I've always believed in direct giving. Meaning that there is a specific feeling of seeing the look on peoples faces as well as having the knowledge that your assistance is actually received. This has been a sticking point for me over the last decade after an issue with United Way. I'm not going to besmirch some of the good work they do here. I signed up long ago to have a specific amount deducted from my paycheck for Big Brothers Big Sisters. United Way said that I would get a notification from the charity that the funds got there. I have yet to receive that notice and still don't know where that money went.
Since then, I've been very picky about my donations. Blood and physical objects can actually go somewhere and get instant use by UBS or Goodwill. But, it was a discussion with Kerry that made me consider something else. She was talking with a friend that was helping out with another charity and noticed they were specificly lacking warm clothing for underprivelidged teen girls. We've been thinking about setting up our own project to help with this. It's early in development but I keep thinking that only then can I really control how I give. We will see.
Meanwhile, I did get a message from someone setting up an event in Las Vegas on Aug. 23rd dealing, oddly enough, with rock music. Rock Against Diabetes will be hosting a benefit concert and live free webcast to raise awareness and funds. I'll try to work something out to promote it during Talking 80s Music and an upcoming news snippet in the next newsletter. But, more than ever, it reminds me that other people are taking the reins to make a difference in various projects.