Click “Like” on Facebook to Donate Free Juice to Children In Need

Got Facebook?  Here’s a quick and wonderfully easy way to give to a child in need, using your Facebook “Like” button.
Now through March 31, YOU can make a difference in the lives of hungry children and families by becoming a Sun Shower fan.
For every new Facebook fan, Sun Shower is donating one bottle of juice to Second Harvest-supported food banks across the country. 
Do it now. Do it for a kid.
Haven’t set up your own Facebook account yet?  It’s easy and free!  Look for the green Sign Up button in the upper left corner of the screen to get started.  Welcome to the Sun Shower Facebook Community!
Double the difference made and become a fan of Drenchers, too!

Give Back with a Charity Drive with FREE Glad ForceFlex Bags

The holidays are just around the corner and there is no better time to be an everyday hero and give back than during this time of year when the most help is needed! One way to give back is through GLAD ForceFlex’s new Bag Bank program, where they’re encouraging consumers to host coat drives and other items from their closets to help someone in need. Clothing can then be donated to organizations that distribute gently used clothes to those in need, like One Warm Coat, an organization that provides coats to anyone in need, free of charge, Making Memories, a breast cancer support and advocacy group, which sells donated wedding dresses and uses the proceeds to fulfill the wishes of women with terminal breast cancer, and SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) an organization which collects gently used toys to be redistributed to emergency personnel and organizations to help kids cope in difficult situations.

Whether you’re collecting coats, dresses or stuffed animals, you can help address the toughest challenges in your community with the help of the GLAD Bag Bank. You provide the idea, volunteers and inspiration, GLAD will provide ForceFlex trash bags.  For more information, please visit CLMClient.com/GladForceFlexIPK to set up a drive in your community.

EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST TIPS FOR DONATING TO A CHARITY DRIVE
Your donations are a gift, you should treat them as such by preparing them with care. Charities often have to throw away donations if they are dirty, broken, unsafe, or otherwise unusable. In general, donations of used clothing and other household goods must be in good to excellent condition.


• Keep it Clean ~ Wash clothes and linens, separate clothing (for men, women, or children), and pack them with some thought—i.e., don’t shove a clean white dress shirt into a bag with shoes. You wouldn’t pack your own stuff this way, would you?



• Air out any heavier ~ bedding like blankets or sleeping bags. Wipe down toys or small appliances to
get rid of any grime.




• Keep it Safe ~ Don’t give away an item that’s been the target of a safety recall (especially toys). If in doubt, check the Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s website (cpsc.gov), which lists product recalls.


• Keep it Fresh ~ Don’t give away books with missing pages or babies’ board books that have been chewed or stained beyond repair. You can deodorize musty books by placing them in a bag with a dish of baking soda for about ten days. Try to separate books by category, and you’ll save a volunteer a lot of work on the other end.

Campbell’s Labels for Education

I’m a busy mom, I have three young children – when dinner rolls around I like making something quick and easy for the kids.
Right about now you’re probably wondering what this has to do with Giving Back. Well I want to show you how easy this style of giving really is.
Whenever I make soup for the kids, I cut the labels from the Cambell’s can and I collect them in my ever so fancy shoebox in the pantry and what I do with these is I donate these labels to the Campbell’s Labels for Education program – which provides free educational equipment to schools in need. It’s a fun, easy program where kids, families and members of the community work together for a common goal.

And if you’re wondering, really how much of a differene can soup can labels make? Today, over 80,000 schools and organizations are registered with Labels for Education, benefiting more than 42 million students. Over the years, people like you and me who collect soup can labels have helped Campbell’s to provide more than $100 million in merchandise to America’s schools!

The old adage, every little bit helps, really comes into play here.

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!!!

 
Don’t Forget Our

~ 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

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!

Become a Part of Something Great – Be a Mentor

Here’s a simple way you can provide children with a better future:
Contact a local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (bbbs.org) or Boys & Girls Clubs of America (bgca.org) to learn how you can get involved.

It is the perfect time to discover your local Boys & Girls Club and its role in the community. From homework help, open houses and parades to picnics, performances and fundraisers, there are many opportunities to learn how you can make a difference in the life of a child.

Visit your local Club and learn how we are helping young people BE GREAT!

Watch:  Ashanti shares why she supports Boys & Girls Clubs

Celebrate International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on the 8th of March every year. It is a major day of global celebration of women. And today, people around the world, are commemorating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, with a theme of “Equal rights, equal opportunity: Progress for all.”

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political and social achievements.
Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the achievements of women. 

I encourage all women (and men, girls and boys) to celebrate and promote International Women’s Day. Join or organize your own IWD/IWW event in your community, organization, workplace or school.
Any one of these organizations would be happy to have your support:

CARE
Fistula Foundation
Half the Sky Movement
• MADRE

Or you could try lending a $25 micro-loan to a female entrepreneur in a developing country through an organization like Kiva.org to help alleviate the cycle of poverty.

You can even send International Women’s Day eCards from Care2.com right from your computer. Care2.com allows you to send free eCards to your girlfriends on International Women’s Day, which generate donations to great organizations!

There are so many great ways to get involved in IWD.  I believe that equal rights for women should be celebrated every day! Let’s celebrate all women and highlight the need for continued vigilance and action.

Welcome Friday Followers!

Welcome to everyone from Follow Friday! This is such a fun event to be part of. If this is your first time to my blog, I hope you enjoy it and find some great goodwill ideas. Please check out my blog, hit the follow button and leave me a comment – and I will return the favor. Happy Friday Follow!

