Host a Goodwill Festive Holiday Sweater Party on #GivingTuesday

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Everyone’s had them – those festive holiday sweaters that tend to get put into the back of the closet and forgotten. It’s time to pull them out and have a party! Better yet, invite your friends over and tell them to wear their festive sweaters too.

Recently, Goodwill.org released a fun snapguide for those of you who might enjoy hosting a festive holiday sweater party! In brief, the guide shared a few of the following tips and then we added a few:

1. Set a date and invite over friends.

2. Encourage your friends to find their sweaters at a local Goodwill  using the store locator.

3. Buy your party supplies at a local Goodwill (and donate things you aren’t using while you are there because donating your old items creates jobs!)

4. Take the Sweater Quiz to determine the right holiday sweater for your personality.

5. Get ready for the party!

6. Take a picture of your #SweaterSelfie and post to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or wherever you post online.

7. Have a great time and take lots of pictures!

Check out How to Throw a Festive Sweater Holiday Party by Goodwill Industries International on Snapguide.

Disclosure: Goodwill is a non-profit client of Debbie Bookstaber who also co-founded Bloganthropy and who gives regularly to charities and causes such as Goodwill and wishes to support their efforts.

 

#GivingTuesday Link-Up Honors Postpartum Progress

In honor of #GivingTuesday, Bloganthropy wants to encourage bloggers to get involved and write about their favorite opportunities to give back to the community around them, around the nation and even around the globe.  As many of you know, Debbie from Element Associates is also the co-founder of Bloganthropy and our agency donates time, money and resources to many non-profits as well as sponsoring the Bloganthropy Awards.

This week, we are offering a central link-up for giving-related posts and would love to have you add your post below!

Also in honor of the spirit of #GivingTuesday, Element Associates, in partnership with Bloganthropy,  is donating $1 for each link up to 100 links to Postpartum Progress .

Postpartum Progress was started by Katherine Stone as a public charity that exists to improve the support and services for pregnant & new mothers with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The information on the site is for educational and advocacy purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical or psychological condition.

To link-up, you are welcome to write about anything. If you need some suggestions, see below:

1. Goodwill.org is offering a fun snapguide about How to Throw a Festive Sweater Holiday party. You  could also write about cleaning out and taking things to Goodwill for that last minute charitable tax deduction. Goodwill is also supporting Giving Tuesday as mentioned in this post on AdLibbing.

2. AutoTex Pink is selling pink wiper blades to support breast cancer awareness.

3. Joseph Nogucci has pink ribbon bracelets also to support breast cancer awareness.

Leave a comment below with suggestions you might like to add.

Add your #GivingTuesday post below and please include a link in your post back to this post to support the larger giving community. Of course, go visit other posts and read what people and brands are doing to make a difference!

Disclosure: Element Associates has a working relationship with the businesses and non-profit listed above and while we would love to see their work supported, this linkie is open to whatever giving opportunities a participating blogger desires to write about.

Bloganthropy Announces Finalists for 2013 Blogger of the Year Awards

The Annual Bloganthropy Awards, which recognize and honor bloggers who use their sites to support charitable causes, announced its finalist selections for the 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year award.

This year’s finalists are:

New Jersey Digital Moms and Social Media Moms

-  Social Media Moms, a united group of mothers active in social media, and New Jersey Digital Moms, a network of mothers and strong business leaders in New Jersey, created the #JerseyLove project and Jersey Love Retreat to support Jersey Shore tourism and to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Belmar, N.J.  The event reached over five million people via social media and raised $5,000 for displaced Belmar, NJ families. Christine Young and Jessica Cohen will represent the groups at the Bloganthropy Awards.

Jennifer Burden

-Jennifer Burden is the Founder and Managing Editor of World Moms Blog, an award winning website on global motherhood, culture, human rights and social good. World Moms Blog currently writes from over 20 countries, has over 50 bloggers, is a volunteer effort and was listed by Forbes Woman as one of the “Best 100 Websites for Women 2012 and 2013.” Also in 2013, World Moms Blog was called a “must read” by the New York Times Motherlode. Jennifer is the stay-at-home mother to two young girls, a UN Foundation’s Shot@LIfe campaign Champion, an advocate for #ONEMoms and the creator of the “GAVI Global Tea Party” advocating for life-saving vaccinations for children in the developing world. She was also a UN Foundation “Global Influencer Fellow” in 2013. Most recently, she has co created the #Moms4MDGs Twitter campaign going on now to raise awareness on all 8 of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Her writing has been featured by Shot@Life, Huffington Post, ONE.org, and The Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists.”

