Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Another Observes the Good Sandy Blew In

http://debidrecksler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Hurricane-Sandy.jpgHurricane Sandy, "has been a catastrophic storm but there is one positive thing that I can say about it…It has brought out the best in many people.

"We’ve been reading about the BIG heroes, the men and women who risk their lives to save a person from drowning or being stranded," writes blogger Debi Drecksler  from North Carolina,


She continues on DebiDrecksler.com "On my local news this morning,I smiled as I saw people in my area packing up trucks to bring supplies to the devastated areas up north. Regular folks who are leaving their families, their jobs and the comfort and warmth of their homes to do good deeds for strangers.

With so much negativity from the Presidential election permeating the news these last few months, a devastating hurricane has turned our attention to something that we rarely get a chance to hear about and have almost forgotten exists….the human side of people.

Sometimes it takes a Sandy to remind us…".

Monday, October 29, 2012

Technology Online for Disaster Relief

SparkRelief.org  provides listings for shelter, food, animals and more for persons impacted by disaster.

Their current map for the Eastern states to be under seige by Hurricane Sandy, lists resources for the entire community.,  https://sparkrelief.org/#!/disaster/hurricane-sandy

"We are a group of volunteers, fourteen amazing people, dedicated to the common goal of significantly improving lives after natural disasters.  We build a platform and create better processes, empowering communities to provide disaster relief.  Sparkrelief is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

  We founded Sparkrelief, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to improve the experience of disaster relief around the world.  Today, volunteers and ambassadors from around the country contribute through Sparkrelief to simplify and improve disaster relief."

"People want to do good"

Opt4Unity, described as an “uncommon table” of nonprofit leaders, business executives, and philanthropists who can tackle big problems like youth unemployment in the Middle East, agricultural development in Africa, and religious and cultural divisions, is a new project with funding from the family of Saudi Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel.

 She says that   "she wants to use philanthropy to bridge cultural divides and prevent violence like the recent attacks on U.S. embassies sparked by an anti-Islam video," according to a report written during the October Bill Clinton annual philanthropy summit in New York City.

“People want to do good, and that will continue whether you have a dictator or a democratic government,” she says.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

3-Million Volunteers Make A Difference


Today's headline "Millions pull together on National Make A Difference Day,"  heralds USA Today.


"...coast to coast as an estimated 3 million volunteers spent the 22nd Make A Difference Day helping their communities in every way imaginable, from bowl-a-thons to beach cleanups. In Colorado, a moving van parked outside a Sam’s Club was stuffed with donated food for military families. A Texas organization threw a fall carnival for children with special needs, while an Illinois animal hospital collected hundreds of pounds of food for a pet rescue for older animals. In Reno, Nev., Olympic mountain biker Katerina Nash helped out at a free youth cycling clinic. At Minnesota’s Mall of America, stars from Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing took part in a bullying prevention rally."

Check your local paper to see read how volunteers in your community made a difference.  

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Most Generous: Liberals or Conservatives?


Political views do not predict how much money a person will donate to charity, according to a new study. But conservatives and liberals do support different kinds of causes.

campaigning,campaigns,elections,government,persons,politics,volunteers,votingConservatives and people in conservative-leaning states are more likely than others to donate to religious organizations, while people in liberal-leaning states are more likely to donate to secular nonprofits, the study found...the findings about overall giving rates run counter to previous studies by scholars that have shown that religious conservatives give more than secular liberals.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A "...place that honors service"


A team of AmeriCorps NCCC stand in uniform with shovels with Craig Middleton, Executive Director, and Nancy Hellman Bechtle, chair of the Presidio Trust board, beside the well at El Polin Spring.The new National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership opened its first building last summer on the grounds of the Presidio, a former military post in San Francisco. "Instead of training people to protect the country, like the military academies that have long been a part of America’s history, this one will develop leadership skills for people involved in volunteerism and national service," writes Philanthropy Today.

 "The center—set up by the Presidio Trust, a federal agency charged with preserving and repurposing the 1,491-acre site—will offer leadership training; bring together nonprofit, government, and business leaders for discussions; and establish a research program to highlight successful approaches to solving community problems."



