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Million Mile Secrets reader Dora is the CEO of Arden Shore Child and Family Services which provides counseling, foster care, truancy prevention, family preservation counseling, and also operates a group home for “at risk” boys.
Arden Shore Youth Exchange
Arden Shore started a youth exchange program last year with a German organization in Hamburg, the Internationaler Jugendverband Europa-Lateinamerika to give Latino youth, who are at-risk of dropping out of school, an inter-cultural and education opportunity, develop leadership skills, and become productive community members.
The youth were chosen based on improved school attendance and academic progress.
How you Can Help
Arden Shore needs 10 plane tickets or airline miles to get 8 students and 2 staff members from Chicago to Germany for the summer of 2014.
I’ll donate either 1 plane ticket or $1,200 to help Arden Shore and I know that awesome Million Mile Secrets readers will also help out!
Arden Shore is a 501(c)3 organization so your check or cash donation is tax deductible.
You can’t claim a deduction if you use your miles to book a ticket to Germany, but can claim a deduction on your taxes for a cash donation.
That’s because you can’t deduct donated miles that you’ve earned from flying or via a credit card sign-up bonus. But you might be able to donate the cost of miles that you bought IF you can prove to the IRS that the donated miles were purchased (but buying miles usually doesn’t make sense). I’m not a tax advisor, so you should confirm with your accountant and the IRS.
I’m donating 1 ticket and hope Million Mile Secrets readers can also help!