Year of Giving // February
Am I the only one around here who has just felt exhausted by the world lately? Like a lot of people, I’ve felt drained by everything going on in the news. There’s just so much negativity and hostility, and I think it’s left a lot of people feeling positively sapped. I have spent a lot of time thinking about ways that I can give back, whether it’s to my local community or to organizations that I think are doing good work in the world. I also have this friend Julie who doesn’t seem to miss a rally and is super passionate about so many things. She generally makes me feel like a jerk for staying home and not doing more. So I came up with the idea of a year of charitable giving as a way for me to give back. Starting a month late, but better late than never, right?
For the rest of the year, I’ll be picking a different charity each month to donate a quarter of my monthly affiliate sales earnings to. One of the ways I earn money through my blog is through affiliate sales, which means that I sometimes make a small commission if you purchase items after clicking certain links on my blog. My commission is at no extra cost to you, either, so it’s a great way for people to contribute a small amount to charities that are important to them without making a direct donation (I know a lot of people are feeling donation fatigue lately). Amazon is the primary way I make affiliate earnings, so if you click my uniquely coded Amazon links before you make an Amazon purchase, I will receive a small commission of 4 to 6 percent of the sale’s total. And then a quarter of all of my monthly earnings will go to the month’s charity.
To be picked as a charity for the year of charitable giving, the charity must have a 4/4 rating on Charity Navigator. Leave me a comment if you have a suggested charity! Otherwise, let’s dive in to the first charity I picked…
February’s Charity: Humane Rescue Alliance
The first charity I’m picking is the Humane Rescue Alliance (Charity Navigator 90.83/100). The Humane Rescue Alliance is made up of what was formerly the Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League.
Back before the merger, we adopted our kitties Henry and Blanche from the Washington Animal Rescue League, so we have a very special place in our heart for them! Here is a picture from the day we introduced Blanche to Henry. Look at her little fluffy spots! And her tiny little legs!
I am an extremely passionate #adoptdontshop advocate, and I am a completely pathetic bleeding heart for shelter animals. We can’t watch the commercials…you know the ones, the ones that nearly guilt me in to turning our townhouse into a sanctuary for stray cats. I believe strongly in the good work that no-kill shelters around the country do to improve the lives of homeless, abandoned, and stray animals. The Humane Rescue Alliance is just one organization among thousands doing great work for animal welfare. The organizations that make up the Humane Rescue Alliance have served the animals and the people of the District of Columbia and the national capital region for over a century.
Animals like these two boobs:
So what does the Humane Rescue Alliance do?
- Brings animals and people together through adoption and fostering (view available animals and read about fostering here)
- Provides affordable veterinary care to the local community through a medical center available to all families, regardless of income (read more here)
- Keeps pets in their homes through addressing the lack of accessible, affordable pet care in under-served communities to improve their quality of life (read more here)
- Makes the community a better place for people and animals by ensuring the safety and welfare of all animals through animal protection teams available day or night to help (read more here)
- Instills kindness in young people through humane education programs (read more here)
And most importantly, they brought the two best cats in the world into our life. Just think about how many people can say that because of organizations like the Humane Rescue Alliance. <3
If you’d like to make a direct donation to the Humane Rescue Alliance, you can do so here! If you’re in the DC area and would prefer to get involved in person, check out their get involved page. And make sure to give a like to the organization’s Facebook page, too…they share lots of wonderful photos, stories, and opportunities for you to help.
How You Can Help Me Raise Money
If you’d like to help me raise money for the Humane Rescue Alliance, all you have to do is make sure to click my Amazon link before doing your Amazon shopping! It will put a cookie in your browser with a tracking ID, and I’ll earn between 4 and 6 percent of your total sale at no extra cost to you. If you already have a cart of goodies, click the link and refresh your browser before you place your order.
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