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Developing Product for Humanitarian Aid

Aidex : The biggest Humanitarian Aid conference and world fairAidEx is a European conference taking place now for, "humanitarian and development aid professionals to come together to shape the future and to facilitate improvements in the delivery of humanitarian aid and development," explains the conference's website. It is considered the "biggest humanitarian aid conference and world fair," according to Brussels news site.

AidEx has been created with direct input from major NGOs and includes an exhibition, conference, practical workshops and networking opportunities

The finalists for aid products:

Please read below for more information on each of these finalists and their products
1. Portable Solar Led Lantern - JS30 MOB
Concept details:
This is a (uniquely different) portable solar led lantern, with an integrated solar panel.
How the concept will improve aid delivery:
The JS30 MOB is extremely useful in case of humanitarian aid & disaster relief programs. As it is completely portable, it is extremely useful in cases where electricity is scarce/damaged/unaffordable, or as an alternative to using harmful, carbon based fuels such as kerosene. 
What makes it unique?
1. Completely portable with an in-built solar panel
2. Mobile charging facility, with a multi-pin phone charging cord
3. Ambient light sensor that saves battery capacity when adequate light is available

See more information about this finalist’s product
 
2. FASTAP - the first folding tapstand
Concept details:
For the last 18 months we have been working on an improved system for emergency water distribution post disaster or in the event of drought / interrupted water supply. The result of this work is a product called FASTAP.
How the concept will improve aid delivery:
FASTAP is designed to prevent the spread of disease at the waterpoint. It will prevent contamination of water by hands. 
What makes it unique?
No other folding tapstand kits are available. Existing tapstands are typically delivered in a wooden box containing steel plumbing components and threaded pipe for assembly in the field.

See more information about each finalist’s product
 
3. Thirst Aid Bag
Concept details:
Simply, it is a very tough nylonised  bag that has a food grade lining which has a water purifier built into it. You put dirty contaminated water in and get pure water out,  as simple as that.

How the concept will improve aid delivery:
It will improve the delivery of Aid because in some cultures putting purification tablets in water is not normal or desired. The taste puts beneficiaries off the water. Using the Thirst Aid Bag they are more likely to hydrate themselves and others to a better standard.

What makes it unique?
It is available. It is instantaneous for the user. No waiting time which means no education is necessary and no accidents it is simple no manuals. It exceeds the WHO drinking water standards

See more information about each finalist’s product
 
4. The Solar Muscle from Flexiway Solar Solutions
Concept details:
A small, sturdy solar-powered LED light with integrated solar-panel and contains standard AAA-sized rechargeable batteries.
How the concept will improve aid delivery:
The light is sold locally for less than $10 (depending on local import taxes and logistics) and is therefore often earned back in a month. The light will last many years, with only a new set of batteries (which we supply) once every 1-2 years.
The light is perfect for AID-packs as it is small (9x9x2,5cm), one cubic metre contains 2750 individually packed lights
What makes it unique?
When the light was introduced a few years ago, there were no solar-powered lights under $25. The light was the first that was available locally under $10, while offering more light power. It is also the first integrated light, first weatherproof light and smallest light available.
See more information about each finalist’s product

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Solar Powered Ship Sailing Sustainably

 Imagine a container vessel that uses less energy, reduces its carbon footprint, and is versatile enough to navigate inland ports.  Such a vessel is in design now by Greenheart, a non profit with the mission to build and operate a zero-emissions trading ship for use in development, promotions, and education.

 Genoa Sail Plan"At the core of the Greenheart Project is a new idea for a small ship: one that combines reliable, universal sails with a simple and proven solar panel / storage battery / DC electric drive. The present state of the technology prevents the application of this type of hybrid system to larger ships, but a one-container vessel that sails well, can use electric motors to approach and exit harbors, navigate in restricted waters, provide additional speed and steerage at sea, and reach inland ports via canals and rivers. The obvious and most pressing application for a small ship with these features is as an appropriate development tool for impoverished coastal communities. With these end users in mind, we have designed a vessel with three basic criteria: Simplicity, Economy, and Low-impact," the website explains.

Chicago Seeks Urban Sustainability

From Sustainable Business.com

The greening of a "street" may not sound like much, but a two-mile stretch of a road in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood is being lauded as the greenest street in America – as an example of how cities can use sustainable design principles to improve the urban ecosystem.  

