A tough part of being homeless and female, besides the more obvious struggles of staying safe and fed, is how to handle your period. Al Jazeera America highlighted just how desperate that time of the month can be for homeless women when Maribel Guillet, who lives in a Bronx shelter, told the publication that her periods are typically very heavy and last about ten days, but that she can’t access shelter restrooms as often as she needs to stay clean. Guillet often needs to change her pads every 20 minutes, but shelter supervisors often restrict how often she can use the restroom. Keep reading »
This holiday season, The Frisky staff is committed to giving back. Throughout the month of December we’ll be telling you about some of the charities and nonprofits that we support, why they’re important to us, and how you can support them too, if you’re so inclined.
Who they are: Free Arts For Abused Children
What they do: Free Arts programs inspire hope in the lives of children who have experienced abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness through innovative creative arts programs and positive interactions with caring adult volunteers.
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Last night, I was catching up on some television when this commercial came on the air. Now, I should note that I love the ASPCA, the charity and pet adoption organization that seeks to end cruelty to animals. The ASPCA is where I adopted my cat, Cleo, and it’s an organization that I regularly give money to. But I hold that this commercial is just too much. Apparently, Sarah McLachlan’s “Arms of the Angel” spot wasn’t emotionally charged enough. This new ad shows clips of forlorn looking animals as a sentence unfolds about them onscreen. “Tabitha, Locked up her whole life.” “Mink, Abused and living in fear.” “Nathaniel, Never loved and left to die.” And the worst, “Blondie, Abandoned and dying of a broken heart.”
Before I knew it, not 20 seconds into the ad, I was huffing and puffing, in tears, little rivers running down my cheeks. Keep reading »
Donating to a charity will make you feel good about yourself and will help your community, country or planet. And if you make that donation before 2008 ends, it will also help your financial situation because you’ll be able to write off the donation on your taxes in 2009. If you don’t have a favorite charity already, here are some suggestions:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides patient care for children afflicted with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and researches these diseases.
The World Wildlife Fund aims to protect natural areas and wild populations of plants and wildlife worldwide. But if you’d like to give locally, check out Animal Charities of America, which is a nonprofit federation that pre-screens high quality national charities working to protect animals.
The National Veterans Foundation brings awareness to the needs of America’s veterans. It also provides veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.
The Natural Resources Defense Council works to restore Earth’s air, land and water and defends endangered natural places.
If you can’t afford to make a monetary donation now, you can also make an in-kind donation or volunteer your time. Keep reading »
Yay! Balls! ["Homes In The Hudson" Charity Event, New York City, 7/14/08] Keep reading »