Day 30 of 30Days/30 Ways to GIVE: Make a Difference, Everyday!

We’ve reached the end of our “30 Days/30 Ways to Give” program.  I thank you all for taking part in this inititiave during National Volunteer Month and I hope you each take something away, that you can do in your daily life, from this blog.

Mother Theresa once said, “We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” Consider these words as you silence that little voice that says, “But I’m only one person,” and remember that small actions and decisions can add up to great change. There are thousands of people out there who feel the same way you do, who want to leave our world a better place—with everyday philanthropy, perhaps we can.

Stay tuned…

Day 27 of 30Days/30 Ways to Give Back: DONATE FUR

Lynne Slater, a wildlife rehabilitator, was caring for a week-old bobcat whose mother had been killed by a car. Slater tried several times to feed the starving infant, but the kitten simply would not suckle a baby bottle. Then she cut a hole in a piece of fur that was donated and stuck the baby-bottle nipple through the hole, and the kitten drank hungrily. This surrogate mothering technique continued to work until the kitten was old enough to be weaned. Said Slater: “Without the Coats for Cubs fur donation, we wouldn’t have been able to help this bobcat kitten survive.”

Today’s Give Back Action: DONATE FUR

More than a decade ago, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) started Coats for Cubs (hsus.org/furdonation) as a way for reluctant fur-owners to help distressed animals. The program distributes donated furs to licensed wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country, where they’re used in bedding and nesting materials to soothe orphaned and injured wildlife.

For the past four years, HSUS has partnered with the national retail chain Buffalo Exchange (buffaloexchange.com) to collect furs at their thirty-six locations nationwide between November 1 and April 22. Visit their website for store locations.

Day 16 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: GREAT AMERICAN CLEANUP

Everyone wants to live, work and play in a clean and green community… and it’s up to each of us to make it possible and improve the overall quality of life for all.

Today’s Give Back Action: Join the Great American Cleanup.

From March 1 through May 31, Keep America Beautiful will conduct its annual Great American Cleanup in communities from coast to coast. There will be around 30,000 events taking place in more than 17,000 communities, and if it’s anything like last year, American’s will remove about 100 million pounds of litter from the landscape and waterways, recycle nearly 10.2 million pounds of aluminum and steel, and clean up enough hiking trails to stretch from Key West to Seattle.



Be part of the thousands of volunteers (families, civic and youth groups, businesses) to join or lead cleanup crews to pickup litter during the nation’s largest community improvement effort. (Visit sponsor Keep America Beautiful at kab.org to find events near you.)

It’s fun, practical, meaningful, and easy and anyone can help!


Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 15 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: BLOCK PARENTING

Serving your community—the place where you live and work and where you’ve planted roots—is everyday philanthropy at its most relevant. Because when you serve your community, you serve yourself.

Today’s Give Back Action – Become a Block Parent



Join a Block Parent program in your community and provide a safe haven for children. A child in trouble (whether they’re lost or frightened for any reason) can turn to a Block Parent house (distinguishable by the Block Parent sign placed in your front window). For more information, visit LoveOurChildrenUSA.org. Canadians can find more information at BlockParent.ca.
 
Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 14 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: THE HOME-BASED VOLUNTEER

Volunteerism is the soul of philanthropy. Done as a family, it strengthens bonds and connects us in a uniquely emotional way. But what if your family is just way too busy to line up a community volunteer project? No problem.

Today’s Give Back Action: Home-based volunteering

Look for family ways to volunteer within the home. Your family could foster a guide dog for the blind (guidedogs.com) or provide a temporary home for pets whose owners have been deployed in the military (netpets.org). Or you could go the website, eBuddies.org – an online pen pal program that gives kids a safe fun way to volunteer with developmentally disabled children.

In an ideal world, your family would have ample time to devote to good works, and your children would be eager participants, determined to do as much as they could to help right the wrongs of the world. But this blog is about everyday life, not the fantasy.

In the real world, you’re working overtime trying to stem the ever-growing tide of to-do lists, deadlines, overflowing laundry baskets, soccer games, dance practice, and homework. There’s not a lot of time or energy left over for much else. That’s why, when it comes to families and acts of giving, do only what you can manage.

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 13 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: DRINK FOR CHARITY

As a true wine enthusiast, I definitely love trying new varities. And quenching my tastebuds while satisfying my appetite for social change is always a bonus. With that in mind, there are a few wineries with big hearts that are bringing about a flood of goodwill, by donating proceeds from the sales of their product to charitable causes.



