Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: Bigfoot Does It, So Can You!

Most of us agree that we should not harm the environment. But do we know the best ways in which to preserve nature? So many great activities take place in the outdoors: hiking, skiing, camping, relaxing. The list goes on. As much as these kinds of activities raise awareness for preserving nature, it’s important to be aware of how even these activities impact the environment.
 
Rooted in the belief that education is the key to successfully protecting nature, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics provides a myriad of interactive programs for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Leave No Trace converts the mass of sometimes-overwhelming environmental information into an easily manageable and digestible form. For instance, we may all logically realize that washing things in the outdoors, whether it be ourselves or dishes, can pollute the soil and affect plants and animals. But Leave No Trace helps you understand the ways in which you can minimize your impact.  It’s as simple as bringing the water 200 feet away from water sources and using biodegradable soap. Little nudges of environmental friendliness like this can go a long way.
 
One of Leave No Trace’s numerous programs is their excellent Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids (PEAK) program. Parallel to the overall belief of Leave No Trace, PEAK increases awareness in children about the environment and how the ways we live our lives impact the world around us. For example, PEAK shows kids exactly how long the process of biodegradation is and what exactly it entails, and why this means that they shouldn’t drop their orange peels and paper scraps along the trail. And kids are a lot more likely to accept information that they understand.  Again, Leave No Trace does a great job of making this info manageable and digestible.
 
Just recently, Leave No Trace named Washington’s Mount Rainier their 2011 Hot Spot. The Hot Spot initiative is one that focuses on areas that receive heavy traffic and, as a result, heavy impact. Through educational programs and working with communities near the Hot Spots, Leave No Trace hopes that increasing awareness for the ways that high-traffic areas are impacted by visitors will help mitigate that impact.
 
Leave No Trace “is best understood as an educational and ethical program, not as a set of rules and regulations.” So what are you waiting for? Go learn about the little changes you can make today to preserve nature for tomorrow’s outdoor activities!
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Aejung Yoon, Social Media & Marketing Intern
 

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Mercy Corps: Crisis into Opportunity
 
If you’ve only heard about them through the news, you may think that Mercy Corps is a disaster aid organization.  They were on the scene of the massive South Asian tsunami in 2004; in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; in Sichuan, China after the earthquake there in 2008; on the ground after the quake that devastated Haiti in 2010.  And Mercy Corps has emergency teams on standby now, waiting for word from their Japanese partner, Peace Winds, to whom they’ve been sending contributions and supplies since the 9.0-magnitude earthquake hit on March 11th.  

Helping rebuild traumatized communities is certainly one of Mercy Corps' missions.  But while natural disasters are huge focal points for media and great motivators for giving, it’s not just earthquakes, floods, and fires that destroy communities.

Drought.  War, fear, hunger, no access to health care.  Scarcity of clean water.  Lack of opportunity, through discrimination, education, or struggling economies: these are disasters of a scale just as large.  Their solutions aren’t as straightforward, and news coverage not as broad.  But creating solutions to these problems is just as vital as providing food and shelter to those whose homes were destroyed in Friday's earthquake and tsunami.

Mercy Corps tackles all of these issues with enormous heart and a collaborative nature.  They have 32 years of experience partnering with local people to achieve the kind of change that the communities themselves want to see.  In fact, 95% of Mercy Corps' employees are nationals, members of the very community that’s striving for change.  It’s this connection with the community that lets Mercy Corps create sustainable change instead of temporary solutions.

Their deep understanding of the communities they serve also informs their approach to natural disasters.  Since Japan is well-prepared to handle crisis situations, it's less important to send people and much more useful to send supplies and financial support.  So instead of immediately mobilizing teams to the affected areas, Mercy Corps has focused on sending vital support for their partner Peace Wind’s own disaster response teams, while collaborating with them to assemble just the right people and tools to bring in once it is determined that they’re needed.  It’s this kind of measured, level-headed response that makes Mercy Corps such a powerful organization, the kind of friend whose help you seek out in a crisis.  

