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CafePress and Red Cross Launch Personalized Ornaments for #GivingTuesday

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CafePress and Red Cross Launch Personalized Ornaments for #GivingTuesday CafePress  in  partnership with the  American Red Cross  is launching a customizable ornament fundraising campaign in time for # GivingTuesday  this December 3, 2013. To celebrate and support the American Red Cross,  CafePress.com  is offering to create a custom holiday ornament that shines with meaning.  All of the net proceeds from these $15 sale price ornaments will go to help those impacted by recent disasters, such as the recent devastating tornado outbreak in the Midwest, while also helping prepare to serve victims of other disasters. http://www.cafepress.com/redcross “With this unique program people can adorn their holiday trees with symbols of support for a meaningful cause. What better way to give back this holiday season then with a unique ornament to give as a gift for friends and family,” said Sarah Segal, CafePress spokesperson. “CafePress is honored to support the American Red Cross with this new and unique program.” Now available on  CafePress.com , the Red Cross ornaments can be customized by adding a photo to a collection of elegant templates. CafePress is also supporting the Red Cross response to victims of Typhoon Haiyan with a limited edition “Island of Hope” T-shirt featuring the word “pag-asa” which means “hope” in Tagalog.  Customers may purchase the T-shirt for $9, and all net proceeds from each sale on  CafePress.com  will be remitted to the Red Cross in support of the impacted people of the Philippines. You can view the t-shirt at  http://www.cafepress.com/mf/84595556/island-of-hope_tshirt?productId=1097880897 Read More
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The American Association for Cancer Research is proud to join #GivingTuesday!

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The American Association for Cancer Research is proud to join #GivingTuesday! The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. To this end, the AACR supports cancer researchers at all stages of their careers through various grants and awards; convenes a series of scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops for cancer researchers; publishes 8 peer-reviewed scientific journals; and much more. The AACR is also the proud scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer . Ninety cents of every dollar spent by the AACR Foundation benefits cancer research and the AACR’s high-quality, high-impact programs. We are grateful to our generous donors and volunteers who have made these opportunities for research, education, communication, and collaboration possible. But the fight against cancer is far from over. Despite extraordinary advances in cancer research, it is projected that nearly 600,000 Americans will die from one of the more than 200 types of cancer in 2013. On #GivingTuesday, the AACR will encourage its more than 34,000 members as well as AACR employees, volunteers, and friends to spread the word about the importance of cancer research. We will ask people to share the #GivingTuesday messages on our Twitter , Facebook , and LinkedIn pages with their own networks. We also will provide a sample email that supporters can send to their friends and families to promote #GivingTuesday and the AACR. Resources forsupporters , including tools to plan a fundraising event, will be available at AACRFoundation.org . The AACR is pleased to participate in #GivingTuesday, and we hope the day will raise awareness and support for not just cancer research but all causes and organizations that contribute to a better, healthier world. To learn more about the AACR, visit AACR.org and AACRFoundation.org . Read More
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Antioch College #GivingTuesday Competition: Your Contribution Becomes Their Contribution

