Racer's Favorite Causes
This is a list of non-profit organizations who are doing work that we think is especially important. We have no direct affiliation with any of these folks, although we have donated tiny amounts of money to them as we pledged to do in our first newsletter.
Any errors are Racer's sole responsibility, and we apologize in advance for any incorrect or outdated information.
If you would like to nominate a good cause for inclusion in this list, please send us mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to let us know where to reach you, so we can confirm the information.
I actually feel very weird about making this list available. I'm really, really not trying to show off about giving money away. (Trust me, the amounts I've given are really small.)
I do genuinely think it's important, though, to let people know about these organizations and their extraordinary accomplishments. Also, we promised to contribute something to good causes as a part of the way Racer is run, and I'd like people to know that that pledge is not an empty one.
So, here's the list:
One of the main ways they do this is by publicizing the cases of political prisoners and people who are in danger of being tortured; then, individuals write to government officials and prison wardens and ask them politely to set the prisoners free or make sure they're protected from torture. It's an amazing concept that seems naive and laughably simple - but it's been incredibly effective.
Amnesty International, USA PO Box 96756 Washington, DC 20077-7131
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) 132 W 43rd Street New York, NY 10109-0592
AmFAR is the nation's leading not-for-profit organization dedicted to the support of AIDS research, lifesaving prevention-education programs, and sound AIDS-related policy. To date, we have provided over $71 million to efforts to combat the AIDS epidemic.Most of us are now painfully aware of the devastation the AIDS epidepic has wrought. I lost my best friend to AIDS, and I wish I could do more to speed the day when we have a cure.
American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) PO Box 96635 Washington, DC 20077-7095
... over 150 programs around the globe -- humanitarian aid and economic development projects, work for justice, human rights, and a more reconciled world.I'm usually wary of supporting religious-based charities; I don't like people trying to change my religious beliefs, and I don't think people in need should be pressured, however subtly, into giving up their own spiritual traditions. I feel I can wholeheartedly support the AFSC (the Friends are Quakers), based on the paragraph I quoted, and I think their work exemplefies the very best spirit of Christian charity - working in the concrete world to build a compassionate community.
American Friends Service Committee 1501 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102-1403
Since 1976 ... Habitat has ...This is, of course, the organization that President Carter has dedicated so much of his time to. I'm always encouraged by programs that help people help themselves, and I think this is a pragmatic, effective way to help those who need better housing (and those who need any housing at all).
Habitat for Humanity International 121 Habitat Street PO Box 1167 Americus, GA 31709-9951
The clients of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics reflect the cultural diversity of the Bay Area. No one is turned away. Our programs provide free health care, health education, and drug and alcohol treatment services to tens of thousands of people in need every year.In addition to providing free medical care for nearly 20 years, I'm pretty sure the HAFC have been involved in HEAR, an organization that works to prevent hearing loss among performers and fans of extra-loud music.
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc. 3330 Geary Blvd, Second Floor San Francisco, CA 94118
The Hunger Project is a global, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of hunger. It confronts the root causes of hunger, producing breakthroughs required to create a world free from hunger.
The Hunger Project 15 East 26th Street New York, NY 10160-1757
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been protecting wetlands, rain forests, prairies and beaches. To date, we've helped protect more than 8.0 million acres in the U.S. and millions more through our Latin American, Caribbean and Pacific programs. Our work has already rescued numerous species from extinction.
The Nature Conservancy PO Box 17056 Baltimore, MD 21298-9704
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. 810 Seventh Avenue New York, NY 10102-0103
I believe that there is a very powerful sense of freedom in the music we listen to. Whether you are a musician or a fan, there is a shared feeling that no outside authority can stop.I couldn't have put it better myself.
Rock the Vote's most notable efforts have been the passage of the Motor Voter Bill and the more general issue of urging young adults to get involved in the political process.
Rock the Vote Dept. 3431 PO Box 30897 Los Angeles, CA 90099-4449
The San Francisco Food Bank rescues and distributes more than 4 million pounds of edible, but non-marketable food to 300 human service agencies in San Francisco. Each week, agencies visit the warehouse to select fresh, packaged, and frozen items for their meal or pantry programs. The Food Bank also distributes food through several direct service programs: Brown Bag for low-income seniors; C.A.R.E. for people living with HIV; Emergency Food Box for families in crisis; A Full Plate for families in transition; and Partners in Need for low-income volunteers.
San Francisco Food Bank 333 Illinois Street San Francisco, CA 94107-2217
I spent a semester volunteering one afternoon a week at a local junior high as a teacher's aide. I thought the kids were great, and I loved it when they asked "You're not getting paid for this? Why are you here?!"
This page was last updated on March 3, 2004 by Kristi Wachter.