Active Projects

Bradenton TOS Takes On Massive Library Project

From left: Judith Snow, Donna Lobdell and Ann Willig
From left: Judith Snow, Donna Lobdell and Ann Willig

The TS Study Centre in Bradenton, FL, has enjoyed holding their meetings at the Mitreya Center, an interfaith meeting place. A few members of the TS, however, saw an unmet need at the Mitreya Center – its library needed some TLC. Five members of the Bradenton TS/TOS group decided to take on the massive project of reorganising the Center's library, so it would be more accessible to the centre's many visitors. The group is creating a library catalogue, which will be available to the greater Bradenton community, as well. Read more about Bradenton TOS Takes On Massive Library Project

Children’s Giveaway

On the last day of the Okiciyapi “Helps One Another” Hocoki Sundance at the Rosebud Reservation, a children’s giveaway took place. The giveaway was coordinated by our dear Karen McCormick with the support of her family members. As many know, Karen has had a strong connection with the residents of the Rosebud Reservation and regularly sends items to the reservation for the Christmas Giveaway. Karen is now getting ready for the Back-to-School giveaway that helps the children on the reservation with school supplies. Read more about Children’s Giveaway

Meet Kristina Iron Cloud

For the last five years, the Theosophical Order of Service has awarded scholarships to six nursing students from the Oglala Lakota College Nursing Program. The college serves the Pine Ridge Reservation which is situated in one of the poorest counties in the US. Many of the students awarded scholarships in the past have driven over 100 miles to be able to attend classes while working a full time job and having to care for a family.  This year's recipient is Kristina Iron Cloud. Here is Kristina's letter of thanks. Read more about Meet Kristina Iron Cloud

Has Your Community Signed the Charter for Compassion?

With the latest developments happening in our country, there seems to be a greater need for compassion. Like the motto of the TOS, “A union of those who love, in the service of all that suffers,” the Charter for Compassion calls upon all of us to live by certain principles that promote a compassionate lifestyle. Through our thoughts, words, and actions, we can change our environment one person at a time. But it must begin with ourselves first. Read more about Has Your Community Signed the Charter for Compassion?

China Study, Cowspiracy and Peaceable Kingdom by L. Miles Standish

L. Miles Standish, in collaboration with the Theosophical Society in Phoenix, is donating free copies of the book, The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, and documentary DVD's, Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home. These resources address three fundamental but closely related issues: human health, sustainability for life on the planet as we know it, and human stewardship in the form of reverence for life. Read more about China Study, Cowspiracy and Peaceable Kingdom by L. Miles Standish

War and the Soul

In 2005, Quest Books published one of its most profound books, War and the Soul by Edward Tick. While this book centers on the topic of soldiers and soul loss after combat, the message is viable for any population and anyone who has dealt with extreme violence and trauma.

The TOS Dharma Group in Wheaton, IL had an idea for a service project to benefit our veterans (and others). You may wish to join them.  Read more about War and the Soul

Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House, Covington, LA

Hope house children
Hope House

No one likes to think about children being mistreated in any way; however, child abuse and neglect are rampant in our society. It is estimated that nationally one in ten children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday, and 90% of those children will know their abuser.

 

The Children’s Advocacy Center—Hope House is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse in Covington, LA. Hope House provides a path to recovery and a bridge to justice for child victims of abuse.

  Read more about Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House, Covington, LA

Lakota Waldorf School: a light in the heart of Pine Ridge

The Theosophical Order of Service’s (TOS) Rosebud project has been giving gifts of school supplies in the Fall and warm coats and Christmas gifts in the winter to the children of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota for more than ten years. Our longest running active program, now called the Native American project, it has expanded in recent years to include: giving refurbished computers to students, blankets to elders, computer assistance to a tribal newspaper and scholarship awards to nursing students at the Oglala Lakota College located on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Read more about Lakota Waldorf School: a light in the heart of Pine Ridge

TOS-USA helps the children of the Rosebud Indian Reservation

Karen McCormick
Karen McCormick

For ten years and counting Karen McCormick of the TOS in the United States has dedicated herself to the TOS’ Rosebud Project aiding Native American children. The Rosebud Reservation, located in the prairie lands of the state of South Dakota in the United States, has the 2nd lowest rate of poverty in the Nation. Karen and her husband work with a group within the Rosebud Reservation called: Okiciapi Wiwang Wacipi which means “They help each other”. Read more about TOS-USA helps the children of the Rosebud Indian Reservation

TOS on the Road

The Theosophical Order of Service is taking the show on the road.  All members of the Theosophical Society in America are automatically also members of the Theosophical Order of Service, BUT don’t necessarily know it, and those who do know it may not know what the TOS is currently doing or how they can help.  So, we decided to do something to increase the awareness of our members, and others, about who we are, what we do and why we’re doing it.

