Monday, January 31, 2011

Fresh Meal Relief for Australian Flood Victims

Ipswich is one of the Australian communities devastated during the recent flooding.  Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, along with a local business, and the city council recently implemented a food relief program where community members can drop in for free and freshly cooked meals during the  mid-day and dinner hours.  Source:  www.JamieOliver.com

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Teens Thwart Attempted Murder


"We see it's apparently a girl getting stabbed by another guy. I wasn't going to let a girl die before my eyes I had to do something," said a 16-year-old student after he, along with his 17-year-old friend, thwarted an attempted  public slaying of a woman in a supermarket aisle.   

Another man was slashing a woman with a knife when the two teen heroes walked into the horrific scene.  Other customers froze when they came upon the attempted slaying.  Both teens went after the attacker, grabbed his knife, and were injured in the process. 
The teen explained their reason to intervene, "Yeah, the adrenaline (pumped)  and we just care for people. I mean, we don't have that type of hate in our heart just to stand there and watch as a person gets stabbed to death. You had to react.”

Friday, January 28, 2011

Safe Drinking Water & Adam Lambert

One in eight people, right this very moment, don’t have access to clean, safe drinking water, says Charity:Water, a nonprofit group with the mission to bring safe drinking water to people in developing nations.  During the last four years, “…charity: water has raised more than $20 million and funded 3,196 water projects.”
Celebrities like American Idol star, Adam Lambert, recently raised more than $60,000 in two days after announcing, “My ‘golden birthday’ is on Jan 29th where I will be turning 29!!!! I would LOVE if you would help me donate to this cause as it would be the best birthday gift I could ask for.”

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Technology Firm Donates Four Computers to Hospice

A business called Good Electrons, a computer technology firm, refurbishes used computers then donates them to community organizations.  Their most recent donation of four repurposed computers benefited a local hospice group.

Source: SLO Tribune 1/25/2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australian Charity Calls Out for Help With Animal Flood Victims

While animal care and rescue facilities were completely wiped out in Brisbane during the recent devastating floods, foster carers took in 300 animals, according to Australians for Animals.

Australians for Animals (AFA)  an "Australian charity with a long history of action in environmental and animal rights campaigns within Australia and overseas," has put out a call to provide help for the thousands of wild and domestic animals requiring care. 

AFA has provided an e-mail for inquiries info@australiansforanimals.org.au.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Free Housekeeping For Women Battling Cancer

When I battled breast cancer, I slept alot and could not tend to my home.  Fortunately, I had help.  My treatment was easy compared to many others, so I find this nonprofit, Cleaning for A Reason Foundation, and real spark of light.  From their website:

"Fighting cancer is difficult enough, but living with it is even tougher - and that's where the Cleaning for A Reason Foundation steps in.  This  nonprofit offers free professional housecleaning, and maid services to improve the lives of women undergoing treatment for cancer - any type of cancer."

Monday, January 24, 2011

Hell's Angels For The Fish

They call themselves, “The Hell’s Angels for the fish….the birds and the reefs…being choked to death by plastic bottles and plastic bags.  The Guardians of the Pacific is an Australian based activist group dedicated to halting the use of one-time plastic bottles and bags.  They post four rules:”No one gets hurt; Everyone has fun; No soapboxes, no preaching, no finger pointing; Recruit new Guardians.”

Sunday, January 23, 2011

College Students Serve Their Community

100 college students from California University of Pennsylvania honored Coretta Scott King’s 2003 request “to honor her husband on the federal holiday, not by taking a day off to relax, but rather, using it to perform community service.” 
The range of service student’s provided  included serving lunch to senior citizens, pack care packages for troops in Afghanistan, hanging clean curtains and other housekeeping  chores for persons for those unable to perform such a task,  and more.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Connecting Children to Nature

"The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working nationally and internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sheltering Abused Animals at The Gentle Barn

Nearly 120 “severely abused” animals are currently under the care of a nonprofit called, The Gentle Barn.
Their mission is “To rescue rehabilitee and give sanctuary to abused animals. Through the interaction with our animals, children learn reverence for all life.”  The animals include horses, chickens, pigs, an emu, goats and sheep. 
The organization invites children at risk and special needs children to participate in the care and healing of the resident animals with the goal of teaching children, “…concepts of kindness and respect into their lives…”

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Homeless Empty Pockets For Queensland Flood Victims

When the BackShed Café, in Sydney, Australia, put on meal for the homeless, the homeless turned around and emptied their pockets of whatever change was in their pockets to donate to the victims of the Queensland floods.  The café is run by a charity and provides food and coffee for the homeless.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Candles for Peace & Prosperity

"...50  women in a place of conflict have been given the opportunity to start their own businesses. All will be able to earn an income that is above the minimum wage in Iraq, and some of the most skilled candle-makers have the opportunity to earn twice that amount – close to the average wage in Iraq – simply by investing in more candle molds," writes Prosperity Candles.  The mission of this for profit business is, "...offer women in places of distress the opportunity to thrive."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

$1-Million Raised for Children's Hospital Via Social Media

165,000 people  through social-media raised more than $1-million for the new University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) future 183-bed Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay.  The proceeds from the campaign, Challenge for the Children,  will help meet the future hospital's goal “(to) set a new standard for patient and family centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine."

