Tuesday, December 4, 2012

American Giving Awards

I didn’t get this last week’s blog posted so here it is! I will post later this week with this week’s blog post. In the meantime you should take a few minutes tonight (before midnight EST) and go online to vote for the American Giving Awards (Voting ends tonight). For the second year Chase Community Giving is putting on the American Giving Awards which means that 25 charities have the chance to win part of $2 million. The public’s voting will decide which charities get the money and that is where you come in. Voting is taking place on Facebook and chase.com. If you have a Facebook account you can vote at https://www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving and if you have a chase card you can also vote online at https://www.chasegiving.com/. If you have both you get two votes! There are five different causes they focus on and five charities in each cause. Take a look at the charities and vote for the one you want to see get a share of $2 million. The most important thing is that you vote in the next 4½ hours! Then on the 8th make sure to watch the awards on NBC. Happy Voting!

Until next time,


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Giving Back this Holiday Season

The Holidays are upon us and thus the gift buying begins. While you are deciding what to get people this year pause and think for a minute as to what your gift will bring other than happiness. Are you buying something that is fair trade? Something that gives back? Or something that supports local business? There are some great ways this year to help give back while also getting things for those you love:

  • West Elm has mugs for $10 and $5 supports one of I believe seven causes
  • Look for the St. Jude’s symbol at stores to help give to St. Judes
  • Gap has a gift card that when purchased 2% goes to Care or Communities in Schools
  •  Think about purchasing fair trade items; visit Ten Thousand Villages or Whole Foods
  • Purchase local; think about going to the little stores around town instead of the big corporations
  • Instead of giving gifts, donate to a non-profit
  • While the sales continue purchase children’s toys and items and donate them to a local non-profit, hospital, daycare, etc.

The list goes on and on. There are so many ways that you can help make a difference this holiday season, just figure out how you want to do so. Happy Holidays!

Until next week,

Helpful Websites:
Ten Thousand Villages: http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

America Recycles Day

I apologize for my absence but am going to make a great effort to post every week from now through the holidays! Tomorrow is America Recycles Day; cue Annie’s inner nerd. If you are someone that already recycles that is great; keep doing it. If you are someone that does not yet participate in the art of recycling then tomorrow is a great day for you to start doing so. There are so many ways you can help our environment and I am going to post just a few here. You should also check out the America Recycles Day webpage and take the pledge to recycle more. In the meantime here are some recycling tips:

  • Make sure to buy materials made from recycled materials (seventh generation is a company that does a great job at this)

  • Plastic bags can be recycled and many grocery stores and now even some department stores have containers for them

  • Start collecting materials that are not usually recyclable to send into Terracycle

  • Recycle every can of soda, water bottle, orange juice, and milk container

  • Look at the bottom of your items, a lot of times they can be recycled

  • When you are done reading your weekly People Magazine either lend it to someone else to read or recycle it

  • Join recyclebank and learn about ways to recycle while earning points

These are just some ideas for you to do more but the most important thing is that you are at least thinking about and making an effort to recycle. A lot of places make it very easy for you by having curbside pick-up but if you don’t, do not let that stop you from recycling. I always enjoyed going to the recycling center in college to drop my stuff off, it makes for a fun adventure. Happy Recycling!

Until next week,

America Recycles Day: http://americarecyclesday.org/

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Toys "R" Us Wish List

This week’s post is only good through tomorrow but I thought I would tell you all about it anyway. Toys-R-Us has teamed up with Make-a-Wish and for every wish list made on Toys-R-Us’s website through tomorrow, they will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish. This is pretty awesome and can be done by anyone! So if you have some freetime in the next day and want to help support Make-A-Wish, head on over to Toys “R” Us’s website and make a list! Happy shopping!

Until next time,

Toys “R” Us Wish List: http://ht.ly/euO5S

Thursday, October 11, 2012

International Day of the Girl

This week we are going to educate ourselves on (or learn more about) child marriage. Today is International Day of the Girl and Care as well as other groups are focusing on the girl and education. According to Care there are “60 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18”. The other significant thing about that is that means there are 60 million girls without an education that goes through secondary school. A cool and promising fact is that girls who complete secondary school are 6 times less likely to become a child bride. So this week I want you to become informed on the situation. Care’s site is awesome, has a ton of information and facts, and also things for you to do, like spread the word to your friends. They have some great facts that you can post on Facebook or Twitter as well as many other things. You can also check out videos and stories from Half the Sky which aired on PBS last week or visit She’s the First, a not-for-profit that focuses on girls education in the developing world. There is so much you can do so this week so all I’m asking is that you take a few minutes and visit either Care, the website for Half the Sky, or She’s the First and try to learn a few things.

Until next time,

She’s the First: http://www.shesthefirst.org/