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n our industry, we encourage those around us to be prepared on a daily basis. We encourage everyone to prepare themselves and their families with food, water, medical care, sanitation, light, warmth and much more in a disaster. We tell businesses to prepare for catastrophic events that may – or may not – happen.

But there are individuals, communities and entire countries that don’t have enough food, water and shelter to survive day to day, let alone stockpile the industry-standard 72 hours worth of backup necessities.

In a recent speech, President George W. Bush quoted a famous passage from the Bible: “To whom much is given, much will be required.” In the Western world, we’ve been blessed with much. What, then, is required of us?

The fact is we do have much to give. We all make standard excuses as to why we can’t help: I don’t have enough time. I don’t have enough money. I’m not sure how I can help. The problem is too big. I can’t solve it all myself.

Every year, we at the Continuity e-GUIDE issue a challenge to our readers. This year is no different. We challenge all of our 25,000 + readers to make a difference. Many of you have been blessed with a good life. It’s time to take those blessings and help those in need. Whether it’s helping the world’s poor or making room in your life for one more, if we all pitch in, we can make that difference.

Below, you’ll find information on organizations that are taking the lead in helping others. There are those that help the poorest of the poor, for whom getting food, water, shelter and medical attention is almost impossible. Others are helping on a more personal level, finding families for children and providing support to those in need. All of these admirable organizations need your help and we encourage you to answer their call.

This holiday season, take some time to share the blessings in your life. Together, we can make a difference. And, as always, thank you for reading our Continuity e-GUIDE. We look forward to joining you again on Wednesday, January 10, 2007.

The Continuity e-GUIDE team



 


While the Western world is blessed with abundance, many are not as lucky. For the poorest of the world’s poor, it can be a struggle just to find food, clean water, shelter and medical attention. Many organizations are trying to help their plight. Here’s one organization doing its part. Can you help?

African Leadership Mocha Club
https://www.africanleadership.org/mochaclub/welcome

Think you can’t afford help? Well, for the price of two mochas per month, you could alter the future of Africa. One non-profit organization, African Leadership, is dedicated to building leaders and at the same time meeting the enormous daily needs of impoverished Africans.

The organization created its “Mocha Club” as a way to help bring change to Africa. By giving up the cost of two mochas a month, and joining with your friends, you can create a team of problem solvers who can alter the future of a continent.

Think about it: Two mochas a month cost about $7.00. It doesn’t seem like much, but in Africa, $7.00 can:

  • Give nine orphans three meals per day
  • Pay for 21 orphans’ housing for one day
  • Keep a child in school for three months
  • Give seven Africans clean water for a year
  • Give one month’s worth of life-saving drugs to someone living with AIDS

The Mocha Club is about joining together to provide hope to the African community. You can start an online team with a personal commitment of $7.00 per month. You then grow your team by inviting friends and getting team members to invite their friends. As the team grows, you can begin transforming the lives of more and more Africans.

Room for One More
Making a difference doesn’t always mean giving money. What would happen if each of us were to make room for one more in our lives? Room for one more could mean a number of things, including becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, taking in a foster child, visiting an elderly person who has no one, mentoring an immigrant family or adopting an older child into your family.

We can’t help everyone single-handedly, but we can each make a little room in our lives for one more. Here is one organization encouraging us to do just that.

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
www.davethomasfoundationforadoption.org

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the adoptions of the more than 140,000 children in North America’s foster care systems. Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy’s, created the Foundation in 1992 to assure that every child has a permanent home and a loving family.

This Friday, December 22, the Foundation airs its 8th annual “A Home for the Holidays” special on CBS Television. The special includes moving performances by Grammy Award winner Rod Stewart and special guests Five for Fighting, John Legend, Katharine McPhee and Mary Mary. A number of Hollywood entertainers, including Cedric the Entertainer, Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”), Angie Harmon, Melina Kanakaredes, Rene Russo and Jeri Ryan will be on hand to present inspirational stories about adoption.

This year’s special features true stories about adoption that will touch viewers’ hearts and raise awareness about this important social issue. The inspirational stories about the joys families have found through foster care adoption highlight many exceptional American children and families involved in this rewarding process.

