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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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
800 684 3322 http://www.scorecard.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).
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
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
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
United Plant Savers
802 479 9825 email@example.com
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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