April is a busy month for charities and causes across the board. From women’s rights to environmental protection to politics, there are a lot of issues that choose to call attention to the need for donations, volunteers, and awareness throughout not only the US but the world. Below are the causes that claim April and ways that you can participate in raising awareness and helping to solve the issues.
Domestic Violence Awareness: Women’s rights advocates have selected April to call for increased protection and public aid for victims of domestic violence. A highly taboo subject, domestic violence is a more pervasive problem than many people realize for a number of reasons, including the victim’s personal shame, fear of not being believed, or fear of the perpetrator. Many laws have attempted to make it easier for victims to flee from unsafe environments and seek protection, but we have a ways to go societally in how we support survivors. If you want to make a difference in the lives of domestic violence victim/survivors, consider contacting your local women’s shelters or counselling centers and seeing what they need. Often, gently used clothing is a welcome contribution. They may also have some handiwork they need done in their facilities.
Earth Day: Starting in the 1970s, April 22 has marked Earth Day, during which we reflect on the environment and what we have done to either protect or hurt it. As of late, environmental issues have fallen further and further down the priority list as housing developments pop up and toxins from trucks and power plants continue to pollute the planet. More species are finding themselves endangered or at risk with little done to protect their habitats. To make a charitable donation to an organization that will help protect the earth and make environmental matters a top-tier priority, consider donating to the World Wildlife Fund, which deploys people and financial support to the protection and preservation of natural habitats for endangered species. You can also talk to your local university and see what efforts they have to keep the planet intact and donate to a specific project they have underway in your own community.
Autism Awareness: Autism Spectrum Disorder affects the way people take in and handle sensory input and can affect the way they interact with others. Despite some controversy as to the cause of the cognitive condition, it’s been receiving more and more research funding, and public accommodations for those with sensory sensitivity is becoming more commonplace. To help support research, talk with your local disability center and see what kinds of donations would be helpful, including money, volunteered time, or other items. You may also want to talk with local schools or counseling centers that help families with members with special needs to see how you can participate in supporting them.
It’s that time of year again, Christmas music is echoing through stores and offices, colorful lights are strung across houses and trees, and people are starting to think about ways they can give back this time of year. Whether philanthropy is something you do often, or this is your first Christmas giving to a charity, here are 3 ways you can help fulfill the Holiday spirit of giving back.
The act of giving money to those less fortunate is one of the oldest and still best ways to give to those in need. Professional charities have the resources and infrastructure to use your dollars in a way that will most benefit the cause you choose. Speaking of causes, there is a charity for nearly every cause, group, or organization you could imagine. Find something you are passionate about giving to and find a reputable charity that supports your cause.
If your finances won’t allow a cash donation, perhaps you have some time available to support a worthy cause? Many organizations use Christmas time to raise awareness of their need for volunteers and your local area should have many organizations that could use your help. Whether it’s a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or boys and girls clubs, your work and time will be appreciated.
Winter Clothing Drives:
Even if you may not have the time or money to give back this year, you can still make a huge difference in someone’s life by donating your old winter clothes. Generally items for cold weather that are still in good shape are eligible, and will be handed out at shelters to help provide warmth and comfort to those in need.
As you can see, there is always a way to give back. After all, spreading the joy of the season is the best present you can give yourself.
About Timothy Powers Alamo
Based in Alamo, California, Timothy Powers is a seasoned real estate professional with over twenty years of industry experience. Powers obtained his real estate license in 1989, and by 1996, he had opened his own Alamo-based mortgage company, Paragon Mortgage Bankers, Inc. In 2005, Timothy Powers opened a franchise for Intero Real Estate Services, a leading broker of real estate in California. Over the course of his career, gross sales for both of these companies have exceeded $1.5 billion. Powers currently serves as the President and CEO of Paragon Real Estate Services, Alamo. The company specializes in real estate sales, short sales and foreclosures.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Timothy Powers is a committed philanthropist who cares about helping others in the community. While he supports a wide range of causes, Powers is particularly passionate about helping families of enlisted military on active duty, working as a suicide prevention counselor, serving as a mentor to those with substance abuse issues, assisting families at Stanford Health Care (Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek, CA).
Timothy Powers understands how quickly families and individuals can fall on hard times. He watched both parents, as well as a brother and sister, die of cancer. He also witnessed people close to him develop substance abuse problems. These experiences have provided Timothy Powers with the compassion and understanding to help those going through difficult life situations in a non-judgemental way so that they can get through their problems.
Real Estate Assistance for Military Families
He is particularly passionate about helping families of enlisted military on active duty. While some soldiers are protected under the Service member Civil Relief Act, Timothy Powers understands that some families may find out that they don’t qualify for this assistance. Powers is committed to helping families of military personnel find available government assistance, as well as legal assistance.
With more than twenty years in real estate, as well as eight years of foreclosure experience, Alamo resident Timothy Powers plans to use his hard-earned skills to help those who have fallen on hard times. Timothy Powers’ emphasis will be on helping those on active duty in the military and those who are coping with serious illness in the family, with the hope of helping these families survive these tough economic times.
During the summer of 2014, Timothy Powers also spent a total of over 400 hours at Stanford Health Care (Kaiser Hospital, Walnut Creek) as a Hospital Chaplain, successfully completing his Clinical Pastoral Education. His duties included spiritual and emotional counseling to patients and families that are in crisis while in the intensive care unit.
Suicide Prevention Counselor
Timothy Powers has spent time as a suicide prevention counselor with the Contra Costa Crisis Center. The center’s mission is to keep people alive and safe, help them through crises, and connect them with culturally relevant resources in the community. You can learn more about the Contra Costa Crisis Center on their official website.
Substance Abuse Chaplain
Furthermore, Powers spends one day a week as volunteer with the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Nonprofit, counseling participants and giving them emotional and spiritual support as they focus on healing from drug and alcohol abuse. The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center is a holistic rehabilitation center comprised of religious activities, work therapy, educational classes (spiritual, emotional, financial, life skills, and addiction) as well as recreational therapy. You can learn more about the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Nonprofit on their official website.