Making Resolutions: Getting Involved with Week of Compassion

Moumouna Garraban, a fish trader in Kokomanie, Niger, scales carp fish with her children and grandchildren. (ACT/Brot fuer die Welt/Christoph Pueschner)

Happy New Year!

It’s the time when so many of us try to break old habits, start new practices, resolve to learn something new, and maybe - just maybe - try to make the world a tiny bit better.

Our yearly hope at Week of Compassion is that we can partner with churches and individuals all over North America to do exactly that. If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the world this year, here are a few things you can do:

Invest in Women and Girls

According to USAID, “Aid programs that provide women opportunities to better their health, education, and well-being have effects far beyond a single individual. A woman multiplies the impact of an investment made in her future by extending benefits to the world around her, creating a better life for her family and building a strong community.” 

Week of Compassion’s Women’s Empowerment Fund is a mechanism for helping women become educated, develop economic opportunities, and build their communities. A gift to this special fund can transform not only a single life, but also families and entire communities. 

Support Food Security

According to the United Nation’s World Food Program, “approximately 925 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy. That means that one in every seven people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night."

Hunger is a very real issue. However, food security is a very real possibility. There are ways to respond. 

One of our partners, Foods Resource Bank, aims to end world hunger by globally connecting local communities through agriculture in order to raise funding and awareness. Week of Compassion is always looking for creative, passionate congregations who are interested in starting growing projects to help FRB empower local communities to become more food secure. 

Learn More about Domestic Disaster Ministry

Our partners at Church World Service are hosting an important gathering on domestic disaster response from March 19-21, 2012, in New Windsor, Maryland. If you’re interested in learning more about how the field of disaster response is changing and how you can be involved in your community, this is an excellent way to make some great connections and learn about an important ministry.

This gathering will bring together scholars, researchers, theologians, volunteers and staff who work in disaster programs throughout the broad inter-religious community to:

  • Explore the changing nature of response to natural, technological, and human-caused disasters 
  • Tap the wisdom of the collective, yet diverse experience of participants
  • Identify issues affecting disaster ministry for the future 
  • Suggest forward-thinking, practical resources for the changing needs of disaster ministry

Speaker and registration info is available online. For more information please contact Tim Shenk at or 212-870-2728.
There you have it—three great ways to get involved and help change the world for the better in the coming year. If you have any questions about how to get involved with these projects or anything else, contact Amy, Brandon, or Elaine at Week of Compassion!

This Week's Responses

Disaster Relief
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Missouri, flood recovery