11.07.2010

give for good: letter a...and the giveaway!


Last week I squawked about a new feature, Give for Good: From A to Z, which is a three-part deal:

1. I feature a new organization that’s doing so much good for those in need.

2. Your comment on the post gets a 50 cent donation from me to the featured organization.

3. Your comment also enters you in a little giveaway.

The Cause
 
So, Letter A...is for Addiction. And, this month's organization: AllTreatment. When this organization contacted me a few weeks ago to ask if I could spread the word about their work, I couldn't help but take a spin around their website, finding myself surprised by the heart and scope their organization. My mind started twisting and turning, trying to find a way that I could help them out...and routinely invest a little more in people who are doing so much good. And thus, my brain gave birth to Give for Good.

I was lucky to correspond with AllTreatment's managing editor, Denny, who kindly filled me in on how they started, and even fielded a few questions for me!

Their Roots: In 2009, a group of software and internet search executives crossed paths, soon realizing they all had one thing in common: They each had a friend, relative or family member who had battled addiction. So, together these guys started AllTreatment, a website dedicated to connecting people in need with resources and treatment centers in their area.

Their Goal: Aiming to make locating an appropriate treatment center easier and faster than ever, AllTreatment offers an online database (and hotline!) of treatment centers, searchable by tons of different factors (addiction type, location, special programs). Their site also features some incredibly honest, raw articles and interviews that cover everything from alcohol addiction, to gambling to overeating.

So, Denny, what is the most common addiction we see in society? And for those who might be struggling with an addiction, what should be their first move?
"The most common addiction in our society is caffeine!  Hah!  (Insert a guilty-faced Bethany here.) But the most harmful one, the one that's most prevalent, the one that takes the most lives and effects the most families is alcohol, and it's by a lot." (A recent study shows that alcohol is 25% more harmful to the user and 48% more harmful to others than heroin.) "The first move for someone looking to beat their addiction is definitely to reach out to their friends and family and ask for help.  It takes massive amounts of courage and determination to do so, it can be humiliating and the hardest thing someone could do, but those are the people that will help you through the recovery journey, and telling them will make you accountable to others, helping you along even more."

What has been the most rewarding part of working at AllTreatment?
"The most rewarding part of working at AllTreatment for me has been hearing how people have taken a situation that is so hard to face (their addiction), and face it full force, growing through that pain and recovery.  It's amazing to see how people can change in such a dramatic form, and inspires me to grow (or try to!) every day."

Wow. Talk about warm-hearted goodness deserving of some serious high-fives.

The Giveaway

Thirty dollars! Yes, indeed! AllTreatment generously offered me a sponsorship amount of thirty dollars, but...I'd rather pass that along to a reader. And lest you think giving away cash is cheesy, I settled on this: The holiday season is upon us, and I'd rather leave the spending up to you! So, a lucky winner will put that cash to use however he/she desires. :)

So, leave a comment to say hello, or if you're feeling ambitious let me know how you'd put $30 to work. Dinner? Movies? Christmas gifts? For extra entries in the giveaway, share a link to this post via your blog or Facebook, and double back to let me know you spread the word!

Win, win, win, right? :) So get to commenting, lovely readers...the more you comment, the more I give, and the more likely you are to be thirty bucks richer!

47 comments:

  1. Bethany,
    It will be interesting to hear your responses as you delve into a new letter for us... We'll all benefit from exposure to worthy programs - the human capacity for helping others (and those who act on it) is humbling.

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  2. If you check this website out you see how prevalent addiction is and that it is not just drugs and alcohol. There are stories on here of people with eating addictions, gambling, prescription drugs. I think in our society right now you can see tons of people who were addicted to having bigger better things, the "Keeping up with the Jones'" addiction. So many people ruined themselves financially because they wanted more, a bigger house, the better car. We must remember anything can become an addiction and be harmful. I am glad there are people who put this information out there and try and help others.

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  3. This is a great start, Bethany. I think I'm going to really enjoy reading these posts. As for what I would do with $30? I'm so short of cash right now that it may not be something interesting (petrol, groceries). However, if I had to spend it on something delightful, I would use it to take my husband out for Devonshire tea in a garden cafe.

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  4. I really love that you are doing this. And what a great cause to get it kick-started!!

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  5. I think this is an awesome organization to start off your generous project. If you handed me 30 bucks right now, I'd get a (free) babysitter and take my husband to Friendly's. Free sundaes!

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  6. The statistic about the alcohol/heroin danger comparison is so, so scary. I am ecstatic about this idea; you're giving us an opportunity to learn more about the people around us that are helping others and I think it's just beautiful!

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  7. I have a friend with three little kids and a husband who has just come out of rehab for alchohol addiction. I really hope that this time he's beat it for good... My heart goes out to her every time I see her and those children.

    If I found myself suddenly $30 richer, I'd invest in some more beautiful Christmas cards and stamps!

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  8. I'm not even concerned about winning the giveaway, I would just like to add my 50 cents worth of donation :)

    (However, if you still have that bird painting laying around, I still love to have that ;)

    LB

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  9. Bethany,
    Thank you so much for doing this! I'm humbled by your heart for giving, and I look forward to learning more as the weeks go on. Most definitely the $30 would go towards something Christmas!

