Category: Causes + General Do-Gooding

The must-watch anti-bullying video for kids and parents

My friend, fellow mom, and one-time officemate of mine Joanne turned me onto this Champions Against Bullying anti-bullying video that just launched, and wow. It’s powerful. I see a lot of these and this may be the first one that I rushed to share. The spot features teens reading beautiful notes of love and encouragement written on their Facebook pages, and I don’t want to give away the end, but warning–it will stab you in the heart. Full disclosure: The PSA was created by former colleagues of mine at Deutsch NY, but I couldn’t be more pleased to post it. If you have...

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For MLK Day, a whole new twist on a day of service just for kids.

We love finding service opportunities for kids and families as a way to get kids excited about public service and volunteering early. So I was so delighted to learn that the wonderful NYC is My Backyard camp, which my own girls attended a couple summers back, is hosting a Martin Luther King Day community service camp on Monday, January 19, as a way of honoring Dr. King’s legacy. With schools out of session to commemorate the holiday in New York (I am actually disappointed to learn that this still isn’t recognized nationwide; so, go NYC!), it gives kids an opportunity to participate in community service projects, compile supplies for...

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Year-end charitable donations and purchases that put people to work

Before you close the books on 2014, there is still time to make a big difference in the lives of other people. Supporting an organization that gives people in need a chance to earn a living for themselves and their families is a great way to make your dollars matter, so I put together some favorites. Plus, for many of the organizations featured here, you can purchase something wonderful for yourself or friends and family as a way to support others. Of course the purchase of goods won’t be tax-deductible, like an outright donation. But we love any way that helps ensure great organizations like these will...

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NYC food truck offers locally-sourced food with a side of social justice

The next time I’m in NYC, I hope my plans take me to wherever the Snowday Food Truck is parked. A maple syrup-themed food truck with a seasonal farm-to-truck menu, its purpose is greater than serving delicious locally-sourced food. The truck is run by Drive Change, a New York-based organization that hires, teaches, and empowers formerly incarcerated youth. See, in New York, the age of adult criminal responsibility is 16. (It’s 18 years old in almost every other state.) Snowday is a “vehicle for social justice,” employing 24 young people coming out of the adult criminal justice system and offering hands-on experience and transferable leadership skills. All...

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#GivingTuesday: 7 amazing organizations to help you give back as a family all year long.

We love how #GivingTuesday has become such a widespread tradition across the US in just two years, and we’ve been thrilled to share some of our favorite ways to give back–on this day and any day. We love promoting our favorite charities and causes, and gifts that give back, but this year, in honor of #GivingTuesday, we’re highlighting family volunteer opportunities. I can’t think of a better way to balance out the post-Thanksgiving retail focus, and maybe even to start a new tradition for your kids, than to get out there and give back to others. In fact, it’s become a really wonderful aspect of...

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5 simple tips to get kids involved in ending poverty

Getting my kids involved with helping others has always been an extremely important part of parenting for me, and I’ve done my best to include them in my own charitable passions when I can. But after attending the recent Global Citizen Festival on behalf of our sponsor (and event partner) Citi, I’ve been thinking more deeply about global poverty, an epidemic affecting a staggering 1.2 billion people, and how I can get my own kids involved.     Admittedly, poverty is not an easy topic to broach with kids, but it’s an extremely important one. Start when they’re young and it’s not only...

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The 2014 Martha Stewart American Made award finalists: A few of our favorite shops worth voting for

We are thrilled that Martha Stewart is again shining a spotlight on those gifted American makers who brings us so many gorgeous items to decorate our homes, dress our babies, and beautify our lives through the 2014 American Made awards. And now it’s time for you to vote for the Audience Choice Winner  from over 1,000 finalists. That $10,000 prize could go a long way towards helping one of your favorite American companies succeed. Though you can vote up to six times in a 24 hour period from now until October 13th, good luck narrowing your votes down to only six companies....

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Moms in Training: Hitting the pavement for a great cause

If you need a good reason to strap on your sneakers and get some exercise this fall, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s NYC-based Moms in Training is ready to provide you with all the motivation you need. And best of all for you new mamas: Your stroller-riding baby is totally welcome to join you and more than 300 new friends in this group that won’t just help you in your quest for better health, but could help thousands. Moms in Training’s mission–to help stomp out cancer by raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training– goes way...

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Our planet: #Itsnotwarming, it’s dying

My mother came over this week with a handful of beautiful green ombre buttons, but they had a darkness to them. As she pinned one to each of my children, she explained that these were the new Milton Glaser Earth Buttons, a graphical show of solidarity he’s created in the fight against global warming. However the design legend (ever seen an I ♥ NY logo?) is making a point with this effort that it’s not actually global warming at all we’re talking about–it’s the planet, dying. A  more severe concept than “climate change” to be sure. So he’s created an icon...

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10 years of Postpartum Progress: We’re standing up and cheering loudly for moms everywhere.

We’ve mentioned the amazing work of Postpartum Progress before, but if you’re not familiar with it, this is a good time. Katherine Stone’s blog-turned-full-fledged-nonprofit has grown into a true force for change, helping the hundreds of thousands of women around the world who suffer from the most underdiagnosed, underdiscussed, underfunded and undertreated women’s ailments in the the world. It is, quite literally, a lifesaver. So we’re so pleased to be able to wish Postpartum Progress a happy 10th anniversary this week.   Katherine Stone at the 2014 Iris Awards, accepting for Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work In that time, it’s amazing...

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