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PAGANISM AS A PATH OF SERVICE


A Guide to non-profit charitable organizations for individual Pagansof conscience, Covens and Groves.

Created by and used with the express authorized permission of Ellen Evert Hopman, Druid - Order of the Whiteoak (Ord na Darach Gile)  who may be reached at  http://www.geocities.com/gaias_song/willow.html  

If you ask her nicely, you also might be permitted its use.
Last Updated Samhain 2000 c.e. Report any broken links or changed to the web-master of this site, please.
These sites are not officially recommended, but use your own judgement.


PROTECTION OF

ANIMALS AND WILDLIFE

National Wildlife Federation

800 822 9919   http://www.nwf.org
Protects endangered and threatened animal species such as bison and wolf. Also focuses on endangered habitat, water quality, land stewardship, wetlands, sustainable communities.
 

Greenpeace

1 800 326 0959   http://www.greenpeace.org
Anti nuclear activism, protection for whales and other endangered marine wildlife, protection of old growth forests, promoting awareness of the dangers of genetically altered foods and of chemical pollution, increasing public awareness of global warming, protecting the Arctic Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling, are just some of the projects of this organization.
 

Seashepherd Society

http://www.seashepherd.org
A marine conservation organization that investigates and documents violations of international laws of the sea while protecting marine wildlife and habitat. Founded by Captain Paul Watson, the original founder of Greenpeace, who was the first to put his body between a harpoon and a whale. He was later kicked out of Greenpeace for stealing clubs used to kill baby
fur seals. The group is famous for destroying the unmanned Icelandic whaling ship Nybraena and then scuttling their own craft to remove the evidence. These folks mean business.

The Humane Society of the US

1 800 808 7858   http://www.hsus.org
The nations largest animal protection organization. Promotes the humane treatment of animals. Seeks to foster respect, understanding and compassion for all creatures through legal, educational, legislative and investigative
means. Assists animals in disaster situations, provides funding for shelters, investigates the illegal use of dog and cat fur in the garment industry, promotes spaying and neutering, works to prevent the importation of rare and endangered species, works for bans on steel jaw leg traps, to eliminate needless research using lab animals and tuna nets that trap dolphins etc.
 


GENERAL HUMAN SERVICES

American Foundation for Aids Research

212 806 1600   http://www.amfar.org
Primary mission is the prevent HIV infection. Seeks prevention methods such as a vaccine, improved treatments and ultimately a cure. Delivers comprehensive clinical trial and treatment information to patients and physicians.
 

Gay Mens Health Crisis

212 367 1536    http://www.gmhc.org
The oldest AIDS service organization in the US. Provides friendship, counseling, companionship, nutrition, legal assistance, meals, health care, to one third of all New Yorkers living with AIDS. Also seeks to educate the public about AIDS related issues.
 

Human Rights Campaign

1 800 777HRCF  http://www.hrc.org
Fights for an America where lesbians and gays enjoy equal rights, where they can be open and safe at home, at work, and in society. 91% of candidates supported by HRC were successfully elected. Lobbies for the Hate crimes Prevention Act, the Employment Non Discrimination Act. Largest national lesbian and gay advocacy organization.
 

International Rescue Committee

800 551 3000   http://www.intrescom.org
The leading non profit, nonsectarian voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. Provides resettlement assistance, global emergency relief, rehabilitation and advocacy for refugees. Seeks to have volunteer doctors and emergency supplies in the air within 24 hours of a refugee crisis because it is in the first few weeks of a large scale population movement that overwhelming deaths occur.
 

Oxfam America

800 77oxfam   http://www.oxfamamerica.org
Provides emergency assistance in hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and to refugees in war situations. Provides famine relief, micro-credit loans, educates farmers on marketing strategies. Must be invited in by a host country and do not seek to influence the politics of any given nation. They help people to help themselves while honoring indigenous customs. Oxfam fights for debt relief for poor countries and for indigenous rights.

NARAL - National Abortion Rights Action League

202 973 3000   http://www.naral.org
The political arm of the pro-choice movement, formed before Roe vs Wade was passed. Lobbies to protect access to abortion, does grass roots organizing and education. Emphasis is on legal and political work. Helps elect pro-choice officials through its pac. Works to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal adoption.
  Website seems to be down right now.
 

