A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

16 Jan

Will this year be the best one yet? Of course it will! As Sophocles once observed, “Look and you will find it – what is unsought will go undetected.”

These are a few quotes to provide some delicious food for thought in 2015. Enjoy them in tasty bites anytime! (Feel free to pin, post, tweet and otherwise share them and use them on your blog; all the photos are mine and so are free to use under creative commons.)

And as you go about each glorious day, remember: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

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Every day of the year can be a best day. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

(That brings us to 15 quotes for 2015. Make it spectacular!)

Amy Neumann is a passionate fan of social good, and is dedicated to leveraging technology to change the world. Follow her on Twitter @CharityIdeas and Pinterest as CharityIdeas.

This #GivingTuesday, #GiveTheBasics – GivingTuesdayCLE.org

1 Dec

Here’s a great idea from a favorite organization, United Way.  While the Holiday season is filled with all sorts of wonderful things, including shopping, it’s also an ideal time to think about how helping others makes our lives better.

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This #GivingTuesday, #GiveTheBasics. United Way of Greater Cleveland is asking you to donate $10, $25, $50 or more to provide diapers, shaving cream, bath tissue and lots more to our neighbors in need. Make your donation online at GivingTuesdayCLE.org now through #GivingTuesday, December 2, 2014.

“#GivingTuesday, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday is dedicated to philanthropy and improving communities across the globe,” said United Way Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Jason Daniels. “This #GivingTuesday, we have a unique opportunity to #GiveTheBasics.”

A $10 donation has the purchasing power to buy 12 bottles of shampoo. A donation of $25 can buy four moms each a 48-count pack of diapers or $50 can be multiplied to buy 192 rolls of bath tissue. Go to http://www.GivingTuesdayCLE.org to donate. The basics needs items will be distributed to our community in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland.

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“In our community, local pantries can only purchase food and fresh produce with their funding,” said Daniels. “Not only is there an urgency for food, but families are in dire need of essential items, most take for granted, like bath tissue and hand soap. Shift the focus from retail and donate to #GiveTheBasics on #GivingTuesday.”

To learn more or make a donation to #GiveTheBasics to our neighbors in need, visit www.GivingTuesdayCLE.org.

#GivingTuesday – the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving – was established in 2012 as a global day of giving and a celebration of generosity. Coinciding with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are both synonymous with shopping, #GivingTuesday uses the power of social media to inspire and invite people to take action to improve their communities by giving time, money or voice to charities and causes they support. The third annual #GivingTuesday is December 2, 2014.

“Success Is:” by 50 Top HuffPost Bloggers

9 Feb

Huge thanks to Sean Gardner, Emily Thomas, and Marsha McCullough for creating this amazing piece for The Huffington Post.  Everyone mentioned here is impressive individually, and to see them all in one place – and to be among them – is singularly humbling and amazing.  Honored doesn’t even start to cover it.  My appreciation and gratitude for being part of this knows no bounds.

Please share the original article on all your social networks with all your friends and read it on Huffington Post.

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50 Huffington Post bloggers share their secretes to success. By Sean Gardner (@2morrowknight)

No matter who you are, you find yourself thinking about what success is, and, how you can lay the foundation for it — personally and professionally. All three writers on this post see this issue through the same view. We believe that success is ever changing, and evolving. What may be defined as success for one person today can easily change a few weeks or years later. There is no mold or equation for success as it is defined differently for everyone. To achieve it, one should use their strengths and values, while recognizing that obstacles and setbacks are also a part of the process.

To read more, click HERE.

#GoOrange for No Kid Hungry – Help Kids Eat!

14 Sep

Go Orange for No Kid Hungry

Orange is a bold color, and the No Kid Hungry campaign has an equally bold solution for ending childhood hunger in America.

This September, join Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to raise awareness that 1 in 5 children in America face hunger.

GO ORANGE NOW to help!  It’s s easy!

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When you dine out at a participating No Kid Hungry restaurant and support their No Kid Hungry promotion, you help raise funds to end childhood hunger in this country. We need your help on September 16  to spread the word about how you can dine out this month and help make No Kid Hungry a reality. Our supporters are taking to social media to spread the word. We’ve made it as easy as one click to share on Facebook or Twitter:

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The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. YOU are the biggest part of this.

Through access, education,  and awareness, things are already changing for the better.

Please GIVE a few quick latte’s worth of love to make a massive difference in many children’s lives.  Kids are smiling right now because YOU just made their day!

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It’s So Easy to Help Make Sure There’s No Kid Hungry! Take the Pledge!

2 May

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Guess what today is?  It’s the day you can change an American child’s life in mere seconds!  Take the pledge to be part of Team No Kid Hungry  — #TeamNoKidHungry and @NoKidHungry on Twitter — and become a hero in seconds.  331,000+ Americans are already making the decision to help our kids get the meals they need to succeed.  Let’s drive the number to untold heights and help as many kids as possible!

Millions of kids don’t get enough to eat, but we’re all helping to change that, one pledge at a time.  There are so many little actions, that together, can change the world. If you can make a donation, of course it is most welcome!  And you pledge to help means the world.  Please share your hope and helpful spirit with friends via social media and any way you like to help them take the pledge and help make sure there’s no kid hungry too.

It’s so easy to exponentially increase your help if you tie an event to helping kids!  You can leverage a marathon, bake sale, car wash, or any other event to help feeds kids too.

It’s super-simple to donate once or monthly!

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Thank you!

Tolerance Fair in Cleveland Fosters Compassion and Awareness

10 Mar

Here’s a great, inspiring story from The Plain Dealer.

On Sunday March 10, the Bachman family of Solon is hosting the second Tolerance Fair at the I-X Center to bring awareness and compassion toward differences, like their son Justin’s Tourette Syndrome.  This year, more than 48 charities and 1000 attendees are expected.  The event is inspired by Justin’s less-than-ideal personal experience with people’s lack of understanding about differences.  Ignorance can result in a  lack of tolerance, something Solon’s Bachman family is on a mission to prevent.

“Our original goal was to show people how to become involved as volunteers… We learned that a lot of people were seeking resources to help themselves,” Justin said in the article.

Justin Bachman,  Solon High School sophomore, and inspiration for the Tolerance Fair, March 10  at the I-X Center in Cleveland.  Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer.

Justin Bachman, Solon High School sophomore, and inspiration for the Tolerance Fair, March 10 at the I-X Center in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of The Plain Dealer.

Admission and parking for the Tolerance Fair are free, and the event will be held from 2-7 p.m. March 10 at the I-X Center.

Read the full article here.

Kyle Maynard, a two-time ESPY sports award winner and a New York Times bestseller author of the book, “No Excuses,” is the Keynote speaker.  Maynard, born a congenital amputee who became a champion in wrestling and in life, will share his inspiring story.

Participants at the event can see what it’s like to have various disabilities by engaging in adaptive sports, like soccer and rugby in a wheelchair.  The Cleveland Sight Center will provide hands-on lessons to aid participants in understanding what it is like to be visually impaired.

Visitors will receive a free resource guide listing the various organizations at the fair with contact information and websites.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, while book signings and T-shirt sales will go to support Honor Good Deeds.

Learn more and read the original article on Justin Bachman’s story here.

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