Denisse Montalvan

- Denisse Montalvan is Chief Inspired Visionary and founder of The Orphaned Earring, a nonprofit blog dedicated to bringing arts and crafts, school supplies as well as year-round festivities to four orphanages in Latin America, NicaraguaColombia, Guatemala and Mexico. By collecting orphaned earrings and unwanted jewelry, The Orphaned Earring re-purposes and recycles the materials by creating bracelets to sell. 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the orphanages and their surrounding communities. Denisse has a degree in Public Relations and is passionate about her job. She was recently named Young PR Professional of the Year by Hispanic Public Relations Association for her contributions in PR and her community.

Launched in 2010 by Bloganthropy, the unique awards program is dedicated to recognizing bloggers who effectively use social media for social good.

The top three finalists will receive up to $500 toward their travel expenses, two nights at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, AR and transportation to and from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport to attend the awards ceremony at the 2013 Champions for Kids Annual Conference in Rogers, AR Nov. 21. The Champions for Kids Annual Conference brings together a dynamic group of corporate executives, national nonprofit/educational leaders, bloggers and thought leaders committed to accelerating social impact for kids. The winner will also be featured on Bloganthropy.org.

For more information about Bloganthropy and the Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year Award, please visit bloganthropy.org

For more information on Champions for Kids, please visit championsforkids.org

 

Call for Nominations for 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year Award

The Annual Bloganthropy Awards, which recognize and honor bloggers who use their sites to support charitable causes, is announcing the call for nominations for the 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year award.

Launched in 2010 by Bloganthropy, the unique awards program is dedicated to recognizing bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Those interested in nominating a blogger can visit the Bloganthropy website to apply.

The top three finalists will receive up to $500 towards their travel expenses, two nights at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, AR and transportation to and from the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport to attend the awards ceremony at the 2013 Champions for Kids Conference in Fayetteville, AR Nov. 21. The Champions for Kids Conference brings together a dynamic group of corporate executives, national nonprofit/educational leaders, bloggers and amazing thought leaders committed to accelerating social impact for kids. The winner will also be featured on Bloganthropy.org.

Previous winners of the Bloganthropy awards include Katherine Stone (2010), Susan Niebur (2011) and Devan McGuinness (2012). Katherine Stone is the creator of Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog about postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth. Susan Niebur, who chronicled her fight against inflammatory breast cancer and gave hope to millions of women, lost her life to the disease February 6, 2012. She used her blog, Toddler Planet and social networks to raise funds for research, to advocate and to educate women about inflammatory breast cancer. Devan McGuinness, the mother of three living children and 12 babies lost through miscarriages and stillbirth, started her blog Unspoken Grief  as a means of helping other families wade through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Additionally, she posts on a secondary blog, Accustomed Chaos, and on Disney’s Babble.com, as well as other social media outlets to provide support for and give a voice to grieving parents around the world.

A special 2012 Bloganthropy Achievement Award was given to Kristine Brite McCormick. Kristine was recognized as a Bloganthropy Awards Finalist in 2010 for the creation of Cora’s Story, a blog that chronicles her thoughts and feelings surrounding the unexpected 2009 death of her newborn daughter from an undetected congenital heart defect (CHD).  Kristine is now a sought-after author, advocate and speaker on both a national and global level who has testified before federal advisory committees, state-level legislative committees, parent advocates, hospitals and physicians.   Kristine successfully advocated for legislation in her home state of Indiana, which made pulse oximetry (newborn heart screening) law in April 2011. She continues to help grieving parents in other states work to make pulse oximetry the standard of care through her grassroots organization, Pulse Ox Advocacy.

For more information about Bloganthropy and the Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year Award, please visit bloganthropy.org

For more information on Champions for Kids, please visit championsforkids.org

ABOUT BLOGANTHROPY

Bloganthropy.org aims to empower bloggers to become philanthropic leaders in their communities. The annual Bloganthropy Awards recognize those who have made a difference by using social media to effectively promote a cause or charity.

