Help childrenIn this age of junk mail, do-not-call lists and
spam, it’s often difficult to find valid, worthwhile messages.
As a result, people might be hesitant to donate to a good cause,
fearing a flood of direct mail, phone calls and e-mails will follow.

As the problem gets worse, people are seeking a way to give without
being constantly bombarded with unwanted solicitations. A not-for-profit
organization based in Portland, Ore., has developed an innovative
approach to making donations hassle-free while respecting people’s
privacy. They’ve also devised a way for donors to customize
their giving to fit their unique interests and lifestyles.

In order to serve people in need both quickly and continually,
Mercy Corps is launching three monthly giving programs on July
19, 2004: Give for Kids, Heroes Against Hunger, and Partners in

* Give for Kids specifically addresses the most urgent needs
of poor children around the world, helping them gain more reliable
access to nutritious food, clean water, shelter and a good education.

* Heroes Against Hunger helps Mercy Corps ensure that children
and families have enough to eat by supplying nutrient-rich foods
to communities and establishing feeding programs in local schools.

* Partners in Mercy works to guarantee a brighter future for
poor families by establishing projects that carry out such vital
tasks as providing clean water to villages, creating economic
opportunities for those most in need and building good, safe schools
for children.

These three innovative monthly giving programs enable donors
to choose the way they would like to help fight global poverty.
Through their monthly donations, supporters help establish long-term
solutions to eradicating poverty and making a difference in the
world. Donors will receive periodic newsletters and information,
but no additional solicitations.

“The need for mercy is ongoing,” says Dan O’Neill,
the organization’s president and co-founder. “We need
to provide constant relief to children and families and let them
know that the world hasn’t forgotten about them.”

According to the United Nations, 3 billion people (half the world’s
population) live on less than two dollars a day. Among them, more
than 1.3 billion people live on less than a dollar a day. The
consequences of this severe poverty are catastrophic: families
suffer from malnutrition, preventable diseases, contaminated water
supplies and decreased educational opportunities.

“The monthly support of our benefactors ensures that we
have the resources to fight poverty and alleviate suffering,”
O’Neill says. “It allows us not only to respond quickly
to tragedies and disasters, but also helps us to assist individuals
in learning valuable skills to rebuild their lives.”

Need has no nationality. Mercy Corps seeks to help people across
the world, putting the needs of children and families first by
providing rapid, long-term assistance to those most affected by
the ravages of starvation and poverty. Mercy Corps has provided
lifesaving assistance to people in 76 nations since 1979, helping
families in need restore their lives, dignity and hope.

The needs of children and families around the world are overwhelming,
but Mercy Corps’ monthly giving programs are helping to
meet those needs in ways that touch and save lives. To learn more
about how you can help transform lives around the world, please
call (800) 292-3355 (extension 250) or visit the Mercy Corps Web
site at

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