National Organization For Women

202 331 0066   http://www.now.org
A grassroots political action organization that organizes marches, lobbying, legislation for women. According to a 1998 New York Times/CBS newspoll 75% of those polled oppose constitutional amendments to outlaw abortion, however a loud minority works every day to deprive women of this right. NOW activists fight abortion bans across the country. Also works for domestic violence program advocacy, opposes the Republican led gag rule on family planning worldwide, provides education for judges and law enforcement personnel, fights for freedom of access to health clinics, deals with stalking issues, sexual abuse of runaways and homeless youth, hate crimes, violence against women in the military, protection for older women, disabled women and immigrants, employment rights, health issues, safety for women on campus.

 

Native American Rights Fund

303 447 8760    http://www.narf.org
Works to defend the legal rights being denied to Native peoples. Is currently representing over 500,000 individual Indian Money trust beneficiaries against the Department of the Interior and the Department of Treasury. Works with tribal governments to reform the education of Indian children on reservations. Works to protect the natural environments of Indian reservations, to ensure police protection in Alaska's Native villages, to protect aboriginal hunting and fishing subsistence rights.
Of related interest; http://www.freepeltier.org
 

UNICEF - United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund

1 800 FOR KIDS   http://www.unicefusa.org
Founded to protect children and their mothers in the wake of WWII. Ships clean water, syringes, vaccines, water filters, food, soap, blankets, radio equipment, tents, pit latrine covers, and other emergency supplies to disaster areas. Works to prevent outbreaks of diarrhea, cholera, malaria, measles, meningitis. Creates emergency field schools so that children's educations will not be interrupted. Is working to eradicate neonatal and maternal tetanus world wide.


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Appalachian Mountain Club

617 523 0636   http://www.outdoors.org
Does environmental impact studies, performs trail maintenance, promotes low impact use of the out of doors. Involved in ozone research, river protection, solar energy use, rare flora and habitat protection, clean water protection, forest land policies, clean air act. Offers classes and workshops from Maine to New Jersey including teen wilderness adventures.
 
 

Coop America

202 872 5307   http://www.coopamerica.org
Works to promote ethical business practices. Got over 400 businesses including Home Depot to agree to stop buying or using old growth wood and increase use of recycled materials. Is putting pressure on Wal-Mart and The Gap and other businesses that use sweat shops. Is launching an educational campaign so that minorities, the elderly will avoid the predatory lending practices of large banks that cause them to lose their homes. Publishes The Green Pages, a consumer guide to green businesses. Will soon release the Sweatshop Guide so that consumers can avoid corporations that use sweatshops. Evaluates products and companies based on gender issues, human rights, environmental record, military contracts at www.responsibleshopper.org.
 

TreePeople

818 753 4600  http://www.treepeople.org/trees
Has planted over 1 1/2 million trees in the Los Angeles basin in a effort to save water and shade/cool the area. Famous for getting schools to rip up asphalt and replace it with trees and soft ground. They also plant trees in poor neighborhoods, train local people to care for trees through their Citizen Forester program.
 

American Farmland Trust

202 331 7300   http://www.farmland.org
Works to stop the loss of farmland to urban sprawl and development. Promotes farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. Works on the local level to educate communities and individual farmers about available options. Seeks to influence federal policy, public officials, farmers and ranchers, conservationists and other citizens to protect agricultural land and landscapes.
 

National Parks & Conservation Association

202 223 6722 ext 213   http://www.npca.org
The only non-profit citizens group dedicated to preserving America's national parks. Identifies at risk parks where wildlife is endangered, or where historic artifacts are in danger of being lost. Identifies parks where growing visitation is resulting in traffic jams, noise pollution, and degradation of trails. Lobbies legislatures to limit overcrowding, development, personal watercraft, jetskis, snowmoblies, airline overflights and to provide funds for maintenance.
 

