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

We can help Haiti. And it all starts with you.

For Canadians wanting to help Haiti, Have $1 to donate? Go to http://www.sweetspot.ca/ and turn it into $3. Sweetspot.ca has partnered with UNICEF – the lead agency for water, nutrition, child protection and education – to help Haiti through its recovery. They are also reaching out to their readers for extra help so tha…t every dollar donated goes THREE times as far. How does it work? You donate whatever amount you feel comfortable giving, and sweetspot.ca will donate TWICE as much, automatically turning every dollar you donate into three! (And, sweeter yet, the Canadian Federal Government has its own matching program, so your contribution will go even further!)