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6.25.2003

Where Rush Limbaugh Shops....Not 

Progressive Resources Catalog sells, well, progressive resources.*********************Categories: Living, Advocating

6.19.2003

The More Things Change... 

The article Warehousing Our Children is a thought-provoking examination -- by the Christian Science Monitor -- of the reversal toward institutional care.*********************Categories: Living, Advocating

6.12.2003

It Pays to Play -- Physically, Mentally, Socially 

Another great summer activity: volunteer your time (why not involve the whole family?) to build a playground through the highly esteemed nonprofit organization KaBOOM! And if you're thinking of starting a playground project with your neighbors, school, or place of worship, KaBOOM!'s great online playground planner can guide you through the process, helping you manage volunteers, donors, contacts, budgets, and events. Playgrounds, are fun, sure. That's only part of what makes them essential community assets. Aside from the fact that studies show that play is healthy both mentally and physically, playgrounds are one of the few non-commercial places in America—what some scholars call a “third place”—where people of all ages, abilities, incomes, races, and religions can truly come together. For more on "third places," see this discussion by the way-cool ConservationEconomy.net.*********************Categories: Volunteering, Living, Advocating

6.10.2003

Good Travellers Can Change the World 

Planning to travel this summer? Check out Business Enterprises for Sustainable Travel (BEST) at www.sustainabletravel.org. Be sure to see How to Be a Civic Traveler. Sustainable traveling, or being a civic traveler, has been defined differently. One definition is suggested by BEST's vision statement: "...simple-tourism can benefit destinations by providing better livelihoods for residents, preserving the natural environment and celebrating local culture. Tourism can even restore cherished cultural traditions and landscapes and enhance the quality of life in economically disadvantaged communities."*********************Categories: Traveling

6.04.2003

And What School Doesn't Need More Support? 

After many years in the nonprofit field and several years as a parent of a school-age kid, I know that "writing grants" is a task that many educators would love for parents and other volunteers to take on. I haven't reviewed it thoroughly, but this site, SchoolGrants.org, seems like a good resource for folks who'd like to help their schools obtain grant monies for various projects. It's run by a consultant , but she offers many free services, including links to grants and a listserv, i.e., a group email newsletter/list.*********************Categories: Giving, Volunteering, Learning

6.01.2003

Download Your Donor Card Today  

In a touching column on her niece's "live" donation of a liver, the fabulous Maureen Dowd of the New York Times (quick, free registration required) discusses the urgent need for people to not only sign a card indicating that they would like to be donors but also to inform their families of their wishes. Unfortunately, surviving family members often nix the decision of the deceased would-be donor. For more information, including templates of donor cards, go to OrganDonor.gov or the Coalition on Donation at ShareYourLife.org. Why not download donor cards today for you and all the members of your family? Tell them how you could save lives.*********************Categories: Giving, Volunteering, Living

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