Welcome to day 3 of Pseudostoops’ charitable giving extravaganza 2008!

By now, most of you know the concept: I feature a different organization every day, to which I guarantee a minimum donation of $25. Then, I add 50 cents to my donation for each and every comment I receive on that post. If this is your first time here, be sure to check out Monday and Tuesday‘s deserving organizations!

I’m still taking suggestions for charities you’d like to recommend for Friday, when I’ll be giving a $50 donation to a charity that’s selected by popular vote- so if you’re so inclined, make a suggestion in the comments! Or you can just say “comment” or “add my 50 cents” or “dude, Pseudo, you’ve got something stuck in your teeth.”

Today’s featured organization is The Night Ministry.

The Night Ministry is a non-denominational organization providing a variety of services to people living in poverty, particularly homeless youth and adults. They have, among other things, a traveling health bus that gives free medical care on a regular schedule to homeless folks in several Chicago neighborhoods. They provide meals and counseling and a consistent, friendly face for youth living on the streets, and help them get off the streets. They recently were instrumental in helping a very good friend figure out how to get help for some kids she knew who had become homeless. They rule.

In their words:

The Night Ministry serves a wide range of individuals who share circumstances of poverty and the inability to afford and access essential services. No matter their age, mainstream society often ignores or casts aside those we serve. The more isolated a person is, the less likely they are to access services.

Among those we serve are:
– homeless and runaway youth
– homeless adults
– working poor adults
– uninsured and underinsured individuals seeking medical assistance
– individuals who lack access to or distrust of traditional systems of healthcare
– children living in public housing who need a place to gather in safety
– individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental illness
– the chronically lonely
– others who have “fallen through the cracks” of our social service system.

So, help ’em out! Start commenting! And, as always, thanks.

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