All posts by Linda Allen

Hosana/Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith Comes by Hearing is a global business that make audio Bibles. It is managed by a NPO and has audio Bibles accessible worldwide in over 850 languages, generally the New Testament. The group has a four-star Charity Navigator Rating and is a part of the Forum of Bible Agencies International. The president is organizer Gerald (Jerry) Jackson.

The ministry, which started under the name “Hosanna”, was created in 1972 by Jerry and his wife Annette as a library that loaned tapes with Christian themes and concepts offered by various instructors. The notion for making audio Bibles came from a missionary visit of theirs to a Hopi Indian reservation, where they saw that Bibles translated into the Hopi language weren’t being used because of enduring illiteracy. It came into the international marketplace in 1986, when the ministry started working with many Haitian missionaries to tape a Creole translation of the Bible. From 1986 on, the ministry used donations and revenues to tape translations of the Bible into various different languages. In 1991, its 1st international recording office was established in Ghana. The recordings utilize theatrical effects, like music and sound effects. The organization partnered with numerous Bible distributors and translators.

Faith Comes by Hearing has Bible recordings in over 1,000 languages voiced by over five billion people. Over 400 million folks in practically every country have been touched via their vast range of programs and their audio Bibles.

Deaf Bible Society is a group that promote sign language Bible translations and to involve Deaf people organizations with the gospel. The Bible should be limitless and accessible just like God and His Word. Whether it’s free Bible apps to Audio Bible proclaimers and podcasts, our objective is to offer people around the world free access to God’s Word via audio Bibles in any translated language.

Walking for AIDS

Over 30,000 people in the US are infected with AIDS every year and the majority of them are Black women. Black women account for over 75% of new HIV cases.

With these devastating statistics, what is the answer? Some businesses are stepping up with charity contributions backing the cause and assisting in various ways.

Roche Children’s Walk

Roche, a pharmaceutical business that created Invirase and Viracept (HIV protease inhibitors) hasn’t put in for any medical patents in Africa and under developed nations. What this connotates is that these countries (devastated by HIV/AIDS) can fabricate and sell inexpensive, generic versions of the drugs without watching people die by the thousands.

Roche is committed to bringing awareness of AIDS to those around the world. The entire company is working sincerely to address the issue through its Global Employee AIDS Walk in conjunction with World AIDS Day.

The employees at Roche have been participating in the company’s AIDS walk for over two years. Throughout the years, over 15,000 employees from over 40 countries walked to raise money for AIDS. The company matched all the pledges that were obtained by employees.

A part of the funds is given to local AIDS charities, such as the NJ AIDS Partnership. The majority of the money goes to children in Africa that are orphans due to the AIDS crisis. The funds are used to purchase clean water, shelter, food, books, sewing machines, clothing, and bedding. And as you might have considered, the funds are also used to manufacture AIDS/HIV medicine.

If you don’t know or you are unsure of how HIV is spread, here’s the facts. HIV is spread by having sex with an individual who is already invested with the virus. Additionally, HIV can be contracted by sharing needles with someone who has the HIV virus. A person can also contract AIDS via tainted blood and a baby can get HIV if his/her mother has the virus.

Meals on Wheels

Folks do care and do care about helping others. Regrettably, with the economy going downhill, most people are typically more concerned about where they will be living, and if they can purchase food for themselves before considering buying food for others.   Today’s economy has increased the number of poor folks across the nation.

Food is our most crucial need for survival. If you have an old, outdated car sitting in your driveway or garage, why not donate it? A lot of folks can profit from your donated vehicle? Moreover, you never know…one day, it might be you in the line for free food.

In reality, it hinges on the individual who donates where her/his contribution goes. There are hundreds of charities out there. If you go on the internet and put “car donation” in Google, you’ll be bombarded with numerous charities. A lot of them will tell you that donating a car is simple. But, pump the brakes. Before you give your car away, you must be sure to get all the facts about donating a car.

Your vehicle will be put to use in a meals program only if the charity you donate it to has this type of agenda. Don’t hesitate to ask what are the organization’s objectives. If you and your selected charity can’t agree on a certain set of goals, then keep it moving and look for another charity. The inner workings of a charity aren’t that difficult. A donated car can be driven by an individual who is carrying out the meal-on-wheels program or it can be auctioned off to raise money for the donated food.

The bottom line is one day, if you live long enough, you might see your old vehicle parked at the curb, and a charity worker ringing your bell with free meals in hand.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Dress for Success was started In 1996 by Nancy Lublin. She teamed up with three nuns in her area and, identifying a crucial need that was not being filled, founded Dress for Success in the basement of a church in Manhattan that same year. From that original basement boutique, the mission of Dress for Success spread over all of North America and then across the globe, demonstrating that achieving economic independence is a challenge that all women face regardless of their location, language, customs or culture.