The street is the first to use an innovative new roadway material called photocatalytic cement. UV light is absorbed by the material - it keeps the surface clean and it removes nitrogen oxide from the surrounding air.

The streetscape also includes Chicago's first permanent wind/solar powered pedestrian lights and LED light poles – just two of the features that helped reduce energy consumption associated with the redesign by 42%.

Just as significant - the materials and design are important for an under-appreciated but very important purpose - stormwater management - the source of much of the pollution from city streets entering streams, bays and other nearby water. As much as 80% of average annual rainfall from the sewer system is diverted from waterways through a combination of bioswales, rain gardens and permeable pavements.

Monday, October 22, 2012

"Little Free Library" Now Worldwide

From Philanthropy Today:


That first “Little Free Library,” a miniature schoolhouse inviting passersby to take or donate a book, was such a hit with Mr. Bol’s neighbors in Hudson, Wis., that some offered to put similar boxes in their own yards. So over the past three years he built more tiny libraries...

“People will come up and hug the libraries when we install them,” says the incidental librarian.

Since 2009, more than 2,500 boxes with “Little Free Library” signs have sprouted up in more than 40 states and countries, including Germany, Ghana, and India. Word of mouth, social media, and news coverage have fueled the expansion.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nonprofits Tackle Climate Change

From the International Herald Tribune:

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the venerable conservation organization, is increasingly putting resources into research and advocacy in an effort to change public policy on climate change and clean energy. It is not alone among nonprofit groups. A variety of organizations — from those that bring development aid to those that focus on animal protection — have taken up the cause of global climate change. Often through broad coalitions like the Climate Action Network they lobby governments, pushing for policy changes that would favor clean energy...

Oxfam, the charity that fights poverty in the developing world, is also working to put climate-change issues before policy makers.

Trisha O’Rourke, a spokeswoman for Oxfam, said: ‘‘Over the last 10 to 15 years, we’ve increased our work both in helping communities prepare but then also lobbying and campaigning for a global deal on climate change.’’

Oxfam works with communities directly affected by climate change and also invests in lobbying governments and coalition building....

 Christian Aid, a British and Irish church organization that was founded after World War II to help European refugees, is now working on alleviating global poverty while lobbying governments on climate change issues.

‘‘We realized that climate change was having a radical effect on the lives of poor people,’’ said Rachel Baird, a spokeswoman.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

One Acre At A Time Benefits Africans

The One Acre Fund currently operates in 19 districts across Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi. It is "concentrated on one-acre subsistence farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa – one of the largest groups of "forgotten poor" in the world. We provide a complete, functioning market system – making it possible for even the poorest and most rural farmer to generate more income, and permanently solve their own hunger problem," according  to the website

The One Acre Fund is rooted in a 2005 "summer internship experience in Africa and interviews subsistence farmers; learns that modern agricultural techniques can lead to significant boosts in productivity and cuts in malnutrition."  By 2010 the non profit served its 30,000th family.
 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Surprise Inheritance Benefits Library

A new commercial building that lost its intended tenant, was the perfect location and size for a much needed town library building.

The community bonded and began a million dollar fundraising campaign in the midst of a nasty economic period. Bit by bit funds dripped in.  The deadline for raising the funds drew perilously near.  Meanwhile, one former resident received an unexpected inheritance.

She donated the final sum needed (over $28,000) to the library fund from her surprise inheritance.

“Words are vehicles that can get anybody practically anywhere, crossing barriers of place and time.  Public libraries unlock this potential, better yet, in a neutral, non-exclusive, welcoming community space — and they don’t demand that we buy anything or force us into any one belief."



Source:  /2012/10/17/2265937/cambria-new-library-fundraising.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Guys in Pink Raise Funds to End Breast Cancer

From SFGate.com:

Dozens of real men were not afraid to wear pink, and swap their sneakers for stilettos Sunday, all for a good cause.