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Make 2010, The Year of Giving!

It’s up there with diet, exercise and budgeting. Even if you don’t officially declare a list of New Year’s resolutions, most of us take serious stock this time of year, in an effort to simplify our lives and enrich others. And being more organized usually tops that list. But, perhaps it is time to try a new approach. Rather than look at organization as a dismal task, it may be better to look at it as an opportunity to make a difference. Here’s how:

1. Out with the old, in with the new: Every year, there are more gadgets, toys, and odds and ends that seem to end up in our homes. And yet, while our basements burst at the seams, millions of people around the world and in our own communities struggle for even the basic necessities. When you bring one thing home this year, try to send at least one thing out the door to support a worthy cause. Bought a new suit? Donate the older one to Dress for Success (for women) or Careergear (for men) to help provide professional clothing to low-income people seeking employment. If the kids have new sports equipment, donate the old, anything from used hockey gear to jump ropes, to Sportsgift.org. The group uses your donations to create community sports programs for underprivileged children worldwide.

2. Give as you go: To make giving as natural as possible, place a few collection boxes or bags in closets and by the recycling bin. Each time you come across something you no longer need or use, throw it into one of the boxes. At least twice a year, go through the boxes filled with books, clothes, and other household items and decide what can be donated to charity (nearly all of it!). Don’t make this a one-person job. This is a wonderful time to include children in the process of giving by encouraging them to share with others who are in need, some of the things they already have. Set up a small shoe box in the kitchen pantry to collect labels from Heinz and Campbell’s products. Kids can donate these to help benefit medical and educational programs around the country (Many schools have collection posts for label donations).

3. Make some change: According to Coinstar, Inc., the average U.S. household has about ninety dollars in coins lying around. Currently gathering dust in piggy banks and junk drawers, an estimated $2.5 billion that could be put to good use without causing financial strain. Use a Giving Jar to capture some of that spare change. Giving Jars are an easy way to make donating a consistent part of your life. To make your own, take a clear jar and tape a label around it that reads, Giving Jar. Place the jar in a prominent, accessible place—on a kitchen counter, in the family room, on a table by the front door—where it can live permanently. As the jar fills, find a cause close to your heart to contribute the contents.

4. Prep the computer: Not ready to organize your entire home? No problem, start with your computer. Switch your default setting to a charitable search engine like Goodsearch.org or Ecosearch.org and each time you perform a query, you’ll raise money for a charitable cause. You can also give back by bookmarking the “click to donate” sites like Care2.com and Thehungersite.com where website sponsors’ donate to charitable causes in exchange for your daily click.

5. Budget your giving: Whether you have ten dollars or ten thousand to donate, you need to plan your giving. To do the most with the least, I recommend that you budget your charitable contributions in advance. We budget everything else—why not this? I suggest focusing on one or two charities a year—if you don’t have a lot of resources to spread around, they’ll go further if you concentrate them. Decide on an annual amount or a percentage of your household income that you’re willing to donate—you can give in one lump sum, or spread smaller contributions out through the year.

Help St. Jude in Target’s Super Love Sender Promotion

Facebook users can help the kids of St. Jude at no cost, thanks to Target’sSuper Love Sender promotion.
Target is giving away $1 million toSt. Jude and other charity partners, and Facebook users will determine how much each charity will receive.

From now through February 14, visit www.facebook.com/target to send customized, football-inspired, Valentine’s Day video cards to friends and family. You may send up to 10 cards per computer per day. St. Jude will receive one vote for each card sent.

The total number of votes will determine the percentage of the $1 million that St. Jude will receive.

On February 15, Target will announce the final donations to each charity. Funds donated to St. Jude through the Super Love Sender promotion will support the hospital’s groundbreaking research and lifesaving care, including the St. Jude School Program.
Join or log in to Facebook and visit www.facebook.com/target to get started.

Click your Mouse to help Haiti

Care2.com’s daily action is Click to Help Haiti. If you have 30 seconds, you can make a difference.

Click to Donate websites are probably one of the most ridiculously easy ways to harness the Internet for everyday philanthropy. When you log on to certain service-oriented websites, like Care2.com, you can click on a variety of causes and make a small donation in the process (at no cost to you—this is completely free). Advertisers and other sponsors will make a charitable contribution on your behalf (usually ranging from a few pennies to 25 cents) toward whatever cause you select.

Go to http://www.care2.com/dailyaction/homepage.html to click and 100% of the donations raised go directly to Oxfam America and help provide emergency water and sanitation services to earthquake survivors in Haiti.

It couldn’t be any easier and every little bit counts! What are you waiting for? Combine your computer time today with some everyday philanthropy!

Organizations Helping Haiti

How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: Major humanitarian effort. An International Red Cross Spokesperson warns that up to 3 million people may have been affected by the Hatian earthquake. How you can help: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/

CNN Impact your World details and links a number of non-profit organizations specifically helping Haiti.

I want to extend my deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones, and I hope the survivors can find the strength to make it through this terrible tragedy. Let’s do all we can to support the people of Haiti and their families. If planning to donate in 2010 – Now, would be a great time.

Be well!
Nicole

Don’t forget to join my Facebook Fan Page! The First Annual “Four-Week Philanthropy Experiment” begins on March 1st. Each day, you’ll find tips for giving to charity – that cost you nothing! Tell your friends and let’s make 2010, The Year of Giving!