Giving Guide For Giving Tuesday Ideas

After Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a great way to support local & national nonprofits during the Christmas Holidays by giving back to nonprofits that are making a difference to our local and global communities.  The  nationwide philanthropic event will be as huge  of a success for nonprofits as Cyber Monday and brings together families, communities and nonprofits.

My family celebrates giving everyday by giving back  to local charities and making contributions to multiple nonprofits. It has been a way of life for us since childhood.   Giving Tuesday is driven through social media and is a global effort to highlight the importance of giving.  Last year the initiative raised over 10 million dollars for charity.

If you are a parent, this is also a great way to share the gift of giving globally with your children.

Google+ Hangout-a-thon

Guide To Celebrate and Participate in #GivingTuesday

  1. #GivingTuesday Google+ Hangout-a-thon – Google is hosting an all-day Google hangout-a-thon with Mashable and 24 charities and brands.  The event is occurring all day and will feature several nonprofits and provide viewers with the opportunity to donate or purchase goods for good.
  2. Give Gifts that Give Back: www.givingtuesday.org also provides resources for partners and 501c nonprofits that are participating. Recommend you also visit the Giving Tuesday Facebook page for highlights and ways you can help nonprofits get funding by participating in initiatives, such as following hubspot on Google+ to donate 50 cents to charity water.
  3. Spread the Word: If  you are a nonprofit with a qualified 501c make sure to use the #GivingTuesday hashtag to encourage others to give to your charity.  It’s never too late to spread the word.
  4. Support Charities: If you are a nonprofit advocate, share a list of qualified 501c nonprofits with others and use the hashtag #GivingTuesday  to encourage others to give.
  5. Volunteer:  There are many nonprofits that could use volunteers to grow their nonprofit.  Visit your local community center for resources or www.volunteermatch.org to find a match.

Recommended Nonprofits To Support On Giving Tuesday

  1. The Orphaned Earring – Buy bracelets or donate your orphaned earrings & jewelry.  The funds go towards arts and crafts programs for four orphanages in Latin America. (Los Angeles, CA)
  2. The Sheepfold – Your donations provides abused or homeless mothers with children shelter, refuge and hope.  (Orange County, CA)
  3. Help A Mother Out – Your donations provide diapers to children in need (Silicon Valley, CA)
  4. International Sanctuary – Purchase with Purpose and support victims of human trafficking.  The jewelry is handmade by survivors of human trafficking. Visit their showroom M-F from 8am-4pm daily or attend the 2nd Annual Holiday party on December 12th for additional shopping. (Orange County, CA)
  5. Jacob’s House – Addresses the financial, spiritual, geographical, and time-sensitive needs that people in crisis require when their loved one is in the hospital. (Riverside County, CA)
  6. March for Babies – Provide resources and education to help premature babies start a healthy and strong life. (California)
  7. Mujeres para Mujeres – Masectomy bras are needed for breast cancer patients. (San Diego, CA)

 

Question:  How will you be participating in Giving Tuesday?  What nonprofits will you be supporting on Giving Tuesday?

Celebrating Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders In Education Awards 2013 #LEA2013

 

I had the opportunity to attend the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders In Education Awardsin Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 18.  The event is hosted by Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education.   The 3rd annual Leaders In Education recognized Southern California students, parents, schools, teachers and other leaders which are making a difference in Hispanic Education and raises awareness to the work HSF has done to highlight the contributions of leaders in Education.

 

Congratulations to Leaders In Education Awards 2013 Winners

School of the Year – Ánimo Leadership Charter High School
Male Student of the Year – Ariel Salazar (Presented by Toyota)
Female Student of the Year – Barbie Aguilar (Presented by Toyota)
President & CEO Hispanic Scholarship Fund – Fidel A. Vargas
Educator of the Year – Teresa Carreto
Parent of the Year – Lorena Aguilar
Volunteer/Mentor of the Year – Oscar Ayon (Presented by Musician Christian Chavez)

 

 

We were honored to meet  Oscar Ayon is President / Co-founder of Unidos Por La Música.   Oscar Ayon has built a successful life and career and has given back to the community through various charitable programs.  Unidos Por La Music is a non-profit with a mission to provide university scholarships, medical grants and hunger relief efforts by creating musical charitable events to benefit those in need.  His community outreach programs “Bags of Hope”, also provided bags of groceries to needy families and fed over 66,00 children and families in the Inland Empire. 

