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.

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 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 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

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Get inspired with Nicole Bouchard Boles’ book How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist—and help us spread the word! Forward this message to your friends, family, and business associates, or cut and paste a favorite suggestion and include it in your email signature.

Here is a week’s worth of simple things you can do:

Monday – USE YOUR COMPUTER: Click to Donate

Log on to www.care2.com/click-to-donate. Choose any cause, click, and an advertiser or sponsor will make a charitable contribution on your behalf!

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 37)

Tuesday – USE YOUR TRASH: Sort Your Mail

Go to the Direct Marketing Association at http://www.the-dma.org/ and request that your name be removed from marketing lists and help save 150 million trees a year!

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 105)

Wednesday – USE YOUR BODY: Be Someone’s Eyes

Provide a free reading service for blind and low-vision people through Read This To Me, at http://www.readthistome.org/. All you need is a working phone and a fax.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 9)

Thursday – USE YOUR TALENTS: Give Warmth in a War Zone

Like to knit? Afghans for Afghans provides hand-knit and -crocheted blankets and garments to the people of war-torn Afghanistan. Visit http://www.afghansforafghans.org/ for details.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 63)

Friday – USE YOUR COMMUNITY: Buy Green Electricity

Over 50% of Americans have the option of purchasing green power directly from their utility company. To find out how, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s website at eere.energy.gov/greenpower.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 136)

Saturday – USE YOUR TIME: Give a Vacation Day . . .

Volunteering just one day while on vacation is a unique way to experience part of a new city or country that most tourists never see. Cheap Tickets has a handy search tool (volunteer.cheaptickets.com) to help you find a volunteer gig that coincides with your travel plans.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 122)

Sunday – USE YOUR FAMILY: Nurture Nature

Connect your kids to their environment through activities and games on http://www.kidsface.org/.

(How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist, page 27)

For 223 more ways to make a difference (without breaking your wallet)—buy the book at a bookseller near you!

HOW TO BE AN EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST By Nicole Bouchard Boles

Workman Publishing

ISBN 978-0-7611-5504-1 / Price: $10.95 U.S.

www.workman.com/products/9780761155041/

Visit http://www.nicolebouchardboles.com/

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!