More than half a million children are currently in foster care in the United States. More than 114,000 of those children are free for adoption. The special, presented by the Foundation in association with the Children’s Action Network, creates intimate portraits of children who have been adopted into permanent, loving homes.

Don’t miss the “A Home for the Holidays” special on Friday, December 22 from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. EST/PST or 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. MST/CST.

 

More Ways to Share…

In addition to the programs we’ve highlighted above, there are many more outstanding programs helping out both at home and abroad. We urge you to consider sharing some of your own blessings with the organization of your choice.

Action Against Hunger: www.aah-usa.org
ADRA International: www.adra.org
Africa Leadership Mocha Club: www.africanleadership.org
Air Serv International: www.airserv.org
American Friends Service Committee: www.afsc.org
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc: www.jdc.org
American Jewish World Service: www.ajws.org
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
AmeriCares: www.americares.org
America’s Second Harvest: www.secondharvest.org
Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT): www.amurt.net
KickStart: http://kickstart.org/home
ARMDI, American Friends of Magen David Adom: www.armdi.org
Baptist World Alliance: www.bwanet.org/bwaid
Association for India's Development: www.aidindia.org
B’nai B’rith International: www.bnaibrith.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters: www.bbbsi.org and www.bbbsa.org
Brother’s Brother Foundation: www.brothersbrother.org
CARE: www.care.org
Catholic Charities USA: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
Catholic Relief Services: www.catholicrelief.org
Christian Children's Fund: www.christianchildrensfund.org
Christian Disaster Response: www.cdresponse.org
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: www.crwrc.org
Church World Service: www.churchworldservice.org
Concern Worldwide: www.concernusa.org
Convoy of Hope: www.convoyofhope.org
Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund: www.nationalservice.gov
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption: www.davethomasfoundationforadoption.org
Direct Relief International: www.directrelief.org
Disaster Psychiatry Outreach: www.disasterpsych.org
Doctors Without Borders: www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Episcopal Relief and Development: www.er-d.org
Food for the Hungry, Inc.: www.fh.org
Feed the Children: www.feedthechildren.org
Habitat for Humanity International: www.habitat.org
Heart to Heart International: www.hearttoheart.org
Humane Society of the United States: www.hsus.org
International Aid: www.internationalaid.org
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: www.ifrc.org
International Medical Corps: www.imcworldwide.org
International Orthodox Christian Charities: www.iocc.org
International Relief Teams: www.IRTeams.org
International Rescue Committee: www.theIRC.org
Islamic Relief Worldwide: www.islamic-relief.com
Latter-Day Saint Charities: www.lds.org/ldsfoundation
Lutheran World Relief: www.lwr.org
MAP International: www.map.org
Mennonite Disaster Service: www.mds.mennonite.net
Mercy Corps: www.mercycorps.org
Nazarene Disaster Response: www.nazarenedisasterresponse.org
National Mentoring Partnership: www.mentoring.org
Network for Good: www.networkforgood.org
Northwest Medical Teams: www.nwmedicalteams.org
Operation Blessing International: www.ob.org
Operation USA: www.opusa.org
Oxfam America: www.oxfamamerica.org
Oxfam International: www.oxfam.org
Plan USA: www.planusa.org
Prison Fellowship International: www.pfm.org
Project Concern International: www.projectconcern.org
Project HOPE: www.projecthope.org
Relief International: www.ri.org
Salvation Army: www.salvationarmy.org
Save the Children USA: www.savethechildren.org
Share Our Strength: www.strength.org
Stop Hunger Now: www.stophungernow.org
U.N. World Food Programme: www.wfp.org
UMCOR: www.umcor.org
UNICEF: www.unicef.org
United Way International: www.national.unitedway.org
USAID: www.usaid.gov
Water Missions International: www.watermissions.org
World Concern: www.worldconcern.org
World Emergency Relief: www.worldemergencyrelief.org
World Hope International: www.worldhope.org
World Relief: www.worldrelief.org
World Vision: www.worldvision.org

*Special note: Thank you for reading the Continuity eGUIDE.  We want to inform you that this is the last issue for 2006.  We will resume the newsletter on January 10th.  We hope you have a pleasant holiday season.


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