Tom’s of Maine Giving Back: 50 States for Good

Join Tom’s of Maine in supporting nonprofit organizations.

Celebrating grassroots goodness efforts nationwide is the ongoing mission of the Tom’s of Maine annual “50 States for Good” program. 50 States for Good is a national initiative to support the goodness behind grassroots community projects. Six organizations will share in a $150,000 sponsorship fund, including one organization that will be given $50,000!

The six winners will be determined by a public online vote starting in early August 2011. The organization with the most votes will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding; five additional organizations will each receive $20,000. Each finalist, along with its project, will be showcased at the Tom’s of Maine Web site during the voting phase. Projects must be completed within six months of receiving funding.

The panel of judges will select 20 organizations doing great things in their communities to be voted on by you. In the meantime, here’s what you can do:

Spread the Love: 5 Ideas for National Random Acts of Kindness Week

Finally here, is National Random Acts of Kindness week! The week of February 14-18 is celebrated as the time to get out there and do an act of goodness. This is your opportunity to share love and kindness with the environment, your friends, neighbours, family, colleagues, charities and complete strangers.

The Everyday Philanthropist invites you to do an unexpected Extreme Act of Kindness to an unsuspecting recipient each day! Here are 5 ideas to get you started:

 
Monday: Donate blood and potentially save up to 3 lives.

Tuesday: Drop off a plant or home-made baked goods to your local police or fire department.

Wednesday: Donate used books to your local library or school.

Thursday:  Volunteer an hour or two at a local shelter, school, soup kitchen or charity event.

Friday: Donate clothes, toys, blankets and other daily items to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.

 
 No matter how big or small, your acts of kindness can change lives and create a chain reaction to spread even more generosity throughout your community and the world. Share your acts of kindness and comments with our community on the Everyday Philanthropist Facebook page.
  
“Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

iCoke – Give your points for Peace

Give Your Points for Peace!

Peace One Day is a non-profit organization on a mission; to tell the world about Peace Day September 21 – the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence – and they need your help.

Learn more about Peace One Day

In 1999, filmmaker Jeremy Gilley founded the non-profit organization Peace One Day. His mission: to establish the first ever annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed date, and document his journey. His efforts were rewarded in 2001 when the day was adopted unanimously by the member states of the United Nations as September 21 – Peace Day.

Do your part to support Peace One Day on iCoke.ca:
Redeem 500 iCoke Points™ for the “Peace For One Day” mp3 – by Dave Stewart and Jimmy Cliff, and Coca-Cola will donate $5 – with the ultimate goal of raising $25,000 for Peace One Day.

 

Comfort Homeless Animals

Even the youngest among us can give back with this fun idea:

If your child is part of the new knitting craze, help her/him knit, quilt, crochet or sew blankets to donate to Hugs for Homeless Animals’ Snuggle Project (snugglesProject.org).  The hand-crafted “snuggles” are given to shelters to help animals feel more secure and comfortable while waiting for a permanent home.

Photo: Snuggles Project

Children’s Safe Drinking Water

An estimated 1.1 billion people worldwide are without access to clean drinking water. That’s approximately a quarter of the world’s population! Don’t you think that water should be seen as a basic human right and not a luxury?
I thought so.
Here’s what you can do to help provide fresh water to those in need for only pennies a gallon. Head over to Children’s Safe Drinking Water at http://www.csdw.org/ and make a donation to a program that distributes PUR packets (a powder that makes unsanitary and potentially deadly water drinkable). For a donation of just $0.10 you can provide one packet that will clean up to 10 litres of water! A donation of $1 will provide a child with fresh drinking water for 50 days. And, a donation of $30 gives an entire family clean water for a full year.

5 Minute Philanthropy

Who among us doesn’t want to give something back to the world?  And in today’s super-speed world, most of us don’t have the extra time to volunteer or dedicate to the causes we care about.  We would like to help, but finding a way to give back usually becomes overwhelming and we push it off until another day.

But today can be different…

In just 5 minutes you could:
  • Donate your old cell phone to 911CellPhoneBank.org, they distribute to provide emergency communications to people.

  • Schedule a pickup of your used clothes or household items with Goodwill

Even five to ten minutes is enough time to start shaping your ideas of what it means to do good.  Every little bit counts!

USA Today: Kindness, Charity, Philanthropy and Social Responsiblity

Did you know that USATODAY.com has a feature dedicated to giving back? How great right?  Check it out here Kindness: New ways we give and volunteer.
As the website says,
Kindness is your daily source of inspiration and guide to making a difference in fresh and exciting ways, no matter where you are. Each day, this site will unearth unique stories of giving with exclusive interviews, fresh takes on news stories, plenty of tips, and links to interesting resources.”

Reporter Christie Garton reports on philanthropic happenings around the world – from heroes helping victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill to cross country bike tours for charity. Get a daily dose of goodness at USAToday.com!