Environmental Defense

800 684 3322   http://www.scorecard.org   http://www.edf.org
Worked to ban the pesticide DDT and to get major businesses like Mcdonalds to use recyled packaging. Is on the forefront of environmental economics, legislation and grassroots activism. Works to fight global warming. Has a team of scientists, economists and attorneys who created the chemical scorecard website that provides a map of every community in the US by zip code, tells what pollution is in the air and water, where it is coming from, and the health implications and symptoms.
 

The Nature Conservancy

703 841 5300  http://www.tnc.org
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Alexandria, VA 22203
The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. Has protected more than 11 million acres in 50 states and Canada. Has helped like minded organizations do the same in Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific and Asia. TNC owns more than 1,300 preserves - the largest private system of nature sanctuaries in the world. Famous for buying entire eco-systems and bio-regions in order to protect their flora and fauna.
 

Union of Concerned Scientists

617 547 5552 x 219   http://www.ucsusa.org
An independent non profit alliance of 50,000 citizens and scientists. Uses rigorous scientific analysis to work for a healthier environment and a safer world. Founded in 1969 by students and faculty of MIT concerned about the misuse of technology and science in society. UCS is currently issuing studies on and lobbying congress about; Starwars (UCS has determined that the system cannot work), global warming, genetically engineered crops and the need for more testing, overuse of antibiotics, genetically engineered animals and the potential threats such as cross breeding with wild species, health hazards of hormones in milk, increased pollution, gas consumption, and greenhouse gasses resulting from SUV's (they designed and donated an environmentally friendly SUV to the auto industry).

GENERAL RELIGIOUS

Interfaith Alliance

202 639 6370   http://www.tialliance.org/
Encourages candidates to resist the influence of the religious right. Gives religious leaders information to prevent distribution of misleading voter guides in houses of worship. 50 faiths involved. They work with grass roots activists to promote voter registration and hold forums on issues facing voters. Organize religious leaders to promote voting and get people of faith
 involved in political activities in churches, synagogues and mosques. Seeks to ensure the civil rights of all Americans and to oppose the Christian Coalition.
 

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

202 628 7700 http://www.rcrc.org
The only faith-based coalition for reproductive choice. Primary mission is to counter the idea that Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition speak for all people of faith on the choice issue. Lobbies elected officials. Provides counseling to women facing choices. Provides sex education. Trains clergy to offer counseling in hospitals and clinics. Provides pastoral support for
health clinic workers and escorts. Member groups include; Methodists, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, The Episcopal Church, The Moravian Church, American Baptists Witness For Choice, Catholics for Free Choice, Lutheran Women's Caucus, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform Jewish groups, the Humanist Movement, Unitarian Universalists, Ethical Culture Movement, Black Church Initiative, Women of Color Partnership, Clergy For Choice Network, etc.
 


HOLISTIC HEALTH AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

The American Herbalists Guild

770 751 6021  ahgoffice@earthlink.net  http://www.healthy.net/herbalists
1931 Gaddis Road, Canton, GA 30115
A non profit educational association to represent the goals and voices of herbalists. The only peer review organization for professional herbalists specializing in the medicinal uses of plants. Is working to strengthen educational standards, ethics, and cooperative networking amongst herbalists. Promotes environmental awareness and serves as a liaison between herbalists, professional associations and regulatory agencies. Promotes further research, education and study of herbal medicine.
 

The National Center For Homeopathy

703 548 7790  info@homeopathic.org   http://www.homeopathic.org
801 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Established for the purpose of promoting homeopathy through education, publication, research and membership services. Has a national directory of homeopaths nationwide. Has a summer school where lay persons, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and dentists can study homeopathic approaches to treatment.

United Plant Savers

802 479 9825  info@plantsavers.org   www.plantsavers.org
POB 98, East Barre, VT 05649
A non profit, grass-roots membership organization dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of at-risk native medicinal plants. For herbalists and those who care about the future of endangered native medicinals. Works to identify at-risk species. Researches propagation and cultivation of at-risk medicinals, secures and operates botanical sanctuaries, replants and restores communities of at-risk medicinals in their native habitats, consults with growers to encourage sustainable land practices, raises public awareness of at-risk medicinals, works with the herbal products industry to increase awareness, networks with other green organizations.


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