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On Giving Tuesday, nine student groups and College departments will compete for votes in our online giving competition. Projects earn votes through gifts made to the College’s Annual Fund. After making a gift, donors can assign their votes to the project of their choosing. The project with the most votes will win $5,000 to see their proposal through to fruition. How you can participate: READ about the 9 projects competing for the $5,000 prize here . SHARE the link to the competition with friends and potential supporters VOTE for your favorite project proposal on Tuesday, December 3 rd by making a gift on our Giving Tuesday page *. SHARE AGAIN If you’re passionate about a project, urge your friends, family and fellow alumni to participate in this national day of giving by casting their vote ! The projects competing for votes include: FOOD FOREST PLANTING The Antioch Farm One of the unique and exciting features of the Antioch Farm is our 30-acre food forest, an edible perennial planting of trees, shrubs, berries and herbs in a natural forest-like environment. Food forest plantings can include any number of wild or cultivated plant varieties. In addition to edible qualities, plants in a food forest can also be selected for medicinal properties, pollination attraction, and building material, such as Echinacea, bee balm and locust respectively. ANTIOCH CAMPUS ART FUND Arts at Antioch Arts at Antioch seeks your vote to establish a $5,000 fund for a series of site-specific wall paintings, sculptures, installations, and performance, all made in response to the Antioch campus as a dynamic site. MEDIA ARTS LOUNGE Media Arts Department If awarded the funding, the Media Arts department will secure a gallery-type space to show off the hard work that Media students produce through Media Arts classes and projects. We want this space to be inclusive, fun, safe, and relaxing. We want it to bring Media students and Media staff together and also give students a place to go between classes and soak in the artistic endeavors of their classmates. LANGUAGE IN PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL Performance and Language & Culture Programs The Antioch Language and Performance Programs propose a Language in Performance Festival stemming from a past success in March 2013, when more than 50 students presented Once Upon a Time, an original performance in French, Spanish and Japanese. In Winter 2014, this public event would become the centerpiece of a larger festival. WINNING VICTORIES THROUGH DEBATE Speech & Debate Team The award-winning Antioch College Speech & Debtae Team believe that the transformative opportunity to participate in debate should be open to all Antioch students and don’t want it to become a “pay-to-play” activity. Your vote will ensure that the team will have the resources to continue to practice for, and win, victories, both at debate tournaments around the nation during a lifetime of activism after graduation. INNOVATION CURATION PROJECT Co-op Department The Innovation Curation Project will focus attention on the scientific discoveries, patented processes and applied technologies that reflect some of the “new and better ways” that have emerged from the College community over the decades. Funding is requested to cover the co-op salaries of two first-year students who will curate educational exhibits that showcase Antiochian innovation. ANTIOCH/WYSO CIVIL RIGHTS ORAL HISTORY PROJECT Co-op Department and WYSO The Civil Rights Story Project is an oral history initiative intent on documenting the rich contributions of area residents, Antioch College students, and institutions in the struggle for racial equality in the Yellow Springs region. After more than three years of planning, interviewing commences in 2013 with more than 120 community members and Antioch College alumni identified as potential interviewees. MLK MULTICULTURAL ADMISSION FLY-IN Office of Admission & Financial Aid Every year the Admission Office invites prospective students to join us for Yellow Springs' celebrations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., husband of alumna Coretta Scott King ’51. The MLK Multicultural Admission Fly-in will be an opportunity for 10 high-achieving, culturally diverse students who have demonstrated a high level of interest in Antioch to visit our campus during this year's MLK Open House Weekend. DIVERSITY TRAINING AND RESOURCES Diversity Group and The Queer Center/LGBT+ Ensuring that students are supported in their sense of belonging is essential for their successful engagement and persistence at Antioch. The Diversity Committee along with the Queer Center are asking for funding for campus-wide training, events and resources to ensure community competence on matters of race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, class, and religion. For more information on Antioch College’s Giving Tuesday student project competition, contact the office of advancement at (937) 319-6230 or mdevine@antiochcollege.org . About Antioch College Originally founded in 1850, Antioch College is a small, liberal arts institution located on a historical campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The College has an inspiring mission and a proud history of educating leaders and contributors to our society, including Nobel Laureates, Fulbright Scholars, MacArthur Fellows, notables in arts and culture, the sciences, the public sector, and business. Our innovative baccalaureate program integrates rigorous classroom learning with full-time work and community engagement. Commitments to social justice, sustainability, and global issues are important components of the Antioch College experience. A low student–faculty ratio provides Antioch College students with personal attention from professors who have a strong commitment to teaching. Learn more about us at www.antiochcollege.org . *Votes are earned by making a gift to the Antioch College Annual Fund. A gift of $10 or more buys 5 votes for alumni, 5 votes for current students and 1 vote for non-alumni. Votes will only be given for new gifts made through the Antioch College Giving Tuesday Competition site during the designated competition time period.Alumni are defined as those who completed a minimum of 2 terms at Antioch College. Read More
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Giving to #mHealth on #GivingTuesday

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Giving to #mHealth on #GivingTuesday If, like all of us at the mHealth Alliance, you especially care about supporting organizations that are helping to advance mHealth in low- and middle-income countries, consider using the power of your generosity on #GivingTuesday to support one or more of the fantastic organizations that the mHealth Alliance has funded... Read More
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Looking Forward to 2014

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Looking Forward to 2014 2013 has been an amazing year for They Serve 2!  For a very small, volunteer force we have been able to make a great impact on military families.  With the partnership of a few key organizations and individuals we have given away almost 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, over 8,000 women's health books, and we are on track to hand out over a 1,000 holiday letters to kids with deployed parents this holiday season (see our blog for details!). What do all of these things have in common and what is our purpose?   Passion .  Passion for the military family.  The service member, the spouse, the child.   They ALL serve .  Our passion is to make a difference in their lives.  To touch them in a tangible way, and to speak to others about the challenges military families face. I am so proud to be a military spouse of over 21 years.  I have raised 2 amazing daughters.  We love what we do.  We love serving.  But service has it's challenges.  Sometimes it's just a lonely night, an empty seat at the dinner table.  Sometimes it's a move at a time that our children do not want to be uprooted again.  This is what tugs at my heart the most.  Seeing our military children have to be the new kids again, unpack another room, learn the hallways of another school. We at They Serve 2 what to make a difference in these families lives.  Even if in some small way, we want to let them know that we appreciate all they do to support their service member.  We understand what it's like to be in their shoes, and we are there to help them and advocate for them. In 2014 we will have more letter drives, we will have spouse appreciation events, we will speak for those who don't have a chance to speak for themselves, and we will meet the needs of our Nation's finest children whether it be with a school supply filled backpack, a bed for them to sleep on when theirs hasn't arrived yet, or a hug & a thank you.  We hope to publish a book to tell their stories-so the world can get to know a military child's story. Join us.  Help us make a difference.   Donate time , donate money , but most of all donate heart .  Let those who are willing to live the life of a military family know that you appreciate their service too. God Bless you. Stacey Lindsey, They Serve 2 Founder Read More
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Donating Glasses to People Who Need Them!

