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Charity-A-Day: Cell Phones for Soldiers

American soldiers are detached each day from the lives they once led, but teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist are striving to reach out to these troops with an organization all their own known as Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Through this unique program, soldiers are reconnected with their homes, families, friends, neighbors, and communities, even if only for minutes at a time.  Cell Phones for Soldiers was established in 2004 to provide American troops with means of calling home; five years and millions of dollars later, the program has succeeded in reuniting loved ones all across the United States.

By recycling used cell phones, the program raises money to purchase prepaid calling cards for American soldiers.  Getting involved with this remarkarble program is simple.  Donate any used cell phone today, and contribute to the cause that is reuniting families everywhere.

Be sure to check out for more information.

“Your Mission: Help Our Troops Call Home”

Charity-A-Day: Education

As you may have seen in the Our Kids; Our Business section of today’s Spokesman-Review,  kicking off another week of charity-focus here at the Vox Box! We’ve investigated a huge range of topics; everything from Health, Animal Shelters, Food Banks, and more. Get ready and geared up for week two of ‘Charity-A-Day’!  Today we’ll tackle a big one: Education! (Yeah…the mention of that whole ‘school’ things usually inspires some groans and whining, but hold on - this is the good stuff…)

“Start with Trust”
The Better Busines Bureau is making education their main business with the BBB Education Foundation.  Found in Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana, the BBB works toward their goal to “promote and foster ethical relationships within our community” by inviting high school sophomores to discuss ethics and preparing our generation for what lies ahead. 

“…Raising a high bar for all students benefits all students.”
That’s the core belief of Seattle-based education charity, Alliance for Education.  Raising capital, creating challenging courses, and inspiring students within Washington, are just a few of the things Alliance does to “champion change and help drive effective strategies that will increase student achievement.” The Alliance for Education also rewards teachers: Two scholarship-awards are given out to remarkable educators and one award is granted to a notable principal. You can help this unique charity by donation or by volunteering at their annual October fundraising-breakfast…(and yes - by volunteering you get part of the breakfast…yummm, helping students can be delicious!)

“…Prepare students from underserved communities for success in universities.”
Accra, Mamprobi, Chorkor, and Dansoman: These are the areas of Ghana, West Africa that are being helped by the Darkwa Foundation.  With a branch in Bellevue, WA, Darkwa’s goal is to promote education in nurseries, pre-school’s, kindergartens, Middle schools, and primary school’s in Ghana - thus limiting poverty. The charity accepts donations as well as ‘In-Kind’ gifts, such as text books, curriculum guides, computers, and toys all to ”enable [the kids] to contribute to the development of their own country.”

A Great Week

Kicking off your ‘Easter-Week’ (finally, It’s Spring!), your lovely bloggers here at the Vox Box will be starting a great new iniative: Say hello to ‘Charity-A-Day’.  Every day this week, you’ll be able to read up on a different branch of charities. We’ll be giving you the inside info, the locations…everything! Comment up! - Got any ideas for more charities? Have we missed any blog-worthy ‘establishments serving for the greater good’? Keep us updated as we give you the latest…But here’s the first charity-focus for the week: Food Banks.

“Feeding Hunger, Feeding Hope”

“Second Harvest, founded in 1971 leads a network of more than 300 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Second Harvest provides more than 1 millon pounds of donated food each month to help feed hungry people.”

 This Inland Northwest food bank ensures the donation process is a breeze when it comes to supporting our neighbors. While openly allowing gifts of any amount, Second Harvest also gives humanitarians numerous options when it comes to helping out. You can give classic gifts of money and food-donations, or you can organize a food drive or volunteer with office support and food sorting.

Six pounds of food is given to families in need with every $1 donated to Second Harvest,  while $35 will feed a family of four for a week and $100 can help the area’s children for up to a month.

“Help Your Own Student Body”
Spokane Falls Community College is also doing it’s part to serve the community - the student-community, that is.  The A.S. Food Bank, located in the SFCC Student Union Building, is now open and needing donations. 

This food bank uses donations to serve approximately 140 student families a month. Donations to the A.S. Food Bank can be made directly to the bank or left in Donation Boxes located in every campus building. 

By helping out this food bank, not only will you be supporting your fellow student, you’ll be helping yourself.  Volunteers are greatly needed, as the Food Bank’s usual MON-FRI, 9:30 am-3:30 pm hours are dependent on availibility of volunteers.

To contact SFCC’s A.S. Food Bank, call 533-3140, or stop by to the Room 139 of the Student Union Building, (the SUB.)

Have you ever organized or participated in a Food Drive at your school, youthgroup, ect.? What are the qualities of a good Food Bank?


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