Friday, October 19, 2012

Some of The Queen's Favorite Non-Profits

Although I believe in supporting non-profit organizations year round, this time of year when the holidays are around the corner, people tend to get into a more giving mood and start feeling more thankful for what they have. I wanted to mention a few of the non-profits that we support and why we love their cause:

1. The Wish Project - The Wish Project in Lowell, MA is at the top of my list for a couple reasons - a) they help people who have lost their homes and are in need of basic goods to get back on their feet in the Merrimack Valley and b) a large percentage of the items they provide are being given a second life, keeping a lot of unnecessary waste out of our landfills. Junk King has provided many truckloads of items to the Wish Project and we call it a win-win-win situation because we're helping people, helping the environment, and it makes us feel good all at the same time!

2. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell - Habitat is a great organization. Their main goal is to provide affordable home ownership opportunities to people in need. The homes they provide are quality, efficient, well-built homes built mostly by volunteers from around the area. In addition to new homes, Habitat also renovates existing homes. Not only does this help those in need of a home, but it also helps the entire neighborhood where the homes are built or renovated by improving property values and neighborhood pride.

3. Alternative House - Alternative House in Lowell, MA helps battered women and children who have been through domestic violence and provide shelter, support, legal help, and counseling to women in need. Alternative House also has an emergency shelter where women and their children can stay after escaping an abusive situation. One event we love to participate in that supports the Alternative House is the Thanks 4 Giving road race on Thanksgiving Day. The King and I have been doing this race for almost 7 years now and it's definitely grown over the years, it's a great race for a great cause!

4. Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell - I had always known about the Boys and Girls Club, it's been around for over 100 years but it didn't register in my mind just how much they help kids until I heard their Executive Director Joe Hungler speak at a recent networking event. The Boys and Girl's club can literally turn lives around for young kids and teenagers. It gives them a safe, fun place to go after school and during the summer where they can be with their friends, get help with homework, and work on their own personal development. Our children are our future and any organization that dedicates itself to helping them is worth supporting.

5. Red Cross - Almost everyone is familiar with the Red Cross, but I don't know if everyone knows all the things the Red Cross does to help people. Red Cross is there when natural disasters strike or when families suffer through house fires, they collect blood donations to help people who are sick or have been injured, help military families and veterans, provide training for people to learn CPR and other life-saving first aid, and provide international relief programs. The Red Cross has been around since 1881 and their goal has remained the same. The King and I make an effort to donate blood whenever we can!

Question: Which non-profits do you love and support?

Last Words: The King and Queen love supporting great causes just like we love hauling your junk away!

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