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Help end world hungerCheck this out, my son loves to play. It’s addicting…


is a free online “Dictionary” where all you have to do is just go to the web page and start learning new words while trying to increase your vocabulary level. For every correct answer to FreeRice’s online vocabulary game, the site donates 20 grains of rice to its official humanitarian partner, WFP who in turn donates it to needy families. About 25,000 people, mostly children, die Every Day around the world due to hunger. By simply reminding yourself to play this game once a day you will vastly improve your vocabulary and help feed those who are dying of hunger!

FreeRice has a custom database containing thousands of words at varying degrees of difficulty. There are words appropriate for people just learning English and words that will challenge the most scholarly professors. In between are thousands of words for students, business people, homemakers, doctors, truck drivers, retired people… everyone!

FreeRice automatically adjusts to your level of vocabulary. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level. This one-to-three ratio is best for keeping you at the “outer fringe” of your vocabulary, where learning can take place.

There are 50 levels in all, but it is rare for people to get above level 48.

After you have done FreeRice for a couple of days, you may notice an odd phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used before will begin to pop into your head while you are speaking or writing. You will feel yourself using and knowing more words.

So bookmark the site to show your support and remind yourself to play!

Also if you are feeling even more giving than usual here’s another site where you just quickly click the link once and it donates 1.1 cups of rice:

I have friends I do not know,
They live on the other side of town.

They are men like me,
with hopes, fears, and dreams.

Each day they face struggles,
like me.

And, yet I will not know them,
nor the struggles they face.

Because I’m too afraid to travel,
to the other side of town.

See post below from my friends at Hands On Central Texas…

Claim a Dollar, Make an Impact
With a little time from 400 volunteers, the Community Tax Centers will prepare 16,000 tax returns and bring over $20 million into the pockets of those who need it most in Travis County. 
What are the Community Tax Centers?
Community Tax Centers provide free income tax preparation services to Austin’s low-income families.  By helping people claim all of the tax credits for which they are eligible, volunteers can give many of the working poor in our community a chance to build a financial future.
 2004 VITA2005 CTC2006 CTC2007 CTC2008 CTC
# Returns2,7007,41310,20513,55016,000
% Increase 175%38%33%18%
Refunds$5,400,000$9,867,776$12,979,797$17,353,264 $20,480,000
VolunteersN/A248365350400 Needed!
What do Volunteer Tax Preparers do?
Learn how to prepare simple tax returns in up to 10 hours of training – training starts in November
Take a test to be certified by the IRS as a Volunteer Tax Preparer
Commit to volunteer just 3 hours/per between January & April (or a total of 36 hours)
Work directly with families who need help preparing tax returns
Prepare taxes using a commercial software program
Claim federal dollars for families with low incomes
►   Any Texas CPA who completes our training, passes the IRS certification test and volunteers for 36 hours will be approved for 12 hours of CPE credit.
What Other Ways Can I Volunteer?
Intake Specialist – This volunteer sets the tone for the client’s experience with the Tax Centers as the first person a taxpayer encounters.  The volunteer welcomes clients, explains our services, screens clients for eligibility, and organizes the necessary documents to facilitate efficient and accurate tax preparation.  As intake specialists, students must possess excellent customer service skills, have a flare for detail and organization, and work well in a fast-paced environment.
Interpreters – 20% of Community Tax Center clients speak only Spanish.  We are in great need of bilingual volunteers to help clients and our volunteer tax preparers communicate effectively.  The interpreters help ensure that the taxpayers understand their tax return and their tax obligations.
What is the time commitment?
Between January 22 and April 15, we ask volunteers to serve just 3 hours per week or a total of 36 hours.  Tax centers are conveniently located throughout Austin, with one in Round Rock, and offer daytime, evening, and weekend hours. 
Make a difference in YOUR community.  Be a Community Tax Center Volunteer!
Sign up today
Jackie Blair  ~  Volunteer Coordinator  ~  Foundation Communities
512-447-2026 ext. 35 ~

Call a presidential campaign and ask the candidate to go on the record with their plans to combat extreme poverty and global disease:
Here is the link

Watch the last 2:50 of this video, especially the last 1:30 or so to hear Bono preach. He’s a pretty good preacher for a rock star…