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Donating Glasses to People Who Need Them! From December 1 - 12, SpectacularIs.com will sponsor a collection drive of your used eyeglasses which will be sent to the New Eyes for the Needy charity. New Eyes for the Needy donates all eyerwear to people who need them in the US and abroad. If you live in Los Angeles, be sure to drop off your glasses at these two locations: EAST SIDE LA - Society of the Spectacle, 4563 York Blvd in Eagle Rock WEST SIDE LA - Quiznos, 11086 Santa Monica Blvd, (at Sepulveda) Tweet or Instagram your photos with the hashtag #spectacularisgives or #seeitforward2013 We will be doing heavy social media about this on Tuesday with the #givingTuesday tag. We thank you for your time and generosity during this holiday season. For more information: http://spectacularis.com/2013/12/see-it-forward-spectacular-is-first-annual-charity-drive-is-on/ Read More
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African Library Project Mobilizes Kids to Donate Books to Build African Libraries

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African Library Project Mobilizes Kids to Donate Books to Build African Libraries Across the US, people who love books and believe in literacy are gathering books, 1,000 at a time, to ship to Africa to build libraries where there are none - in rural Africa. The African Library Project (ALP) offers a program to start new children’s libraries in Africa Book donations are gathered via book drives (1,000 books + $500). Volunteers collect, sort, pack and mail books ALP’s partners in Africa. Its African partners – from Peace Corps volunteers to school administrators - receive the books and organize them into libraries to serve local African communities. Book donors learn about Africa and develop connections to the children benefiting from their books. To date, ALP has shipped over one million books and over 1,000 libraries have been launched in 10 African countries. The groups who have mobilized to gather books for this cause range from college students, elementary schools, Girl Scout troops to retirement home residents. To learn how to join the movement, visit: http://www.africanlibraryproject.org/book-drives/start-a-book-drive Read More
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Zimbabwe Orphans Program Reaches Many

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Zimbabwe Orphans Program Reaches Many Zimbabwe Orphans Program Reaches Many   Zimbabwe, located just to the north of South Africa, is the site of the Zimbabwe Orphans Program which currently is serving 600 orphans and widows, and has ten orphan ministers working with twenty nine primary and secondary schools.  The program is supported and overseen by the elders and missions committee at East Point Church of Christ in Wichita Kansas, and by individuals who want to help with the work.  Other churches who partner in the work are the Fellowship Church of Christ in Seattle, Washington; the Helen Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina; and the Union Hill Church of Christ in Nixa, Missouri. Since gaining its independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has suffered many difficulties such as drought, famine, and hyperinflation.   Many are homeless, food shortages have ravaged the population, and diseases have left a huge number of homeless children. The Orphans Program provides ministers for schools who work with the children, visit them after school, and teach the Word in the schools where they work.  The program also provides children with school fees, uniforms, books, pens, toiletries, AIDS medicine, and counseling.    The services provided include a microloan program in which people are taught to sew or raise chickens or pigs and then are given a small loan to begin their business.  Another feature of the effort is work on the health of the children who have many maladies. Many short-term mission groups go to Zimbabwe to help in various ways with the programs there, serving with Nhowe Mission Hospital or with one of the orphans locations.  The Program also has provided water wells in communities it serves to allow for clean water that drastically reduces spreading of disease and which improves all aspects of daily life.  Healing Hands International has assisted with several wells at various school locations. One of the best features of the program is its connection with World Bible School.  There are currently over 400,000 World Bible School students in Zimbabwe.  One of the orphan ministers organized an event last year where 143 students responded to the gospel in one day.  It took 3 days to get them all to a stream 10 miles away, but finally 157 have put on Jesus. These new Christians allowed a new congregation to be established and a new orphan program to be started. The orphan program has 7 orphans attending university, one about to graduate as a medical doctor and also has sent 3  on to the Mutare School of Preaching. The Orphans Program is currently building dormitories to house orphans attending a preparatory school and is seeking to build an orphanage on-site at the Brian Lemons Memorial Hospital to care for babies and young children who are victims of AIDS. Those interested in sending short-term teams or in having a presentation about the work may contact Cory Mauck at Cory@ZimbabweOrphans.com .  You may also see an extensive website about the program at   www.zimbabweorphans.com .     Story authored By Dr Stafford North at Oklahoma Christian University http://blogs.oc.edu/goodnews/story/zimbabwe_orphans_program_reaches_many/ Read More