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Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Posted by:ladycatherina.
Time:1:33 am.
Please feel free to delete if you think this is off topic - not my intention, just thought some might like to place an order for writing-on-commission (short stories, sketches, poems, etc) from some of our magazine's contributors for a holiday gift. The people we're showcasing have some real talent...especially the young feisty woman from Egypt and the screenwriting student who's already creating and helping produce plays in her area. This would be a great idea for gifts for those hard to shop for, who have everything, who would like something more personal than a giftcard, whom you know online, young children, pen pals, etc.

Synchronized Chaos (http://www.synchchaos.com), a new art/cultural/variety webzine inspired by the mathematical concept of chaos theory (systems with organization that's not easily apparent until you look more closely at their beginnings) is hosting a benefit art/writing auction/sale, where some of our featured artists (or any of our volunteers) will create a personalized piece just for you or someone else, at your request. Great for holiday gifts or a special memento to have at home.

Where the funds go:
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Our format is modeled on the Sweet Charity art and writing auctions which normally assist causes such as rape/sexual assault survivor services and international relief, and which raised tens of thousands for the Writer’s Guild of America’s Foundation for those experiencing severe difficulties while out of work during last winter’s strike. http://www.sweet-charity.net/

And if you have extra art for a benefit auction please check out the lovely folks at http://www.helphealfran.org - they’re putting on something similar for performance artist Fran Varian who’s ill with Lyme disease.

Artists available for commissions as of November 1st:
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Please comment here if you would like to request any work in exchange for a donation of any amount that you choose. We will provide information about where to send the donation (PayPal (cedeptula@sbcglobal.net), checks, and cash are accepted) - and you may send it directly to the recipients if you choose and you will receive a thank-you letter along with your artwork or other product.

Please repost the link to this art auction and pass on the word - publicity is always gratefully appreciated. We'd also love more artists/authors/others with auction donations! Thanks so much, and wishing you the best.
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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

Subject:Uganda's Calling
Posted by:ladycatherina.
Time:2:18 pm.
Answer the call.

Sorry if this is not allowed in the community, I can remove it if asked - but I thought some of you might be interested in this new group!

I'm a board member of ugandacalling, and we exist to raise awareness of and work for the end of the civil war in Northern Uganda, which has victimized many innocent civilians, particularly children, and left many homeless and desperately poor. We're trying to provide resources for local groups working on this issue - collecting petitions for groups to circulate, providing ideas for fundraisers for worthy projects, posting news articles and bulletins about Uganda, and letting activists and interested people get together to learn more and network with each other. And we still need lots of people to help us carry on all these functions and get us off the ground as a nonprofit - as well as community leaders who'd like to start something for Uganda!

If you're interested in learning more or helping out, please check out the community - everyone's very nice and positive, we'd love to see you!
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Saturday, March 4th, 2006

Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:11:52 am.
To help them rebuild following Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Public Library is seeking donations of both books and financial contributions. New books will be placed on the shelves; used books will be used by the Friends of the NOPL for their fundraiser book sales. For more information and the address to send your books, visit http://nutrias.org/

(Crossposted like whoa.)
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Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Posted by:viable_chimera.
Time:2:11 pm.
I scroll up and down the mirror with my eyes, pinpointing every imperfection. I do not see a human being. I do not see 'myself'.

I see deformity.

From the awkward shape of my hips, a gift of my genetics, to my crooked nose. One eye is marginally smaller than the other. My hair is shapeless and frazzled. My feet are too flat; grandma had told me not to scuffle. I am pale, hideous. I contort my face at myself to reassure me that I am truly ugly.

I do not see an ambitious young woman skilled in music and painting; the vision of one driven to help others eludes me. I am blind to my intelligence; I bear little resemblance to that person others see, the person that others tell me I am. I do see failure. I do see selfishness. I see my self-loathing battling my arrogance, but it matters little to me which prevails - both are undesirable traits.

Worst of all, I see somebody powerless to make the kinds of changes in the world she desires to.

I wonder how I had come to be so hard on myself.
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Saturday, September 3rd, 2005

Subject:Katrina relief -- how you can help
Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:3:40 pm.

If you have suggestions for things to be added, please leave a comment and I'll update as soon as I can.
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Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:12:39 pm.
Dannon will donate 15 meals to the victims of Hurricane Katrina for every click they receive on their website. Go here and click!
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Friday, July 15th, 2005

Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:9:55 am.
This is quite possibly the most horrible thing I've heard of in a very long time. It was posted at help_each_other.

liltat2mama (whom I admit I don't know from a can of paint) recently lost her infant niece under very tragic circumstances. Baby Miranda's father shook her until she was unconscious, then put her back in her crib like she was sleeping. Her mother found her later and couldn't revive her. She died from bleeding in the brain as a result of the abuse. The family doesn't have the money to give Miranda a proper funeral and memorial, and are asking for help.

