2009: 20 Causes, 20 Days

Cause #22 BONUS – Humane Society

December 22, 2009 8:35 am

The Humane Society defines puppy mills as business operations that “house dogs in shockingly poor conditions. After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are often killed, abandoned or sold cheaply to another mill to try and get “one more litter” out of the dog. The annual result of all this breeding [...]


Cause #21 BONUS – Hmong Youth and Parents United

December 21, 2009 8:08 am

One of the main goals of this 20 causes, 20 days project is for me to work outside of my comfort zone. In my opinion, there’s no better way for me to experience personal growth than to do things that I’ve never done before, to do things that give me [...]


Cause #20 – Society for the Blind

December 20, 2009 1:40 pm

Imagine for a second that you were blind. Close your eyes and think about doing the things you may take for granted every day. Walking to the fridge to grab a snack. Choosing a coordinating outfit from your closet. Reading the latest news via newspaper or a news website. Driving [...]


Cause #19 – Shriners Hospital for Children

December 19, 2009 1:46 pm

The Shriners mission is truly amazing. Since 1922, they’ve been devoted to providing the highest quality pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs to kids up to age 18. According to the Shriners’ website, every year the Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for thousands of kids with [...]


Cause #18 – Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

December 18, 2009 6:42 am

Every four minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every ten minutes, someone dies from a blood cancer. Broken down, that’s 146 people per day or six people per hour. Leukemia and lymphoma are forms of blood cancer that originate in the bone marrow or lymphatic tissues. They ‘are considered [...]


Cause #17 – Elk Grove Food Bank

December 17, 2009 8:48 am

I awoke this morning to a rainy residue. Streets wet, needed to run the windshield wipers to clear the residue, a cold chill in the air. Still, I had a feeling today would turn out to be a great day. I put on my short-sleeved polo, braved the inclement weather, [...]


Cause #16 – Adopt-A-Family

December 16, 2009 5:31 am

With Christmas coming up in ten days, either you may be relaxed that you’ve gotten your shopping done, or stressed because you haven’t done your shopping yet. Imagine the stress that comes from not being able to buy – much less afford – ANY gifts for your family. The Volunteer [...]


Cause #15 – Land Park WPA Rock Garden

December 15, 2009 7:49 am

I’ve always been a big fan of nature. I earned a two-year degree in Biology and thought I would eventually become an environmental engineer. A couple years later, NCAA Athletic policies dictated that I switch my major to stay eligible to play baseball, so my focus of study skewed from [...]


Cause #14 – Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center

December 14, 2009 7:38 am

As the winter weather rolls in, it’s easy to turn the heater on in our home, curl up in front of the TV, and spend an evening with family. What if you and your family had no TV, no heater, no home? Unfortunately, many families are in this situation. The [...]


Cause #13 – American Diabetes Association

December 13, 2009 3:42 pm

It really is the little things in life that matter. A warm smile. Holding the door open for a stranger. A hug when someone needs it. A small gesture can do a lot to make someone’s day. Sometimes the little things done in our lives aren’t recognized until quite a [...]