The town’s 3rd annual “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event raised nearly $6,400 for breast cancer research.
First Selectman Kurt Miller, was in head to toe pink , sporting a pink wig, topped with a pink hat, and dressed in a pink pantsuit, complete with white ruffled blouse and his trademark hot pink feather boa. The event benefits the town’s “Seymour Pink” breast cancer awareness initiative.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Woman Adopts Orphaned Elephant

Today's Associated Press and photo  of a woman in Lilongwe, Malawi who adopted a baby elephant, found abandoned in riverbed grasses, is a delight to read, regardless of the fact that the elephant's mother was a likely victim of poaching.

The  woman said, "Elephants are extremely sensitive...We think of elephants as big, strong creatures but they are very emotional. Moses (the elephant's name)  picks up on my feelings. If I am sad, he is nurturing. If I am angry, he quickly gets upset."

In the morning, as she has coffee and watches television, Moses throws his trunk over her shoulder and nuzzles his head against her, notes the AP report.





Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Endangered Sea Turtle Now Protected

"Turtle Island Restoration Network, Oceana and others  have campaigned successfully to get Governor Jerry Brown to take time from his busy schedule to sign a bill declaring the endangered Pacific Leatherback sea turtle the official marine reptile of California (the desert tortoise is our state’s official land reptile). This should bring new and needed attention to this largest of all turtles that can grow to over 6-feet and 2,000 pounds."

Source:  Blue Notes #104, Blue Frontier.org

Monday, October 15, 2012

Mix It Up--Learn Tolerance

A national campaign launched by Teaching Tolerance a decade ago, Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries.

From the website:   In our surveys, students have identified the cafeteria as the place where divisions are most clearly drawn. So on one day – October 30 this school year – we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

 Classroom activities to support Mixing It Up
  • Pre-K to K: activities focused on building empathy and creating friendships
  • Grades 3 to 5: activities addressing empathy, acceptance and cliques
  • Grades 6 to 8: activities dealing with group dynamics and accepting differences 
  • Grades 9 to 12: activities focused on breaking down cliques and eliminating intolerance
Browse full list of Mix It Up Activities here.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Helping to Cope with Breast Cancer

Organizations, worldwide, are focused on helping people with breast cancer to better cope with the disease and its treatment.  

Reach to Recovery is one of the  international organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families through peer support, advocacy and consumer involvement in research.


The Breast Cancer Network Australia, lists ways for friends and family of breast cancer patients help.
The web page reads: 

Friends can be a wonderful source of emotional and practical support during the breast cancer journey. Sometimes acquaintances become good friends but, sadly, close friends sometimes fall away, perhaps because they don't know what to say or how to help.

The following suggestions are from women who have had breast cancer -- the things they found helpful and unhelpful -- but it's clear that not everyone wants the same type or level of support. You should take your lead from your friend, listen for cues and don't be afraid to make suggestions.


  • Be available to listen -- let you friend know you're available to come over when needed. Cry with her, laugh with her, listen to her. Often there is no need for words.
  • Often women with breast cancer lie awake at night worrying. If you don't mind taking her calls in the middle of the night, let her know.
  • Don't be too afraid that you won't know what to say, just be yourself.
  • Let her know you care -- it's difficult to ask for help, but that doesn't mean your home-made meal won't be very gratefully accepted.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Open A Courteous and Respectful Gate

I awoke to fresh drink of water when I read Being Kind and Generous by a fellow blogger.

Seoul's Gate For Courtesy and Respect
She begins: "...do people seem starved for recognition and appreciation, hungry for simple acknowledgement of their existence? This is not the look at me, look at me, look at me self esteem thing. I think it's sincere.  We all want to feel like we matter in the lives of others. We want to belong and feel connected and we should all feel that way...

 ... When was the last time you noticed, just noticed beauty in someone or something else?...Criticism and complaints are cheap currency. We’re better than that. How about just for today we try and find five simple, little everyday things to praise and appreciate. I wonder if we all wouldn't feel more connected and part of the world we say we want."

 The blog is called, The Art of Being Human.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Big Dogs for Big Projects

Service Dog Project, Inc. has trained and donated over 45 Great Danes to people who are mobility- impaired, according to their webpage.

Their main focus "...is training Great Danes and other large breed dogs to assist balance-impaired people. This would include, but not be restricted to, Parkinson’s and MS patients. Preference is given to Veterans and their families."