 

We also met the President and CEO of Hispanic Scholarship Fund Fidel Vargas.  An HSF Alumni, he shared that there were 85,000 HSF applicants last year. Out of the 85,000 applicants  25,000 students qualified, However only 5,000 received awards.   His goal is to take Hispanic Scholarship Fund to the next level by raising more funds to provide scholarships for students in need.  He recalls receiving the scholarship funds as a student in Harvard.  One year it provided academic support to be able to save to buy a ticket to come home during the holidays and another year a warm coat during winter.  Several alumni shared testimonials on the difference the HSF scholarships also made in their lives.

Nely Galan at Hispanic Scholarship Fund Leaders in Education Awards 2013

The fundraising festivities were kicked off with an Adam Rodriguez interactive video encouraging participants to text a pledge to Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  An overwhelming response and support was provided by the attendees and sponsors to raise over $79,000 in just a couple hours.  Hispanic Scholarship Fund will have additional initiatives to raise awareness on the importance of supporting higher education.

 

The overwhelming amount of students in need of scholarships made me wonder how many other lives have been changed by Hispanic Scholarship Funds and also prompted me to ask  fellow Latina Leader Network members  to share their testimonials.

Stephanie Bravo, Founder of StudentMentor.org is a  Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni.   She received an HSF Scholarship during 2009-2010 academic year. HSF was able to help her in a time when she needed the most financial help since it was the first time she moved away from home to pursue medical school. It lessened her financial burden by helping her pay for academic and living expenses.   After graduating Stephanie was able to  revitalize her medical school’s chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association’s Mentorship Program, which pairs premedical students with medical student mentors to encourage them to become doctors.  She wanted to make a bigger difference and cofounded StudentMentor.org — a national nonprofit organization helping students collaborate with mentors. In less than 3 years, she has been able to help more than 10,000 students achieve their academic and career goals through StudentMentor.org.  Not only has Hispanic Scholarship Fund influenced her whole new career in higher education, but it keeps her engaged in her passion of mentoring as a mentor in HSF’s First Year Transition Program and is paying it forward.

These success stories are an example of Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s  commitment of not only putting a college degree in every Latino household, but to propel Latinos to successfully attain the highest levels of education.  For detailed honoree bios visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund website at http://www.hsf.net/lea2013honorees.aspx and follow the conversation on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HispanicScholarshipFund.

 

Disclosure:   This is a sponsored post with Smith New Media and Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  However, all opinions are my own.

 

Question:  Which Hispanic Scholarship Fund success story resonated with you?  Why is it important to help fund Hispanic Education?  What is our responsibility to others pursuing higher education?

Celebrate Quality Childcare And Win a Gift Basket #QualityECE

 

Last month I  introduced you to First 5 LA’s, Ready Set Grow program,  a nonprofit that educates parents on  the importance of Quality Care in their children’s lives.    To help parents who need to find someone to watch after their child during these early development years, First 5 LA has launched “Quality Child Care Lasts a Lifetime,” a campaign aimed at informing parents about the life-long benefits of quality early care and education and tips to help them make informed decisions. 

Did you know that children that receive quality childcare are more likely to develop social and learning skills at a younger age?  According to First 5 LA, many parents are not aware the first 5 years of their child’s life may determine the level of success they will reach as adults. It also helps children maintain a better relationship with other children, teachers and adults.  The benefits of early quality childcare continue into adulthood!

