Author Archive: Ann Nelson

Skirball Meeting Notes on Connecting Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty with Other Service Themes

Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty connects with Animals

Many pets are let loose or abandoned if their owners lose their homes or cannot afford to feed them.  The plight of many homeless pets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina was discussed as an example.  Organizations like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal  offer help.  The American Humane Society has a website that is kid friendly .

Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty connects with People with Special Needs

Our group discussed the fact that there are many homeless and hungry with problems, both mentally and physically, that put them in a vulnerable spot.  Find out about people with special needs at the The National Inclusion Project .

Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty connects with Gardening

Many organizations harvest fruits and vegetables to donate to local homeless shelters.  KidsGardening! has information on family and school gardening.

Hunger, Homelessness, and Poverty connects with Elders

Many elders, living on fixed incomes, find themselves living in poverty unable to house or feed themselves.  Organizations such as Meals on Wheels   help address the problem.  Find out more about the elderly at Generation United, and how to help feed the elderly at Feeding America

Global Volunteer Opportunity

Aid Africa  (, in partnership with Giving Children Hope (, is looking for volunteers and support to assemble 5,000 Birthing Kits for shipment and use among Uganda’s rural poor.  Just one day’s work can save 10,000 lives!  Each year 500,000 African babies die from infection following birth.  The risk of this infection can be greatly reduced by providing basic elements of medical sanitation during childbirth.

There are two ways to help:

Monetary Donation:

A $10 donation to Aid Africa cover the cost, including shipment, for one Birthing Kit.  Donations can be made online at the organization’s website:

All donations are tax-deductible.

Volunteer to Assemble the Kits:

Volunteers are need  to assemble the kits.  Snacks will be provided.

  • When: Saturday, October 27, 2012 between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Giving Children Hope’s warehouse, 8332 Commonwealth Avenue, Buena Park,  CA 90621

For more information and/or to sign up to help, contact: or call (818) 249-2398.  Additional information will be available on the Aid Africa website soon.

National Conference on Volunteering and Service

  Notes from the 2012 National Conference on Volunteering and Service


  The venue was the McCormick Conference Center in Chicago. Keynote speakers included Chicago mayor Raim Emanuel, Jill Biden, and Barbara Bush, and actor Kevin Bacon. I took away a number of good ideas from many great organizations. I would like to share two organizations of particular interest related to the environment.

  1. TerraCycle ( offers national programs to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste. Most offer free shipping as well as a donation for each piece of garbage that is collected.
  2. RandomKid ( is an award winning organization for kids, educators and youth group leaders that is changing the world.

Both websites offer a variety of project ideas, resources, and support information for educators. Check them out!