Social Media Classes, Fall 2015: Taught by Yours Truly :) #SMM

29 Sep

Fall is the perfect time to learn something new!

Social Media Classes 2015 at Cuyahoga Community College, taught by Amy Neumann @CharityIdeas #SMM

If social media is an area you’ve been wanting to explore, perhaps an in-person class is a good way to go. It’s inexpensive and hands-on, with me as your instructor! I am honored to be teaching again this semester at Cuyahoga Community College for their Continuing and Community Education program.

Seven courses are offered, from the basics, to specifics on individual platforms and topics. Would love to see you there!

Mention you found these classses on the ChairtyIdeas Blog, and I’ll bring you a free copy of my book, “Uplifting Quotes on Gratitude and Goodness to Show Appreciation” to class!

All courses below are at the Tri-C Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills, OH 44122, Thursdays, 7-9 pm, on the dates listed.

Simply click a class below to register.

Tri-C offers an abundance of additional classes in Professional Development as well as Personal Enrichment you may also want to explore.

Hope to see you in a class soon! If you have any thoughts, ideas, or suggestions, please share them in the comments.

And, please connect on any or all of your favorite social media platforms!

Social Media Classes 2015 at Cuyahoga Community College, taught by Amy Neumann @CharityIdeas #SMM

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TwEAT OUT for #NoKidHungry

8 Sep

BTC ThunderclapIt’s that time of year again!  Time to help school kids get the nutritious meals they need to do well in school.  You and No Kid Hungry can help make it possible.

It’s easy as pie. :)

Help by joining the  twEAT OUT for No Kid Hungry on Tuesday, September 8. Find a participating restaurant then or during September.  Big social media fan?  Find a participating restaurant and give them a little social media love to thank them for helping feed kids!   Be sure to use the hashtag #NoKidHungry so everyone can follow the conversation.

Here are a few more simple ways you can make an impact:

1. Add your name to the #NoKidHungry Thunderclap and encourage your friends to do the same. At Noon ET on Sept. 8, the Thunderclap will send a pre-written message on your behalf to any or all of your Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr accounts—simultaneously. For a few minutes, Twitter will be taken over by #NoKidHungry.

2. Follow @NoKidHungry on Twitter, “like” the  No Kid Hungry Facebook page, and follow No Kid Hungry on Instagram.

3. On Sept. 8 during the twEAT OUT, retweet & share messages that come from @NoKidHungry and use #NoKidHungry in all of your messages. Here are some samples:

  • Dine out for #NoKidHungry! Visit to find a participating #restaurant near you!
  • Going out to eat? Don’t forget to visit a #NoKidHungry restaurant. Find #restaurants here:
  • Help us spread the word about #NoKidHungry today! Please RT. Together we can end childhood hunger!
  • Love food? Love giving back? Visit to find restaurants where you can dine out for #NoKidHungry!

4. Dine out for #NoKidHungry. With all the awareness you’ll help raise on Sept. 8, you’re going to work up an appetite. Find participating restaurants near you at

Making a difference in the life of a child is always rewarding, but creating that impact doesn’t get any easier than during the month of September.

Donate a tweet, dine out for #NoKidHungry, and help us end childhood hunger.

Questions to Ponder, for Teens (and Anyone Else!) Who Want New Devices

10 Aug

It’s hard.  Everyone has the latest phone, or TV, or tablet, or…?  Will having the latest and greatest device make you happy?  Perhaps. Or…

If you want another new iPhone, Galaxy x, MacBook, tablet, or whatever new device “everyone else has,” taking 1 minute to ask yourself these questions might just make you a better person.  And happier whether you upgrade, or not.

(If you answer more than 15 of these questions “Yes,” you probably do not need a new _____ (fill in the blank).)

  1. Do you have water available for your family without walking more than a mile?
  2. kids getting water
  3. Do you have electricity?
  4. Have you ever been to a doctor?
  5. Have you ever been to a dentist?
  6. Are you safe from dying from almost-eradicated diseases that kill children in countries without proper vaccines and treatments?
  7. Do you have a toothbrush?
  8. Do you have a toilet?
  9. Do you know how to read?
  10. girl reading
  11. Do you go to school?
  12. Do you have a safe place to sleep, with a roof?
  13. Do you have heat and/or fans or air conditioning or covering in extreme weather?
  14. Do you know where your next meal will come from?
  15. vegetables
  16. Do you have a parent/guardian/ loved one who takes care of you?
  17. Can you do basic math?
  18. Are you relatively sure you be alive a year from now?
  19. Do you feel confident that terrorists will not storm your house, your village, or your town in the next year?
  20. Do you feel safe going outside of your home?
  21. Do you feel safe speaking your mind, or telling people what you think?
  22. kids sharing
  23. Do you feel you can share your ideas online?
  24. Do you have friends/ people you care about, and who care about you?
  25. Can you imagine doing almost anything you want in the future/doing any job you want in the future?
  26. Are you free to tell people your opinions on religion or politics?
  27. Can you be friends with anyone you want?
  28. Can you love anyone you want?
  29. Do you feel safe expressing any opinions about the government, including ideas that aren’t supporting the government?
  30. Do you feel free?
  31. freedom

Most importantly, do you feel grateful? Please do.

So many other places in the world do not have nearly (or any) the advantages available here, now. Please realize the blessing, the honor, the privilege we all have today, being born in the United States.

We have the honor of being safe, healthy, wealthy, wise, and kind (to various extents). Let’s please appreciate it.

And while we’re being grateful, let’s also make it a mission to share by volunteering, and pay it forward by helping people around the world who have less.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” ~ Ronald Reagan

Any mentions of organizations within are due to my knowledge of them and appreciation of them only.  No organizations were involved or had knowledge of my mentions, although I do support the organizations mentioned, amongst many others.

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

(If you love quotes, please also download my free “Uplifting Quotes on Gratitude and Goodness to Show Appreciation” for 150+ positive and inspiring quotes at your fingertips!)

Uplifting Quotes on Gratitude and Goodness to Show Appreciation - social good quotes book  by Amy Neumann

Free downloadable collection of quotes!

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." ~ William James #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion." ~ Richard P. Feynman #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"It matters if you just don't give up." ~ Stephen Hawking #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it."  ~ Edith Wharton #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"I'm always doing things I can't do. That's how I get to do them." ~ Pablo Picasso #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well." ~ Voltaire #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"Don't raise your voice; improve your argument." ~ Desmond Tutu #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared." ~ Buddha #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"Action expresses priorities." ~ Gandhi #quote A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"Smile at a stranger, and make two people happy." ~ Amy Neumann #quote on "Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." ~ James M. Barrie #quote from A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." ~ James M. Barrie #quote from A Dozen #Inspiring Quotes for an Insightful 2015

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 –

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.


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 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 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.


“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

#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.

50 bloggers

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:

NKH infographic

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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