If you live in New York City, you probably get asked for money on the street at least once a day, if not more. Sometimes, its from the homeless, which is an unfortunate situation. Other times, its from organized bands of young people all wearing the same t-shirt.
Well, I've been feeling very chatty the last few days and, when I went out to lunch, I decided I'd stop and let one of them give their pitch. This young lady told me about all of the great things that CARE is doing. She was so excited that I let her talk, she could hardly contain herself. I didn't know anything about CARE, but apparently its a pretty big organization, with over a half billion dollars worth of donations received a year--92% of which go to their programs. That seems pretty high, and they have a good list of companies and boardmembers behind them according to their site.
The young lady on the street was pitching the monthly donation plan, which I wasn't interested in, but I will give them $25 because she did such a good job. More importantly, I told her I'd blog about it. Coincidently, I was also looking for a charity to include in my sidebar to test out Word of Blog.
This is going to be big: Doing due diligence, helping people, and having fun all at the same time.