    PS, in about 10 seconds I will have a link to your blog on my facebook. Got to spread the word!!

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  10. with Christmas soon approaching I would use the extra cash for new supplies to make some homemade Christmas gifts, homemade gifts really are so much fun to both give and the receive!

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  11. As a poor college student who is low on funds this holiday season I would probably put the $30 towards a gift for our annual siblings gift exchange.

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  12. p.s. I blogged about your giveaway!

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  13. You might just be the sweetest blogger out there! What a great thing you are doing!

    If I won, I'd probably put it toward a holiday gift for a charity - empty stocking fund or something like that. Pay it forward, right?

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  14. Beth, this is a stupendous idea. Thirty dollars goes a long way for me right now; I'd probably use it to help get myself home for Thanksgiving.

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  15. Dearest Poop,

    I am so excited to see what you have in store for B-Z! What an excellent opportunity to raise awareness and even sweeter that you are donating to the causes!

    If I were to have an extra $30 burning a hole in my pocket I would either A)spend it at Banana Republic Outlet (my new weakness) or B)be responsible and throw an extra $30 towards my school loan...the possibilities are endless!

    Keep up the good work...I'll keep reading =) Thanks for the education!

    Love,
    Excrement

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  16. It's so nice to see you promoting a worth-while cause. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  17. $30 extra right now would go toward a birthday present for my wife, who is lovely in body and spirit. But given the spirit of your endeavor I would more likely donate it back to another cause. My sister in law devotes her energy to this local shelter for women:
    http://www.seedsofhopeindy.org/

    Be excellent - thanks for keeping us focused on the positive things. And Hi to my sister Pam who brought me to your blog.

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  18. This is such a wonderful series you're doing and I can't wait to learn about the other awesome programs you'll be highlighting. What an awesome idea!

    If I win the $30 I'll use it to buy things that are needed for our local Children's Hospital like dvd's, toys, and rattles for the sweet babies.

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  19. Great idea, Bethany! I would probably put the money toward gifts for the children whose names I picked from a giving tree last week.
    Blessings!

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  20. I added your button to my blog. Hope it brings you a few more comments!
    Blessings!

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  21. Thanks Mr. Anonymous! Am commenting to get another dollar donated.

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  22. thanks for spreading the word!

    i personally am not interested in the money but i would have you give the money to a food bank or something. they are so needy this time of year.

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  23. So excited that other decided to give & that I can (kind of) help!

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  24. Hey! Caffeine is my addiction too. I love this new series. If I were lucky enough to get the $30 I'd use it towards making my kiddos an advent calendar they grow up with. Did you have one?

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  25. i am in awe of all the goodwill and generosity around here!

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  26. You are a true blessing to so many!

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  27. What an incredible new series - and what a wonderful organization to start things off.

    I'd love to see the money stay with allTreatment - so I'd donate it back to them.

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  28. Anonymous. = Generous. There is still good out there =)

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  29. What a wonderful idea! This is from your Christmas ornament partner and I truly think you have a big heart ;)

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  30. I'm so overwhelmed by your generous concept here Bethany. You are truly a very kind and beautiful person.
    Thank you for doing this. You will be making a difference in so many ways, if not just by educating us about all the different charities that there are out there.

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  31. Throw my name into the hat again! You (and your anonymous donor) have prompted us all to be more aware of needs that exist year 'round.

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  32. Let's keep it going ya'll!! Thanks for all your great feedback so far!

    Best,

    -Denny
    AllTreatment

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  33. wow, it's so great to see the generosity going on! Keep it up Bethany!

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  34. Jenny you are doing Swell!

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  35. Didn't realized I could add to the pot everyday. So happy to see all the encouragement for this series.

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  36. This is such a great giveaway, I'm excited to see all the future posts! Hmm, the $30 would probably go for Christmas gifts.

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  37. What a wonderful start Bethany and I was so pleased to sit down today to five new posts to read of yours!

    I think we all have someone touched by an addiction to something in our lives so what a worthwhile cause.

    $30 would certainly be put towards postage to send beautiful things to friends in far flung places.
    xx

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  38. I work with many Veterans who struggle with addiction everyday. It is a rough thing to break free from! I am excited to see people lending a helping hand. I just watched a national geographic thing on Meth...It is one nasty addition.

    I would love to buy golves and hats to donate to my vets this Christmas with the $30

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  39. What a great post and thoughtful idea! I love your blog and you are adorable!

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  40. happy to see that you can comment every day, every bit counts to help the cause!

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  41. What a lovely idea! I hope you can raise a lot of money for the cause!

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  42. I love this idea! And, with thirty dollars, I would pick up more books for the kiddos in my classroom.

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  43. I guess I'll enter one last entry!

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  44. I made a Blooger account ferver ago, and have never used it. Seeing this, I decided to use it to leave you a nice comment :) Bethany--what you're doing is amazing! I really appreciate yer ambition.

    Also, your writing style is so amusing!! I am going to read every post you make :)

    -Livvia

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  45. Yeah for thoughtful people with beautiful souls! Just whose daughter are you? I usually don't like to make you spend money...but I think this is acceptable! Kudos to the lovely who matched your donations!

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