January 21, 2014

WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 2




(Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet)

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

Persian Gulf War yellow ribbon

This article continues the WP Daily Prompt for 1/7/2014, colors : Write about anything you’d like, but make sure that all seven colors of the rainbow — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet — make an appearance in the post, and the WP Weekly Writing Challenge 1/6/2014, Cliffhanger! : …write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. (So) readers will have their curiosity piqued sufficiently to wait expectantly for the second part.

In  WP Daily Prompt: 1/7/2014: Ribbon Colors Mean… Part 1 I wrote about the issues that red, orange, and yellow ribbons make people aware of. This post will discuss green, blue, indigo, and purple ribbons and the issues they make people aware of.



Green awareness ribbons bring support for and awareness to isues that include childhood depression, missing children, bipolar disorders, ovarian cancer and tsunami victims.


Human Heart

Human Heart

Green is an international symbol of support for organ and tissue donation.  Awareness recognizing both the dire need for more organs to save lives and hope for those waiting for a second chance at life through transplantation, as well as thanking the donors and their families for giving the greatest gift of life so another can live on. Wearing a green awareness ribbon brings attention to the cause and initiates conversations to share information, according to the London Transplant Gift to Life organization.

National Organ Donor Day, celebrated on February 14th, coincides with Valentine’s Day, a coincidence chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1998. Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to show love by signing up to be an organ donor.

Ways to become an organ donor include:

  • Joining the National Registry of potential volunteer marrow and blood stem cell donors.
  • Donating, at childbirth, your baby’s (more…)

January 24, 2011

Counting the Homeless in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania





The coalition will conduct the annual census of homeless in the county from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. The census is required to receive federal money for homeless assistance programs through the Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

     This announcement about the Westmoreland Coalition on Housing (Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania) stated that the census, which will check shelters, the streets and even all-night business to find people without permanent places to live, is required for the county to receive federal money through the Department of Housing and Urban development homeless assistance programs.

     I wondered how the extreme eastern area of the county would fare. Because there are many moneyed people in Ligonier Township (which includes Ligonier and Laughlintown), the area has a reputation of being wealthy. Yet, as I drive down its rural roads, I see (sometimes rundown) trailer homes across from million dollar mansions.

     So what would the census in Ligonier Township show?


     Volunteers will be stationed at five sites in the county where homeless families and individuals are being asked to report that night. In perusing the list of sites to be covered by the census (Lighthouse Mission in Arnold; Union Mission in Latrobe; Salvation Army in Jeannette; Schooner Youth Center in Monessen; and Welcome Home in Greensburg) there was no indication Ligonier Township was even considered as a site (more…)

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