The most valuable resource you can provide for your child is a safe and educational environment to stimulate their learning and growth.  As a young mom I didn’t have the type of resources readily available to parents today to make important decisions about child care.  However, I’m thankful  that a resource such as Ready Set Grow exists to help educate many parents on the importance of being proactive when making decisions on your child’s care.

For additional resources stay connected with Ready. Set. Grow via Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/readysetgrowla,   You can also follow the conversation via Twitter by following  @ReadySetGrowLA  or  via  #QualityECE hashtag

 

Giveaway

To celebrate the importance of quality care, Ready Set Grow will provide one of my readers with a learning materials gift basket.

The Ready Set Grow Gift Basket includes the following 10 items:

1-Lap chalkboard
1-Box of chunky chalk
1-Chalk board eraser
1-Small red ball
1-First 5 LA Family guide
1-Penmanship booklet
1-Bilingual “Colors/Colores” book
1-”My Shinning Star” book in English
1-”Tu eres mi Estrella” book in Spanish
1-Harry the Otter book

Please follow the instructions to enter to win:

 

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Disclosure:   This is part of a compensated campaign with  ReadySetGrowLA.org and Smith New Media.   However, all opinions expressed are my own

Join Us For Help A Mother Out Facebook Chat #HAMO

Did you know 22% of all children under five years old in the U.S. live in poverty and one out of every three families struggle to afford diapers.  These statistics are overwhelming! Access to diapers is a critical resource because it helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases.   Healthy kids don’t have painful diaper rash, fever, loss of appetite or vomiting, herpes, staphylococci, urinary tract infections, jaundice or renal failure. Clean diapers make the whole family smile.

On Wednesday, March 6 at 11am several influential women will be joining forces for a Help A Mother Out, KarmaWell Facebook Chat.  We’ll be discussing parenthood and shopping (and charity too!)  It will be fun and good for your soul.

 

Help A Mother Out is a charity that is near and dear to my heart because they do so may positive things to help families in need.   Help a Mother Out (HAMO for short) was formed with $100 in the spring of 2009 in reaction to media reports about the economic crisis’s effect on young children, families, and mothers, in particular the growing numbers of homeless children and families in California. Reaching out to San Francisco Bay Area shelters, co-founders Lisa Truong and Rachel Fudge learned that the number-one need was not baby blankets, clothing, or even food but diapers—which are not covered under social-safety net programs like WIC or food stamps. So they decided to organize a Mother’s Day diapers-and-wipes donation drive to benefit a dozen agencies serving low-income and homeless families throughout California.  Today they collect and donate hundreds  of thousands of diapers to families in need.  1,042,452 diapers since May, 2009!

 

Facebook Chat Details

What: KarmaWell joins HAMO to chat about shopping, motherhood, charity donations, and the Karma Well app

When: Wednesday, March 6, 11:00 AM ­ 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Where: HAMO’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/helpamotherout

RSVP HERE:  Help A Mother Out Facebook Chat

Why: Because We Need Your Help. You can change lives.  Invest in women and children.

Who to follow: 

Kate Wilkinson ­ Founder RetroModernMom.com
Ana L. Flores – Co­Founder SpanglishBaby.com / Founder Latina Bloggers Connect, Inc
Yvonne Condes – Editor and co­Founder of MomsLA.com
Eva Smith ­ – Editor Tech Food Life Blog / Entrepreneur
Heather Flett and Whitney Moss ­ Rookie Moms
Kim Tracy Prince ­ HAMO Los Angeles Chapter Manager
Lisa Truong ­ HAMO co­founder

More About KarmaWell:

KarmaWell has partnered with HAMO to do this Facebook chat. Karma Well is an app you install on your desktop browser that will make it so that any time you make a purchase on a website, a percentage of your purchase is automatically donated to the charity of your choice.

Commit to Be a Big Brothers Big Sisters #LatinoBigs Mentor this New Year!

