Friends, Nonprofit

16 Hours Tomorrow

In her 40s, Pauline Crowther scaled the Brooklyn Bridge… not once, but several times.

In her 30s, she held down a full-time job while raising three kids on her own, and she made sure they never missed a rehearsal, practice, or playdate.

She loved art, music, culture… and most importantly, she brought light and life to everyone she knew.

In 2008, at age 51, Paulette Crowther was diagnosed with Anal Cancer. This isn’t as attractive a topic to read about – I know – but that’s all the more reason why we should. In spite of her illness, and possibly partly because of it, Paulette went back to school for her master’s in landscape design at Columbia University. She traveled the world with her three children, and she greeted me with a smile and sincere interest in my life every day when she came in to work. We lost Pauline in April of 2010, but she lived on in everyone who knew her, and in July 2010, her three children started The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation in her honor.

Over the next 48 hours, we have an opportunity to raise up to $100k in support of Pauline and others like her. Jonathan Feldman will swim 2.5 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles (a full marathon) tomorrow in the the Ironman triathlon in Zurich, Switzerland to support the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation. A generous donor will match every donated dollar, up to $50,000, and the money raised will go to The HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation for research on prevention methods and therapeutic treatments.

Every dollar you contribute will make all the difference.

If you’re unable to contribute at this time, all we ask is that join us in sharing this message with your friends and family members… for Pauline, for Jonathan’s friend, for their families, and for the 30,000 people who will be diagnosed with cancers caused by HPV this year.

Friends, Nonprofit

On Changing the World: How Does One Person Make a Difference?

For several years, I have grappled with how to make each day of my life count, how to give back to the world, and how to ensure that I am proud of the person I am… I volunteer, donate, educate myself, and strive to be a positive force in the lives of others. But, it is when I come across someone like Shanley Knox, a recent college graduate working to help a village become self-sustaining, that I am truly reminded of how much each of us can do to make a difference in the lives of others.

Shanley Knox on Founding Nakate Project

“In 2010, we met a 7-year-old named Cossy Nakate. Suffering from AIDS, orphaned and living in a small African village called Kakooge, Cossy impacted us in a way we couldn’t stop thinking about. We shared our lunch with her. We started paying for her food every month. But it wasn’t enough. We knew we had to change not only her life, but the lives of the women in her village – and the lives of their daughters after them.

7-Year Old Cossy Nakate; Photo credit: Nakate Project

So, we brought home a sack of necklaces, and we started the Nakate Project. That was our piece of Africa, our way of beginning to carry Nakate with us into our every day lives – so we wouldn’t forget her, or the way we had pledged to make a change.
Here at Nakate, we’re looking to put a little bit of Africa – a little bit of Cossy Nakate – into every woman’s life that we meet. That way, when they take a little piece of Africa with them, they can help pass it along, until we all are aware, and we all are working to prevent stories like her’s. Whether you’re someone who wants to buy a necklace, or you’re a designer, a photographer, a woman with a dinner group, a book group, a blog or a fashion show, we’re asking – where will you take Africa with you today?”

Since its founding in late 2010, Nakate Project has grown to support over 20 women in Uganda. Each month, Shanley wires money to the women of Kakooge in payment for paper jewelry that they make by hand and ship to her. She receives no financial compensation. She’s just doing her part to better the world….. I find it (and her) to be pretty incredible.

So how can you make a difference?

Donate to raise funds for Shanley’s next trip to Uganda.
Take home a piece of Africa, available here.
Tweet about @NakateProject.
about Nakate Project.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank

Nonprofit, NYC

NYC Animal Rescue Group Needs Your Help

I volunteer for a small NYC animal rescue group that recently experienced a devastating robbery… This is the same shelter where I adopted my babies from. Please help to get the word out  so we can raise funds and help keep these dogs and cats off the euthanasia lists!

Social Tees Animal Rescue Thanks the Community for its Ongoing Support

We Have Placed Over 30,000 Animals in 20 Years

March 26, 2011 – New York, NY — This past month, Social Tees Animal Rescue experienced a devastating robbery. We have filed a police report and are working with the authorities to try to recover whatever possible, but the prospects, unfortunately, do not look good. If you know any information regarding this crime, we ask that you please contact us.

More than anything else, we are deeply troubled that someone could take away resources that were allocated towards keeping our shelter running, and saving dogs and cats from the city’s euthanasia lists. For those of you who were already aware of this sad news, we thank you for your support at this difficult time. We are proud of what we do, and we will continue doing it.

On a much happier note, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. We are proud to report that with an average of 1500 animals per year, we have successfully placed over 30,000 animals in loving homes.

Thank you for all of your help. Whether it’s volunteering your time, dropping off supplies, or donating funds, we couldn’t have done it without you. We encourage you to continue your support of the shelter so that we can begin to rebuild what we have lost.

Also, there’s nothing we enjoy more than receiving updates on our Social Tees family, so please feel free to post photos of your four-legged friends on our Facebook page or email us at the contact listed below.

Please help us get the message out by sharing this letter. Thank you!

Social Tees Animal Rescue
124 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003

My Beautiful Stella

My Little Nyika, This Kitty’s Definitely Got Class

Career, Nonprofit

What Are Dreams Made Of?

Setbacks. Or as I’m trying to think of them, detours.
Needless to say, I haven’t followed through on my intention of quitting my job and saving the world by day while waitressing by night…

What Could Have Been

What stopped me? You know – the usual evils… Fear… Money…

I was literally sitting at my desk researching the proper way to write and submit a resignation letter when my boss called me into his office to tell me I had received a RAISE. Such news doesn’t normally evoke feelings of anger for people, but it certainly did for me. You see, I had already accepted that quitting a stable job (with generous benefits) in this economy and job market was impulsive at best and downright stupid at worst, but walking away RIGHT after receiving an extra 10% on my salary would make me THAT MUCH more impulsive and/or stupid. Like most right now, I have many many bills to pay, and as much as I would like to, I can’t scoff at extra money coming my way. So, I’m still here. And unfortunately, the appreciation for the extra money each month doesn’t quash the need I feel to find my calling and make a difference.

So I’m on the hunt, recommitting myself to stalking Idealist, Mashable, Mediabistro, and Twitter. Oh, and this blog? It’s back, so please let me know if you have advice and/or suggestions!

Career, Life, Nonprofit

An Introduction

Like many people who decide to start a blog, I recently found myself at a crossroads in life:
My desired field? Nonprofit Communications
Where? Not exactly a “nonprofit…” I work at an educational institution.

Now, in the past year and a half, I have learned a TON at this job; but every morning when I wake up, I want to create change; and instead, I’m marketing a school to prospective students and donors. Not. So. Fulfilling.

So it’s time to move on, right?
I was trying to wait until I had found another job, to be economically responsible and all that; unfortunately, I don’t think that’s how this one is going to play out. I’m tired. For a variety of reasons… Most of which are not necessary to get into right now. So, I think it’s come time to just take a leap… Put in my two weeks, find a job of the waitressing/dogsitting/copyediting variety (to pay the bills), and launch into a serious full-time search for my place in the nonprofit sector. For lack of a better phrase, I need to “light a fire under my ass.”

I read a blog yesterday which really helped to inspire me:  “Creating a Movement from Your Purpose.” Well, Spark Blog, this blog is me beginning to map out what I want my journey to look like this year.