Walk to Help Overcome ovarian cancer in the Winners Walk of Hope

Join Ovarian Cancer Canada’s 9th annual Winners Walk of Hope on September 12, 2010. The Winners Walk of Hope is the single largest fundraiser in Canada that supports ovarian cancer awareness, education and research. Last year 11,000 participants raised more than $2.3M. This year the goal is to raise a record-breaking $2.5M!

What you can do to support the walk:

~Join or Start a Team -Winners Walk of Hope events take place across the country providing participants with the opportunity to join together with thousands of others to overcome ovarian cancer. Find a walk location near you!

~Participate as a virtual walker – Can’t make it to Walk?  No problem, you can join as a Virtual Walker.

As a Virtual Walk participant you can show your support for this remarkable event by raising funds for Ovarian Cancer Canada without physically attending a Walk.

~Make a Mini Walk event in your Area – If there isn’t a national Walk in your area, why not create one in your community? To learn more about starting a Mini Walk please contact us by e-mail at info@winnerswalkofhope.ca or by phone at 1-877-413-7970 ext. 226.

~Donate – Every bit helps!

~Volunteer – An event like this is rarely possible without the dedication and involvement of volunteers.  Whether you want to be a part of the prize patrol, brochure distribution or food and beverage team, volunteering with the Walk is an integral part of its success.  Find volunteer ops here.

May is MS Awareness Month – Shop to Erase MS

During May, The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis gears up for awareness and fund raising in hopes of finding a cure for multiple sclerosis.  With the 17th annual star-studded, Race to Erase MS recently held in Los Angeles, you may be wondering how you can make a difference too!
Well, throughout the month of May, Kitson will sell a variety of orange products in their stores including Celebrity Designed T-Shirts and Jewelry, Simon G jewelry and more, with 100% of the sales going to benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation. In addition, Kitson will donate 1% of all Kitson store sales for the month of May to the foundation in their Race to Erase MS.
Can’t make it to a Kitson store?  No problem!  Head to the Shop to Erase MS online store.

There you’ll find beauty kits, T-shirts, polo shirts, bracelets, and bags – designed by celebrities and more.  This is a great place to score some serious bling while donating money to a worthy cause.

Pictured: Avril Lavigne

Zaza Collections Peace & Love to Erase MS Scoop Neck T-Shirt

Show your support for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis by wearing this year’s MS awareness tee. Made by Peace and Love Jewelry, 100% of the proceeds from this adorable t-shirt benefit the Foundation. The tee shirt features orange rhinestones and is made of very soft material.
Picture: shop.erasems.org
Co-founded by Kim Kardashian, ShoeDazzle is the world’s premier online shoe society, bringing celebrity treatment and the hottest shoes of the season to all women. Every month, members receive personalized shoe recommendations from ShoeDazzle’s team of Hollywood stylists, a pair of gorgeous shoes of their choice and free shipping, all for just $39.95. Members can also skip any month and pay nothing. This May, ShoeDazzle is selling the Nancy, a knockout sandal, to all of its members. 10% of shoe sales will benefit the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis to help erase MS! Visit www.shoedazzle.com to join today! Sales of the Nancy will begin May 1.
Simon G Ring
Simon G Ring.  14K Yellow Gold and Diamond ring featuring a 3.44ct citrine center and .83cttw natural white diamonds. Serious bling worn by celebrities Melissa Rycroft and Karina Smirnoff, with 35% of total sales given to the foundation.  This ring retails for $1,100.00. Pieces are available in the shopping section of the Simon G Jewelry website (www.simongjewelry.com)

The Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis was founded by Nancy Davis in 1993 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. After her diagnosis, she was determined to devote her time and resources to finding a cure. Nancy’s hope, courage and strength continue to inspire her to maintain a vibrant quality of life despite this chronic disease, but most of all, she remains positive, continues to live her life to the fullest and is tireless in her efforts to finding the cure for MS. Learn more at www.erasems.org

Friday Follow on Everyday Philanthropist Blog!

Welcome all Friday Followers! This is such a great blog hopping event.  Thank you to all my Everyday Philanthropist Blog followers and WELCOME to my new followers!

Friday Follow

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!

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!

Free Book Giveaway Contest

How are you making a difference? Are you volunteering in your community or online? Do you knit, sew or crochet for charity? Are you using your voice to raise awareness for your favorite cause?

What are YOU doing to make life better for others?

Enter your comments at FrugalNYC and enter to win a free copy of How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist!

Want to Get into a Disney Park for Free? Then, Volunteer your time!

Disney parks are hoping to inspire 1 million people to volunteer a day of service beginning January 1st 2010, with their Give a Day, Get a Disney Day promotion.

During 2010, one million people who perform volunteer service for a participating organization will receive a free one-day admission ticket to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., or Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.

