It’s rare that one woman can create an anthem for a common issue among other women. Sure, there’s plenty of songs about moving on and finding a new man after the old one, but there’s only a few that describe the true feelings of a strong woman after a cheater breaks her heart and only one that is so catchy that it remains on the radio waves almost four years after its release. Carrie Underwood, the former “American Idol” winner turned country music superstar, has been charming us since she first smiled during her audition for the TV show and wowing us with her voice ever since. In 2010, her charm and presence were enough to convince Olay to take her on as their first ever spokeswoman in North America to represent their entire skin care line. Even with all of that fame and high status, the superstar has never seemed to let it go to her head. She has even famously said that if her career began to hurt her marriage, she would give up performing in a heartbeat and with a heart as big as that, the fact that she supports nearly 20 charities should be no surprise.
The country songstress isn’t shy about expressing her love for everything dear to her, whether it’s her marriage, her family or even her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma. In 2009, Underwood began her own foundation, C.A.T.S., which stands for Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation. The charity is solely dedicated to serving the singer’s hometown through needed services, repairs, money for school improvement and providing new animal shelters along with the equipment and food needed to run them. When speaking about her charity, she said, “I feel blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back; to say thank you.”
Since a major part of the money donated to her own charity goes to animal welfare, it probably goes without saying that Underwood would support other animal rescue and safety charities and non-profits such as PETA, a huge organization dedicated to the ethical treatment of animals. The super-active organization is aimed at ending all cruelty, experimentation on and use for fur, food and entertainment of all animals. Underwood is also an avid supporter of The Humane Society, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to bringing an end to all animal cruelty and finding new, safe environments for the survivors, as well as campaigning for endangered wildlife.
The country superstar isn’t just concerned with our furry friends, however. Many of her favorite charities are dedicated to improving the life of children, such as the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, a foundation whose aim is to fund research for the cure of Type 1 Diabetes in children and adults. Though the foundation is located in Colorado and serves over 80,000 of its residents, it also has national and international campaigns. The country singer also gives back to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the nation’s third largest healthcare charity. The hospital’s code is that they will never turn a child away because of their family’s inability to pay for their medical care. Underwood is also dedicated to making sure that underprivileged children and their families have a safe, sturdy foundation to live on by supporting Habitat For Humanity, a large non-profit organization dedicated to building homes and safe communities for those living in poverty and unsafe living conditions who are otherwise unable to change their circumstances.
Underwood also supports charities which aim to help people through her own passion: music. Becoming one of the largest charities to pioneer this effort is Music For Relief, an organization founded by Linkin Park, which aims to respond to areas devastated by natural disasters and help those people affected through building new housing, providing food and medical care, all while promoting education about global warming and the effect it is having on our planet.
And the list goes on. With almost 20 charities benefiting from her support, it seems safe to say that even more will be benefiting from her philanthropy soon enough. Come back next week to find out which of our beauties is showing off their beauty inside and out!