Hare-brained Idea?

"The Day's Mail" by windblownpages on flickr

Somebody sold somebody a list with my name and address on it, and I haveΒ begun to receive mass mailings from charities asking for my money. For the record, Doug and I give money to our church and our two sponsored children every month, and don’t have tons extra to send to every cause, regardless of how worthy I agree that it is.

“Everybody receives charity letters,” you tell me, “just ignore them!” Well, they are hard to ignore if I get one every other day. Within the past week I have gotten letters from Doctors Without Borders, The IRC, UNICEF, UNHCR, Habitat for Humanity, and Oxfam, and I still feel like I’m forgetting one. Among this list are some of my dream employers. I have supported UNICEF for years and if I got a job there, I would feel like I’m making a difference in the world. I applied for a competitive internship at The IRC in San Diego (and didn’t get it).

I got this crazy idea and would like to have your opinion on it. Instead of enclosing money, which I am unable to do (each charityΒ recommendsΒ $25 or more–altogether I would have donated $150 in a week!), I thought of enclosing a cover letter (essentially–“You’re asking for my help? I’d LOVE to help and here’s how!”) and resume and mailing it right back (with my own stamp to save them each return-mailing) to the non-profit in question.

Is it too bold? Is it just a waste of time–will it just get thrown away when it reaches its destination? Is it creative genius? Please, I’d love your opinion on this crazy idea.

Advertisements

Published by

Staci

Staci blogs about affordable travel at TheVoyageer.com and about interiors, life, and thoughts at MyFriendStaci.com.

5 thoughts on “Hare-brained Idea?”

  1. I think you should go for it! What could trying hurt? The worst thing that could happen is you hear nothing back from them, and the best is that they pay attention to it and actually offer you a job!! If you do it, you’ll never have to look back and say I wonder what would have happened if I had done it…you’ll instead have an answer

  2. Do it. Hopefully someone will be impressed by how bold you are. It’s better than writing deceased on each envelope and sending it back. At least you are attempting to help both them and yourself.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s