Check out this inspiring, thoughtful, multi-faceted organization’s transformational approach to communities in conflict, giving people the tools they need to turn crisis into opportunity.  We’re proud to support their work.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Tegan M Kaske 
 

 
Delta Society: TisBest Experiences the Pet Effect

I was already having a rough day as TisBest's Executive Director, Jon Seigel, and I headed to the car.  On the agenda was the Delta Society Pet Effect Luncheon, and usually this would have been the highlight of my day.  But that morning I'd had bad news from home--a family friend, gravely ill--and I keenly felt the thousands of miles between myself and my loved ones.

I felt distracted and anxious as we entered the venue.  But my attention was quickly caught by a dog--a massive, beautiful Great Dane.  The animal was so big and gorgeous I couldn't help but stop.  The dog's handler introduced herself and her dog.  They were Delta Pet Partners, who volunteer in a home for people living with AIDS.  As I crouched down to scratch the dog's chest, he licked my face with an enormous tongue. 
 
"Wow," said his handler.  "He never does that."

Perhaps he knew how upset I was, or maybe it was a fluke.  Either way, that spontaneous, sincere gesture of affection was like some kind of tonic.  I did feel better.  It didn't solve my problems, but I felt comforted, and I immediately understood why Delta Society volunteers are so welcome in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and schools across the nation.

The Delta Society's Pet Partners program is its flagship project.  Delta-certified Pet Partners--dogs and cats, ponies, llamas, rabbits, cockatiels, or any domestic animal that demonstrates the right combination of patience, gentleness, and good manners--visit those in need of comfort or distraction, and provide non-judgmental companionship and affection to people in distress. 
 
But in addition to this, Delta Society has built a strong community of research and knowledge around the human-animal bond.  They have created resources on animal-assisted therapy, service dog placement, and pet bereavement which are used by professionals, researchers, disabled persons, and animal lovers worldwide. 

 
Most people who live with an animal companion will tell you that their pet improves the quality of their lives; Delta Society proves that on a large scale.  By making available information on the ways animals enrich our experiences, as well as providing training, structure, and advice to those who want to volunteer with their pets, Delta Society brings delight, comfort, and love to people who need something to smile about.
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Tegan M Kaske
 

Green Gift Monday: I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas

Since its inception, TisBest has railed (in a pleasant sort of way) against the excesses of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when otherwise completely normal people seem to lose all sense of proportion as they fling themselves into aisle after aisle of the newest electronics, the latest fashions, and most up-to-the-minute toys, only to be jostled, bludgeoned and out-hustled by shoppers whose lust for stuff is more excessive than their own.
 
The recent popularity of Cyber Monday—the year’s busiest online sales day—at least keeps people from getting trampled in the rush through those giant automatic doors.  And while several millions of us switched from physical malls to virtual malls, the end result has been essentially the same: the rabid acquisition of lots of stuff we and our families don’t need and barely want, much of it destined for landfills and storage units.
 
That’s why we’re excited to join a growing movement (sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, a TisBest Charity Partner) to rename and reclaim Cyber Monday as “Green Gift Monday.”
 
Dozens of bloggers and retailers are encouraging us to buy green this holiday season.  And, rest assured, your TisBest gifts are green, green, green:  our email and print-on-your-own-printer TisBest Charity Gift Cards are environmentally friendly for obvious reasons, and our plastic gift cards and the cards/envelopes they come in are made from 100% recycled material!  Plus, the gift doesn’t gather dust on a shelf, or break and end up in the dump.  Instead, it goes to fund programs that you believe in—whether you’re passionate about educating underserved kids, feeding disaster victims, rescuing dogs, providing shelter for the needy or preserving wilderness where the wild things roam.
 
With a TisBest Charity Gift Card, you can give a truly meaningful gift that helps make the world a better place, and simultaneously saves our precious environment from the predation of yet another quilted cozy for Uncle Fred’s butane-fueled outdoor grill lighter.
 
So, join dozens of The Nature Conservancy’s partners including TisBest as we green the holidays. You can find out more at TNC’s Green Gift Monday blog.

 

 
First Book: Can Access to Books Improve the Quality of a Child's Life? 

