Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maetreum of Cybele Boedromion 2014 cause

By unanimous vote, the Maetreum of Cybele is Pandora's Kharis' Boedromion 2014 cause. The Maetreum of Cybele, a Pagan temple and convent located in upstate New York, is a non-profit organisation which has been struggling against the city of Catskill in an ongoing tax-battle.


The Wild Hunt has frequently reported on this issue, and posted a good overview at the end of august:

"The legal issue at hand is if the Maetreum uses its property primarily for religious purposes, which would exempt them from paying property taxes. The Town of Catskill says the group is an “illegitimate religion” and is using the property for residential, rather than religious uses. The Maetreum says the town doesn’t want to “open the floodgates” to other nonprofit groups claiming tax exemptions which deprives the town of tax revenue.
 
Despite the unanimous decision in 2013 by a three judge panel of the Appellate Division of New York’s Supreme Court favorable to the Maetreum, the Town of Catskill took the unusual step of appealing the ruling to the New York State Court of Appeals. A ruling by the Court of Appeals is expected later this Fall and the Maetrum expects it to uphold the previous decision that the Maetreum is a religious nonprofit and as such is exempt from paying property taxes. Catskill also recently filed charges against the Maetreum for refusing to allow a municipal inspection to look for code violations and a trial is now scheduled for late September. The Maetreum, in an effort to preserve their property rights while the September trail takes place, filed suit against the town’s attempt to use property codes to condemn and foreclose on the property in the Greene County Supreme Court of New York.
 
So far the Maestreum has paid out more than $65,000 in legal fees. The Town of Catskill, the Maestreum estimates, has spent hundreds of thousands. But the town’s deep pockets, Rev. Mother Cathryn Platine says, is how the town plans to win despite their losses in the courtroom, “Rather than being over, we now find ourselves in three legal actions at once. The town dragged the original two legal actions out for years with multiple bullshit motions and now this. The town attorney is known for this tactic against non-profits all over the state. To make it too expensive to keep fighting them.”
 
The town may finally be successful. If the Maetreum can’t raise $10,000 in the next few weeks to cover legal fees for the appeal, the Pagan convent may close."
  
The Maetrum is a Neo-Pagan organisation. It has been running since 1997 and has developed a full theology and method of practice. Their theology starts from the simplest basis:  
 
"That the Divine Feminine principle is the basis of the universe. That all of us, all that we encounter is Her in the aggregate.  We are all the Great Mother learning about Herself.  From this simple beginning springs our organizational models, our rituals, the principles of what we call Wholistic Feminism, our mission of charitable outreach and indeed the way we, as Cybelines, live our lives.  We are sometimes called the 'scholarly Cybelines' because we have invested many years of strict historical research in order to embrace the essence of what proved to be literally the oldest surviving religion in the world.  We embraced the essence and then stepped away from "Pagan Reconstructism" by bringing those essences into the modern world.  We re-introduced to the world a model for Pagan Monasticism.  We've recovered long believed lost principles, our drumming patterns, ritual practices and corrected history.  The world centre of our Religion is in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York at the foot of the Kaaterskill Clove.  Unlike many neo-Pagan groups, we have a "horizontal" organization, our Priestesses all considered equals but also expected to live our religion, dedicate themselves to a live of charitable works and ministry to others according to their strengths.  We welcome all to our services and to visit our first Phrygianum of the modern era.  We do not require anyone to renounce anything to join us."
 
This organisation is in danger of going bankrupt, and we would like to help prevent this from happening. You can now donate to Pandora's Kharis at baring.the.aegis@gmail.com or by clicking the 'donate' button to the side. Thank you in advance for any amount you can spare. It will matter. The deadline to donate is 26 September, 2014.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

$100,- raised for The Trevor Project

We are proud to announce that our monthly fundraising has raised $100,- for The Trevor Project, America's leading organization in providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone, and we can help them do that. Please read below a letter of thanks by The Trevor Project's CEO and pitch your cause for next month on the Pandora's Kharis Facebook page.


Dear Pandora's Kharis:

On behalf of the nearly 100,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth served by The Trevor Project each year, we are deeply grateful for your financial contribution.

Your gift of $100.00 supports our life saving and life affirming for LGBTQ youth. Your support not only enables us to continue the important work of our 24/7 crisis and suicide prevention Lifeline, but also enables us to expand our community and school educational initiatives and operate our online LGBTQ social network, TrevorSpace.

Sincerely,

Abbe Land
Executive Director & CEO

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Trevor Project Metageitnion 2014 cause

After a one month hiatus, Pandora's Kharis is back with a new cause to gather funds for. This month's cause is The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ-focussed organisation named after Trevor, a character out of James Lecesne's award-winning one-man show 'Word of Mouth'.  It was turned into the Academy Award®-winning short film 'Trevor', about a 13-year old boy living in 1981 who is shunned by all his classmates for being gay. He doesn't understanding why everyone thinks that’s such a bad thing, but decides it would probably be better for everyone if he weren’t around. 'Trevor' has a message of hope, though, and of self acceptance and love, and these are the pillars of The Trevor Project as well.


The Trevor Project is the leading American organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. On the night 'Trevor' premiered on HBO in 1998, the Trevor Lifeline was launched: the first national crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth. Since then, hundreds of thousands of young people in crisis have reached out to The Trevor Project’s multiple in-person and online life-saving, life-affirming resources--Trevor Lifeline, TrevorChat, TrevorSpace, Ask Trevor and Trevor Education Workshops.

