If you’re a facebooker, you’re probably well aware of the Chase Community Giving programs run by Chase Bank (and yes, I know you may have divested your money from Chase and other huge money empires, but this is one program that is worth some positive attention). They run cycles of voting for community-focused projects and non-profits, and like your favorite contest reality show, voters determine the winners of cash grants for the non-profits. On December 1, a new round of voting begins for five worthy finalist charities (to whom two million dollars in grants will be awarded). The finalists are: Let’s Get Ready, an organization that makes college accessible to low-income and first generation college-bound students. The Matthew Shepard Foundation, named for the hate-crime murder victim in Laramie, WY, seeks to erase hate, replace it with understanding and compassion, and encourage respect for human dignity. The mission of Move for Hunger is simple, they ask people to donate their non-perishable food items when moving and deliver this food to local food banks. To Write Love on Her Arms is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. Wish Upon a Hero Foundation was formed after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, to raise funds and awareness in granting wishes for Americans in need.
Each is worthy of your votes, the monetary grants, and our continuing support. Saturday, December 10 at 8pm (7 Central), the winner will be announced on the American Giving Awards broadcast on NBC, hosted by Bob Costas.