In a thank you note to First Book, a 10th grade English teacher writes about the profound impact the donation of 100 copies of Sherman Alexie’s book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is having on his students. As they read, the teacher asked the students to create their own “absolutely true diaries,” in which they responded to the novel. One student wrote:

 
“In the first chapter, Junior loses his best friend, his dog Oscar. He hears the gun shot when it happens. This almost brought me to tears because I can remember back when I heard the gun shots when my two best friends were pierced with bullets in the heads and chests. (Cont'd from home page) But despite this tragedy, Junior says he ‘feels important with a pen in my hand.’ I might not be able to draw like Junior, I feel as important as he does, especially when I write.”

The teacher goes on to write that “it wouldn’t be hyperbole to say that the novel is truly changing their lives…This wouldn’t have ever been possible if it weren’t for your generosity at First Book.” 

First Book is an award-winning nonprofit providing new books to children in need addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy: access to books.  Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 70 million free and low-cost new books throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Why is access to books so important? “Among adults at the lowest level of literacy proficiency, 43% live in poverty. Among adults with strong literacy skills, only 4% live in poverty.”**

Through innovative delivery methods and programs, First Book brings free and low-cost books into the lives of children who need them most, opening doors to bright futures for children and families at risk. The organization releases a rich flow of books and educational resources into under-resourced community-based programs and Title I schools (schools mainly comprised of students living at or near the poverty line), creating permanent, systemic change in the access to resources for children in need.

First Book empowers teachers and administrators with access to high-quality books, educational materials and resources. These leaders are then able to focus on developing curriculum, building reading activities and changing lives.

The TisBest Philanthropy team joins the scores of publications and organizations – including Fast Company Magazine and Oprah’s Angel Network – that have recognized the game-changing work of First Book. We encourage you to consider supporting First Book with your TisBest Charity Gift Card and directly through the organization’s website.

Thanks for reading,

Chad Edwards – Charity and Community Relations Manager

** (Reder, Stephen, ed. The State of Literacy in America. Washington, DC: US Department of Education, 1998, p.5.)

 
 
 
The Moyer Foundation

 
If you’ve followed Major League All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer’s celebrated career, you know that he has been recognized as much for his work off the field as on.  In 2000, Jamie and his wife Karen established The Moyer Foundation.
 
Since then, the Foundation has raised more than $19 million to provide support to hundreds of programs that provide direct services and support to children enduring a time of profound physical, emotional, or financial distress.
 
Their work strikes a very personal cord for me.
 
When my wife and her twin sister were 15 years old, they lost their dad to cancer.  Both described feeling isolated and lonely in the years following his death as they struggled to connect to kids their age that had experienced such a deep loss.
 
Stories like this led The Moyer Foundation to create Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for children and teens who have experienced the death of someone close to them.  I had tears in my eyes as I heard about the comfort and understanding Camp Erin participants find as they build friendships with other children who have gone through a similar season of loss.  You can see a few of these kids in this powerful 60 second video on The Moyer Foundation’s YouTube page.

The weekend-long Camp Erin experiences are filled with traditional, fun, camp activities combined with grief education and emotional support -- facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. These kids have the opportunity to address their feelings and memorialize their loved ones with other kids just like them.

Incredibly, Camp Erin is free to all campers.  The Moyer Foundation has established 36 of these camps in 23 states making it the largest network of bereavement camps in the United States.  Each Camp Erin is facilitated through a long term partnership with a local bereavement agency.  With the community’s support, The Moyer Foundation intends to raise funds to bring Camp Erin to as many as 60 cities nationwide.

Camp Erin is just one of several unique Moyer Foundation programs.  You can find more inspiring information and ways to support the organization by going to www.moyerfoundation.org.  We at TisBest congratulate The Moyer Foundation on 10 years of bringing comfort and support to children in distress.

Thanks for reading,
Chad Edwards – Charity and Community Relations Manager

 

Earthquake Relief in Chile
 
While aid organizations are still trying to grasp the scope of the damage caused by the earthquake that hit Haiti just over a month ago, a massive earthquake and resulting Tsunami struck the central coast of Chile on Saturday, February 27.
 
Our team has created a list of charities at the bottom of this note (Click“Read More”) that are actively engaged in relief efforts in Chile. You will also find the list of our partner charities that are participating in the Haitian rebuilding effort.
 