One notable project The Trevor Project is involved with is the 'It Gets Better'-campaign in which celebrities, company employees, and sometimes just regular people--sometimes part of the LGBTQ banner themselves, other times simple supporters of the banner--tell stories of their adolescence. They speak of bullying, of depressions, of the issues young LGBTQ people deal with every day and they tell them that it--eventually--gets better. It always gets better. It has become a very valuable tool in trying to prevent teen and adolescent suicides in the LGBTQ community.


The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone, and we can help them do that.

You can now donate to Pandora's Kharis at baring.the.aegis@gmail.com or by clicking the 'donate' button to the side. This is a very deserving project, and donating to it can truly, truly, save lives. Thank you in advance for any amount you can spare. It will matter. The deadline to donate is 28 August, 2014.

Monday, June 30, 2014

$100,- raised for MSAVLC

I am very happy to announce that Pandora's Kharis has raised $100,- for Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (MSAVLC).


 
Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia is a registered charity that was originally established in 1965. Since then it has been providing aid to some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in South-East Asia. The aim of the charity is to promote good health and relieve sickness, by providing aid, supplies and equipment to health-related organisations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Their support meets a wide range of needs but focuses particularly on children, and those whose lives have been blighted by poverty or the aftermath of war and strife.

MSAVLC currently supports twelve projects in South-East. Asia. All of these projects deal with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people of the region. The charity is run exclusively by volunteers. Their overheads are minimal; every possible penny goes to where it is needed. By concentrating on primary health and responding to specific requests it is surprising what even modest funding can achieve.

From this moment on, the Pandora's Kharis Facebook page is open to pitches. If you do not have Facebook, feel free to pitch your cause in the comments. We will relay the message to the community.

On to another month of pitching, voting, and giving. Thank you for your generosity!

Monday, June 9, 2014

MSAVLC Skirophorion 2014 cause

Our cause for Skirophorion 2014 is set and decided for: Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (MSAVLC) will be the recipient of our donations!

Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia is a registered charity that was originally established in 1965. Since then it has been providing aid to some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people in South-East Asia. The aim of the charity is to promote good health and relieve sickness, by providing aid, supplies and equipment to health-related organisations in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Their support meets a wide range of needs but focuses particularly on children, and those whose lives have been blighted by poverty or the aftermath of war and strife. Their support includes:
  • Provision of equipment and treatment of congenital abnormalities due to toxic chemicals (mainly Agent Orange)
  • Provision of medical equipment to hospitals and orphanages
  • Medical and financial support for paraplegics and quadriplegics
  • First aid and healthcare for orphanage children
  • Provision of audiology and ear care equipment and training
  • Training courses for traditional midwives
  • Building wells and providing clean water systems
  • Support for vulnerable, elderly and disabled people
The charity is run exclusively by volunteers. Their overheads are minimal; every possible penny goes to where it is needed. By concentrating on primary health and responding to specific requests it is surprising what even modest funding can achieve.

You can now donate to Pandora's Kharis at baring.the.aegis@gmail.com or by clicking the 'donate' button to the side. The needs are enormous and their response limited only by their bank balance, so please give generously! Thank you in advance. The deadline to donate is 29 June, 2014.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

$110,- raised for Plan International

With 75% of the votes, Plan International became Thargelion 2014 cause for Pandora's Kharis last week, and this time around, $110,- was raised for the cause. That is a beautiful number, especially when you know that, for example, for about $5,-, a child can get sight treatment, meaning screening and glasses or medicine.

 

Plan is a child-centred community development organisation, and one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. They work with children, their families, communities, organisations and local governments to bring about positive change, and they are active in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty.

When children and adults work together as part of the change process, it is more likely that programmes will be successful and sustainable. Their work is linked to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which spells out the human rights of all children, including the right to:
  • survive
  • develop to the fullest
  • be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation
  • participate fully in family, cultural and social life.
Listening to what children have to say about their rights, needs and concerns is key to this approach. They encourage and help children to take an active role in finding solutions to their problems and realising their full potential.

As always, Elaion is very proud to make an announcement of the generosity of our members. Especially at a time where many people are struggling financially, we still get donations that average out around $20,-. We are very grateful to every single person who made a donation--big or small--and helps us make a difference.

As always, we encourage members who have given so generously to dedicate this gift to the Gods, especially the Kourotrophos; (mostly) female deities who watched over growing children--Gaea, Artemis, Hekate, EirĂȘnĂȘ, Aglauros and Pandrosos, especially. A pre-made ritual can be found here, on the Elaion Facebook page.

From this moment on, the Pandora's Kharis Facebook page is open to pitches. If you do not have Facebook, feel free to pitch your cause in the comments. We will relay the message to the community.

On to another month of pitching, voting, and giving. Thank you for your generosity!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Plan International Thargelion 2014 cause

With 75% of the votes, Plan International became Thargelion 2014 cause for Pandora's Kharis! Founded over 75 years ago, Plan is one of the oldest and largest children's development organisations in the world. They work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. In 2013, Plan worked with 78 million children in 90,229 communities. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.


Plan's vision is of a world in which all children realise their full potential in societies that respect people's rights and dignity. They aim to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives, by:
  • enabling deprived children, their families and their communities to meet their basic needs and to increase their ability to participate in and benefit from their societies
  • building relationships to increase understanding and unity among peoples of different cultures and countries
  • promoting the rights and interests of the world's children.
You can now donate to Pandora's Kharis at baring.the.aegis@gmail.com or by clicking the 'donate' button to the side. Please, give generously to support this wonderful cause, and thank you in advance! The deadline to donate is 30 May, 2014.