ABOUT CHAMPIONS FOR KIDS

Champions for Kids makes is simple to give children in your community the resources they need to thrive. We believe all children should have someone who cares, a place to belong, hope for tomorrow and provisions for their journey. Please visit www.championsforkids.org  for more information or call 479-582-2008.

Bloganthropy Nominations Are Open

About the Bloganthropy Award:
The Bloganthropy Award aims to recognize bloggers who have made a difference by using social media to effectively promote a good cause.

Finalists will be featured on Bloganthropy.org. The winner will be announced at the Bloganthropy Awards event held during  Official Champions for Kids Conference. Bloganthropy founders Debbie Bookstaber and Candace Lindemann, along with the Bloganthropy Advisory Board will consider all qualified candidates and select the winner. Nominations are open until 5pm PST on October 28th. Finalists will be notified byNovember 1st.

Social Good with Light Co and Global Poverty Project

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“The bottom line is that we are one human family, one Tribe–and if we’re going to be able to lift ourselves out of the holes that we’ve dug in this world, then we need to start acting like it. “

There is a great epidemic in this world of struggle: poverty, injustice, lack of human rights, war, armed conflict, disease. There are those of us who can sit comfortably reading the news on our computers or in front of our televisions. There are others who are living the reality of the news – the pain, the hardship – as their daily life. But as Emily of Light & Co points out, “we are one human family, one Tribe.”  That as a family, we must be unified and working for the good of all its members.

With this mantra, Emily and her business partner Kinsey, created the new start-up Light & Co. Through their business, Light & Co sells a collection of all-natural shirts with the message For the Tribe. For the tribe reflects on the greater idea taht we are all one family. We are global citzens. And it’s the mission of Light & Co is to outfit Global Citzens to raise awareness and funds toward global recovery.

One step Light & Co has taken to broaden their reach is partnering with Global Poverty Project. The ultimate goal of the Global Poverty Project (GPP) is to live in a world without extreme poverty. To attain this goal, GPP partners with organizations such as Light & Co to advance the end-poverty movement. One of the ways GPP raises awareness and funds is through hosting the Global Citizens Festival. This year’s festival will be taking place on Sept. 28th in Central Park. Musical guests will include John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, and Kings of Leon.

Light & Co will be designing a special-edition shirt to promote the Global Citizen Festival. They’ll be donating $10 from every $25 shirt sold directly to the GPP.

Will you take your place in the Tribe, as a Global Citizen? Become part of the movement!  Shop Light & Co’s online boutique. Check back soon for the special-edition Global Citizen apparel!

For more info:

http://www.lightandco.us

http://www.globalpovertyproject.com

http://www.globalcitizen.org

http://festival.globalcitizen.org

Support the Shore #JerseyLove

loveWill you help me share #JerseyLove? Tourism is big business for New Jersey. Without a strong summer season, many businesses won’t make it through the year. Everyone remembers seeing the destruction Hurricane Sandy caused to so many shore towns in NJ and NY, but there is not as much media coverage of the recover. This has residents worried that tourism will be down this summer.

I’m from Philadelphia, and I’m proud to say that “I Love New Jersey.”  I spent my summers at the shore when I was a child. I have so many happy memories of building sandcastles, jumping waves, boogie boarding and nights on the boardwalk. Last July, my family was a guest of the Atlantic City Alliance for the 4th of July celebrations on the famous Atlantic City boardwalk. And we plan on going back to New Jersey for vacation this summer.

Many moms are joining to show the #JerseyLove. I posted on Babble Cares today about the joint efforts of Social Media Moms and NJ Digital Moms to help with the Hurricane Sandy recovery and to spread the word that the Jersey beaches are open for summer travel. More than 40 bloggers, representing millions of readers, will be tweeting and posting #JerseyLove from June 6-9th.  Please click over to Babble Cares to read the post and to help support their effort.

Why I’m Going Silent on April 19th

Bullying is far from a new phenomenon but it seems to be more severe and more prevalent in today’s society, especially with the explosion of social media. When I was a student, I was teased and picked on (especially for my glasses) but at the very least I only had to deal with it at school. That was bad enough. Today, kids now have to deal with it in person and online. It’s especially horrible for LGBT students. This terrifies me as a mother. I can only begin to imagine the horror these children go through on a daily basis, the pain and loneliness that they feel.

