Large charities count on grass roots clubs and businesses to loan support, and many go out of their way to make it easyto get involved.  Your Sunday School or Bible Study class can help contribute to these charities with their own service projects.

We are providing links below to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.  These charities have been sponsored by the International Association of Philanthropy (AIP), or the Better Business Bureau. All of the charities listed have met the standards of at least one of these groups.

Community Service Projects

St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
B+ Rating, Charity Watch Dog, AIP
http://www.stjude.org/volunteers

St. Jude’s may be the most well-known hospital in America for treating children with catastrophic diseases. As no child is turned away for inability to pay, they rely heavily on donations, and they’re very successful in obtaining them. While it isn’t the easiest page to find, the link above takes you to a database of imaginative fundraiser ideas.

The instructions are fairly in depth, and one unique feature is charity events that can include children as young as three years old, such as its “Trike-a-thon.” St. Jude’s B+ rating (as opposed to A- or A) may have to do with the cost of hospital personnel and expenses, which makes their operational costs astronomical.

 

 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
A-rating, Charity Watch Dog, AIP
http://www2.jdrf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=walk_homepage

In every community in America, we find kids living with Type 1 diabetes. One of the unique features of the JDRF website is the program’s celebrity support that is spotlighted.  This might interest students. At the “donate now” link, you’ll find Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers narrating a video.

Instruction is provided on several fundraisers including “Tools for Schools,” which could be easily modified for Sunday School classes and Youth Ministries. You can also support a local child.

 

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