October 30, 2012

Good Greetings

Americans sure are a sucker for greeting cards (to the tune of $7.5 billion each year!). Wow.

If you’d like to spread some of that cheery ol’ cash to a charitable cause this holiday season, check out CardsThatGive.org. The site lists more than 150 organizations including Alzheimer’s Association, God’s Love We Deliver, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, National Wildlife Federation and The Marine Mammal Center that sell greeting cards to support their programs. I guarantee you’ll find a card with your cause on it. 

October 28, 2012

Go Boo at the Zoo

I promise this will be the only post about Halloween, but I couldn’t resist sharing the news that dozens of zoos and aquariums across the country are hosting EEK-o-friendly events – with frightful names like “Boo at the Zoo" and "Zoo Boo” - leading up to this scarily popular holiday.

Visitors shouldn’t expect to find ghoulish conventional candy or cheap, plastic costumes on display; these zoos are promoting a leaner, greener Halloween with healthy organic snacks and DIY costumes. Click here to go boo at a zoo near you.

October 25, 2012

Make a Difference Day

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, I may have just the plan: volunteer to make a difference during the 22nd annual “Make a Difference Day” (Saturday, October 27). Co-sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light, the nation’s largest day of community service offers thousands of charitable projects you can help, including “Providing Socks for the Less Fortunate” in San Francisco, “Shopping on Lake” in Chicago, and “Food for All” in Washington, D.C.

And to prove that no good deed should go unnoticed (or unpunished), Newman’s Own will award $10,000 each to the charities of 13 different volunteer efforts, a grand total of $130,000. Thank you, Mr. Newman!

Click here to join the nation in making a difference.

October 24, 2012

Car Sharing and Caring

If the words “Zipcar” or “Zipster” mean nothing to you, the contest I’m about to mention probably won’t have a heck of a lot of meaning. But for those of you who are at beck and call of this fast-growing car sharing company, I’m here to remind you that you’ve only got a couple of days left to vote for the charitable cause you'd like to see take home $5,000 (and a Zipcar for a day) during its Get Out and Give challenge.

Click here by Friday, October 26 at 12:00PM EST to cast your vote for Daniel’s Operation Access, Leeni’s Suicide Prevention Fundraiser or Odunola’s Project Ascend.

October 22, 2012

Youthful Ambition

Nestle is working hard to change the world through its Very Best in Youth competition. Open to young people aged 14-18, the contest is searching for a slightly random total of 18 role models, leaders and change makers who inspire their communities, churches and schools to make a difference.

To put yourself in contention, you should be prepared to answer a few tough essay questions, submit two letters of recommendation (one from school, the other from someone who knows you well), provide a copy of your transcription or most current report card, and show proof that your parent or legal guardian is cool with your entry.

All that hard work could pay off in the end with a $1,000 donation to the charity of your choice and a trip to Los Angeles for a three-night, four-day adventure including a red-carpet gala and awards ceremony in July, 2013. Click here to demonstrate your youthful ambition by November 8.

October 17, 2012

Dogs Fly Free

I’m going to let brilliant newsman/anchor/funnyman Brian Williams do the all talking about a pawesome charity called Pilots N Paws – including heroic volunteer pilot Jeff Bennett, who has personally saved thousands of shelter/rescue animals with the gift of free flight. Click here to meet man’s best friend! 

October 15, 2012

Fantastic Stuff

I can’t think of a better duo to help educate kids and their parents about organic foods than PBS Kids and Whole Foods Market. The 100 percent natural partnership recently launched its “Fantastic Organic” campaign, delivering healthy doses of facts, tips, activities, videos, games and recipes both online and in select stores.

I just took a quick peek at the site and found interviews with “Fantastic People” like Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery (who make some of the best cheese I’ve ever tasted!), ideas on how to “Shop Fantastic” -- including how to find a local farmers' market -- and advice about how to “Cook Fantastic” club sandwich kabobs.

If you’ve got a Whole Foods in your area, you can look forward to “The Hunt for Organics,” an in-store scavenger hunt that the whole family can play. You can entertain the kids while you all shop by sending them on a quest to match organic foods with labels and count their progress along the way. Plus, when you've completed the hunt, you can enter a grand prize drawing to win a one-year supply of Organic Valley products. Delicious.

