Paying it Forward Worldwide

Paying it forward worldwide. My world has always extended beyond our borders. We've been told that the world has grown smaller with the ease of travel to distant places and technology connecting us to one another. It's impossible to turn away from the needs of others not only when there are natural disasters but for many it is a day to day hardship to have enough to eat, a place to sleep, the opportunity to learn, and many of the things we take for granted. 

International Rescue Committee 


If you are still looking for a cause to donate to you might check, a web site that rates charities. It has been very helpful for me.

One of the organizations that I particularly favor is the International Rescue Committee. Through this organization we were able to provide a year of schooling for 10 children, healthy birtInternational Rescue Committeehs for 10 pregnant women, and tents to shelter four families.

Another organization that is at the forefront of natural disasters all over the world and in the midst of war zones is Doctors Without Borders. We pay it forward to this group every month of the year. The medical personnel perform amazing care to their patients in the most trying circumstances. 

Fisher House is really many houses. They are located near medical facilities that provide care to wounded military personnel. This enables family members of the wounded to visit for extended periods of time. Having loved ones near increases the recovery time for many of those that have suffered horrendous mental and physical injury. 

My husband suffered a stroke in March and I can no longer travel to disaster areas as a Red Cross volunteer. Paying it forward is more limited to the donations I am able to make. It is not all that I would like to do but it is what I am able to do. It is one of the reasons that I am so happy that I can continue to work in real estate. It enables me to help in these and other ways.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsKate Elim • December 27 2015 08:02PM


Kate Elim 

It is really the thought that counts. Today I saw a clean cut man walking along a free way ramp with a Starbuck Latte and a snack looking for handout. I decided against to give. He probably has a sad story to tell. But there are more needy people .....

Sam Shueh

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 3 years ago

Hello Kate, I've never heard of the link "", thanks for the link. Sorry to hear of your husbands stroke but you pay it forward everyday helping him.

Posted by Bob Ratliff, "Sold with Bob" (Robert Ratliff Realty) about 3 years ago

I do hope your husband is doing well.  Kudos to you for having volunteered for the Red Cross and now donating to several excellent organizations as a way of "paying it forward".

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 3 years ago

Hello Kate -- your paying it forward attitude is admirable especially given your husband's stroke this year -- I do hope he is doing better.   Thanks for your entry.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 about 3 years ago

Very nice.  I love Doctors Without Borders.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 3 years ago

I didn't know you used to travel to disaster areas with the Red Cross.  Wow!  That's true generosity.  Your donations in the meantime are more than a lot do.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) about 3 years ago

Kate, this is very special!    We do have to do our part and see how we can make a difference - you do! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 3 years ago

Hi Joan...It may not be the difference I would like to make but it is what I can do. I think I'm the one that really benefits.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) about 3 years ago

Thank you for volunteering with the Red Cross. I was in Biloxi MS when Katrina came through and people like you made a huge difference.

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Hello Kate ... wonderful post and featured to the group:


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 3 years ago