The 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile was much stronger than the Haitian earthquake, but, thankfully, much less devastating. The Chilean government has been able to respond effectively to the crisis but is calling for help from international aid groups, many of which have already spent significant resources in Haiti.
 
Directing your TisBest Charity Gift Card to any of the organizations listed below will provide needed financial support at a critical time. We also hope you’ll consider making a long term commitment to supporting these organizations after the immediacy of these tragedies has passed. Click here to read Jon Siegel’s thoughts (TisBest Executive Director) on recent criticisms of how charities are using disaster relief funds.

Thank you for your concern and generosity.
-The staff of TisBest Philanthropy
 

Chile Disaster Relief
 
American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is sending money, supplies and staff to Chile to support relief efforts there.

CARE: CARE, with nearly 60 years of emergency experience in Latin America and South America, has emergency response experts on standby in the region ready to deploy. They are coordinating with local partners and members of the international aid community and are prepared to provide further assistance if necessary.

Catholic Relief Services: CRS will be supporting the relief efforts of the local Catholic Church through Caritas Chile, the social service arm of the Catholic Church in Chile, which is responding with food and other assistance.

Convoy of Hope: Convoy of Hope teams are headed to Chile to assess damage, coordinate relief efforts and provide clean water for victims of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked the South American country last Saturday.

Direct Relief International: Direct Relief is staying in close contact with emergency responders to provide medical aid as needed to help the people of Chile affected by the earthquake.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF): MSF teams are in contact with the Chilean government, which has thus far responded efficiently to the disaster. MSF will focus its efforts in the more isolated areas that rescue workers have not yet reached. 

Habitat For Humanity: Habitat for Humanity will mobilize all available resources to address shelter solutions for low-income families affected by the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010. Habitat for Humanity Chile has provided more than 3,500 families with adequate housing since 1998 and has extensive training in working in disaster recovery.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is collecting donations on behalf of local relief organizations in Chile as the death and displacement tolls mounted from Saturday's 8.8-magnitude earthquake.
 
Save the Children: Save the Children is sending its emergency assessment team to Chile focusing on the needs of children and families. 

Shelter Box: ShelterBox is sending Response Team members to assess the need and will be sending resources into areas impacted by the earthquake.

Salvation Army: Salvation Army emergency services were immediately mobilized to provide support and comfort and international financial assistance is already on the way.

UNICEF United States Fund: UNICEF and its UN partners are monitoring events and stand ready to help in the aftermath of an 8.8-magnitude earthquake that shook Chile early Saturday.

World Vision: World Vision is rushing emergency supplies — including clean water, blankets and tents — to children and families impacted by the earthquake.


Haiti Disaster Relief
 
Action Against Hunger: Action Against Hunger has mobilized an emergency response in the city of Port-au-Prince. Their teams are carrying out rapid evaluations across the city and are preparing for a shipment of emergency supplies.

American Jewish World Service: AJWS is collecting donations to AJWS's "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund" will enable AJWS's network of grantees in Haiti to meet the urgent needs of the population based on real-time, on-the-ground assessments.

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is sending money, supplies and staff to Haiti to support relief efforts there.
 
American Refugee Committee International: They are doing all they can to address survivors’ immediate needs: water, sanitation, and shelter. 

CARE: CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince today to assist in recovery efforts. They’re focusing their efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools that collapsed.

Catholic Relief Services: Catholic Relief Services has staff in Haiti is responding to the earthquake. Tuesday night the agency made an immediate commitment of $5 million for emergency supplies.

Children’s Hunger Fund: Wants to mobilize and help now. It is their hope that church volunteers from outside of the city will soon be able to carry aid in and begin ongoing care of the suffering children and families.

Children’s Network International: Help the Children is providing emergency assistance to the victims through our Haiti disaster relief efforts.

Christian Relief Services: Christian Relief Services is helping in Haiti through their partner organization less Enfants d’Haiti. 100% of donations received will go to support our partner organization in Haiti, the Fondation pour les Enfants d'Haiti (FEH).

Convoy of Hope: Convoy of Hope is already setting up an emergency command center just outside Port-au-Prince where food, water and supplies are being distributed to victims of the earthquake.