Click here to learn why going organic is simply fantastic.

October 12, 2012

Prize Patrol

Three charities –- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the ASPCA –- are in the running to receive big checks from Publishers Clearing House during its second “The Give Back” campaign. Although we’re not talking about a multi-million dollar payout (remember those darned mailers?) the first-place charity will be awarded $50,000, and $35,000 and $25,000 will go to the second and third place nonprofits respectively.

You’ve got until November 5 to vote for your favorite cause on the PCH Fan Page on Facebook. Then, just sit back and wait to see whom The Prize Patrol surprises with a big fat – or not quite so fat – check later on November 8.

October 10, 2012

Not Gone Fishin'

Well, you can still go fishin' – and even keep and eat certain types of fish - but One World One Ocean would like you to know which particular fish are on the overfished list (and therefore not cool to catch, buy or consume) during its GO Fish! campaign this October: a.k.a. National Seafood Month.

You can show your support for the sustainable seafood movement by submitting a 1-minute video -- by October 22 -- featuring your favorite sustainable fish joke, story, restaurant, recipe or tale. The person with the most fish-friendly topic will take home a $500 prize.

I’ll give you a heads up that Atlantic salmon, Chilean sea bass, black tiger shrimp, red snapper and Bluefin tuna are beyond off limits, so please keep the tuna salad recipes to yourself for now.

Click here to see the list and to learn other ways you can help ensure a healthy future for fish and for us.

October 9, 2012

Crucial Catch

There are lots of healthy events in support of breast cancer awareness this month including walking, biking, hiking, swimming, climbing, and running races in most, if not every, state across the country. But, this year MDG is cheering on the fourth annual “A Crucial Catch,” a pink-fueled partnership between the NFL and the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Throughout October the campaign hopes to raise funds from the sale of special pink game apparel and products proudly worn by various players, coaches and referees. All proceeds from the auction benefit the ACS’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program, which provides outreach and breast cancer screenings to women in underserved communities.

Click here to help the NFL tackle breast cancer one crucial catch at a time.

October 5, 2012

Jon Stewart is Ready to Rumble

Forget about Wednesday’s unfortunate debacle, the debate of the decade is scheduled for tomorrow evening at 8PM EST between Jon Stewart (who needs no introduction) and Bill O’Reilly (who doesn’t need any more publicity). Dubbed as “The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium,” this face-off isn’t just about important political issues; it’s also about charity.

Half of the $4.95 price for the 90-minute live-streamed event (which can also be viewed later on demand) will go to very worthy charities. I wish I could tell you which ones, but I guess you’ll just have to tune in to find out. Click here to reserve your tickets to this awesome rumble. I know who MDG will be routing for!

October 4, 2012

Vision for a Better World

If you love stylish eyewear, inexpensive prices ($99/pair!), awesome customer service and, most importantly, advancing the popular “buy a pair, give a pair” model, get thee to WarbyParker pronto. They’ve got dozens of men’s and women’s styles including Zagg, Miles, Clyde, Ainsworth, Langston, Willoughby and Winston that you can order online and try on at home or find at one of their 11 showrooms.

Not only will you look dapper in your new specs, you’ll be providing the gift of sight to someone in need via one of WP’s non-profit partners like VisionSpring. Click here to start seeing things a whole new Warby Parker way.

October 2, 2012

It Should Sell Wine, But Doesn't

Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another shopping site to separate you from your hard-earned dollars, along comes Vine.com. From the hugely successful family of brands that includes Soap.com, Beautybar.com, Diapers.com, YoYo.com and Wag.com, this newcomer specializes in green products that are vetted to meet tough environmental standards (natural, organic, energy-efficient, reusable, et al).

It might have a few (thousand) online competitors, but the site offers an unusually robust array of shopping options including fair trade, cruelty-free, USA-made, Forest Stewardship Council-certified and locally produced products. ("Locally produced" means that the stuff you've bought was nurtured within 100 miles of your house, in case you were wondering.)

And it happens to be owned by Amazon, so it might be around for a bit. Click here to “live life green” with Vine.com.