I realize a lot of you may be skeptical, especially after the recent debacle with city_glitter's false story about the burned cat, but this has been verified by a number of people and was showcased on various news reports, so it does appear to be genuine.

The original post about the traumatic event is here:

The post with the PayPal button for memorial funds (and comments from people who have investigated the matter and found it to be true) is here:
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Friday, December 31st, 2004

Subject:Linkin Park rocks in every sense of the word
Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:1:10 am.
They have established a new charity in conjunction with the Red Cross to help raise money for the Asian tsunami relief effort, and have themselves pledged $100,000 to the cause. You can check out their new charity, Music For Relief, by Clicking Here.

(Crossposted to orderoftherose and hp4humanity as well as my own journal.)
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Wednesday, December 29th, 2004

Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:10:51 pm.
Another uggetization (hey, fun word!):

If you wish, and are in a position to, actually go and volunteer with the relief effort for the Asian earthquake/tsunami victims, here's one resource. Visit the Tsunami Help Needed blog for information on who needs what kind of help and how you can contact them.

(Information cross-posted to orderoftherose and me3_volunteer.)
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Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

Posted by:viable_chimera.
Time:6:13 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
I see that this community has been quiet for a LOoooOOooOOoong time. Go check out http://livejournal.com/community/uggetsgougg. It's what we've been up to lately. ;)
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Friday, January 23rd, 2004

Subject:fire victims crusade
Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:12:36 pm.
As was posted today at som_pos, an LJ user and her family lost their home and all their possessions in a terrible fire earlier this week. Her friends have started an online task force to get the family back on its feet.


You can read the information there, including verifications that this isn't some kind of scam. This information has been appearing all over the web, even in the fabulous Neil Gaiman's blog, and the response has been overwhelming. Even so, if you feel you are in a position to contribute something -- even just a kind email to the mom -- please do.

(Crossposted at orderoftherose.)
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Monday, January 12th, 2004

Subject:Our grant application.
Posted by:miraculousdream.
Time:12:01 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
Here it is. Our grant. It'll give you guys a good idea as to what TVA does. In the grant, we've changed TVA's name to ME3. It just fits better, so we may be ME3 from now on.

Echoing Green
Revised Draft – January 11, 2004

1. What is your new idea to create lasting social change? When and how did you come up with it?

Volunteerism is essential to building successful organizations and a strong community. It teaches life skills and fosters compassion. ME³, our new organization, will promote volunteerism in NC. ME³ will motivate people to serve with fun, rewarding projects, empower them with knowledge on how to get involved, enlighten them on areas in which help is needed, and educate them on the non-profit world and all it offers. ME³ includes three parts:

-community outreach through weekly presentations at schools, businesses, and other forums

-monthly hands-on projects that allow participants to try out a range of volunteer activities

-an annual state tour, in which 150-300 participants will engage in large-scale projects and special events in collaboration with other NC organizations

ME³ was conceived in 2003, after observing recruiting and volunteer management practices of various local organizations. ME³ will bolster the efforts of local organizations by providing them with volunteer resources.

2. As specifically as possible, demonstrate the need for your organization. Use statistics and references.

According to the Pew Charitable Trust Study of 2001, 41% of people in the nation would like to get involved in public service but don’t know how to get started. Similarly, according to a study conducted by the NC Department of Public Administration, 61% of the people in NC do not volunteer simply because no one has asked them to. Organizations could be more effective if this large percentage of people were tapped into as a volunteer resource.

Many organizations lose volunteers who are dissatisfied with their experience, a fact demonstrated in the UPS Volunteerism Survey of 1998, in which 31% of respondents stopped volunteering due to a poor use of time and skills.

There are many potential volunteers who simply don’t know how to get involved. All they need is information. ME³ will tap into this vital well of volunteers by giving them that information, peaking their interest with innovative events, and keeping all volunteers, new and veteran, interested with our large-scale projects.

3. Why have you chosen your specific approach to addressing the need described above? What is your theory or premise about how to create real and lasting social change that underlies the vision for your organization?

More volunteerism produces more effective non-profit organizations. ME³ believes that more people would get and stay involved in public service if three things occurred:

-They knew how to get started

-They could better use their skills and talents to volunteer

-They had more fun volunteering

The three-part approach ME³ uses will resolve these issues. ME³ will provide information on how to get started in public service, use an application process to match volunteers with the appropriate organizations based on interests, skills, and talents, and provide people with fun, hands-on service events. ME³ will bolster the efforts of local and statewide nonprofit organizations by providing them with more volunteers and volunteer resources. With more volunteers, non-profit organizations will be more effective; they will have more of a crucial resource, volunteers, to make their voices heard in the community and obtain the support they need for their causes.