Hot Website of the Week: V-Day

V-Day (Drc.vday.org)
Founded by Eve Ensler, this global movement to stop violence against women and girls is focusing its efforts on the Congo.  In addition to raising awareness, this website also helps support the City of Joy, a community for women in the country recovering from sexual violence.  Site visitors can get educated on sexual violence and armed conflict in the DRC, Add your voice to the thousands of Americans who have taken a stand with women worldwide by telling Congress to Pass I-VAWA!, buy items online, such as skin care, omni-peace merchandise, handbags and Amanda Keidan Jewelry (pictured) at the V-Day store, (100% of net proceeds go directly to V-Day to end violence against women and girls), find resources on Organizing a V-Day Benefit Production in your school or community to raise funds for the STOP RAPING OUR GREATEST RESOURCE campaign, or host a Congo Spotlight Teach In or House Party and let your friends and family know what’s going on in the DRC!
About V-Day
 
V-Day is a global movement to end violence against women and girls through benefit productions of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and other artistic works. To date, the V-Day movement has raised over $70 million and educated millions about the issue of violence against women and the efforts to end it, crafted international educational, media and PSA campaigns, launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded over 10,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic Of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, South Dakota, Egypt and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities” in 2001 and Marie Claire’s “Top Ten Charities” in 2006. http://www.vday.org/

”Help Whip Cancer” This May with The Pampered Chef.

We all know someone affected by breast cancer. Now you can make a difference alongside the Pampered Chef! Help save lives May 1-31 with the 2010 Help Whip Cancer® (HWC) campaign!



Join The Pampered Chef in celebrating women everywhere this May. In honor of Mother’s Day, more than 40,000 Pampered Chef Consultants are harnessing the power of pink, and spreading the message of breast cancer awareness through the Help Whip Cancer campaign.


Since 2000, The Pampered Chef has raised more than $7.9 million for the American Cancer Society and has spread their “think pink” message to thousands, and we’d like to share this philanthropic opportunity with you.

Get involved by:


Buying Special Pink-themed Products
Select pink limited-edition kitchen tools from The Pampered Chef through the month of May and for each pink product purchased, The Pampered Chef makes a $1 donation to the American Cancer Society®.  The following special Help Whip Cancer products apply: Pink & White Dots Martini Glasses, Pink Color-Coated Tomato Knife, Pink & White Twixit! Clip Combo Pack, Sweet Honey Vanilla Sprinkle, Help Whip Cancer Reusable Shopping Bags. Guests who spend $60 or more in May get Help Whip Cancer® Reusable Shopping Bags (a set of two) for free. See all the Whip Cancer products at Pampered Chef

Raising Funds with a Cooking Show Fundraiser

Celebrate mothers, sisters and friends by hosting a Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Cooking Show. Guests will taste delicious, affordable “pink” recipes, like the Heavenly Angel Cake, and receive valuable cooking tips while raising money for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs. Up to 25 percent of total Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Show sales will be contributed to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs.
For more information on how to Help Whip Cancer by purchasing Special Pink-themed products and/or hosting a Help Whip Cancer Kitchen Show Fund-raiser, please call 1-800-266-5562 or visit http://www.pamperedchef.com/. Contact the American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-ACS-2345 or http://www.cancer.org/ for information about cancer and services in your area.

CoverGirl contest Clean Makeup for Clean Water

Always dreamed of being a CoverGirl?  Well, here’s your chance to share your beauty AND make the world a more beautiful place.

Go to CoverGirl.com to enter the “clean water” contest by submitting a video on the subject of what you are doing to make the world a better place. Every entry will spark the donation of a week’s worth of clean water to a child. The contest’s winner will be invited on a humanitarian mission to Africa and get the chance to take part in a CoverGirl photo shoot!

Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW), which works to bring safe drinking water to people around the world, will receive $500,000 from CoverGirl to use Pur(TM) packet technology to purify more than 50 million gallons of drinking water for people in need. That much water can safely slake the thirst of 3.5 million children for a week or almost 70,000 for a year.  Sounds pretty beautiful to us!

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 12 of 30 Days/30 Ways to Give: ITS TREASURE, NOT TRASH

One of the single best ways to make a difference without too much time and effort is to reuse, recycle and donate as much stuff as possible to charitable organizations.

Today’s Give Back Action – Think outside the landfill.

Bring your old running shoes into Nike stores that are hosting the Reuse-a-Shoe program (nikereuseashoe.com). They’ll turn the shoes into surface material for playgrounds, basketball courts, and running tracks for children!

Donate old eyeglasses to organizations like OneSight (onesight.org) and Unite for Sight (uniteforsight.org) who will distribute them amongst needy people who can’t afford them.

If you have a junk drawer full of coupons, comb through the expired ones (up to six months past expiration) and donate them to The Overseas Coupon program (ocpnet.org) which serves military families in overseas bases.

Before you trash anything, look at the charitable potential!

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!!!

 
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