Tag: volunteering

5 wonderful ways to give back as a family all year long

It’s #GivingTuesday, a day we look forward to every year because we’re happy to share some of our favorite ways to give back. And while we love a dedicated day that nudges people to do good, we also love to help you find ways to give back as a family on this day — and any day of the year. While making donations to charities you support gives fulfillment to you, and a lifeline to the recipients, giving your time as a family can offer that, plus some really good bonding time. There’s something special that happens when you serve someone a meal, play some music...

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13 organizations helping Louisiana flood victims: Even if you can only give a little.

Oh, our hearts have been heavy watching the devastation from the flooding across Louisiana this week. More than 100,000 homes and buildings have been affected by these rising waters with reports of 30,000 people affected, and as many as 11,000 who have spent time in shelters. It’s devastating. Take a look at these before and after photos of the affected areas in Louisiana which really bring it to life. (Above: Danielle Blount feeding her three-month old baby; photo Max Becherer for the AP via the NY Times) In my own quest to see what I could do to help, I’ve put together...

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She’s the First: A charity by girls, for girls, and a total inspiration to us all.

Like many of the world’s greatest ideas, She’s the First began with a cupcake bake sale (okay, maybe not many great ideas begin with a bake sale, but I say it’s never a bad place to start) and from there it’s grown to become an organization doing exceptional, impactful work creating educational opportunities for girls most in need. Let’s just say after reading up on it, I’m left feeling not just impressed, but inspired. Co-founded by 23-year-old Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt, She’s the First grants scholarships to girls in low-income countries to help them become first-generation graduates, knowing this leads to a host of other benefits for the girls and...

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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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Ways to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the kids

From books that celebrate his life’s story, to activities you can do with the kids on this Day of Service, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, or any day of the year.    Volunteer opportunities If your local newspaper or websites don’t list any special events, check out All For Good’s searchable database for Martin Luther King Day events in your area. In the Boston area, I was able to find events where people of all ages will make fleece scarves for homeless people, serve at...

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Remembering 9/11 with charities and causes that make a difference

For many of us, this is a sobering and painful day, one that we will always remember. Whether we lived through the darkness in NYC and DC 11 years ago, or we watched the terrible events unfold from our homes and offices far away, 9/11 will never be far from our memories. Today, to remember, we’ve highlighted a number of extraordinary opportunities for all of us to honor and care for those most affected by the tragedy. Let’s reunite, remember, and above all, make a positive difference today. 911DayofService.org is a website that was created to give people a place...

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Get ready for back to school with Cool Mom Tech

These days, there’s just no way we could head back to school without a little (okay, a lot of) help from technology. That’s why we’ve put together our second annual Cool Mom Tech Back to School Guide, which launched this week. You’ll find tons of stylish, practical things to help keep you organized all school year long, plus awesome gadgets and gear for your little and big kids. First up, the 5 coolest laptop backpacks for big kids that you might want to snatch up for yourself. And don’t miss our helpful round-up of the best back to school apps...

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Celebrating our National Day of Service with kids

Today is a tough day for a lot of us, especially those of us in the New York and DC areas who lived through the horror of 9/11 ten years ago. But we do love how it’s been turned into something positive as a National Day of Service. We thought it was a good time to point you towards some helpful past posts that we’ve published: Quick, Easy Ways to Volunteer With the Kids While They’re Still Young 9/11, a Day to Remember Through Service 9/11, A Very Good Day for Doing Good National Family Volunteer Day They’ve got...

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What are your dreams for your children?

 No matter how you choose to spend Martin Luther King Jr Day–either at a local event commemorating his contributions to society, by participating in a volunteer event on this Day of Service, or simply using it as an opportunity to start a meaningful conversation with your kids–may you see the light of his vision reflected all around you today.  My dream is that we all continue to work to bring our children up in a world where Dr. King’s vision of equality, fairness and brotherly (and sisterly) love is much more than a dream but a reality. We’d love to hear...

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Martin Luther King Jr’s dream coming to a city near you

Tomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr Day or, as many kids will tell you, a day off from schooooooool! And while sleeping in is definitely a benefit, there are loads of kid-friendly, educational activities going on all over the country that’ll give you good reason to get out of your PJ’s. Along with the parades, birthday celebrations—Dr. King would have been 82—and musical performances, there are also plenty of ways to mark this National Day of Service by doing something to help those in your community. Just check out their extensive searchable database for volunteer...

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9/11: A day to remember, through service

I have struggled with how to explain September 11th to my children ever since they were old enough to understand that something big and terrible happened that day nine years ago. I still struggle, but now that this has also become a National Day of Service, I like the idea that my family can honor the day by doing something good for a charity in need. Last year, we learned of 911DayofService.org, a website that was created to give people a place to share their service projects with others, or to find an organization in the community that can...

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The end to “reply all?” It’s a miracle!

My kids have been back to school for a few weeks already, and my inbox runneth over. I need more volunteers for the coupon drive, says the coordinator. This is quickly followed by a bevy of reply-alls which are making me crazy, so I can only imagine the poor coordinator is already drinking heavily. If only we were using VolunteerSpot, a free online volunteer scheduling tool, everyone would know exactly what was needed when, without reply-all-ing the entire school. The coordinator simply hops online, creates the necessary schedule of needs (slotting both people to participate and items for drop-off),...

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