I've been using my own camera for Difference Makers events since September. The kids and I have taken a lot of pictures of our volunteer activities and use them to update our blog, as well as a bulletin board at school. A couple of months ago (you may have noticed), my camera has developed a cloudy spot inside one of its lenses (of course, it's the lens I can't reach--Who knows how a lens inside the camera gets scratched, but grrrrrrr). It only shows at certain angles, but it's quite annoying.
Anyway, I had been donating here and there on a cool website called *DonorsChoose, and when my camera got the scratch, it occurred to me that I could enter a "project" request on DonorsChoose for potential funding of an inexpensive camera. The website hosts a collection of classroom projects from around the United States and the Dominican Republic. Nearly 200,000 projects have been funded up to this point, impacting the lives of almost 5,000,000 students. Potential donors are encouraged to browse projects (by subject area, age levels, poverty levels, etc.) and donate any amount to help the causes there. I believe in the concept so much that I even signed up to donate $10 per month--It's a great way to support projects you believe in. I entered my camera wish and basically forgot about it...
Guess what?! Difference Makers is getting a digital camera from DonorsChoose!!! It has been funded by a generous man named John, from Fitchburg, Wisconsin and the wonderful people at Crate&Barrel! How cool is that?! Now, when my Difference Makers students do something fun/interesting/inspiring, the kids can take photos and post them on our blog and/or inspire other kids to do the same. The kids are going to be so excited when I share the great news about the camera.
If you know a teacher or classroom that has a wish/need, please encourage the teacher to join DonorsChoose. It's completely free, and who knows; they just might be blessed by a donation of their own. And if you like supporting great causes and having the freedom to choose, poke around on the site--You can make a difference! :)