The kennels, located on 12 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts,  include outdoor and indoor training areas on the farm, and  provide the necessary space to raise these dogs from birth to graduation to retirement.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ten Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraising Ideas

Finding great breast cancer fundraising ideas is no easy task, but with this list of 10 amazing fundraiser ideas, you can get started in raising money for your favorite breast cancer charity.

You may believe that large charities receive more than enough money to keep their efforts up, but this is simply not true.

If you're already involved in a charitable organization that supports breast cancer research, care, or awareness you know that these organizations use their money to help the hundreds upon hundreds of women living with breast cancer.

For details on the following ideas, visit:   http://melbel.hubpages.com/hub/Breast-Cancer-Fundraising-Ideas#

  • Marathons for Breast Cancer
  • Host a Party
  • Throw a Formal Benefit/Gala
  • Have a Garage Sale
  • Accept Donations in Return for Services
  • Set Up a Table or Booth
  • Silent Auctions
  • Bake Sales & More
  • Have a Raffle
  • Write a Newspaper Article

 



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

24,000 People Seek 'Common Ground for Peace'


Musician Dave Matthews & His Holiness the Dalai Lama at peace concert 
Photo/Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Syracuse University
Syracuse University hosted October 9th's One World Concert that featured His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and a host of international celebrity musicians.  24,000 people attended, according to a news report.



The concert concluded a 2-day forum, Common Ground for Peace,  The two-day schedule included academic panel discussions for faculty and students, a public talk by the Dalai Lama and a festival-style concert in the Carrier Dome featuring musicians from around the world.

TEAL-ONE97 is an all-star rock music collective created by a new generation of American maestros of Middle Eastern and North African descent. With multilingual vocals, groovy global rhythms, and transcendent melodies, this group creates a uniquely hip soundscape that pays homage to each artist's ethnic and American musical heritage. Inspired by the global emanations of the Arab Spring, this dynamic combo debuts in 2012 with a powerful message of hope and positive change for a new generation and a new day, worldwide. In fact, their flagship song and debut album are both titled New Day on the Horizon.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Wallet--With Cash--Returned

Straight off today's Facebook page--a simple sign of daily good acts everywhere.....
Mike lost his wallet today and a good Samaritan turned it in with the $200 still there. Good Karma for my Mike!
 
 
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Roadtrip Shows Americans 'Unyieldingly Optimistic'

Ignore the polls that say Americans don't like the direction the country is going, says an optimist in a recent USA Today column.

This summer, I set out in a minvan with my husband and two kids to check the nation's pulse, to meet with dozens of people who are on the front lines, dealing with community problems from hunger to homelessness, from unemployment to the lack of affordable health care.

I expected to find people defeated from a long effort to deal with the most brutal recession in our lifetimes. 

What I found, instead, were people taking the future into their own hands and shaping it with effort and creativity.

One of the examples:

After 5,500 miles in 14 states, I'm hard pressed to remember meeting anyone who was not an optimist.

In Buffalo, N.Y., Britney McClain led me through PUSH Buffalo's Green Development Zone, where a bunch of 20-somethings are transforming a declining neighborhood by renovating homes with green technology and planting lush community gardens.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Breast Cancer Fundraising for Young Professionals

THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser began in 2004 in the backyard of a suburban home in Orange County, California. In 2009, the organization was formally founded as THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser to further grow nationwide and reach over 20 metropolitan cities by 2015.

THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser is one of the few organizations whose primary focus is to promote philanthropic involvement among a generation of young professionals ranging in age from 21 – 35. Our goal is to reach this age group by:
  • Organizing annual fundraising events in each market where young professionals can afford to give and participate in philanthropic outreach
  • Advocating the importance of value added services to newly diagnosed and young breast cancer patients and families
  • Joining corporate partners whose passion for young professionals match THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser’s mission
The annual cocktail party is founded on three core principles:
  • To raise money for a local charity organization that raises awareness, funds research, and/or offers value added services to breast cancer patients
  • To prompt philanthropic involvement amongst a generation of young professionals
  • To honor local breast cancer survivors and fighters
THE MISSION
To preserve the dignity of breast cancer patients and their loved ones by supporting their unmet needs through funding value added services.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Volunteers Clean Yosemite National Park

From Tribune wire services:

Volunteers packed out 5,000 pounds of litter strewn around Yosemite National Park's cherished peaks, meadows and vistas last month as part of an annual cleanup effort.

