Get Involved & Give Back
There are lots of ways to get involved and make a difference in your community or the world.  There are thousands of people around the would that are suffering who could benefit from the generosity and compassion of strangers.  Just one dollar or one hour of your time can make a difference.  Here are links to some of my favorite causes:
Children and Familes

Over 6 million Pakistani children
are affected by recent flooding in
Pakistan.  Please help.
The Tubman Family Alliance provides immediate safe haven and protection for women and children in crisis.  They offer a full range of support services in the Twin Cities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's mentorship program helps children reach their full potential through the support of one-on-one friendships.
Disaster Relief
Perspectives Family Center is an award winning agency that provides comprehensive services to homeless and disadvantaged familes.
International Response Fund
Simpson Housing Services provides shelter and affordable housing with support services for the homeless and assists families improve their lives.
Disease and Disability
National Multiple Sclerosis Society and its network chapters provide support for those living with MS and promote research to end the devastating effects of MS.
Environment and Animals
Would you like to help keep our world a more beautiful and friendly place for all species?  Here are links to some of my favorite environmental and animal causes:
Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation creates a future of hope for children and families worldwide by providing care to people with HIV/AIDS & accelerating the discovery of new treatments.
The Kinnickinnic River Land Trust works with the community to conserve natural resources, water quality, and scenic beauty in Western Wisconsin.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients & their families.
The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy converts unused railroad corridors into public trails for walking, biking, skiing, wildlife habitats, and nature appreciation to build healthier places for healthier people.
Global Issues
Human Rights Watch
The Nature Conservancy mission is to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Doctors Without Borders
Before giving to any foundation, be sure to check out where your money is going.  Here's a great website that has data on most charitable organizations and where they spend their money:
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
-- Buddhist Saying
The Conservation Foundation
Minnesota Wildlife Haven
National Wildlife Federation