VOPN Causes

Cause: American Red Cross
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The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Their network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:


  • Disaster Relief
  • Supporting America’s Military Families
  • Lifesaving Blood
  • Health and Safety Services
  • International Services


Click here to spend some time at their website to learn more.

Cause: Amnesty International
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Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.


Our vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.


You can help make a real difference by becoming a member or supporter of Amnesty International.

Cause: Cancer Angels of San Diego
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Cancer Angels of San Diego was established to address the financial needs of Stage IV cancer patients who are facing severe financial hardship. At Stage IV, the cancer has spread to several places in the body and requires ongoing treatment for life.


The good news: people can live for years with Stage IV cancer due to the many advances of research.


The bad news: the treatments necessary to keep them alive usually cause severe side effects such as nausea, weakness, terrible aches and pains, disabling fatigue….imagine trying to work in such a miserable physical state. These people can’t. Since they can no longer work, they are unable to pay for the basic necessities of life, including rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food, gas and car repairs, etc. The reality is, this could be you, me, or someone you love.


Please visit our website to learn more, donate and get involved!  Just click here.

Cause: Little Kids Rock
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When it comes to making sure every kid gets a first-rate education, music matters. Little Kids Rock believes that learning to play a musical instrument can be a transformative experience in students’ lives, with the power to inspire the creativity and confidence that are critical to success in school and beyond.

That’s why they are dedicated to restoring and revitalizing music education in U.S. public schools by bringing free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country.

Support them by clicking here.

Cause: Peace Now
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Peace Now is Israel’s most veteran and diverse peace movement with over 10,000 members from the Middle East and around the world.  Our work has been supported and endorsed by hundreds of prominent academics, politicians, and philosophers, including Amos Oz and David Grossman. 


Click here to learn more.

Cause: SGI: Victory Over Violence
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VICTORY OVER VIOLENCE (VOV.COM) is provided as a public service of the Soka Gakkai International - USA as part of its ongoing commitment to build a culture of peace through dialogue, mutual respect and altruistic action. 

Cause: The Animal Rescue Site
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The Animal Rescue Site is part of the GreaterGood Network.  They do their best to raise awareness of good causes and to connect people every day with simple ways to make the world a better place. Their charitable partners, who do the heavy lifting, are the ones who use the funds that your daily clicks and your shopping raise to accomplish the mission.  Basically... Click on their site banners and raise money for your favorite causes.

Cause: The Trevor Project
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The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

Cause: Whyhunger.org
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WhyHunger.org:  Remembering Pete Fornatale

Award-winning disk jockey, rock historian, author and long time friend of WhyHunger Pete Fornatale, the host of Mixed Bag on WFUV and a New York radio icon for more than 40 years, died Thursday. His family announced his death at age 66 and a private funeral mass is planned. WFUV (90.7 FM, wfuv.org) offered an on-air celebration of his life and career on Saturday, May 5. You can listen here


We remember Pete as a dedicated WhyHunger Board member, Hungerthon founder & beloved friend.


A Message from Bill Ayres...

Pete’s Hungerthon co-host, dear friend and executive director of WhyHunger:


Dear Friends, 

It is with deep sorrow that I tell you of the death of my friend and partner for 45 years Pete Fornatale. Pete was an important force for WhyHunger from its founding. He introduced me to Tom Chapin who introduced me to Harry Chapin, which led to the organization's founding. Pete also introduced Harry and me to Mel Karmazin in 1975 when Mel was the GM of WNEW-FM and from that meeting we began Hungerthons. Pete and I co- hosted many Hungerthons and concerts at the UN and many other venues. We also wrote two books together and were guests on one another’s shows over the years.


Without Pete there may not have been a WhyHunger or Hungerthons.  We owe him a great deal.


Pete was a consummate radio pro. He was my first partner in radio and I learned a great deal from him. So much good came through Pete through the radio and WhyHunger that he was not even aware of. So many lives were touched through the magic of radio and Pete’s friendly manner and his persuasive way to convince people to give money to a cause he believed in. My condolences and good wishes to his family and many friends.


Pete, may you have a peaceful journey into the Mystery of Unconditional Love.


- Bill Ayres


In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that a donation to WhyHunger.org be made in Pete Fornatale’s memory.