Monday, January 17, 2011

From Tucson For Free

The Freecycle Network  started in Tucson, AZ as a means to recycle perfectly good household items that were being tossed away, and then to find a nonprofit that could utilize the items.  Now over 85 countries participate in The Freecycle Network, keeping more than “500 tons a day out of landfills” and redistributes the former “trash” to nonprofits who either distribute items to the needy or resell the products to benefit their organization.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Empty Bowls Feed The Hungry

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Catalyzing Change in India

Following the devastating Gujarat earthquake in 2001, there was an “outpouring of Americans concerned about India’s development.”  The non-profit American India Foundation  (AIF) was founded. Since then, “AIF has benefited more than 1.5 million people, by implementing program through over 115 Indian non-governmental organizations.”

Friday, January 14, 2011

Respect and Preservation

The Heart of the Healer Foundation is a non-profit with a mission to “preserve indigenous cultures and restore the Earth.” Peruvian rivers, land and rainforest protection are the three main focuses for Heart of the Healer along with “bridging the gap between indigenous cultural traditions and the modern world.”

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Host A Sunday Supper This Sunday!


HandsOn Network invites you to join our live, virtual studio audience for America's Sunday Supper, moderated by Juan Williams of Fox News.

·         What:  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the MLK Day holiday America's Sunday Supper brings national civic leaders and celebrities together to discuss how each of us can continue the work of Dr. King by addressing critical needs in our communities.  
·         Who:   Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post; NBA legend and NBA Global Ambassador, Dikembe Mutombo; Legendary Olympian and UN Ambassador, Carl LewisS. Leo Chiang, producer and director of "A Village Called Versailles"; Barton Seaver, Esquire Chef of the Year 2009 and National Geographic Fellow; Michelle Nunn of Points of Light Institute and HandsOn Network and Robert Egger, DC Central Kitchen. 
·         When:  January 16 at 6:00 p.m. EDT. 
·         How:  Join the discussion live at www.HandsOnNetwork.org. Your questions could become a part of the live studio conversation!
·         Share: Embed the code on your blog or website.
 

Hosting is easy! Gather your friends, family and community members at a coffee shop, restaurant, community center or home; use the conversation starters and toolkit provided by HandsOn Network, share your Sunday Supper with your Facebook community, and get the discussion started in your neighborhood. 

Get Free Stuff!  Not only will you bring your neighbors together to discuss and address the issues important to your community, but as a host you get receive a free "I'm a Leader" t-shirt and the have the opportunity to win great prizes that can help you continue your work; like a new Flip Camera to use to share your volunteer experience, a free registration to the National Conference on Volunteering and Service and more. (*Eligibility based on registration of your Sunday Supper and completion of theSunday Supper Organizer Report.)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quilts for Valor

"The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover ALL those service- members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs).  This foundation is not about politics. It's about people"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New York Cares

"New York Cares is now the city's leading volunteer organization, bringing vital volunteer support to thousands of nonprofit agencies, public schools, and other deserving organizations. Today's volunteers share our founders' vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place."

Visit: http://www.newyorkcares.org/

Monday, January 10, 2011

MLK National Day of Service

"January 17, 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. This milestone is a perfect opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community."

Sunday, January 9, 2011

This Bank Gives Away Its Assets: Clothes

Renton, WA boasts a different kind of bank—a clothes bank.  The Renton Clothes Bank offers free clothing for children and families.  The website notes over 3,000 children and families “depend” on this bank filled with hangars instead of dollars.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Trifecta of Generosity

Three recent newspaper charitable donation reports added up to over $72,000.  Donors included hospital workers, a wine alliance and Realtors whose donations benefited care packages for soldiers, health care services and day care centers.
Source: McClatchy Newspapers

Friday, January 7, 2011

Where Rescued & Disabled Horses Retire

The Golden Carrot  (TGC) is a forever home for older and manageably disabled horses, fully supported by the kind and generous donations of the public. ….these horses are difficult to place in knowledgeable and responsible homes, (and) they can depend on a final retirement here,” reads the Anza, CA non-profit that presently houses 38 horses.
The website also notes:  
“TGC offers educational opportunities to Gils and Boy Scouts and any kids wishing to complete community service requirements for school, as well as, anyone interested in learning to care for and ride horses. …you can perform chores for riding lessons.  TGC encourages responsible horse ownership and discourages backyard breeding.  TGC is strongly anti-slaughter and anti-wild horse roundups.”

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Good Neighbors


"Our neighbors, the Garcia's, worked with their church's youth group to raise
 money and get Tyler a brand new tractor!"



Tyler (pictured on green tractor) is in treatment for a malignant brain tumor.  The treatment includes surgery, chemo and radiation therapy. Yesterday,  his mother (to the right of Tyler) commented on her Facebook page, " I could fill a year of Daily Good blog spots from all the amazing things people have done for us in the last couple of months!!"





Wednesday, January 5, 2011

National Kindness Day Competition

It's as simple as holding a heavy door for someone to walk through for National Kindness Day in the United Kingdom, slated this year for November 13. The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service joined the kindness campaign with a competition for some kind person to win a spa day.  They even set up a Facebook page where one must post their nomination no later than January 28, 2011.

Their objective?  "One great and valueable act of kindness is making sure the elderly persons in your community are safe from fire by arranging for them a free Home Risk Check."

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

DJs Give PJs

California Central Coast radio DJs and a credit union organized DJs for PJs--an event that provided warm pajamas for an abused children treatment center.  The center's coordinator wrote in an editorial (SLO Tribune 1/3/10) " Please know that your kindness has made a difference in a child's life."

Monday, January 3, 2011

Paid the Bill--Anonymously

From a Letter to the Editor:

Prior to their son's college graduation, thirteen family members met at a restaurant and shared stories about his  growth and maturity during the last four years.  Unbeknowst to them, someone, anonymously, picked up the restaurant tab for all thirteen. 

Source: SLO Tribune 1/3/11