4. Innovation is important to Echoing Green. Explain how your idea is truly innovative or unique. If appropriate, identify other organizations that are addressing this specific area of need and how your approach is different and why it is potentially more effective.

The services ME³ will provide are sorely needed. Nobody is tapping into the large percentage of potential volunteers who simply don’t know how to get started. While volunteer centers and services exist, they do not perform outreach; those who do not know how to get started will not even think of visiting a center. We will not wait for potential volunteers to come to us; ME³ will go to places potential volunteers exist and provide them with the information they need to begin volunteering.

Furthermore, there are no organizations that collaborate with other organizations to create large-scale projects, supply volunteers for those projects, or host an annual service tour. ME³ will give potential and veteran volunteers a fresh, fun look at volunteerism.

5. Describe your long-term desired outcomes. Describe the activities and/or services that your organization will engage in to deliver these outcomes.

ME³ will provide 25 NC organizations with a 5% increase in volunteer staff per year. Tentative schedule:

November 2004: ME³ will begin giving presentations with information on local organizations, how to get involved, and the benefits of volunteering. Questionnaires will be distributed at each presentation; participants may select their interests and skills, allowing us to match them with appropriate programs. ME³ aims to recruit 20+ participants for monthly service events at the presentations. Presentations will also promote the annual tour.

December 2004: ME³ will begin collaborating with a different organization each month to host a service event, offering participants a diverse sampling of fun activities and giving newcomers a chance to try volunteering.

June 2005: ME³ will host its first annual five-day tour, taking 150-300 participants across NC to conduct a series of service events, giving participants a chance to network and experience making a difference on a grander scale.

6. How will you measure the impact of your work in the communities that you serve?

We will measure the impact of ME³ as follows:

-Surveys will gauge general reactions to presentation
-Questionnaires will be given out to match interested participants with appropriate organizations, based on skills and interests
We aim to have 10% return questionnaires with immediate interest in volunteering.

Service Events
-Attendance aim - 20+ people
-For 6 months after each event, we will contact the organization we worked with to see who has joined as a result of the event

Annual Tour
-Attendance aim - 150+ people
-Nightly, participants will write short feedback essays, citing their feelings about the events of the day.
-Participants will be given a satisfaction survey.
The annual tour will cover 25 charitable causes, which will correlate with the 25 organizations ME³ will select to promote in a given year.
If, a year after the tour, organizations ME³ promoted through its 3-part program have a 5% average increase in volunteer staff, we will consider ME³ a success.

7. Why you? Why now? How are you uniquely qualified to take on this challenge? What personal or environmental factors are driving you to make this commitment at this time?

We are both pursuing careers in public service, and are intensely involved in the community and community organizations. Our indubitable community support not only uniquely qualifies us to lead this effort, but enables us to do so.

Working with various service-oriented organizations, such as the Literacy Council of Wake County, the Salvation Army, Wake County Human Services, Wake Adults Volunteer Educational Services and Kiwanis International (NC Division 12) has made us privy to hearing complaints about a lack of local and statewide volunteers and volunteer resource services. This has reaffirmed not only our belief that an incredible need exists for a subsistence program for organizations, but our belief that an innovative model for this program must be developed if organizations are to receive the support they need. Considering these needs and our already strong commitment to a variety of social issues, we can think of no better time than now to begin.

8. Describe your experience with the proposed constituency or community. Describe your experience in providing the proposed services and/or working within the program area.

Experience with constituents

-Recruiting diverse people for Kiwanis International
-Working with at-risk youth at Salvation Army
-Teaching students good environmental habits for the NCSU Waste Reduction and Recycling Office
-Working with Wake Housing and Homeless Coalition members and Board
-Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Amnesty International, Wake Adults Volunteer Educational Services, and El Pueblo

Experience providing service

-Acting as President, Vice-President, or Secretary in Kiwanis International
-Fundraising for 50+ blankets for local homeless with Hope for the Homeless
-Fundraising for the Literacy Council of Wake County
-Hosting a fundraising event for InterAct, to fight domestic violence
-Raising $1,300 for clothes for 100 needy children for Salvation Army
-Grant-writing for the Wake Housing and Homeless Coalition
-Publishing a newsletter reaching 1,100+ for the Wake Housing and Homeless Coalition
-Leading service events for Kiwanis International

9. Identify your current financial resources.

--$500 in individual donations for the purposes of attaining of 501c3 tax-exempt status, received December 2003.
--$300 of in-kind support in the form of free legal services, received April 2003.
--Application to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation for $20,000 in progress.
--We are currently in discussion with the NC Governor’s office, seeking state funding for ME³.

10. Describe the major challenges and obstacles that you anticipate for this organization and how you will overcome them.

