I am so inspired by this organization I just heard about on this show Real Simple. It's called Womanade. In a nutshell, the organization was started by a Washington DC doctor who treated people in homeless shelter. She found that a lot of the patients did not have money for prescriptions etc. The need was sort of small, to her anyway, for instance she had a patient whom she wrote $17 worth of prescriptions for and he only had $11. Out of the kindness of her heart she would give patients the few dollars that they needed. As you can imagine a few dollars here and a few dollars there began to build up, so a friend of hers had a potluck dinner and asked women to donate funds. The potlucks were held twice a year and attended by 100 women and these women were raising about $4,000 per dinner! Not only that, but women around the country caught on and started chapters around the country.
I am soo inspired by this idea, I had to pass it on. I think it is even a cool idea for the 4th of July, as you invite people ask them to bring a few dollars to donate to a cause. Very simple way to get your friends involve in giving back.