Causes I Believe In:
“663 million people in the world live without clean water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or twice the population of the United States. The majority live in isolated rural areas and spend hours every day walking to collect water for their family...[which] often carries diseases that can make everyone sick. But access to clean water means education, income and health - especially for women and kids.”
“Our nation is in trouble. The crisis we face is polarization. What endangers us is not the rise or decline of either party, but our loss of trust in each other and the take-over of our politics by those in both parties who would have us put faction over country, treat our opponents as enemies, and reject the idea of common ground. Today we rise as red and blue Americans in equal numbers to say that the era of polarization must come to an end.”
If you want to give where you can have the most impact, Charity Water is a great choice. Since 2006 they've brought clean water to over 8 million people through over 28,000 water projects in communities around the world. Here's why I like them: ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of your donation goes towards their mission of bringing clean water to people everywhere.
And - my suggestion - become a monthly Charity Water donor. Even $10/month gives you access to their video series, "The Spring," where you can follow CW spokesperson Tyler as he travels to a township undergoing transformation due to the support of people like you and me! Every town and project for clean water is unique, and you meet local partners CW works with to make lasting change for a community.
Once safe and clean water is flowing right inside a village or town, disease rates fall, adults have more time to raise food to both eat and sell, families are lifted out of poverty, and children can stay in school longer. Check out Charity Water's inspiring work in Rwanda, Cambodia and Ethiopia.
Your dollars can profoundly and literally change the lives of people everywhere, just by bringing fresh, pure water to them. Visit Charity Water's website, and get inspired!
To support them, visit https://www.charitywater.org
Better Angels goes where many now fear to tread - into the scary & uncertain no-man's-land of America's political divide. They seek to build bridges across the current chasm of mistrust and polarization through conversation and community-building. This self-described "bipartisan citizen's movement" heals and creates alliances between members of different political parties and economic classes by teaching them how to communicate rather than attack; engage, listen and find areas of agreement; recognize a common humanity, and rebuild communities torn apart by distrust.
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory…will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” - Abraham Lincoln, 1861
Their commitment: "At every level of leadership, Better Angels is half red and half blue." All local leaders work for consensus within a given community, looking for ways to reach out to the other side. Better Angels is changing and healing the nation, one American at a time.
To give, visit https://www.better-angels.org