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Charities and charitable organizations or people

aid agency


an organization that gives money, food, or other help to people who have been affected by situations such as wars or floods

aid worker


someone who works for an international organization giving help in a place where people need it



someone who helps a person or organization by giving them money



an organization to which you give money so that it can give money and help to people who are poor or ill, or who need advice and support



these organizations considered as a group

charity shop


a shop belonging to a charity that sells things that people have given to it



someone who stops people on the street and persuades them to give money regularly to a charity

food bank


a place where food collected from shops or individual people is given free to poor people



an organization that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity



used in the names of organizations that collect money for a particular purpose



someone whose job is to persuade people or organizations to give money for a specific purpose, especially for a charity or a political party

opportunity shop


a shop that sells second-hand (=used) goods in order to earn money for a charity (=organization that helps the poor, sick etc)


a large charity that helps poor people all over the world



someone who supports the work of writers, artists, musicians etc, especially by giving them money



a famous person who supports an organization and allows it to use their name in its advertising

the Peace Corps

an organization in the US that trains people to go and work in poor countries. A similar organization in the UK is VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas).



someone who believes in helping people, especially by giving money to those who need it

poster child


a child with a particular illness or physical problem who is used in a poster advertising the work of an organization that helps children with that illness or problem

Rotary Club


a local club that is part of Rotary International, a charity whose members are business and professional people

soup kitchen


a place where poor people can go to get a free hot meal

thrift shop


a charity shop


Voluntary Service Overseas: a British organization that sends people with special skills to work in poor countries

the WRVS

the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service: an organization in the UK that helps poor people. The members of the WRVS do not get paid for their work.

the Y

the ymca or the ywca

the YMCA

the Young Men’s Christian Association: an organization that provides places for people to exercise, take courses, and sometimes to rent a room for the night while travelling

the YWCA

the Young Women’s Christian Association: an organization that helps women by providing them with a place to live, giving them helpful information etc

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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