Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cleaning for a Reason

When my mom was going through treatment for cancer, I saw firsthand how draining it is.  My mom had no energy after treatments.  Luckily my dad was able to keep the house clean.  Today’s organization fills a need for those women in treatment that don’t have someone to help with house cleaning.

Cleaning for a Reason recruits maid services all over the country to give away free housecleaning services to women who are battling cancer.  They are the only non-profit offering housecleaning to women with cancer.  According to Debbie Sardone, Founder of Cleaning for a Reason, “As a maid service owner, I understood this need and wanted to do something about it, not just in my own home town, but all across the nation, so Cleaning For A Reason was born.”

The organization partners with cleaning services around the United States and Canada.  They are close to having 1,000 partner services around the country offering free cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment.  Since their founding in 2006, over 4,500 women have received free housecleaning services through the program. 

If you or someone you know is undergoing cancer treatment, you can search for partners of Cleaning for a Reason on their website.  If you are a maid service and would like to sign up as a partner, you can fill out a form on the website to start discussing the possibility.

Others can also help by shopping in the Cleaning for a Reason e-store.  A variety of items are available including apparel, pins, mugs, camp chairs and more!

Learn more about Cleaning for a Reason on their website,  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Nonprofit Organization


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According to Americans for the Arts, the arts have a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and have proven to help level the “learning field” across socio-economic boundaries.  Arts education also develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.  Today’s organization is dedicated to giving children an opportunity to express themselves.

drawchange is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to aid global change by supplying the world’s children with art supplies.  Their vision is to provide the tools necessary so each child has the ability to fully express themselves.  They want to provide empowering programs that allow children to effectively visualize a better life for themselves.

drawchange started with a deep passion for the arts of the founder and CEO, Jennie Lobato.   She states, “I know what a difference the arts made in my life as a child and I want to grant that experience to as many children as possible.  I believe it so easy to help with global change.  All it takes for us is granting a child an opportunity to express themselves, thus making them feel empowered.  Some children don’t have the self-esteem to realize that they can visualize a better life for themselves-thus having no hope and even trying.  It is drawchange’s mission to change that mentality and create global change.”

The organization’s motto is “CHILDREN NEED ART”.  It comes from a deep understanding of what the arts mean to children – it helps them express themselves when they may not know the right words.

drawchange recently returned from their second of six trips to Fatima School in Costa Rica.  They we will be visiting this poor school for six consecutive years to evaluate the children’s creativity each year.  Last year the children were tested before any art experiences.  Throughout the year drawchange sent lesson plans to utilize the supplies that were left in the first trip.  This year the children’s creativity levels were re-evaluated and improvement was seen in their levels of creativity – so it is clear that drawchange is making a difference for them.  According to Jennie Lobato, “This means we are effectively giving them a skill to further their advancement in society.  If you cannot visualize your dreams or emergence from poverty, chances are you’ll just stay where you are.”

There are ways to help!  drawchange is seeking volunteers to help with fundraising and day to day operations such as grant writing, marketing, copywriting, fundraising, and more.  They are also always looking for volunteers to want to join on their unforgettable international ‘Art Beyond Borders’ trips.  You can find current volunteer opportunities and a volunteer application on their website.

Donations of supplies and materials are also appreciated.  Glitter, glue sticks, construction paper, and more can be donated.  See their website for a current list or contact  them directly for more information.  Monetary donations are also accepted directly on their website

You can learn more about drawchange on their website  You can follow their blog or YouTube or connect with them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Nonprofit Organization


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Project Linus

Both of my kids have a favorite blanket.  I am an adult and I still enjoy a nice comfy blanket.  Today’s organization makes sure that kids that have to be in the hospital can have a comfy blanket to cuddle with. 

Project Linus actually has a two part mission.  Their first part of their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”  The second part of their mission is to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

A 1995 Parade Magazine article titled “Joy to the World” written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams served as an inspiration to Project Linus founder Karen Loucks.  Part of the article featured a child that had been going through intensive chemotherapy.  The child depended on her security blanket helped her get through the treatments.  After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born.  The organization is named after the blanket-toting Peanuts Character “Linus” who continues to serve as their mascot. 

Since they began, they have donated over 3.8 million blankets to children in crisis around the United States.  They currently have 371 chapters spread around all 50 states. 

In addition to regularly serving children throughout the country who are in need of the hug of a blanket for a variety of reasons such as illness, family tragedy or other life crisis, Project Linus has a disaster-relief system they are able to put into action almost immediately after a major tragedy strikes.  Even though the blankets donated are primarily distributed in the local chapter areas, on occasion, when there is a tragedy of proportions that is more than a local chapter can handle, any chapter with a surplus of blankets may send blankets to the affected area as needed.  They do not warehouse blankets; instead they distribute blankets directly to the arms of children in crisis very soon after the need arises.  For example, within 3 weeks of Hurricane Katrina, 44,000 blankets were comforting those children displaced as a result of the hurricane.  More recently, children affected by the tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri also received Project Linus blankets.

Project Linus would not be able to serve children going through a crisis or sickness without the volunteers who support our organization.  Donations are provided through handmade blankets, supplies and monetary donations.  You can help by finding the chapter closest to you on the Project Linus website.  New, handmade washable blankets of many forms are accepted – anything from hand crocheted blankets, to handmade quilts, to no-sew fleece blankets are accepted.  You can find a variety of patterns on their website.  Local chapters also need other volunteers to help with anything from event coordination to delivery.  You can also make a monetary donation on the national organization website or contact a local chapter to learn more about ways they need assistance.

You can learn more about Project Linus on their national website,  You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.  In addition, you can contact a local chapter near you on the Chapter Listing page of the website.

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Nonprofit Organization


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World Bird Sanctuary

My daughter loves birds – well actually animals of all kinds.  So, when I came across the World Bird Sanctuary, I knew I needed to do their profile. 

The mission of the World Bird Sanctuary is to preserve the earth’s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments.  They use education, propagation, field studies, and rehabilitation to fulfill that mission.  They have over 300 acres and over 200 animals in their care in St. Louis, Missouri, making them one of North America’s largest facilities for the conservation of birds.   

In 1977, Walter Crawford Jr., the founder of the World Bird Sanctuary, started his work with birds of prey in his own backyard.  From there, he helped injured raptors and taught local neighborhood children about birds of prey.  If didn’t take long and Walter was faced with the dilemma of where to safely house and work with the several raptors he had taken in.  A lucky encounter with Dr. Richard Coles, the Director of Washington University’s Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri  led to an agreement to use fifteen acres at the research center to continue the mission for helping native birds. 

Since then, The World Bird Sanctuary has been rehabilitating sick and injured birds of prey, and breeding endangered raptors for release, including peregrine falcons, barn owls, coopers hawks and Andean condors.

The World Bird Sanctuary has a variety of volunteer opportunities including working at the visitor center, assisting with field studies, clerical work, and even working directly with the birds.  There are also opportunities for junior volunteers to assist with daily chores in the education and animal management departments.  Visit their website to find more details about these volunteer opportunities.  There are also many group opportunities, including assisting with large events such as World Eagle Day, National Trails Day, and their Annual Open House event.  You can contact them at to learn more.

As with most organizations, the World Bird Sanctuary also accepts monetary donations via their website.  You can also find additional opportunities to help on their website, such as a wish list, by clicking the “Support WBS” button on top of their website

You can learn more about the World Bird Sanctuary at their website,  You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or their blog.

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Posted by on July 6, 2011 in Nonprofit Organization


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