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 7 of 30 Days/30 Ways ~ KNIT FOR A CAUSE

Even the youngest among us can give back with a little pearl and stitch.

Knitting for a cause can be as simple as creating a winter hat for the homeless or it can involve knitting items to donate to people with cancer or to sell in support of a cause you believe in. Whether you have a special skill that you use in your professional life or a hobby you enjoy in your off-hours, your talents make you uniquely suited for a particular kind of giving—it’s just a matter of finding the right fit.

Today’s Action – Knit for a Cause!

Give Warmth in a War Zone

Founded by a knitter, Afghans for Afghans (afghansforafghans.org) provides hand-knit and -crocheted blankets, mittens, hats, socks, vests, and other garments to the people of war-torn Afghanistan. The organization takes its inspiration from the Red Cross’s old tradition of providing knitted items in times of war and crisis. Visit the organization’s website for details, as well as inspirational photos of volunteers, their creations, and the people who receive them.
 
Comfort an Animal

The Cage Comforter Program (pleasebekind.com) tries to make an orphaned animal’s stay in the shelter a little less traumatizing by replacing the shredded newspaper that usually lines the cages with small handmade comforters. The comforters give shelter animals something cozy to nestle in and aid in their transition to a new home once they’ve been adopted. If your local shelter doesn’t have a Cage Comforter Program, the website has instructions on how to start one.

Clothe a Baby

Clothing is a basic human need that goes unmet for far too many families. Newborns in Need (newbornsinneed.org) assists impoverished families of premature and newborn babies in crisis by distributing donated handmade blankets, quilts, and sleepers. Check out their website for patterns, preemie sizing chart, and donating instructions.

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 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.

Pine-Sol’s Make a Powerful Difference Contest

The Makers of Pine-Sol® Launched the Make a Powerful Difference Contest, which will award grants online to women who are helping improve their communities and are making extraordinary change.

One grand prize winner will receive $10,000 to make a powerful difference for their community or cause and an additional nine finalists will receive $1,000 to help support their initiatives.

Since 2007, when the Pine-Sol Powerful Difference program first started, the company has awarded dozens of grants to over 80 difference makers.

To enter this year’s contest, submissions can be made online at http://www.powerfuldifference.com/ until March 22. All entries must include an essay of 200 words or less on how you are making a powerful difference in your community. A panel of judges will then select the 10 Powerful Difference Maker finalists based on originality, creativity and relevance to theme, but ultimately it will be up to the general public to help vote for the lucky grand prize winner. People can vote daily for their favorite essay from April 7-21, 2010. The grand prize winner will be announced by May 5, 2010. Visit PowerfulDifference.com for official contest rules on how to enter for the $10,000 prize.

About PowerfulDifference.com

PowerfulDifference.com provides the latest tools and resources to everyday women to help them make a difference in and for their communities. The site also honors women from across the country and shares their inspiring stories. Among the site’s content is a downloadable Make a Powerful Difference Action Kit that takes visitors through an easy process of identifying their passion and taking steps to put that passion into action to affect change. Visitors can follow the Powerful Difference campaign on Twitter via @PowerfulDiff for the latest tips, content and resources to make a powerful difference this year.