to make their voices heard on July 28, 2014. They’ve got a blog and a Facebook page too.

3. Veterans Expeditions

 I love the idea behind this nonprofit: give veterans—who face unique challenges after their often traumatic service to their country—a way to see and explore the beautiful land of the country they fought for, while also connecting them with each other and with resources to help them in their lives.

Veterans Expeditions operates by donations. Check out their website here.

4. MicroRevolt

Knitters and crafters, you can put your skills to work making social statements—become a “craftivist”—and one place to start is with MicroRevolt, which takes a stand against sweatshops and other forms of labor injustice. For example, they offer patterns for knitting name-brand logos into clothes or other projects. Their website is here.


2 comments on “Four Cool Causes

  1. emilievardaman
    June 16, 2014

    Housing. Such a basic right. Everyone deserves a safe place in which to keep his belongings, sleep, and prepare meals. It may cost a lot, but what is the cost of homelessness?
    I used to work with the homeless. I was able to help stabilize some by finding housing for them, and the changes I saw were amazing. Self-esteem. Ability to well prepare oneself to look for work. Just plain relief.
    Of course, I watched others die.
    What kind of society are we if we choose to allow people to die rather than to reach their potential?


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      June 16, 2014

      Thank you for these thoughts, Emilie. There really is a lot to consider about people who are homeless—including how little consideration homeless people get from the general public. That’s awesome that you got to see positive results from your work helping the homeless. I’m so glad there are people like you and like the Housing First initiatives who are stepping up, ignoring the armchair critics, and making a real difference.


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