Today’s Give Back Action: Toast to a Good Cause

Ehlers Estate is one such winery that produces beautiful wines for the discriminating wine aficionado.  Held in trust by the non-profit Leducq Foundationy, Ehlers Estate donates one hundred percent of the proceeds to cardiovascular research.


Fledging Wine – Is a Twitter wine project that promotes literacy around the world. For each bottle you buy, $5 will be donated to Room to Read, a transformational non-profit that brings books, libraries and ultimately literacy to people in the poorest areas around the world.


Humanitas WinesHumanitas is a unique winery with a very compelling story. Simply put, they make wine, sell it, and give the profits to local charities! Donating all profits to three specific issues-affordable housing, illiteracy and hunger, this winery reaches out to charities’ regional chapters within communities where they wine is sold.

No. 99 Wayne Gretzky Estates, a winery in Vineland, Ont., in the heart of the world-renowned Niagara region, helps to make the world a better place. A portion of the proceeds of No. 99 wine sales go to Gretzky’s foundation, which helps underprivileged children across Canada play sports. So far, the foundation — which started in 2002 — has raised more than $1 million (close to $50,000 of that from wine sales), which it has distributed to charitable groups, sports teams and sports centres across Canada.


Here’s your chance to raise your glass for a good cause.  Remember: Drink responsibly and live charitably!
 
Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 11 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: DONATE FLYER MILES FOR SICK KIDS

Many sick children require state-of-the-art medical treatment that is not always available where they live. That’s where you—and your unused frequent-flyer miles—come in.

Today’s Give Back Action: Donate Air Miles!

American Airlines’ Miles for Kids in Need Program (aa.com/milesforkids) allows customers to donate their frequent-flyer miles to send kids to the top hospitals and treatment centers in the country. Most of the other major airlines run similar programs and allow you to donate miles to numerous charities. Get in touch with the customer service department of your preferred airline to find out how you can donate your frequent-flyer miles.GIVEAWAY!!!

 
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~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.



A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 9 of 30 Days/30 Ways: PLAY GAMES FOR A GOOD CAUSE

There are far too many ways to waste time online, as most of us have discovered firsthand. But sometimes it’s possible to engage in a little guilty pleasure and help someone out at the same time. 

For instance, if you feel like a slouch when you blow a half hour playing solitaire on your computer, try some “good gaming.” There are a small but increasing number of online games that aim to educate us (as they entertain) on a variety of social issues.

 

Today’s Action – Goof Off for a Good Cause

 
Learn new words with the free vocabulary test at FreeRice.org, and for every answer you get right, the United Nations will donate twenty grains of rice to international food programs. With difficulty levels ranging from 1 to 60, the game is sure to challenge every comer. Of course, the major gift of this rapidly growing website is the awareness it raises about the current crisis of world hunger. Check out these other online trivia games: HelpThirst.com and FreePoverty.com.
 
Have fun, enjoy the challenge AND make a difference!

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!

~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.



A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 6 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ PLANT SEEDS OF CHANGE

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the poverty, hunger and war we hear about everyday on the news. Oftentimes it seems that relief efforts are just throwing money into a gaping black hole.

Throwing your hands up in despair is the same as surrendering, the same as saying that there is no possible action you could take that would make the slightest bit of difference. I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but that is a flawed premise. Take a minute to remember the times when people extended a kind word or gesture to you. No matter how minute or unconscious it was in absolute terms, enough to warm your soul.

Today’s Action –  Help Plant Seed Of Change.

Got a garden? Why not spread your prizewinning tomatoes all over the world by donating seeds to Association Kokopelli? This initiative endeavors to help Third World countries to develop sustainable, organic agriculture by providing the seeds with which families can start community gardens. A stable source of food is one of the best ways to help impoverished families break the cycle of famine and dependency. For more on the Seeds For Life Campaign, check out kokopelli-seeds.com.

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!


~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 5 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ TURN YOUR PET INTO A VOLUNTEER

People aren’t the only creatures that get sick or injured. Pets do too. Every day dogs just like yours need blood transfusions.

You can sign up your family pet as a blood donor with the nearest canine blood collection agency. The donation procedure is simple, and your pet is not sedated. Instead of juice and a cookie, your pet will get a treat and belly rub.

Although dogs are currently the leaders in veterinary blood donation, some collection locations are now taking blood donations from cats and other animals. Get in touch with The Pet Blood Bank or Canadian Animal Blood Services to see how your pet can help another animal in need.