CURE International: CURE doctors in the Dominican Republic are responding to the earthquake in Haiti. Next to search and rescue teams, the biggest need will be for surgeons and skilled medical professionals to treat the injured. CURE is coordinating with organizations on the ground to provide our expertise.

Direct Relief International: To assist survivors, the organization’s emergency response team is arranging an emergency airlift containing over $2 million in medicines and medical supplies that will depart Friday.

Doctors Without Borders: MSF has already treated more than 1,000 people on the ground in Haiti following Tuesday's earthquake, but the needs are huge.

FINCA International: Has many programs stationed in Haiti that have been affected.  They are asking for your support to help those programs and the people of Haiti.

Global Fund for Women: The Global Fund for Women is committed to help our grantees rebuild their communities and continue their women’s rights work after the immediate crisis is over.  To date, the Global Fund has supported 18 women and children’s organizations in Haiti.

Habitat For Humanity: Habitat for Humanity has worked in Haiti for 26 years and is aiding the recovery process by providing emergency shelter kits, helping with debris removal from home sites and providing transitional shelter, new home construction and home repairs.  
 
International Rescue Committee: The IRC will be working with overwhelmed local aid groups to provide life-saving medical care, clean water and sanitation to earthquake survivors.

Mercy Corps: Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders to assess damage, and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors.

Operation Smile: Operation Smile, Inc. is mobilizing its global resources and sending highly skilled medical teams and medical equipment and supplies into the region.
 
Oxfam-America Inc: Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation to provide clean water, shelter, sanitation and help people recover.

Partners in Health: Partners in Health and its partner organization Zanmi Lasante have worked in Haiti for nearly twenty-five years, and today is one of the largest non-governmental health care providers in the country. PIH has been working closely with the UN, Government of Haiti, US Government, other NGOs to determine immediate needs. They are currently focusing on immediate medical and surgical needs.
 
Relief International: Relief International has dispatched Emergency Response teams to Haiti.

Save the Children: Save the Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti. Donate to their fund to provide medical attention and clean water to children and families.

Shelter Box: ShelterBox has dispatched about 500 containers of supplies to the affected area. A ShelterBox response team is being mobilized, with two members from the United States and one from the United Kingdom. Also, more than 100 Aquaboxes are being delivered to Haiti to provide safe water.

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is mobilizing personnel and resources to send to Haiti in response to the need with the help of your generous donations.

UNICEF United States Fund: UNICEF has issued a statement: “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund.

World Vision: World Vision has been working in Haiti for more than 30 years and had 370 staff members in Port-au-Prince when the quake hit. Although World Vision's office in the capital sustained significant damage, all staff were confirmed safe and are initiating a response to the devastation. Financial donations are urgently needed to continue and escalate this response.
 
 
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I was reminded of the great work of Best Friends Animal Society while looking for a charity to recommend to my 10-year-old niece. My wife and I bought her a TisBest card for Christmas and wanted to give her a starting point for her search. I thought of her passion for helping animals as I read about the group of animal lovers who founded Best Friends as a small animal sanctuary 25 years ago. Their pilot program rescuing dogs and cats on their way to "E-Day" (euthanasia) led them to build a haven for animals at Angel Canyon in Southern Utah.
 
Today, their 33,000-acre ranch is the nation's largest animal sanctuary for homeless animals.
 
On any given day, the sanctuary houses about 2,000 dogs, cats, horses, burros, birds, rabbits, and an assortment of other creatures. Most of the animals have special physical or behavioral needs. Through the care of Best Friends' veterinarians, trainers, and caregivers, most of these animals - approximately three out of four - are able to go to good homes after just a few weeks. Animals who are unable to be adopted because of major trauma, age, or chronic illness find a permanent home at the sanctuary.

Best Friends Animal Society has been a leader in the "No More Homeless Pets" campaign: a spay/neuter, adoption, and public awareness program to bring an end to the killing of homeless animals in shelters. They have partnered with organizations across the nation to provide assistance and training to groups looking to create "no-kill" communities. And they are seeing results. According to the website www.utahpets.org, the number of animals euthanized in Utah shelters since 1999 has decreased by 30%.
 
