Here is a listing of organizations in which Linda participates, volunteers and supports:
The Blessing Basket Project - http://www.blessingbasket.org
Started by Theresa Carrington, this project aims to end global poverty by providing "proseperity wages" to the artisans in Africa and Asia who create handmade crafts. This exclusive Prosperity Wage® model ensures artisans receive at least 2.5 times fair trade for their handicraft by removing the "middleman". This beyond fair trade model creates the working capital the artisans need to start their own businesses independent of this organization. Such income enables them to exit poverty and help transform their own community. Currently artisans live in Bangladesh, Ghana, Uganda and Madagascar. When YOU purchase a hand-woven Blessing Basket and other products, you empower families around the world not just to exist, but to thrive! Every purchase comes with the artisan's name, picture and a reference number for you to find out more about them at the Blessing Basket Project website under the tag, The Artisan & You!
Seeds of Blessing, Board Member - http://seedsofblessing.com
Seeds of Blessings was started as the business arm of the Blessing Basket Project so that Independent Consultants and even organizations (like congregations, women's groups or youth groups) can sell the baskets and other products from the global artisans for profit. The business model works for an individual to earn personal income, or for an organization to support it's own mission. We are seeking more consultants/groups to sell baskets, so please let me know if you know of an individual or group that wants to raise money!
Bridges Foundation - http://www.bridgesfoundation.org
The Bridges Foundation offers the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatuis of Loyola each year at various sites throught the St. Louis metropolitan area. This program, called The Bridges Retreat, provides those seeking a deeper relationship with God, the opportunity to experience the full Spiritual Exercises over an 8-month period from September to May. Throughout the retreat, participants are given Scripture passages and meditations (designed by St. Iganitius in the 1500's) to help refelct upon God's creative love and purpose in one's life.
Cultural Leadership - http://culturalleadership.org
This is a leadership training and development program to enable middle and high school youth to become "troublemakers of the best kind". Through the African American and Jewish experience, young people learn how to take action for positive social change in the face of racism and injustice. All three of my children are graduates of this program!
Lutheran Campus Ministry, St. Louis, Board Member - http://www.lcmstl.org
Pastor Rebecca Boardman leads Lutheran Campus Ministry in St. Louis reaching out to both undergrad and graduate students at Washington Unviersity, St. Louis University and the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Any student from the other local colleges is welcome to participate! A free homemade dinner and Candlelight worship take place at the LCM House Sunday evenings beginning at 7 pm (worship follows at 8:05 pm). These Sunday evening gatherings take place during the academic year (Labor Day - May 10).