Last year, the DiaryMistress and I tried to start an initiative we called “OD Cares”. At the time, we wanted to establish a means to collect donations from the OD community for charitable causes that the community felt needed support – with the intention that one large donation could be made in the name of the Open Diary and its members.
Response to the original OD Cares was okay, but many people felt that collecting donations in this way was not something this site should do.
However, with the hundreds of thousands of people who visit OD every month, I’ve always felt like we could do some good in the world – if we could just turn the attention of some of those people to causes that the community feels are worthy.
So, I am reviving the OD Cares initiative today, but in a different form. I’ve started a diary named OD Cares on the site, and we are going to use this diary to post information about charitable causes that need support.
The first entry in the OD Cares diary is about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and you can find out more from reading the entry and visiting their website.
In the future, if you know of a charitable group that needs help or support, please let us know by leaving a note on the OD Cares diary. I’m not promising any particular timeframe, but I will post additional entries for groups and causes that are selected by members of the OD community. If you “nominate” a cause to OD Cares, we may ask you to write the entry describing what the group does, and why they should be getting our support. Please remember that we want to highlight large charity groups that serve a wide geographic or social range of people.
This is in no way intended to collect funds or to tell our members what charities to support – it is just our way of trying to shine a little light on worthy groups or charities that could use some help.