Two years after forming, Dress for Success is now in 22 different cities throughout the United States, and in 1999 they established their first international location. Today, there are more than  149 Dress for Success affiliates in 26 countries — these numbers increase every year.

Dress for Success Worldwide is located in New York and oversees our global affiliate network.  Their purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. They provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but also focus on more than the clothes. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, their programs furnish women with a confidence that she can carry forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

Food Bank of New York City

Hunger in America is a growing problem for thousands of families everyday. Being hungry can affect all areas of your life, from being able to concentrate at home or at work, to poor health and chronic conditions from malnutrition. In New York City, one organization is trying to make a difference. Founded on research showing that approximately two million New Yorkers are at risk of hunger and that more than half of city households with children would not be able to afford food for their families within three months of the loss of a job or household income, the Food Bank of New York City wants to fill that gap.

In 1983, leaders of the city’s pioneering soup kitchens and food pantries gathered to create a solution to best meet their needs in serving their communities. The result was their founding of Food Bank. That Food Bank has since provided more than 1 Billion Meals FOR New York City.

Today, Food Bank delivers 120 nutritious meals every minute to a network of over 1,000 charities and schools, serving 1.5 million New Yorkers. Their food delivery work begins with the choices made by charity members on behalf of their communities and ends with the strategic targeting of the city’s meal gap to ensure that the most vulnerable are adequately served. Every day, tractor trailer trucks are filled to capacity with vital meals and fresh produce.

The Food Bank For New York City  has a network of approximately 1,200 emergency and community food providers, including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, as well as senior, youth and rehabilitation centers. Food Bank of New York City helps to provide approximately 400,000 free meals daily.

According to the organization’s 2013 Annual Report, Food Bank is the largest anti-hunger network in the United States, providing “food and services responsible for 72.5 million meals a year”.

Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine is a nonprofit organization that provides free educational, recreational, and social programs to children facing medical challenges and their families.

Project Sunshine has a dynamic and very dedicated corps of over 15,000 volunteers to bring programming – things like recreational activities (arts), educational support (tutoring and mentoring) and social services (medical and nutritional counseling) – to 100,000 children facing medical challenges and their families in 175 cities across the United States and in four international locations: Canada, China, Israel and Kenya.

Volunteers selflessly donate their time to create program materials and deliver programs. Working onsite, our volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead.

Project Sunshine volunteers spread sunshine, restoring a crucial sense of normalcy to the pediatric healthcare environment. Volunteers assemble Creative Arts & Crafts activity packages, create Sunny Gram cards (unique greeting cards that send sunshine and cheer into the hospital setting), organize toy and book drives and sew Surgi Dolls {these dolls help children prepare for surgery and other medical procedures) and other materials for children facing medical challenges. Upon completion, these items are sent to local pediatric medical facilities that have requested them for their young patients.

In addition, Project Sunshine provides hospitals and medical facilities with periodic shipments of toys, books, child–friendly Band–Aids, hand–knit caps and blankets, baby items and more.

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is a group that advocates for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. When there is increased understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder, better research into causes, and better interventions for autism – the world begins to be a better place.
 Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, who were the grandparents of a child with autism. Recognizing the need for a powerful voice Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Autism Speaks has made advancements in the autism community, including increased global awareness of autism, better understanding of the breadth of the autism spectrum, and advocacy to increase research and access to care and support.

Today, Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into the causes of autism, better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders; as well as finding solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support.
Autism Speaks plans to do the the following over the next 10 years:
  1. Seek a better understanding of the causes of ASD
  2. Helping children with an autism spectrum disorder being diagnosed before the age of 2
  3. Increase the access to appropriate intervention, services and resources immediately following diagnosis
  4. Looking for the availability of better treatments both for the underlying pathology as well as co-existing conditions that decrease quality of life for those with autism
  5. Help people with ASD and their families have transition plans that result in more independent adult life that is meaningful to the individual
  6. Individuals with ASD will have effective interventions, services and supports throughout their lifetime
By working with communities nationwide, at the federal level and globally, governments and other organizations – Autism Speaks wants to be a sustaining organization to support individuals and families over a lifetime.

Operation Smile

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 when Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker, traveled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.

What they found was overwhelming. “People pushed their babies at us.” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.” In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children.

They began soliciting donations of surgical equipment and supplies from manufacturers, threw themselves into grassroots fundraising and assembled a volunteer team of 18 doctors, nurses and technicians for their own medical mission to the Philippines.  They helped approximately 100 more patients, but again, hundreds still waited.

Operation Smile works with local medical professionals, governments, and hospitals to create different models of surgical care. They determine which solutions work best in order to reach as many children as possible wherever. Each year, Operation Smile conducts hundreds of medical missions in locations around the world.