Every year I start off the holidays by making goals for the New Year.  I make a  list of nonprofits I want to support and volunteer with inorder to give back to the community.   Volunteering at the local nonprofits has always made a difference in my families life.  Many would consider  volunteering a burden, but in reality, for our family volunteering is a rewarding experience.  Do you agree?

 

I often think about the many people that have touch my life through their volunteer efforts and it has encouraged me to give back!  Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs mentoring program is similar to the programs I was a part of as a youth.   There is currently a need for Latino Bigs because they share a common culture with Latino Littles who are in need of a little attention from a caring mentor.

 

I identify with the kids and the program because similar to the youth I lived in a high risk area for youths and thankfully to the role model and mentors I had in my life I was able to avoid most of the risks.

Whether you’re a school teacher, working full-time, part-time or a student, Latino Bigs needs you to become a Big Campeones!  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child.  Everyone has the ability to make a big impact in a child’s life.

For the New Year consider engaging and supporting our Latino community as a ‘Big’ volunteer.  Commit to Be a Big Brothers Big Sisters #LatinoBigs Mentor this New Year!

 

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Have you considered giving the gift of volunteerism as a New Year resolution?  How can we help Latino youth at risk?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

So Thankful To Be A Mentor! #LatinoBigs

As a young child I surrounded myself by positive people.  People that were good listeners, good friends and above all people that had my back.   I always had mentors in my life that cared,  supported me and guided me.  Mentors that knew my strength, abilities and provided a boost of self-esteem.  I also had neighborhood comadres that would set me straight if they suspected I was making wrong decisions because they wanted me to be a successful and an independent woman.

As I became an adult I felt it was very important for me to provide the same type of support and guidance to others.  I shared life lessons to help raise tomorrow’s leaders, escorted youth to field trips and talk with youth about future goals.  I know that the reason I was able to transition into a role of a mentor is  because my parents were good role models to me and my siblings and taught us by example by serving our community.

I’m so thankful to serve as a community leader.   I have been fortunate to serve many roles as a mentor. Whether it was to provide a listening ear in time of need, guidance to a friend,  counseling, support at an appointment or volunteering at a local event during the holidays it’s been a very rewarding opportunity for me. I have always had a heart to serve youth and women in need in my community.  My calling is to mentor women.  Whether they are young women or peers I know that supporting women has it many rewards because I know I’m making a difference in someone’s life.  It is one of the most rewarding things I have done in my life.

Tomorrow’s leaders need mentors from all walks of life. That is why I’m so thankful for programs such as Big Brother’s Big Sister’s Latino Bigs.   Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Bigs volunteers have multiple backgrounds. Some are bus drivers, waitresses, business owners, stay-at-home moms, lawyers, nurses and construction workers. They are also college students and retirees.  You don’t need special training or a degree to positively influence a child. YOU have what it takes to be a great role model.

Getting together doesn’t require a special occasion or expensive activity—just a few hours every month doing things the Little and Big already enjoy such as reading books, cooking together or providing guidance and inspiration.

As you count your blessing during the holiday season consider how you can help youth in your neighborhood that need a role model, guidance or just a listening ear.   Consider making a difference in the life of tomorrow’s leaders by volunteering.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Question:  Do you have a mentor you are Thankful for?   Has the experienced encouraged you to mentor others?

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Support Mimi’s #PowerOfPink Campaign and Win (2) $25 Gift Certificates

I had the opportunity to attend the Mimi’s Cafe Power of Pink launch earlier this month.   Mimi’s Cafe partnered  with National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to launch the Mimi’s   Power of Pink campaign in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It was a surreal moment to be a part of the event.

The festivites were kicked off with an announcement by CEO President advising that at the very moment the event started all 145 Mimi’s locations were raising awareness in support of NBCF’s mission to safe lifes through early detection and providing FREE mammograms for women in need. Influential Bloggers and writers from the surrounding community also participated to support the launch.

Special Guest, Janelle Hail, Founder and CEO of National Breast Cancer Foundation also shared her personal story about Breast Cancer which inspired her to launch the foundation.