On April 19, 2013, students around the world will take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT behavior. The Day of Silence is a student-led national event to end anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence to show their support and illustrate to their classmates, school administrators and school staff the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT.

GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT students report verbal, sexual or physical harassment at school and more than 30% report missing at least a day of school in the past month out of fear for their personal safety.

 

In support of the Day of Silence, I will be silent. Will you join me? There are numerous ways you can participate:

- Take the vow of silence and sign the pledge at: http://dayofsilence.org/PDFs/DOS_pledge.pdf.

- Link to the site: http://dayofsilence.org/getinvolved/.

- Follow the conversation on Twitter at #dayofsilence

- Get involved on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/NationalDayofSilence.

- Share a student video about the day:”Why Are We Silent?”- http://youtu.be/Ref-63Dn1Is and “Join the movement online”- http://youtu.be/I6ZtWUV9Ars

The Day of Silence is a part of the ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign created by the Ad Council and GLSEN.

For more information, go to:www.dayofsilence.org.  Leave a comment below if you’re joining me in silence on April 19!

 

About The Ad Council (http://www.adcouncil.org/):
The Ad Council is a private, non-profit organization with a rich history of marshaling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver critical messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of public service advertising campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has affected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit www.adcouncil.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or view our PSAs on YouTube.

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has also partnered with the Ad Council to create a new tool that tracks anti-LGTB slurs on Facebook and Twitter in real time. Help us eliminate these slurs and bring attention to the issue by embedding the counter on your blog and sharing with your viewers! See it here: ThinkB4YouSpeak.com.

No Name Calling Week

January 21-25, 2013 is No Name-Calling Week, an annual week created by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ) to promote educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and provide schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate name-calling in their communities.

A recent GLSEN study found that in the course of a single school year, two-thirds of teens reported being verbally or physically harassed because of their perceived or actual appearance, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, race/ethnicity, disability or religion with most teens also reporting that they heard students making negative or offensive remarks related to these characteristics in their schools. In an effort to reduce the use of anti-gay language among teens, GLSEN joined the Ad Council to launch theThinkB4YouSpeak public service campaign nationwide.

This is a shocking number of teens experiencing hate because of who they are. Regardless of how you feel about someone’s life choices, there is never a need to hurt someone. I’ve been haunted by the articles I have read about teens committing suicide due to bullying and IT HAS TO STOP. It is time to teach our children that words can hurt – just as much as a physical blow. Maybe even more. Its time – as a society – to stop the culture of hate and the cycle of violence. If it can start here – with this baby step of teaching our kids to respect others – then we are all for it.

You can learn more about No Name-Calling week at http://www.nonamecallingweek.org/cgi-bin/iowa/home.html. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter via #wordscanhurt and on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/nonamecallingweek.

Thank You Guidecraft and Klutz for Helping Kids Affected by Hurricane Sandy

I want to take a moment to thank Klutz and Guidecraft for bringing Christmas to some of the children devastated by Hurricane Sandy on Long Island. Many of these families lost everything in the storm. A toy at Christmas is a little bit of hope–it is the gift of caring to the parents and a sign to the children that things will, eventually, be normal again.

We had a drive with my daughter’s Daisy scouts to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy and I cleaned out our closets. Between our stash and the drive, we dropped off a bunch of gifts with Volunteer 4 Long Island andCamp Bulldog. Then, the call went out. Volunteer 4 Long Island needed more toys. I immediately thought of

Guidecraft’s quality, educational toys. Their awesome Magneatos are on my Educational Toy Guide for 2012 and they have beautiful wooden puzzles, classroom furniture, and lots of items on my personal wish list! V4LI received so many toys from Guidecraft that they no longer needed any more for the 0-6 year old range!

 

Then, Candace Donin, who co-runsNew York Families Against Bullying, told me she was working withNANA’s House in Mastic. Their list of families in need was larger than ever before due to the impact of Sandy on Mastic. People love to shop for toys for little children but sadly there were few donations for pre-teens or teens. Klutz was the natural fit! I have always been a fan and the Fairies: Petal People kit is a favorite in our house. A PR firm representing Klutz immediately agreed to gather their engaging craft book and materials kits and send them over. NANA’s House let me know they received a “ton” of the kits and said, “These are not just your ordinary books, they are interactive books that will inspire young minds!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for blessing us!!!!”

I am thrilled these two people and the companies they represent came through for these children.