All Proceeds Support Charities fighting Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness.
It is hard to believe that we still – in our day and age – live in a world that continues to suffer from hunger, when there is, technically speaking, enough food available on our planet to make all of us, not just us Midwesterners, need to diet. As it is, we live in a world where every five seconds a child – an innocent child – dies of starvation. A portion of every donation to the CIA: The Bart Ehrman Blog goes to fighting poverty and the causes of hunger, abroad and especially at home.
Homelessness on both the international and (harder to believe) national levels continues, in some places, to be in epic proportions. Although estimates vary, some estimates indicate that between 100 million and 150 million children worldwide live independently on the streets. Many of the problems, of course, are political, many of them are individual/psychological, and many of them are just plain economical. Contributions to the CIA: The Bart Ehrman Blog goes to organizations committed to fighting homelessness through providing housing for those in need and through eliminating the root causes of the problem.
All the moneys collected by the blog go into the Bart Ehrman Foundation, and all that money goes out to support the following charities. Two are local to my community, and two are international.
• The Urban Ministries of Durham. This is the one nearest and dearest to my heart. It is the agency that deals with hunger and homelessness in my own locale. It is an absolutely amazing “ministry” (it is not religious in anyway; the term is used in the secular sense). Among other things instead of (or rather in addition to) putting a band aid on the problems through their homeless shelter and community kitchen and food pantry and clothing pantry, Urban Ministries actually work to get people off homelessness and into permanent jobs and permanent housing. Last year they ended homelessness for 287 people. Anyone interested in seeing what a local organization can do, and do brilliantly, should check out their work at http://umdurham.org/.
• Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. This too is a terrific agency that deals with food distribution to the needy throughout my part of the state. The quantity of food they collect from all kinds of sources and the complex distribution process they undertake are logistically mind boggling. They literally keep people from starving. You can see what they are about at http://www.foodbankcenc.org
The other two agencies that the Blog supports are internationally well known and do not need much comment from me. I have supported their work for years and am a true believer in what they do.
• CARE. Care is an international relief agency that works in nearly 90 countries. As they say: “implementing long-term programs to fight poverty, responding to humanitarian emergencies, and advocating for policy change to improve the lives of the poorest people.” They deal with heart-rending problems with dignity and integrity: http://www.care.org/
• Doctors Without Borders. This is one of the truly great humanitarian charities in the world, without a question, a bright light shining in our universe. By their own summary: “Doctors Without Borders provides medical care to people in nearly 70 countries worldwide, saving lives threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. As a humanitarian organization, we treat people in crisis regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation.” http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/