-- --

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Worthy Causes

Homeless person, Midtown
Photo by myself, somewhere in Midtown.

You often find the homeless tucked away in public places.

They can be found on sidewalks, in subway stations and on park benches. Sometimes panhandlers will walk through subway cars and ask for help, but generally they keep to themselves.


Here's a follow-up to an earlier post about a worthy New York cause.

The Fresh Air Fund brings inner city children out to the country to experience a break from their harsh surroundings.

From now until June 30th, donations to the Fresh Air Fund will be matched by corporate donors. Yup. Perfect timing, since everyone's a bit tight for cash right now. So every precious dollar you donate will in essence be doubled.

Fresh Air Fund is also looking for nearby host families, who can host a child for a week or two, ages six to twelve.

What an opportunity to make a difference?

Related posts: Man and Companion, on the Sidewalk, Castaways and Could You Keep It Down?.


Tiago said...

I can't understand how it is still possible to have so many people living like that, in the western world.

Anonymous said...

I always look at the homeless people and wonder about their stories. I rather miss seeing the one I saw every day in Freo. I hope he is still OK now winter is coming on over there.

It does sound like a good cause - let's hope plenty of people contribute. amazing that there are still corporate donors at the moment really.

Susu said...

Last Saturday I walked by The Notre Dame Cathedral and saw a homeless man reading. I truly wondered what his story was...

dianasfaria.com said...

the fresh air fund, what a great thing.

Hilda said...

Manila has a lot of homeless and 'informal settlers' but I still find it unnerving to see the same in rich countries like the US. I just don't understand :'(

Kitty said...

Thanks everyone.
It's so interesting to get peoples' comments outside the US. We have poverty here as well, though not as widespread or blatant than other parts of the world

Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

I recently read the book "The End of the Work" by Jeremy Rifkin. It is a truly extraordinary, horizon-expanding book and is definitely worth the read! The gain in efficiency and productivity, which is a completely natural process, leads into a constantly shrinking number of jobs and, already, there aren't enough jobs for all of us. If we do not rethink our economic model, this will lead us into a tremendous growing number of homeless people and social problems.
It is not only his or her individual story, it is the lack of a social component in our system that causes homelessness.

Buenos Aires Photo