How do you participate? Easy! Starting Jan. 1, 2010, go to http://www.disneyparks.com/ for the United States and Puerto Rico or http://www.disneyparks.ca/ for Canada to search for volunteer opportunities available in those areas through Points of Light‘s, HandsOn Network and sign up for a day of volunteer service. You must pre-register and sign up for eligible volunteer opportunity. Ticket quantities for this program are limited and you must be at least age 6 to participate.

Have fun!

Lighter. Safer. Greener.

Enter the “Lighter. Safer. Greener.” contest at http://www.lightersafergreener.com/ and help families see a greener world, literally and figuratively.

“The Green Mom,” Beth Aldrich, and Airwear invite environmentally-conscious consumers to share their visions of a greener world by sharing creative ideas for how they are making the world a greener, more sustainable place. You will be entered for a chance to win Airwear eyewear for your entire family.

Go to www.LighterSaferGreener.com to enter and learn more about Airwear’s new eco-friendly practices, and view more of Aldrich’s tips to live healthy, well and wise this fall.

“Love your Veggies” School Grant

Tweet to win a “Love your Veggies” grant from Hidden Valley!

As part of its continuing efforts to help schools instill a life-long love of vegetables in children, the makers of Hidden Valley Salad Dressings have announced that as part of its fourth annual Love Your Veggies™ grant program the company will also award one $10,000 grant to an elementary school through a special Twitter contest Sept. 21-Oct. 2 at @HVRanch.

Elementary schools will be asked to tweet their 140 character application—which can include a link to a Web site or photo—to @HVRanch and then launch a re-tweet campaign for their chance to win. Full rules and regulations on the Twitter contest will be available at LoveYourVeggies.com starting today.

Please follow Hidden Valley on Face book at http://www.facebook.com/hiddenvalley and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/HVranch

Help Kelly Ripa TEXT FOR A CAUSE!

With the onset of new technology – it’s easier than ever before to support your favorite causes! Take texting for example. During the month of September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are holding a text-a-thon to help raise funds and awareness for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund!
So, how does it work? Easy…
Americans can help the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by texting “Kelly” to 85944 on their cell phone. A one-time donation of $5 is charged to your wireless bill or deducted from your pre-paid balance.
You can log on to http://www.kelly-confidential.com/ and input your mobile number and hit “Donate $5”. You will also be entered for a chance to win a luxury front-load washer and dryer from Electrolux in Turquoise Sky, the color inspired by the teal ribbon of ovarian cancer awareness.
Want more ways to support this great cause? Visitors to Kelly Confidential, during the month of September, can spread awareness by sending a virtual T-shirt to a friend for free. For every “T-mail” sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF. Visitors can also purchase a limited edition T-shirt designed by Ripa; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to OCRF. And, for every Turquoise Sky laundry pair purchased, Electrolux donates $200 to OCRF, as part of their $500,000 commitment to fight ovarian cancer.
Check out Kelly’s PSA for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month here.
Thank you Tara for the great tip!

About the Book…

Almost every daily action can result in a small but deeply meaningful act of giving. Here are 330 unexpected ideas for making a difference – ideas that have nothing to do with the size of your bank account and everything to do with using assets you already have. As Julie Salamon, author of Hospital, says, “This book is the perfect guide for those who want to do the right thing, but can’t figure out how.”

• Donate Your Belongings: You’re not just giving away stuff: You’re keeping an abandoned animal warm, helping a woman land a job, making a sick child’s dream come true.

• Use Your Family: Give new meaning to quality time: Adopt a puppy; become a frog watcher; be a host family for the Fresh Air Fund; deposit change into a Giving Jar; sign up for Obama’s National Family Volunteer Day.

• Volunteer Your Talents: Match your skills with a cause: Are you a whiz at Web design; accounting; writing? Help a school in Guatemala design a brochure;organize the books at your community center; write a grant proposal for a local homeless shelter.

• Use Your Computer: Give back without leaving your desk: Use a search engine that donates money to charities each time you click; be a virtual mentor to an orphaned teen; sign online petitions about vital issues.

In tough times it’s more important than ever that people and communities pull together— How To Be An Everyday Philanthropist makes it easier than ever before.

Donate 7 Lunches to Feeding America for Free!

Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise have created a virtual Sandwich Swap ‘n’ Share program to benefit Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Log on to Hellmann’s® page on Facebook (Facebook.com/hellmanns), create your perfect sandwich and Hellmann’s® and Best Foods® will donate 7 lunches to Feeding America.

Also, for every Facebook friend you share your sandwich with, Hellmann’s will donate an additional 7 lunches to the charity! And, you have the chance to win a $250 grocery gift card.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/hellmanns to start swapping now :)

Tap Water Project

Sign up today to recieve UNICEF news, relief efforts and updates at http://www.unicefusa.org/hidden/registration.html and one packet of liefsaving Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) will be donated on your behalf from the The Tap Water Project (http://www.tapproject.org/)