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, Life

Where do I belong?

How many responsible and driven young adults are out there, just looking for a place where they can work, receive some guidance, and enjoy life? What I mean is, in an ideal world, our parents and teachers are supposed to provide us with emotional support and guidance, help us realize our personal dreams, and ultimately become the adults we want to be; and yet, too often, they can’t fulfill these responsibilities. Sometimes they’re not invested enough. Sometimes they just don’t know what else is out there… And other times, their hearts are really in the right place, but out of fear or just plain unwillingness to look outside the box, they fail in this role. Isn’t there someone or something out there that can fill in for them when this happens? If there’s not, shouldn’t we put it in place? Guidance for young adults? An impartial network  of life coaches, career counselors, and psychologists throughout the nation, perhaps the world, who can talk us through our individual goals, the steps we might take to reach these goals, places we can live, jobs we can do, etc. etc. in the hopes that we can each build a life to be proud of and ultimately, carry these lessons on to equip the younger generations in building a collaborative and self-sustaining community?

Take me, for example. I’m creative, empathetic, hard-working, and I love a challenge. I’ve just left my job of two years and I’m looking for my place. Do I want a steady job or do I want freelance gigs to pay the bills and take each day as it comes? Do I want to stay in New York, or do I want to move? And if I want to move, is it to the West Coast, or is it internationally? Do I want to go back to school? I think I want to go back to school… And if so, do I want to study web design and technology or something that directly pertains to establishing and running a nonprofit? I’m going to have to make these decisions for myself, but what if there were a network – individuals to weigh in on the cost of living in Santa Barbara, alternative locations that might fit my geographical preferences, the best way to travel with a large dog AND a cat, the pros and cons of going back to school, ways to make freelancing work for me…

I guess I’m suggesting a collective of some sort, where we, as caring and invested individuals, take responsibility for guiding and exposing one another to things outside our norm.

  • People willing to share what they know
  • Community houses where one might try living before fully committing to moving somewhere
  • Apprenticeships where we can try our hand at a career before taking out tens of thousands of dollars in loans… only to find that it’s not quite what we thought

Yes, I sound idealistic.

But don’t you think your experiences might help someone else? Don’t you know incredible people from whom others might also be able to learn? Aren’t you eager to learn? Experience new things? Wouldn’t that be easier with a community of supporters and mentors at your fingertips?

Career, Life, Uncategorized

Life’s Too Short For the Wrong Job

A friend of mine has this theory that most of the human population adheres to the 9 am – 5 pm daily grind out of a sense of necessary punishment. In other words, we are committed to spending time we don’t want to spend working in a place we don’t want to work doing something we don’t want to do because that’s how we pay our bills… That’s how we survive.

I, like many others, fell into this trap. I worked a job for two years because I was afraid that if I left, I would lose my rent money, my health insurance, my 401k and therefore, my peace of mind… My question to myself, and to so many others, is what kind of life are we living if the majority of our time is spent doing something we don’t want to do? Was my mind really at peace when I dreaded having to get out of bed in the morning, counted the hours of every workday, and dreamed of the vacation days that I somehow never ending up taking anyway? Pretty obvious answer… No.

So I finally did it, I quit my job.

This past Tuesday, somewhere between waking up and reporting to work, I made the resolute decision that it was time to leave. I walked into my boss’s office, gave notice, and sat down at my desk with elation and excitement electrocuting every inch of my body. And I came back to life.

So hi. My name is Alex, and over the next few months, maybe years, I anticipate a good deal of volatility, some really fabulous life experiences, and many moments of paralyzing fear. Most of all, I look forward to learning to live life on my own terms and with my eyes wide open… most of the time.

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.