Proof Positivity: If You Were Rich

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If you were rich what would you do?  If I were rich I know what I would do.  First, I would live in a home that fits my family.  Not an over sized thing that should be a hotel.  We only need four or five rooms not 30.  Thirty is a bit excessive.  Second, I would put domestic violence shelters in some part of West Virginia.  Third, I would hire a team to get Proof Positivity where I want it.  I would love to have it on TV.  As a one woman show even just in print sometimes this site isn’t as easy to get out to you.  There are slow positive news days and this does get written right after I send my son off to school.  I do try to makes sure the news is fresh and relevant for the day. 

 

There are a few chairatable causes and sites I want to point out to you. “ActionAidis a unique partnership of people who are campaigning for a better world. Find out what we do and how we work.”   ActionAid focuses on HIV & AIDS, food and hunger, women’s rights, the right to education, the right to human security and the right to just governance. 

Save The Elephants works on building a future where man and elephant coexist.  Here is a video explaining the danger these animals are in I need to warn you about how graphic it is if you don’t have a strong stomach.

Habitat For Humanity

 

 Home for the holidays brings new meaning this year for nine families in Dallas. Starting today, Whirlpool brand, Habitat for Humanity International, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity, and volunteers from across the country will build nine new homes by Friday as part of the third annual Whirlpool brand Building Blocks program.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition and Habitat for Humanity, substandard housing affects 95 million people nationwide. The Whirlpool(R) Building Blocks program was created to raise awareness of unaffordable housing in the United States and to support Habitat’s mission to eliminate substandard housing. The program brings together approximately 250 volunteers from across the country, working hand-in-hand to raise walls, construct roofs and create homes with Habitat partner families.

“The holidays are a reminder to give thanks for what matters most in our lives,” said Ellen Taaffe, vice president, Mass Brands, Whirlpool Corporation. “Since 1999, Whirlpool has supported Habitat in its mission to provide simple, decent housing. Together with Habitat for Humanity International and the local Habitat affiliate, we’re proud to bring the Whirlpool(R) Building Blocks program to Dallas to help achieve that mission.”

This year’s Whirlpool(R) Building Blocks program will take place in the West Dallas community of Greenleaf Village II. On average, the median household income in West Dallas is $25,790 and an estimated one out of every three families in the community lives below the federal poverty level. The city has a need for more than 30,000 affordable housing units, according to the Mayor’s Taskforce report of 2002, the last year on record.

“The Greenleaf Village II neighborhood is a 71 unit mixed-income community which will be home to 13 hard-working Habitat families. The nine Whirlpool(R) Building Blocks homes will transform this new community and continue the revitalization of the West Dallas area,” said Scott Begin, chief executive officer of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. “This exciting partnership builds more than homes — it changes lives and demonstrates the powerful impact that visionary brands like Whirlpool can have in communities across the nation.”

Dallas is the third city to be chosen for the program, which kicked off in Nashville in 2006 and moved to Phoenix in 2007. Each year, the Whirlpool(R) Building Blocks program recognizes an outstanding Habitat for Humanity affiliate in the United States by organizing a week long building blitz. Whirlpool Corporation is one of Habitat for Humanity’s largest corporate partners, donating a range and ENERGY STAR(R) qualified refrigerator to every new Habitat home built in North America. Every year, thousands of Whirlpool employees volunteer their own time to Habitat builds around the country. Whirlpool Corporation plans to support every new Habitat home built globally by 2011, through product donations, cash or home sponsorship.

Whirlpool’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity provides each sponsor family in the United States with a refridgerator and stove.  Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built nearly 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. 

Very few companies are so giving.  As a sponsor family we are grateful for the gift Whirlpool will be giving us.

NeuStar and Loudoun Habitat for Humanity Dedicate Newly-Built Home

NeuStar (NYSE:NSR) and Loudoun Habitat for Humanity (LHFH) today announced that they have successfully completed the construction of their second sponsored home in the Mary Jane Jackson subdivision of Saint Louis, Virginia.  964

The dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, November 15, with NeuStar Chairman and CEO Jeff Ganek and Alta Jones, President of Loudoun Habitat attending along with the new residents Jeffrey and Donna Miller and their four sons and nephew, who cut the ribbon.

Dozens of NeuStar employees who volunteered at the job site, beginning in early May of this year, also were on hand to congratulate the family as house keys were presented. The Miller family was selected as a Partner family for the Habitat for Humanity program after completing a thorough qualification process based on factors such as financial solvency, commitment to help with construction, and need.

