Charity: Get involved with a cause to make a difference

(NC ) — Donations are important, but many charities also inspire their supporters to get more involved. In fact, a charity's success often depends on the gift of time that people give to the cause.

For example, Amnesty International (amnesty.ca) tells us that it has three million supporters around the world who are taking a stand against human rights abuses. If this sounds worthwhile, you might be surprised how many ways there are to get involved depending on your personal interests and how much time you have.

One of the best ways to stay up to date with a charity's work is to subscribe to their newsletter. Amnesty's quarterly Activist magazine, for example, regularly updates readers on the opportunities to lend a hand and make a difference. Themagazine is free to all members of the organization.

In addition to receiving its news, ask the charity directly how you can help. If you are new to human rights, for instance, consider joining Amnesty's Urgent Action Network. No matter where you live in Canada, you will be part of a network that writes letters to protect people who are at immediate risk.

If you would like to work with other volunteers, says Amnesty, there are approximately 100 local and regional groups and action circles across the country working on various campaigns, letter-writing appeals, and special projects. Some take on long-standing appeal cases or they campaign on specific regions of the world.

Young people are especially welcome to human rights activities says Amnesty, pointing to more than 500 youth and student groups in schools and universities across Canada. If you're a student, there may already be a group in your school, and if there isn't one, you could think about starting one. Information is available online at amnesty.ca.






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