Operation Smile is committed to increasing access to surgical services, and they have for more than three decades now.  In working  with the World Health Organization, Operation Smile believes that a safe, well-timed surgery is a basic service that should be accessible to all families. Their website is

Samaritan’s Purse

According to their website, this is their Mission Statement:

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and  physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical humanitarian aid organization that provides support and help to people in physical need as part of their missionary work. The organization’s president is Franklin Graham, son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham. The name came from the parable of the Good Samaritan in the bible, loving your neighbor as yourself.

Samaritan’s Purse works in more than 100 countries around the world. Samaritan’s Purse seeks to specialize in emergency relief, shelter, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, medical care and public health, HIV/AIDS, and community-based livestock and livelihood programs and projects. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine.

One of their programs is Operation Christmas Child, which was started in 1990 in Romania. Every November, many many churches, groups and individuals prepare and collect shoe boxes filled with toys, art and school supplies, personal items, and other small gifts. A booklet of bible stories is often placed inside the shoe boxes which are given to children based on need , without regard to their faith. These boxes are then distributed overseas by volunteers. Operation Christmas Child delivers more than 10 million shoe box gifts to poor children in more than 100 countries each year.


Fitness and Gym

Physical fitness and Fitness Center

Physical fitness is just as crucial as health, and in truth, fitness associates straight with our health. If we are not taking care of our bodies, we get sick. Prior to you beginning, there are a couple of things you will wish to keep in mind. If you have been sitting around for a long time, you cannot begin with a complete physical fitness regimen. You will wish to begin slow and build your fitness level gradually.

If you try to do excessive in the beginning, you will likely quit because it left you too aching or weak. Start by strolling every other day. Strolling is the very best exercise you can do. It involves the entire body and you don’t require any special equipment to walk. A good pair of shoes is good however don’t let your old shoes keep you from strolling.

As constantly, contact your doctor prior to starting any work out program .The menu on your left has more fitness ideas.

Be Realistic
It would be fantastic to be able to jump right into a hard workout, feel terrific, and see immediate outcomes. However, it is very important to be practical about a number of things. Initially, you have to comprehend that you more than likely will not (or need to not) start out with a tough workout if you have not been in a routine workout routine. Begin sluggish and do not set yourself up for failure by expecting wonders overnight. Getting fit takes time and with commitment, you will reach your objectives.

Visualize Success
Attempt to imagine how excellent you will look when you get in shape. If you can, find a photo of somebody that has the very same body type and pin it up where you can look at it every day to assist you.  The same results  can be reach with hard work and time.

Track Progress
Typically when aiming to get in shape, it looks like you are working hard and sweating, but getting no place. In reality, things are taking place, simply not yet seen. Monitor 2 things in particular. Initially, track your measurements. You will be amazed, within only a few weeks, at the progress you’ve  made. Keep a diary of your regimens so you can identify exactly what is working for you and exactly what is not as successful.

There are a variety of tools you can use

Warm Up
Prior to you begin your workout routine you will have to get your joints heated up. Do this by gradually stretching all the joints in your body. Repeat each stretch a number of times until you can feel the tightness disappear.

Cool off
Simply as warming up for workout is essential, cooling off after exercise is simply as important. When you have completed your exercise, take 5 to 10 minutes to walk, or stretch to allow your body to cool off. This is crucial for the muscles and joints and for the heart and lung.

Asthmatics and Sports
If you experience asthma, you already understand that some sports ought to be prevented, depending upon the severity. If you have trouble daily and enjoy sports, be encouraged to understand that some sports are asthma friendly and in truth, can be helpful in that they assist make the lungs more powerful. These sports consist of swimming, cycling, and fishing, strolling, and canoeing. Again, consult your physician before getting included with any sport if you have a health condition.

Diabetes and Workout
Aerobic exercise can actually be helpful for individuals with diabetes. This workout increases the insulin productivity  and when combined with a balanced diet, can help restore a regular glucose metabolic process. Prior to starting into a workout program, you need to see your physician initially to figure out if there are any threats for coronary artery disease and that your blood sugar control is appropriate for exercise. As soon as cleared, you will feel much better and see for you the benefits connected with workout.

Get to the Gym
Working out in the house is a good choice and for some people, they are committed enough to really make it work. Nevertheless, for the majority of people wishing to get into shape  having a fitness guru, and encouragement received from exercising in a fitness center,  is the way to go. Although it will require a little investment, deciding to discover a gym that provides state-of-the-art devices, qualified staff, and fun classes where you can enjoy exercising.

Network at the Fitness Center
Getting to the health club is a terrific way to obtain fit. However, there are other advantages to going to the health club. You will have the chance to expand your social ring by making brand-new good friends, all working to get fit similar to you. This will supply needed encouragement, which in turn helps you to remain determined.

Tight Muscles
In addition to an excellent aerobic exercise, you need to include weightlifting in, which will assist cancel the physical fitness routine and provide you with the very best outcomes.

If you are not sure where to start, a professional trainer can help get you begun on a healthy program.