 

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!!


~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.


A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy!


5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.


Also: Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more quick tips on giving back

Day 1 – 30 Days/30 Ways National Volunteer Month – Volunteer Opps

Welcome to Day 1 of our 30 Days/30 Ways to Celebrate National Volunteer Month!

Today, we’re going to focus on “traditional” volunteerism and give you a few options to get started both in your community and around the world (even from the comfort of your computer).

It’s important to keep in mind that “volunteerism” is not a sprint, but rather a marathon of sorts. We don’t want to fall into the trap of overextending ourselves – we’re already busy enough! Therefore, we need to find an activity that we can work into our already hectic schedule – and commit to it. Drastically and abruptly changing a routine all at once may to lead to feeling overwhelmed.

A more realistic approach to volunteerism is to take it one step at a time – be flexible and work with charities who offer “flexible” opportunities (there are plenty of them!). For example, I recently spoke with a busy mother of three from Long Island New York, who volunteers a few spare hours each week as a career mentor for other women, via the Internet. If free time is a major obstacle to volunteering, consider using online tools to reach out to the charities in need. Volunteering online is a great way to help make a difference in someone’s life – whenever it’s convenient for you to get connected. Little by little, a few balanced hours of volunteering, will make an impact.

Local Opportunitiesserve.gov its the US Government’s nation-wide service initiative that encourages Americans to get involved in community service and to develop “do it yourself” service projects. President Obama is asking all Americans to participate in the economic recovery by getting involved in their community service efforts. The website is an online volunteer resource that enables citizens to search for volunteer and service project opportunities in their areas. On there, you’ll find handy toolkits for organizing a book drive, supporting a community garden, preparing your community for disasters or creating your own project and finding the help you need if you’re already involved in community service.

Online Volunteering – Log on your computer to Become a virtual volunteer for the United Nations at onlinevolunteering.org and experience the flexibility of internet volunteerism.

Think of giving is an opportunity, not an obligation.

Don’t Forget Our GIVEAWAY!!! ~ This month, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers. Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.
A prize pack, including signed copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country.

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter. Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page. Its that easy! 

5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.

30 Days/30 Ways – National Volunteer Month

National Volunteer Month is rapidly approaching (April 1-30).

What are you going to do to give back?

If you’re like most people you may be wondering how you’ll find the extra money or spare time to make a difference, right? In today’s economy and busy-ness, most of us don’t have a lot of time or money to donate.  We would like to help out the causes we care about, but finding a way to give back usually becomes overwhelming and we push it off until another day.

Well, in honor of National Volunteer Month, Everyday Philanthropist is going to give you one action each day during the month of April that is simple, cash-free and time-flexible for ordianry people who want to help!

With everyone’s busy lives in mind, I give you actions that anyone can start and finish within the course of one day, often within an hour or less.

Starting in April, people can visit this Everyday Philanthropist blog, Everyday Philanthropist on Twitter and Everyday Philanthropist’s Facebook page to get daily inspiration on ways to give back. 

Some of the simple volunteer tips and philanthropy ideas included in the “30 Days/30 Ways” campaign include:



— Play for a cause.  Freerice.org donates rice to the hungry for each answer you get right on this (rather addictive) vocabularly game.


— Mentor a child.  Don’t have a lot of time to volunteer?  No problem.  Find flexible mentoring options online at places like Hangproud.com.

— Reuse a Shoe.  Donate old sneakers to Nike-Reuse-a-Shoe, where they’ll be recylced into safe playground spaces for children.


— Smart Spending.  Shop your favorite stores at online charity malls and a portion of your purchase price is donated to your charity of choice.


GIVEAWAY!!! ~ In addition, Everyday Philanthropist will shine the spotlight on volunteers throughout this month.  Go to our Facebook page to share your personal stories, read firsthand testimonials from current volunteers and be inspired by the “30 Days/30 Ways” tips on how to lend a helping hand.  A prize pack, including copies of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist : 330 Ways to Make a Difference in your Home, Community and World – At no Cost! (Workman, 2009) will be awarded to people doing good across the country. 

In addition, you will be featured on Everyday Philanthropist’s blog and may be featured in an upcoming book. Here’s how to enter.  Share your personal way of how you like to give back (no matter how grand or slight) at our Facebook Fan Page.  5 Winners will be chosen radomly and contacted after the contest closes on April 30th.   Contest starts today!

Good luck and see you all in 2 days to start our 30Days/30Ways Program!