 

During the month of October 2012 when you donate $1 you’ll receive a leaf to inscribe your name or the name of a loved one and hang on the Giving Tree. The Giving Tree stands as a symbol of Hope for survivors and patrons that supports the fight against breast cancer.  Donate $5 and you’ll also receive a leaf lapel pin.  As a thank you for your donation, you will receive up to $30 in Mimi’s savings.   Mimi’s will also donate a percentage of the sales on selected items.

I had the opportunity to donate $5 to support the cause and inscribed the names of dear loved ones that are currently fighting personal battles with cancer and a friend who survived the disease at a young age.

Make sure to visit Mimi’s during the month of October and support this wonderful cause.  Stay connected to Mimi’s on Twitter at @Mimis_Cafe or follow the conversation on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mimiscafe.

 

 

Giveaway

In honor of Mimi’s partnership with the Nationa Breast Cancer Foundation, Mimi’s will graciously provide one of my readers with (2) Mimi’s $25 Gift Certificates.  Please follow the instructions to enter to win:

 

 

Meet the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project Finalist

I had the opportunity to attend the Jose Cuervo’s Blank Canvas Event. This event marks the second stage of Jose Cuervo’s Tradicional Mural Project. As part of its mission to support the arts and Latin culture, Jose Cuervo has selected 10 artists from different states to paint an original mural inspired by Latin culture.

Each mural will be exhibited in a public center such as a gallery or museum.  The artist are very passionate about what they do and have inspiring stories.  They will be creating original murals in just 30 days!  I had the opportunity to talk with some of the artists.  I was really drawn to Ricardo Gonzalez Aztec serpeant artwork.  I also love Cuban artist Nereida Garcia Ferraz work.

The winner will be selected by public vote in late October.  Please take the time to visit the the Facebook Page and vote for your favorite artist at http://facebook.com/losamigosdejose.  The unveiling will take place in Chicago on November 8.

 

The Mural Project Finalists
 Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Southern California
Fidencio Duran, Northern California
Nancy Saleme & Patricia Cazorla, New York
Carlos Ibarra, Arizona
Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Washington
Adriana M. Garcia, Texas
Frances de la Rosa, Georgia
Adolfo R. Gonzales, Nevada
Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Florida
Ricardo Gonzalez, Illinois


Disclosure:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received an invite to attend the event.  All opinions are my own.

Question:   Have you seen a mural? What type of art inspires you?  

Hispanic Children’s Author Partners with GOT MILK? & TOMA LECHE to Offer Tools for Restful Sleep at Carson-Gore Reading Event

Great news for California community schools!  The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK? and TOMA LECHE, is hosting a reading event at various schools in California with Latino Storyteller and Author Antonio Sacre (A Mango in the HandLa Noche Buena – A Christmas Story and The Barking Mouse).

Carson-Gore Reading Event

With kids going back to school, parents need to do everything they can to ensure their kids are performing well in school.  However, as parents we also need to realize that a productive date starts with a good night’s sleep.

Carson-Gore Reading Event

Through the reading events, the author will raise awareness about the importance of proper sleep to ensure children get a good night’s sleep and prevent fatigue and irritability.   Studies show that a warm glass of milk coupled with a bedtime ritual of storytelling can help provide a good night’s rest, while promoting family bonding.

Carson-Gore Reading Event

Remaining Event Dates:*

9/24 – Fresno – McCardle Elementary School
9/25 – Sacramento – Woodbine Elementary
9/26 – San Francisco – Cleveland Elementary School
9/27 – San Diego Logan Elementary School
10/3 – San Clemente – Las Palmas Elementary School

 * Events are not open to the public

The National Sleep Foundation reports that school-aged children up to 12 years need at least 10 to 11 hours of sleep daily.[1]  Yet health experts say distractions from busy life and influences from technology such as computers and video games result in inadequate sleep in children today.

