Duff is involved with various charities, is an animal rights enthusiast and a member of Kids with a Cause. She also donated $250,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, she donated over 2.5 million meals to Hurricane Katrina victims in the south. In August 2006, Duff traveled to a New Orleans elementary school and worked with USA Harvest to distribute meals. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the “Audrey Hepburn Child Benefit Fund” and the Celebrity Council of “Kids with a Cause”. On October 8, 2008, Duff starred in a public service announcement for The Think Before You Speak Campaign by Ad Council and GLSEN, to prevent youth from using anti-LGBT vocabulary, such as the phrase “That’s so Gay”. In July 2009, Duff was named as a Youth Ambassador to the children of the Colombian capital, Bogota.As a Youth Ambassador, she will spend five days in the country, distributing backpacks filled with food to needy children.
Duff has stated numerous times that she’s a strong animal rights supporter and has commented, when asked what she would be doing if she weren’t a celebrity, “I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger, but then I figured out that animals actually die there, so that was not the job for me. Definitely something with kids or animals or something like that.
Hilary was one of the charter members of Kids With A Cause in 1999 and continues to offer her dedication and support to this worthwhile organization whenever she can. Her sister, Haylie, is also one of the charter members and is the Spokesperson for 2003.
Kids With A Cause (www.kidswithacause.org) is a non-profit organization that lends a helping hand to the children of the world who, through no fault of their own, suffer from poverty, hunger, sickness, lack of education, abandonment, neglect and/or abuse.
Hilary donates her time through a variety of events with the charity. She visits children in hospitals to help make their day a little brighter. She escorts disadvantaged youth to theme parks and shares in the fun and the thrill of the rides. Spending time with less fortunate children is very important to Hilary and she also supports the efforts of Kids With A Cause through special fundraising projects.
Her most recent projects in support of Kids With A Cause include Send a Greeting by Phone (www.dtelegrams.com) where you can send greetings from Hilary for those special occasions and special friends and t-shirts with original art by Hilary (www.angelwear.com). There will also be collectible items of Hilarys soon on eBay to offer additional support towards her charitable interests.
We hope that you, too, will offer your support to children in need.
Return to Freedom is
proud to welcome Hilary Duff
as its new Youth Ambassador!
In July of 2003, Hilary Duff, came to visit famed wild horse sanctuary Return to Freedom and met Spirit the horse that inspired the Dreamworks animated film. Upon meeting him, Hilary became a little star struck herself. I had to catch my breath when I saw him, she said. Oh my God, hes like stunning.
During her visit Return to Freedom, Hilary met with its founder, Neda DeMayo, and learned about the organization and how it rescues wild horses. When Neda asked Hilary to be Return to Freedoms official Youth Ambassador, Hilary instantly agreed.
Im so honored, Hilary said. Its so important to raise the awareness of other kids and thats the best part of being in the position Im in. I think its really important to give back to your community and it makes you feel so good to get involved with a charity. I look up to people who are involved with organizations that help people and animals.
So when I first heard about Return to Freedom, and how civilization is closing in on the wild mustangs, I knew that I wanted to get involved with this cause. It is so great that the mustangs have the American Wild Horse Sanctuary at Return to Freedom to roam free on and to be wild. If their land and freedom is lost these wild horses are in real danger of becoming extinct and we must not let that happen. I hope that Return to Freedom will be able to get more land so that they can rescue and bring more horses to the sanctuary.
USA Harvest and Blessings in a Backpack Success!
USA Harvest (and Canadian Harvest) has partnered with Hilary for over three years to create and sustain many successful programs, including the Blessings in a Backpack initiative. This partnership has produced over 6 million meals donated to those less fortunate. During the first two months after Hurricane Katrina, Hilary, in partnership with USA Harvest, distributed over 2.5 million meals throughout the Gulf Coast. Hilary purchased the food along with a few partners. Through the Blessings in a Backpack program, Hilary is providing over 6000 meals a weekend at the Normandie Elementary School in South Central Los Angeles.
USA Harvest started with Kentucky Harvest in 1987 and has expanded across the nation over the next few years. They see themselves not as fund-raisers, but food-raisers and their only true measurement of their success is how many hungry people they feed each and every day! Their volunteers pick-up surplus food from restaurants, hospitals and food suppliers and deliver it to missions, soup kitchens and food banks. Their concept is very simple: moving food from people who have too much, to those who have much too little!
For more information on USA Harvest, go to www.usaharvest.com.
Return to Freedom
Return to Freedom rescues wild horses. Their philosophy is that America’s wild horses have a right to remain wild and free. Each year thousands of wild horses continue to be removed from their indigenous environment and relocated off public lands and Return to Freedom wants to do everything they can to make sure the relocated bonded horses are allowed to stay within their natural herd groups. In July of 2003, Hilary came to visit the famed wild horse sanctuary Return to Freedom and met Spirit the horse that inspired the Dreamworks animated film. Upon meeting him, Hilary became a little star struck herself. “I had to catch my breath when I saw him,” she said. “Oh my God, he’s like stunning.” Hilary instantly wanted to help and became Return to Freedom’s official Youth Ambassador in 2003.
For more information, go to www.returntofreedom.org.
What You Can Do
Hilary’s philanthropic work is very important to her. She wants to give back to those who need it especially kids and the military. Recently, Hilary donated money to the Hurricane Katrina relief funds including the American Red Cross and USA Harvest because she saw the devastation and all the people who had lost everything. Her donation with USA Harvest fed over 2,000,000 people affected by Hurricane Katrina.
You don’t need to be a celebrity to help. Charitable organizations are usually willing to accept both cash and non-cash contributions. You can also help by volunteering your time.
Here Are A Few Examples:
- Arrange to visit a local shelter and help serve meals.
- Donate “gently used” clothing, shoes, sweaters, coats or other items to your local drop-off centers.
- Take toys, videos, books and other items to a hospital or group home.
- Volunteer your time with organizations like Habitat for Humanity to help build housing for those in need. Some organizations offer teen
programs designed for weekends.
- Be a tutor, mentor or big brother/big sister.
- Visit a nursing home/veterans hospital and share your time with the older generation. Not only will you make new friends, but you can
also learn so much about history as they lived through much of what you are learning in school.
- Organize a neighborhood or park clean up with some of your friends.