Cause of the Month: Pencils of Promise

It’s that time again! It’s a brand new month, and for us at Small Towns & City Lights, this means a new Cause of the Month. A new non-profit organization or charity that we have a strong passion for and would like to share with our readers to gain knowledge and spread the word on important issues that some incredible people all over the world are trying to tackle. If you know anything by reading our website, you know that there are a few celebrities who we very much admire. For me, one of those celebs is One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush. I look up to her in more ways than one, but one huge part of being a fan of hers is following all her philanthropic work. Recently I’ve noticed Sophia tweeting and speaking out about a new organization that she has joined forces with called Pencils of Promise. I decided to look into exactly what PoP does and how we can help. 
Pencils of Promise is a non-profit organization that was founded by a man named Adam Braun back in 2008. Adam started out with $25 and a dream. He had a desire to build one school in a developing country in hopes to aid children in education and allow them to have the opportunities they deserve. He wanted to give children a chance in an environment where they didn’t necessarily have a chance. His $25 turned into a movement, and into 2009 he had a great amount of volunteers wanting to help. By 2010, he had a full-time staff and since then has built 50 different schools in the developing world, in places like Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. 
This is an incredible organization that is helping thousands of children. But every thousand that are receiving help, there are a thousand more that need it. So PoP still has a lot of work to do and they need our help. One pencil can change a child’s life. All it takes is one person telling them they can and giving them an opportunity to learn. Every dollar that is donated online goes solely to the educational purposes and 86% of expenses allocated to program services. You can click here to donate on their official website and see the breakdown of how much you give will benefit. But, we understand, times are tough for us all right now, but any amount will help. Forego your Starbucks coffee this week and give that money to PoP to help build schools for underprivileged children. Or lend your support. Spread the word. Let people know what PoP is striving for and how they’re making an impact. Maybe you can’t afford a donation but maybe someone else you know can. Educate your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. We can all help to continue this movement and support this amazing organization! 
Founder Adam Braun, Justin Bieber and Sophia Bush at a Pencils of Promise event.
Other than Sophia Bush, Pencils of Promise has some other celebrity supporters such as teen heartthrob, Justin Bieber. PoP also has a new goal for the year of 2012. They hope to build 100 + schools by the end of this calendar year. So please help us help them. Donate. Fundraise. Spread the word. Get educated. Spread your knowledge. Help a child in need. The young people of today are going to be the change we need in this world. Let’s start this change now!
For more information, here are a few links to help you out:
Pencils of Promise YouTube
Pencils of Promise Facebook 
Follow @AdamBraun on Twitter
Follow @pencilsofpromis on Twitter