September 26, 2013

Give Me Ten

Women’s Health is partnering with The FEED Foundation for its second annual RUN 10 FEED 10: you run 10K (6.2 miles); they donate 10 meals for those going hungry in local communities across the country.

Get your official RUN 10 FEED 10 run on Chicago (10/6/13) or San Francisco (10/27/13), participate in one of the “Fun Runs” in Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami and Boston or create your own 10K run in any city you choose. All money raised through registration and fundraising goes directly to help feed folks in the closest metropolitan area.

Oh, and did I mention all participants will take home a fabulous limited edition FEED bag? Because one can never have enough totes (in my opinion.)

September 24, 2013

Meditate on This (Music)

If you’ve ever wondered what type of music goes best with meditation, look no further than “Download for Good: Music that Changes the World,” a new music compilation from iconic filmmaker/meditation guru David Lynch. He’s rounded up 33 talented artists for the project including Tom Waits, Dave Stewart, Maroon 5, Peter Gabriel, Moby, Iggy Pop and Ben Lee.

Sales from each and every track -- available exclusively at iTunes -- benefit The David Lynch Foundation, which offers Transcendental Meditation to at-risk and underserved populations, including inner-city youth, homeless adults and children, prisoners and U.S. veterans returning home from combat with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Download and ... breathe.

September 19, 2013

Mini Mission Accomplished

You probably like breakfast. And I’m pretty sure you like reading (blogs at least). So I hope you’ll love the new “Every Day is a Big Day” program from Scholastic and Kellogg’s. Over the next few months the two companies will be teaming up to place tens of thousands of books in homes, schools and communities across the country.

If you’d like to make your next day a big day, just sign up and log in to participate in a brand new Mini Mission each month. Once you’ve completed your monthly mission -- Outdoor Explorers, Creative Moments, Conversation Bites and Give and Get Back –- you’ll win two free books for your family and receive one entry for a sweepstakes in which over 100 prizes will be awarded to local educators, parent teacher organizations and community centers.  You can also collect the Great Starts Great Stories codes from participating Kellogg’s products to receive a free book or “gift” a book to a school in need through the charity Books for Kids.

September 17, 2013

Friendly Funding

I’ve lost track of the number of websites that allow individuals, groups, businesses, neighborhoods, teams, churches, charities, etc. to raise money for a cause, but here's another one: This particular venture is totally free of fees, really simple to use, and there’s no limit on the amount you can raise. So go on, fund your favorite cause at FundAnything.

September 12, 2013

Reading Rocks

MDG was flabbergasted when she learned that 523 million girls cannot read or write. Isn’t that number astonishingly high? Well, Litworld thinks so and it’s on a mission to reduce it with the Stand Up for Girls Campaign.

You can join them by honoring the lives and stories of inspirational girls (and women) in celebration of the International Day of the Girl on October 11. Simply fill out a short form that includes a girl’s name and story that has shaped your life. Your voice will add strength to all of the world’s girls who cannot read, write or share their own stories … yet!

September 10, 2013

Schwan's Feeds America

As a kid growing up in Iowa MDG was always super excited (and thankful) when the Schwan’s truck arrived and delivered loads of frozen goodies – ice cream, pizza, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, etc. – right to our front door. It was like Christmas every week of the year!

Today the popular online grocer is teaming up with Feeding America for its new “Open the Door to Thankful” campaign. Each time a consumer shares a few words about something for which they are thankful on Facebook, Schwan's will donate five meals to the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization. What a difference a few decades makes!

September 3, 2013

The Compassion of the Crowd

It was only a matter of time before someone started using the power of crowdsourcing to help regular folks across America with their medical and utility bills, groceries, rent, textbooks, etc. At the new for-profit website, givers can decide who they want to support (all pre-screened) – single fathers, single mothers, seniors, kids, military, families, or the disabled. They can then track how and when their donation is distributed and see how it actually impacts the recipient.

I have a feeling this whole “giving locally” thing might just be the way of the future.