THE THEOSOPHICAL ORDER OF SERVICE SIGNS THE CHARTER FOR COMPASSION

                      

The Theosophical Order of Service has joined the International TOS and other TOS sections around the world in signing the CHARTER FOR COMPASSION. Signers of The Charter For Compassion encourage a world where everyone is committed to living by the principle of compassion. Signers pledge to work toward building a more compassionate world. The TOS joins with many other individuals, organizations and cities that have been inspired by the Charter For Compassion to work in diverse ways to create cultures of compassion locally and globally. 

TOS Grants and Local Group Seed Money

TOS GRANTS TO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

The Theosophical Order of Service (TOS) is a charitable organization actively involved in the alleviation of suffering in the world. The TOS motto is “A union of those who love in the service of all that suffers”.

One of the ways the TOS in the USA serves is by drawing attention via our website and our magazine, For The Love of Life, to the efforts of others who are actively working in one of our areas of service: Family, Social Services, Animals, Ecology, Peace, Healing and Arts & Music. 

TOS Action Group Wheaton - Silent Auction

The Theosophical Order of Service will be holding its third annual Silent Auction at Theosofest on September 11, 2010 at the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL. All proceeds from the auction go to benefit the homeless at the various local shelters that the TOS Action Group has been serving.
As part of our Silent Auction, two handmade donations, which are valued at over $200.00 are raffled off at the end of the day and this year is no different.

Our warm gratitude goes to Ben Furman and Pam King for their generosity.

 

TOS Action Group Wheaton - Calendar

We at the T.O.S. action group in Wheaton have been experimenting with different methods of service, and everybody involved has had very positive and useful insights into how to make things more effective and efficient. One such insight, which is the subject of this posting, is the forming of a yearly calendar, which will make it easier to serve all of the 7 branches of the T.O.S., as outlined by Mrs. Besant:

Welcome!

The goal of the TOS is service to our fellow humans and all of life on our planet.  We encourage participation on this website through comments by both TOS members and non-members.  For more detail on the TOS, please see About Us.

TOS Action Group –Wheaton, IL

Meet the TOS Action Group –Wheaton, IL

The TOS Action group was formed in September 2008 by a group of individuals who share a desire to get actively involved in service work. Meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month to discuss ideas; plan how we can increase and participate in service opportunities and take the necessary action to complete the project. All meetings and activities are open to TS/TOS members, nonmembers, families with young adults, and retirees who just want to help. Participants are encouraged to get involved at their own pace in whichever project appeals to them most.

Left to Right: Jon Knebel, Joe Maiello, Jade Maestras, Paula Finnegan, Pam King, Jon Johansen
Kneeling in Front: Lois Tomaskovic  Photographer: Jeanne Proulx
 

ROSEBUD INDIAN RESERVATION PROJECT

The TOS has been supplying survival assistance in the form of blankets and winter clothes, as well as Christmas presents for the children, to Rosebud Indian Reservation for several years. Our desire now is to escalate that assistance in ways that will be self-perpetuating and will encourage internal development to improve the quality of life on the Reservation. For the reader to have an appreciation of the magnitude of the problem, please review this link to an article in the Rapid City Journal of September 12, 2006.  Read the story.

In April of this year we began to support the publishing of the tribal newspaper Sicangu Sun Times. The newspaper was in dire need of more modern computers to replace old and failing equipment.  As of early June the publisher has received two Apple PowerMac computers – G4 and G5 - for the work of graphics design and page layout, and more equipment is on the way. We consider the newspaper to be a major player in spreading ideas and encouragement for building businesses and farming projects to improve the quality of life. 

TOS International Centenary Gathering, January 2 & 3, 2008, Adyar

by C.V.K. Maithreya, Adyar, India

The International Centenary Gathering was held at Adyar on January 2nd & 3rd, 2008. Mrs. Radha Burnier, the International President, addressed the gathering. Mrs. Diana Dunningham Chapotin gave a report of the activities of the TOS across the globe. Mr.B.L.Bhattacharya added a word of welcome, on behalf of the Indian TOS, while Mr.P.S.Mital gave a brief report of the activities of the TOS in India. Greetings were received from many parts of India and the world. A tribute to Dr. Annie Besant was delivered by Ms. Dorothy Bell.

New TOS Chapter in Singapore

(Reported by Diana Dunningham-Chapotin, TOS International Secretary):
"... let us welcome a brand new group into our ranks: the TS in Singapore has just received approval from Radha to start a chapter of the TOS, with Danny Giron as its coordinator.  They will have their inaugural meeting on February 23 in the very month that Annie Besant started the TOS one hundred years ago – an auspicious time, if there ever was one.  Welcome, Danny, Sanne, Lily and the rest of you!"

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