Giving Back

I want to introduce you to two of my favorite charities.

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center

The mission of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the conservation and preservation of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. We accomplish this through the rescue, care, and release of sick and injured sea turtles, public education regarding the plight of sea turtles and the threat of their extinction, and learning opportunities for students of biology, wildlife conservation, and veterinary medicine from around the world. A nonprofit organization, we view our work as a privilege and are honored to work with these magnificent creatures.

On a personal note:
I have loved turtles since a very young age, but especially the sea turtle. I actually nicknamed one of my older brothers “Sea Turtle” and used to receive rides on his back around the house and in the swimming pool. I am fortunate to volunteer with the Topsail Turtle Project which is affiliated with the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.
As a volunteer, I walk a mile stretch of beach on Topsail Island one morning per week, from May thru August, looking for turtle tracks that will indicate that a mama sea turtle may have deposited her eggs (typically 100-120 or so!) in a nest buried beneath the sand. We then protect and monitor the nest and sit with it in the evenings, approximately 60-70 days later, to assist and protect (as needed) the sea turtle hatchlings as they emerge from their nest and enter the Atlantic Ocean. What a joy and privilege to be able to assist this organization.

You can help fund the center and Topsail Turtle Project by “adopting” a sea turtle on their website:
https://www.seaturtlehospital.org/adopt/

Global Vision 2020

Based on the goal of our founder J. Kevin White—U.S. Marine (Ret.) and Naval Academy graduate—Global Vision 2020 was founded to end the world’s epidemic of poor vision. He invented the innovative USee™ vision-screening tool to provide prescription eyeglasses to people in the most remote areas on earth. Global Vision 2020’s system is lightweight. The training is simple.

And clear sight can be provided in only minutes. Our partners have delivered 36,000 pairs of prescription eyeglasses in 38 countries around the world.

On a personal note:
I’ve had poor vision almost my entire life. I started wearing prescription eyeglasses at the age of seven, and back in the 70’s, trust me, they didn’t have cute glasses for children! I’ve often reflected upon the fact that had I been born in another time, or in another location, I quite possibly might not have made it to my current age. I wouldn’t be able to read, cook, see much of anything, or function.

Kevin White, the founder of Global Vision 2020, is a friend of mine. He was stationed at the same Marine Corps base as my husband and lived in my neighborhood back when he was still on active duty. Fast forward a few years, Kevin has gone on to do amazing things with Global Vision 2020 and I’ve been proud of, and have enjoyed watching, his journey! Global Vision 2020 was awarded $1,000,000 as one of the finalists at the Creator Awards, provided by WeWork, which is a global competition celebrating ideas with impact.

I am passionate about supporting their mission of ending the global vision epidemic. I plan to support this organization for years to come and even hope to go on a trip with them one day, to assist firsthand.
If you are looking for an amazing cause to support, look no further. Learn more and donate here:
https://gv2020.org/