To help parents cope, GOT MILK? & TOMA LECHE have created eight bilingual milk-themed bedtime children’s stories specifically created for the campaign. “The Waves on the Moon,” “Thirsty Carlitos,” “A Day with Pedro” and “Elena the Slurping Monkey,” “Benito the Grumpy Elephant,” “The Lake’s Secret” and “Dante’s Monstrous Monsters” and “White Downpour” will be available for download for free at  www.otroscuentos.com starting today.

What a great initiative to educate parents and students!


Download a free bilingual book at  www.otroscuentos.com .  Which bilingual book did you download?  What bedtime story is your favorite?

Hispanic Heritage Month: Latino Bigs and Why We Need a Mentor in Our Life #LatinoBigs

I’m very excited to announce that I’m a Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Recruitment Ambassador.  Latino Bigs, A Latino Recruitment site will launch on Monday, September 14, 2012!  The site encourages Latinos to mentor Latino youths.  Many of us have influencers in our lives.  As children, teens or adults we have been influenced by positive role models outside of our immediate family who saw something in us that we did not see in ourselves.  Teachers, coaches, neighbors, co-workers, clergy and family friends are all people who serve as mentors in informal ways every day.

I’m very fortunate that I have had many positive role models in my life.   In High School my teachers and advisors always challenged me to do better.  Many of them went out of their way to encourage and motivate me as well. I took on many challenging roles as the result of their guidance and support.

While I was in High School I took English and was active in sports.  My English teacher Mr Nicolof always made his class a lot of fun.  He always allowed us to learn English creatively.  We also learned the story of Macbeth by participating in a play for the classroom.  My English teacher was also the football coach and my soccer coach.  He really pushed me to do better in the classroom and as an athlete. After our games he would go out of his way to give everyone on the team a ride home if they needed it, including me.  I believe the continued support and encouragement of my teacher and coach  made me a better person and provided the environment and opportunity to excel.   It also gave me the self confidence to challenge myself when I went to college and inspiration to become a mentor to others today.

High School Trip to Yosemite National Park - 1986

While in High School our Dean of Activities took a group of young  leaders on a one week trip to Yellowstone Park.  It was a trip of a lifetime for many of us.  During the year he acted as a guidance counselor of our young ASB leadership team.

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to catch up with with Mr. Nicoloff and Mr. Cinaris. They are both very proud of the accomplishments I had made in my life.  Last year I  also surprised Mr. Nicoloff in his English classroom.  He is teaching and making a difference in his student’s lives.  It’s one of the reasons I continue to proudly give back to my alma mater.

Event to Unveil $11 Million Dollar Facelift at High School Alma Mater

Not everyone has the opportunity to have mentors in school.  That is why I’m so glad a program such as Latino Bigs exists.

Why Latino Bigs are so Important

About 20% of the children Big Brother Big Sister program serves are Hispanic – a number on the rise. Yet, only 9% of Bigs are Latino.  Also, more than 70% of the children ready and waiting to be matched with a mentor are boys, yet only 3 of 10 volunteer inquiries come from men.   Children need a boost in self-esteem and encouragement to believe in themselves that only an adult can give. Guidance and consejos can come in the form of sharing a personal story about the difficulties of algebra.

Join the Chat

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month we will also be hosting a Twitter chat on October 10, 2012  to discuss the importance of mentorship among the Latino community.  Please  join Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Wednesday, OCT 10  from 7- 8:00 pm ET for a Twitter CHAT!

There will be lots of information regarding our Latino ‘littles’ and their need for ‘Big’ volunteers! Lets work together to support our youth, our future. Follow the hashtag #LatinoBigs

If not us, who?  If not now, when?  Volunteer Now.

For more more information about volunteering as a ‘”Big” check out www.latinobigs.org or  www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

This is part of a supported campaign with Latina Mom Bloggers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.  However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

Question:  Have you ever mentored a child?  Have you considered mentoring a child?

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