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How are You Helping Stop World Hunger?

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As human beings, we have a few basic needs: food, water, shelter and an Internet connection. Ok, so maybe an Internet connection isn’t a basic need. Food, however, is something we cannot do without. If we ate nothing, we wouldn’t need anything else because we wouldn’t be alive. There are many people near you who have to worry about finding something to eat. In some cases, it’s not even that food is not accessible, it’s that it’s not affordable. Starvation doesn’t only happen in remote parts of Africa, like you see on television. It happens right in your town or city.

I encourage you to donate food or money to a local food shelter, to help feed people in your community who may be going hungry. Ponzi and I have done this in the past, and it’s always something that means a lot to us. If you want to help feed others in remote areas, you should check out The Wall. This site is very trustworthy, and 100% legit. It is part of the United Nations.

Once you make a donation on this site, you can upload a photo and comments to the Wall. This is a real chance for you to impact someone else’s life. That, I feel, is what being a human being is all about. Your legacy is how you impacted someone’s life.

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The Top 5 Reasons I Volunteer

Geek!This is Justin Lewis’ submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

I have been blessed with a reasonably comfortable life, and it disturbs me. I know that may be a rather odd statement, but it is the truth. Why have I been blessed with so much when there are those who have so little? This is the root of my desire to volunteer. I want to give back what I can to those who need it. In the event that I was to win the HP Magic Giveaway, I would donate three of the computers to the Sterling, Kansas chapter of Youth Friends. This is an after-school program which focuses on Pre-K through fifth grade students. Sterling is located in one of the poorest counties in the state of Kansas and thus, lacks the funds for technological advancement. At this point in time, there is no computer-based learning within the program. In a culture that is increasingly focused on technology, it is vital for these children to learn about and use computers. With that said, here are the five key reasons that I feel a need to volunteer.

I am an American.

I have been blessed with a wonderful democratic system and I should take the responsibility that accompanies it. We live in a country where the people are in charge and the people can make a difference. Only through experience can we gain awareness, and only through awareness can we elicit change. We must change, because the wars of this generation will be those of social inequality and poverty, not gold or territory.

I am a Psychologist.

This means that I have a passion for others and thus want to spend time and interact with people. What better way to do this than through service? On a personal level, I get fulfillment from these interactions. I want to be the one to directly help others. I want to be an advocate for the less fortunate and the forgotten. The only way to do this is to seek out injustice in the dark and desperate places of the earth. I must intentionally search and learn of the problems in the world, because evil is not always front-page news. Even as I type this people go hungry, children are sold into slavery, and parents wither and die from preventable diseases. Once I’ve been exposed to the injustice, there is no way that I can stand idly by and listen to their cries.

I am Human.

We are communal by nature, and thus we must take care of the community of which we are a part. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor, stated that he who is not in community should beware being alone. By design humanity is supposed to live together and help one another. Why should I have excess when there are those with none?

I am a Christian.

Biblically, we are called to be servants. Christ commanded his people to love God with all our hearts and love each other as He has loved us. “29: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30: ‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31: The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12: 29-31 ESV.

I am a Teacher.

There is no greater feeling than to know that the lives of others have been changed and shaped by my actions. I have a deep desire to pass on my knowledge, experience, and perspective to the next generation. There is no better way to teach love, compassion, and helpfulness than through demonstrating just that.

Five Geeky Ways to Give Back to the World, Even if You’re Broke

Geek!This is Xavier Lanier’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own.

NOTE: Xavier’s also running an HP Magic Giveaway at Notebooks.com and isn’t officially entered in the Geeks contest. This is just a cross-promotion.

Chances are you feel you are broke or at least worried about going broke, but no matter how bad your situation is there’s always someone out there that’s less fortunate than you. Not all of us have time to volunteer at a local soup kitchen or enough spare cash to stamp out all the world’s ills, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an impact. Here are five ways to make a difference from the comfort of your desk.

1. Make a micro-loan. Lend a budding entrepreneur as little as $25 on Kiva and you can help lift her family out of poverty. Entrepreneurs on Kiva are from just about every corner of the world and your $25 can really make an impact in their lives. You get to choose the entrepreneur and receive email updates to see how her venture is going. When the loan is paid back you can lend the same cash to another entrepreneur, donate the money to Kiva or withdraw the money if you need it back. You’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be a high-powered venture capitalist on Sand Hill Road, minus the big paydays and having to occasionally tell your investors you lost their cash.

2. Build a Web site. There’s no shortage of organizations that need a new Web site created or their existing sites updated. Ask your local school, church or non-profit if you can put your geek powers to good use. A lot of smaller non-profits’ Web sites look like they haven’t been updated since 1999. You can use a free service like SynthaSite to create a new site for your favorite non-profit or bust out Dreamweaver to spruce up what they’ve already got. Adding driving directions, PayPal donation buttons and calendars to non-profits’ Web sites can be very helpful.

3. Scan and Restore Photos. Senior citizens’ photos are often tattered and torn. If you have a scanner, printer and basic Photoshop skills you can quickly restore your elderly neighbors’ old photos to their former glory. If you don’t have any old folks on your block call your local retirement home and drag your laptop, scanner and printer down there for an afternoon. Scanners and photo repair is like magic to people who were born long before the digital age. Print out clean copies of their wedding portraits and you’ll be their hero.

4. Put Your Social Network to Good Use. Find a cause you care about and ask all of your Facebook friends, Twitter followers and blog readers to contribute a buck each to it. Not everyone will contribute, but others will contribute more than you’re asking for. Pick an intriguing cause and ask your friends to share it with their friends regardless if they donate. If you get lucky you can raise a few thousand dollars.

5. Raise Awareness About an Issue. If you have the skills to splice together clips of your cat playing with your socks, then you can create a video that can raise awareness about an issue that matters. Grab factoids, music, video clips and photos from places like Flickr and Wikipedia. Mash them together to create a short movie that briefly describes the problem and what, who’s suffering and what can be done to help. Post your video on YouTube, share it on Facebook and email it to politicians.