Lack of funding in the face of direct service providers will be the greatest challenge for ME3. It is admittedly difficult to recognize the value of advocacy - for ME3, promoting civic engagement - when seemingly fast, simple solutions to problems exist. Despite this, we will hold fast to our belief that true social change will come from strengthening the foundations of non-profit organizations with more volunteers. So, while we recognize that funders value fast, simple solutions, we also know that community support can determine the worth of a program. Through networking with local and statewide organizations, ME3 will build upon its already thriving community support. We aim to nullify a funder's uncertainty of the value of ME3 by presenting them with the irrefutable community support for our inventive program.
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Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

Subject:My Sister and Christmas!
Posted by:viable_chimera.
Time:9:32 pm.
Mood: touched.
Heather has given me the best Christmas present IN THE WORLD. She is putting up the $500 to get The Virtue Alliance, Inc. its 501c3 tax-exempt status!

We will be in business, probably by March! Real business!
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Tuesday, December 16th, 2003

Subject:Please describe your job to help others choose one.
Posted by:risingearth.
Time:4:27 pm.

I just started a new community, aboutmyjob, where I invite all of you to post your thoughts about your current or past jobs. I'm hoping my community will help young people to answer that very difficult question "What do I want to be?".

Please check out the description via the link above. If you want to post, there's no need to join the community, you can do so right away.

Thanks in advance for sharing, and helping.
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Monday, December 8th, 2003

Subject:spread Christmas cheer
Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:3:49 pm.
Up for doing something good this holiday? Thanks to a friend of mine, I've learned of a great way to make the season a bit brighter for some homeless young people up Massachussetts way.

Details here.

Crossposted at orderoftherose and som_pos.
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Friday, November 14th, 2003

Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:1:57 pm.
A friend of mine posted this in orderoftherose, and I think it's something that the VA'ers would certainly want to investigate.

Campbell's is again sponsoring the NFL Tackling Hunger campaign. Go here and click on the helmet of your preferred football team to donate a can of Chunky soup to a hungry person. You can click once every day for the duration of the campaign, and see how the different teams are stacking up. It looks like they're pretty close to a million cans already! Check it out!
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Wednesday, November 12th, 2003

Subject:Here we go...
Posted by:viable_chimera.
Time:4:26 pm.
Mood: anxious.
I'm so nervous.

Friday, Heather and I are driving to Greensboro for the NCYT annual conference. NCYT is an organization that tries to help young professionals excel in the nonprofit world. We will be there to network, but that's not all...

It will be our very first "presentation" of our huge long-term project: the Random Acts of Kindness Road Trip. We will have project summaries drafted in some folders for them to look over - Will they like our ideas? Will they support them?

Are we on the right track?

I hope so.
If anybody else wants to receive one of our nifty project summary folders let us know. I can either forward them electronically or snail mail them (but the former is the cheapest.)

So, good luck to R.A.K.R.T. as it shows its anxious face to the world for the very first time! :D
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Wednesday, October 29th, 2003

Subject:Random Acts of Kindness
Posted by:miraculousdream.
Time:12:46 pm.
Mood: curious.
People need to know that other people care.

The Virtue Alliance seeks to begin a campaign in which everyone involved seeks ways to better their community and inspire those around them by commiting random acts of kindness. Examples include: Bringing "Thank You" gift baskets to police or fire stations, carrying a carload of food donations to a local animal shelter, baking cookies for your next door neighbor, placing a blanket where you know a homeless person sleeps every night, or writing an anonymous letter of appreciation to a truly good teacher.

Does anyone have any ideas for some good random acts of kindness? They can be big or small. Can anyone help me?

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Tuesday, October 28th, 2003

Subject:TVA Merchandise! :D
Posted by:viable_chimera.
Time:11:15 pm.
Mood: accomplished.
YAY! We have started selling TVA Merchandise. We need to earn $500 so that the IRS will assess our 501c3 Tax Exemption forms *mutter*.

So... More to come! A 2004 calendar, soon! And more elaborate tees! :) :) :)

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Monday, October 27th, 2003

Subject:Red Cross dilemma
Posted by:mayhemme.
Time:1:07 pm.
Mood: contemplative.
(Crossposted at orderoftherose:

I note that this is the first post made in this community. I hope I'm doing the right thing posting this here; it seemed like an appropriate place.

As many of you are aware, there are ten wildfires raging through California. This most recent wave of tragedy was caused by an idiot arsonist, and as a result of his or her senseless stupidity, over 700 homes have been destroyed since last Tuesday; several thousand people have been evacuated and at least 14 are dead.

As it is known to do in times like this, the Red Cross has mobilized to assist the victims. But this time, the RC has a major problem: its Disaster Relief Fund, which enables them to provide support in such instances, is in dire straits. Expenses are far outstripping donations. You can go here for more information.

Obviously, they need help. So what can we do to provide it? I made a donation using their online system, but that's like a drop in the ocean.
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