Get Involved in Charity, Make a Difference this September

Every month is a good month for giving to charity. But here are some ways to reach out this September:

International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity, from the UN websiteVisit the UN’s website to learn more

September 5 is the official International Day of Charity. Because poverty and less-fortunate circumstances happen all over the world, the United Nations has chosen one day to spread this awareness. September 5 was chosen specifically to honor the death of Mother Teresa, one of the most charitable and giving people of the 20th century. On this day all international and regional organizations, social institutions, and nongovernmental organizations, as well as individuals like you and me, are encouraged to do something good. Raise awareness, donate money – the possibilities are endless. Take a look at the UN International Charity Day webpage and mark your calendars for how you can help out on September 5.

Kids in Need Foundation

Kids in Need Foundation, charity for children

We all know what September brings: sweaters, hot chocolate, changing leaves, and school. While some students are giddy with new pens and folders and school supplies, we should take the time to realize there are many out there who cannot afford these very important, often taken–for-granted items. The Kids in Need Foundation makes it easy to help.

There are a variety of ways to assist a child in need in getting a proper education. There’s the option to simply donate money, to donate actual products, to volunteer, or to can buy Nordic Naturals products. From July through September, each time someone buys a bottle of their products, Nordic Naturals donates a backpack filled with notebooks, crayons, markers, glue, pencils, and all kinds of necessities children should have for their first day of school. To help a child in need, visit the Kids in Need Foundation to learn more:

Chi Outreach Project

Chi Outreach Project, a charity Franciscan Outreach


Chi Outreach Project, charity website

Chi Outreach Project is an Indiegogo Crowdfunding campaign for Franciscan Outreach, which is one of the oldest and largest providers of charity food, shelter, and means to a better life for the homeless in Chicago. Chi Outreach Project’s goal is to raise at least $30,000 for Franciscan Outreach. The money raised goes toward basic comfort necessities that we often forget to be grateful for, like beds and blankets. Follow Chi Outreach Program on this journey and involve yourself as well. Stay tuned for more beautiful people campaigning for a beautiful cause by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, charity website

September is children’s eye health and safety month, which is perfect timing with the start of school. Help children in need of eye exams, glasses, and other eye care assistance by getting aboard the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, which is equipped with two optometrist offices andan on-site optical lab, so that children can receive glasses on the spot if needed. Currently, the mobile only travels throughout the metro St. Louis area, focusing on places where income is lower, and parents may not be able to afford such privileges as quality eye care. If you would like to make a donation to keep the mileage going, or visit the Care Mobile website to request the Care Mobile to visit a school or organization near you.

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry, charity website

No Kid Hungry has a goal to not just feed the hungry for a living, but to feed them for life. They have created the charity event Dine Out, which consists of many, many participating restaurants in the food industry that create promotions and specials dedicating a certain amount of the money raised toward fundraising for No Kid Hungry. You can help out by simply eating at these restaurants this September, or by registering your own restaurant to partake in this wonderful charity cause. Plan your next breakfast, lunch, and dinner accordingly. Find out who’s contributing near you by visiting Dine Out’s No Kid Hungry page. Or, you can register a restaurant with Dine Out.

You can start a Fundraiser on a loved one’s Everlasting Footprint, so that his or her legacy of charity can continue long after life ends.


About Liz Grear

Liz Greer, MFA, teaches creative writing, tutors students, and dabbles in ballroom dancing, book binding, paper making, and playing hopscotch between Chicago and New Jersey. She dreams of running a writing workshop in a prison, because she believes words can change things. Maybe not all things. But enough things.

One Comment


    This is awesome!
    So many amazing causes on the forefront for making a difference in our local and international communities!!


    Homelessness and Hunger

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