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Help Moms and Babies! Take Action With The Diaper Act

diaperactAs a mom, it’s hard to imagine having a problem finding childcare, and therefore having a problem finding and/or maintaining employment, because I can’t afford to provide an adequate amount of diapers to a childcare provider. But many moms out there don’t have to imagine it, because they live this problem every day.

A wonderful organization close to my heart, Help a Mother Out, has introduced Diaper Action Week for the week of November 14th through November 18th in an effort to raise awareness about this problem and help make policy changes with The Diaper Act. The Diaper Act legislation aims to amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant of 1990, which will increase child care access and relieve a financial burden on families who cannot otherwise afford a sufficient  amount of diapers for their children. The Diaper Act does not ask for additional federal funds. If Congress enacts the Diaper Act, eligible child care centers will have the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest families.

So how can you help? By spending a minute to sign a petition for The Diaper Act and let Congress know that you want to see changes made for struggling families. You can also help spread the word about Diaper Action Week and The Diaper Act!  Blog, Facebook, and Tweet about #DiaperAct. It sometimes only takes a minute of your time to help make a difference.

Thank you!

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March Madness for Charity – Make a Bet for Good!

grantmadnesssquareDo you usually play March Madness? How about playing a March Madness pool for good!?!

The One Percent Foundation has just announced it’s 2nd annual Grant Madness! The Grant Madness pool works like any other March Madness pool, except that bracket winners donate the winning money to the non-profit of their choice.  For only a $10 donation, you could win $500, $1,000, or even $2,000 to donate to your favorite non-profit organization!

The deadline to enter the Grant Madness pool is 8:30 am PST on Thursday, March 17th, so make sure to join now. To join the pool, please click HERE!

Want to know more about the One Percent Foundation? I have been an active member of OPF since it was founded in 2007. OPF is a non-profit philanthropic organization committed to engaging young adults in philanthropy. The Foundation is a giving circle – a partnership of young adults who pool their funds into substantial grants for excellent non-profit organizations. Partners of OPF nominate and vote on worthy organizations to receive the grants. It’s a democratization of charitable giving! OPF is an an organization that I strongly believe in and support. To learn more, please visit their website, follow on twitter, or fan on Facebook.

Good luck! And, go UCLA!


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New Microsoft Store Opening Soon in Costa Mesa, CA

imagesOn Thursday March 24th, Microsoft is opening its doors at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA!

Microsoft is kicking off the grand opening by giving the Orange County community a chance to vote for local non-profit organizations to receive up to $1,000,000 in software grants! The community can vote for either two of the following organizations:

  • Help Girls Incorporated of Orange County provide year-round tween programs for girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades and inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
  • Support efforts of Project Tomorrow, one of the nation’s leading education non-profits, ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.

You can vote for these wonderful organizations on the “local giving” section of the Microsoft Store Facebook Page.

The schedule for the grand opening on March 24th is as follows: (continues…)

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Resolve To Be Ready: Get Prepared For Emergencies and Enter to Win Target Giftcard & Starter Emergency Kit!


Emergency kit giveaway

Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, blizzards, fires, and other disasters happen all the time. We can’t always avert disaster, but we can be as prepared as possible.  No matter where you live, the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants you to be educated and ready for if and when disaster strikes. OEM would like to encourage people to Resolve to be Ready this year, and prepare themselves for an emergency by taking three steps:  Make a Plan, Get a Kit, Be Informed.

On OEM’s Facebook page you can find more information and even take the first step in making a plan by selecting and sharing your own meeting place using the Get Ready NYC: My Meeting Place Facebook application.  There are other great features on the OEM Facebook page, including downloading the Resolve to Be Ready preparation calendar. The calendar contains quarterly, monthly, and weekly reminders useful for everyone to help prepare them for emergencies, large and small, throughout the year. Facebook users can also submit photos on OEM’s Facebook page, showcasing how they are prepared for emergencies, obtain information on how to get your kids involved in preparing for an emergency, and watch videos for preparation tips.

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Characters Unite: Take the USA Network Pledge Against Discrimination

CharactersUniteI don’t have much tolerance for intolerance, prejudice, and discrimination of any kind, which is why I am happy to feature Characters Unite. In a world where children are bullied to death and people fear and hate others because of race, religion, sexual orientation, or other differences, we all need to do our part to help create more tolerance and acceptance among people.

The Characters Unite campaign is a movement and pledge created by the USA Network. When you sign the Characters Unite pledge, you are making a commitment to combat intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and hate. You pledge to promote greater acceptance, understanding, and mutual respect.  For every pledge made this month, USA Network will donate $1 to its Children’s Defense Fund, National Council of Women’s Organization, and other non-profit partners. (continues…)

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