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A Hunger to Help

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These are uncertain times. The economy is a wreck. Need is escalating throughout the world as prices rise for food and oil. Natural disasters in China and Myanmar are overwhelming and tragic. Huge NGOs like Worldvision and Care are pleading for donations as they rush in to help. The work to do is so enormous. Can we possibly make a difference when the need is getting bigger all the time? Interestingly, there seems to be a hunger out there for people to meaningfully engage and contribute in this increasingly complex and global world. Ginny Jordan, an activist and philanthropist from Boulder, Colorado, who is also the co-founder of BeadforLife, is seeing a trend towards a new kind of philanthropy. It is no longer only the work of the wealthy. People of ordinary means are taking volunteer vacations, sponsoring children, microlending, throwing fundraising parties, even buying goats for those in developing countries who want to raise their families out of extreme poverty.

Acholi child with mother in Kampala, Uganda slum

Through word of mouth and grassroots outreach they are involving friends, families and neighbors who are aching to get outside of themselves. In a way, Ginny adds, this is a cultural experience and those who are taking the journey are writing a new story about philanthropy. They are joining a circle of people who are affirming the exchange in giving. You give, others benefit from hope and opportunities, they touch you with their gratitude and resiliency, you receive inspiration and the riches that come from the circle of connection. The circle of exchange grows larger. Even in tough economic times, the hunger to help seems insatiable.

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Author: Vicky Collins

Vicky Collins is a freelance television producer and journalist based in Denver, Colorado with a diverse portfolio of projects that including network news, cable programming, Olympic sports, corporate and non-profit videos. She is also an accomplished writer and photographer who is particularly interested in world travel and issues of global poverty. Some of her most satisfying assignments have been covering disasters, working in the slums of developing countries and telling stories of people who show great courage in the face of adversity. She has been in all 50 states and on six continents and many of her television stories and photos are posted on her website at To contact Vicky Collins directly email or tweet @vickycollins.

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