Speaking after the ceremony, Ganek said, “This is the day toward which the Miller family and the NeuStar family have worked together since last spring. NeuStar has invested time and money, but what we have gotten in return — the pride and satisfaction of helping to create a new home for people who truly deserve it — is beyond measure. On behalf of NeuStar, I wish the Millers many happy years here, and I praise the outstanding and noble work of the Loudoun Habitat for Humanity organization.” Jones added, “The relationship we have with NeuStar in sponsoring Habitat homes is unprecedented in our history as an organization here in Loudoun and we hope it serves as a model that other area businesses might wish to emulate. We are truly indebted to their continued support and look forward to working with them again.”

Besides NeuStar CEO Ganek and Alta Jones, attending were NeuStar Senior Vice President of Numbering Services Ray Saulino, Mary Lou Marshall, financial associate advisor, Dulles Chapter Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Bud Green, construction manager for Loudoun Habitat for Humanity.

As the first ever “Corporate Dream Builder” sponsor of a Loudoun Habitat home, NeuStar originally pledged $100,000 to LHFH in order to fully fund the construction. NeuStar’s initial contribution was augmented by NeuStar partners including Advanced Computer Concepts, Bank of America, Delta Dental, Fidelity Engineering, Godfrey & Alexander, JP’s Deli, Merritt Properties, PowerSolutions, Proforma, Santini’s, and The Staubach Companies. Hundreds of employees based at NeuStar’s Sterling, Va. headquarters — together with the NeuStar partners listed above, LHFH volunteers, and the Miller family — began construction on the new home in May 2008.

 

Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend

 

Robert Doll was diagnosed with kidney cancer at age 41. As he battled the cancer, Doll felt the need to share love and life with a canine companion. So Doll got a puppy, a pit bull-boxer mix, and named her Coco. Doll and Coco’s love for each other blossomed. As Doll’s health continued to be monitored, he thought about the implications his cancer’s return might have for Coco. What if he died of the disease?

Doll became fearful that if he died of cancer, Coco would have no one. Doll was her only family. Without Doll, Coco would go to an uncertain fate in a shelter.

According to Doll, the realization that Coco’s life and happiness depended on his health fueled a relentless determination for him to beat cancer.   Coco was exactly the kind of medicine Doll needed to recover. The power of love for a dog had a profound impact on Doll’s physical well-being.

Then a cruel irony struck. The following year Coco was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive cancer. Coco had two biopsies and ongoing treatments. During the treatment ordeal, Doll was there for Coco.  Because of his own experience with cancer, Doll knew exactly the kind of love and comfort Coco needed.

Doll and Coco won their battles with cancer and spent many more years together, sharing companionship and affection. Coco lived with Doll until just a week shy of her 14th birthday, when she passed from this life due to heart failure. Today, Doll is 63. “I firmly believe that I survived the cancer because of Coco’s presence in my life,” he says. “We faced and fought cancer together, as best friends.”

This is why Doll contacted MAFand became a canine cancer campaign donor. In fact, the theme of MAF’s Canine Cancer Campaign is “Best Friends Helping Best Friends.” This is exactly what Doll and Coco did for each other.

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3 Responses

  1. Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

  2. Hmmm. If I were rich I would open several hospits with only the best of staff. One of my specialty working areas as a Nurse, was longterm cancer care. I would also do more to help women and kids in poor countries acquire the education tools they need.

    Doll’s story was very touching. ;o)))

  3. @Pentad sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of money. It all start with reading. Everything you do in life revolves around it. You can’t get a job without it, purchase a home, buy a car, etc. There is an organization in Ethiopia that is building libraries and they take used books in good condition. http://www.ethiopiareads.org/

    I believe but don’t quote me Red was created by U2’s Bono
    http://www.joinred.com/Learn/AboutRed.aspx
    (RED) is a business model created to raise awareness and money for the Global Fund by teaming up with the world’s most iconic brands to produce (PRODUCT) RED branded products. A portion of profits from each (PRODUCT) RED product sold goes directly to the Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs, with a focus on women and children.

    A lot of charities prefer your time more so than your money. Habitat for Humanity is one of those. The house itself isn’t charity, the homeowner in the end pays for that, but your time is. http://www.habitat.org/ Being a sponsor family has taught me that they need people to go out and hammer maybe more or just as much as they need donations. The donations gets the building supplies without it the home wouldn’t be built for 25 years. The volunteers raise the roof.

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