More than 1,000 volunteers also gathered 15,000 pounds of concrete, asphalt, and other trash.

Friday, October 5, 2012

A "Pink Apron" Dinner to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

From LA Weekly Blogs:


October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and to support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, chef Karen Hatfield is hosting a one-night dinner at Hatfield's on Oc. 8 with help from five of L.A,'s best female chefs, including Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill), Dakota Weiss (W Hotel Los Angeles) and Nyesha Arrington (Wilshire), with dessert by Sherry Yard (Spago).
Hatfield's is aiming to make the Pink Apron dinner an annual event, pairing women chefs, winemakers and cookbook authors -- this time it's Charlotte Druckman, author of the new book Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen -- in an event that raises funds for breast cancer research.

As for the five-course dinner, Hatfield will start off with hors d'oeuvres such as goat cheese panna cotta and deviled quail eggs with smoked trout. Then it's on to Dakota Weiss' fall squash carpaccio with crispy PadrĂ³n peppers; Mary Sue Milliken's bean and bacon tostada with verdolaga; Suzanne Tracht's seared Cape Ann scallops; a to-be-detemined meat course from Nyesha Arrington; and a dessert from Sherry Yard called, "Rocks - Pebbles - Chocolate."

The cost is $110 per person, a portion of which will be donated to breast cancer research. Reservations can be made with Hatfield's.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Billionaire Gives Half Of Fortune to Education

“I want to give away the money. I don’t want to die with it. I want the money to be used well,” said a billionaire financier in a recent interview.

Consequently he recently gave the first half of a billion dollars  to scholarships and other tuition assistance to help nursing students at area universities and children at Catholic schools, and to fund  job training programs with the goal of helping poorer community residents find educational resources for life-improvement.

The donor noted, “My wife had a lot to do with this. She just thought, nurses. She thought people who had nursing degrees could get jobs. It’s that simple.”

Source:  Washington Post

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

"Bring the Goddess"

"Beats for Boobs™ is an all-volunteer organization that grants financial support to local breast cancer non-profits that provide direct services to people battling breast cancer and survivors, promote prevention or offer breast health education. Beats for Boobs strives to encourage volunteerism and philanthropy towards the breast cancer community. For the past 9 years, Beats for Boobs has united a diverse group of artists and activists to honor and remember people impacted by breast cancer," the non-profit's website explains.

"... in 2010, Breast Cancer Emergency Fund...became the official fiscal sponsor of Beats for Boobs.  In 2011, in addition to the San Francisco and Seattle events, Los Angeles eagerly hosted its inception of Beats for Boobs on October 2011... Beats for Boobs continues to grow organically and exponentially, attracting compassionate and devoted individuals who donate boundless energy, services, and time. We hope to see you at one of our 2012 events and to have you join our charge in joyous celebration and earnest remembrance of those impacted by breast cancer, and in support of invaluable local breast cancer organizations."

Click this Link for an event schedule:  http://www.beatsforboobs.org/content/beats-boobs-2012-divine-nine-bring-goddess-0

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

$70 Million Committed Toward Children

STARS Foundation  recently made a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting.  

The commitment was read out by President Clinton, who said:“The STARS Foundation is committing to support and build the capacities of NGOs to address the reality of child mortality and child poverty around the world. This is a $70 million commitment designed to affect the lives of 20 million children by 2020. First they will scale up their Impact Award programme donating to 16 NGOs a year in two new regions. They will also increase the scope of their programme to reach 100 countries, the 100 that UNICEF has ranked has having the highest child mortality rates. In addition STARS will work with its founder Al Dabbagh group to launch STARS Projects to pilot innovative models of cooperation between companies, high performing NGOs and the communities they serve.”

Monday, October 1, 2012

One Billion Rising

A global strike
An invitation to dance
A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends
An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers
A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given
A new time and a new way of being


 reads the web page for One Billion Rising

.One Billion Rising has set Feb. 14, 2013 as a day or worldwide action to bring a halt to violence against women