Best Friends provides a whole host of other services including adoption, spay/neuter, and educational programs; the Best Friends Network; and Best Friends, the nation's largest-interest animal magazine. I encourage you to hop, trot, prance, or strut over to the Best Friends website (www.bestfriends.org) where you'll find incredibly cute pictures of the animals they work with and important information on their work.

We at TisBest congratulate Best Friends Animal Society on 25 years of building a better world through kindness to animals.

Chad Edwards
Charity & Community Relations Manager
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A good friend of mine had twin boys several years ago. Both were good-looking and healthy with one exception: one of the boys had a cleft lip and pallet. A cleft is an opening in the lip, the roof of the mouth or the soft tissue in the back of the mouth. This little guy had all three. It is painful look at and, if untreated, has life-long consequences. Surgery provides excellent results but many of the 200,000+ children born each year with a severe cleft condition live in areas where their parents can’t afford to give them this essential surgery.
 
Operation Smile touches many of these lives directly by providing free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. And they address a big problem since clefting occurs in approximately 1 per 500-700 births, the ratio varying considerably across geographic areas and ethnic groupings.
 

Looking through the “before” pictures of these children, it’s easy to imagine the consequences if untreated. Ear disease and dental problems occur frequently, as do problems with proper speech development. Children may have difficulty eating, speaking, socializing, and simply smiling.  A child’s very life and livelihood are threatened. They are shunned and rejected. They need help.

Operation Smile is able to perform a 45 minute cleft lip surgery for only $240, saving these innocent children from a lifetime of shame. The Organization has more than 4,000 credentialed medical volunteers who have performed over 135,000 surgeries since 1982.
 
Operation Smile also conducts international training programs which empower their partner countries to treat more children on their own. They support medical diplomacy and research to find the root cause of clefting.
 
I believe in the work of Operation Smile-I’ve seen the impact of this condition first hand. My friend’s son endured three difficult surgeries before he was 18 months old. Though these surgeries are tough for both family and child, it’s difficult to imagine what life would have been like without it. We at TisBest support Operation Smile’s work in making this dream a reality for children around the globe.
 

Chad Edwards
Manager, Charity and Community Relations


 
 
We are starting a new series and are really excited to kick it off with a post about the work of one of our national partners: Covenant House.

Covenant House reaches out to a population that, here in Seattle, we most often see in abandoned doorways. Dirty, slumped, sad, cold, wet. And young, really young. They should be playing, learning, figuring out their future, figuring out the world. But they're not. Who knows the reason. Who cares the reason. They are not culpable for being there. They need help.

Covenant House steps up and helps. They focus on homeless kids. They give the kids an ear to talk to, a warm room, a meal, space to think things through. The stories on their website will bring tears to your eyes:

o I'm tired, I'm so tired. I never thought in a million years that this was the way my life was going to be.

o I told my mom we'd still make it, and I took care of her. I stopped going to school so I could help her. I did my best. But it wasn’t enough.

o All I was looking for was a bed, but I found a haven. Covenant House is different than other shelters. It’s like a home. There are lots of ‘parents’ here….

Here is one such story: at 16 years old, Matt had been beaten senseless by a gang, was in trouble with the law, and trying to recover from a 3 month coma induced by the beating. He found Covenant House and was transformed. Today he volunteers to help other kids: “The kids sit there and listen to me, and shake my hand. I’m doing God’s job. That’s the best I could do in life, to give the message of hope to other kids.”

Covenant House runs multiple programs in cities across the US - a crisis hotline, shelters, transitional housing, jobs training - and the Outreach Van, a program that reaches out and offers help where the kids need it, right on the street. Volunteers look for homeless kids, give them a sandwich, offer to talk. It’s so simple and it is exactly what that cold, hungry and scared 15 year old kid needs.

We at TisBest Philanthropy heartily applaud Covenant House for their work and hope you will too. If you give them $20, that can hand out 20 sandwiches to kids on the street. That sandwich is the first step a kid needs to reach shelter, counseling, a future, and maybe even an M.D. like “Joe” did. Simple and high impact. Thank you Covenant House for your work!

-Erik and Chad







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