Today is Blog Action Day and the cause is ending poverty.
Did you know that 70% of those living in poverty around the world are women?
With the financial crisis looming and gas and necessities costs soaring you may be scrimping and saving for your own family but there are ways you can still help.
Women’s Career Clothing Closets
Working women’s clothing closets exist all over the country to help women build a professional wardrobe so that they can secure good paying jobs and end the cycle of poverty. Help women get on their feet by donating gently used professional clothing. It helps others and reduces your closet clutter at the same time!
Numerous organizations for clothing donations exist, here are a few or google for more:
- Women’s Resource Center, Michigan
- Women’s Career Clothing Closet, West Virginia
- Women’s Discovery Center, Arkansas
- Charity Guide: 15 Places to Donate Gently Used Women’s Clothing
Be a Mentor
Donate your time and your experience by mentoring others. Support from others can significantly increase the chances of success and mentoring is an excellent way to give back without costing any money.
MentorNet is an organization linking mentors to students that are seeking assistance via the Internet. MentorNet is a nonprofit e-mentoring network that positively affects the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields. By corresponding through emails and chats you can share your advice, experience, and support with a young person.
Interested in mentoring in person? Find an group in need of mentors in your area through Mentor.org’s opportunity locator. Put in your zip code and the distance you are willing to travel and Mentor.org gives you a list of organizations to contact.