To Write Love on Her Arms Founder Jamie Tworkwoski To Speak At NCSP’s “Rally To Prevent Suicide” In Washington, D.C. this Saturday, April 21st

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) announces founder Jamie Tworkowski will speak at the National Council for Suicide Prevention’s (NCSP) first national Rally To Prevent Suicide this Saturday, April 21st from 5:30pm-6:30pm on the West front steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Alongside the NCSP, the National Council for Behavioral Health, the American Psychological Association, the Cohen Veterans Network, and other leading health organizations, TWLOHA will add their voices to the call for Congress and the President to make suicide prevention a public health priority. For more information, please visit: www.rallytopreventsuicide.org.
On the upcoming event, TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski shares: “We’re so excited to participate in the Rally to Prevent Suicide. It’s an honor to stand alongside so many organizations and individuals who are working hard to save lives. We’re proud to represent the TWLOHA community on Saturday in Washington, and you’re certainly invited to join us!
Between 1999 and 2015 suicide claimed 604,878 American lives and an estimated 15 million more attempts. Current data indicates increases in middle-age adult suicides and in youth (ages 5-14) suicides reaching a 40-year high, compounded by 20 veteran suicides every day and additional active duty military suicides daily.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Rally to Prevent Suicideand show their support for improving the mental health of all Americans and preventing the tragedy of suicide. Attendees will be able to hear from top leaders in the field of mental health and suicide prevention and listen to stories of hope and resilience from individuals who have struggled personally and families who have lost loved ones to suicide.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. It exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 200,000 messages from over 100 countries.
This past September, TWLOHA wrapped its 6th annual campaign to honor National Suicide Prevention Week and World Suicide Prevention Day. The organization was overwhelmed by the amount of love and support shown during this year’s campaign, titled, “Stay. Find what you are made for,”during which over $103.5K was raised for treatment and counseling. The campaign was shared by supporters all over the world, including NBA player Kyle Korver, US Women’s National Soccer Team stars Alex MorganChristen Press, and Ashlyn Harris, actress Shantel VanSanten, Switchfoot’s Jon ForemanDustin Kensrue of Thrice, actress and singer Debby Ryan, The Ready Set’s Jordan Witzrigreuter, and Jess Bowen of The Summer Set, all of whom were featured in a special video message directed by Dustin Miller, a Florida-based filmmaker and longtime TWLOHA collaborator: https://youtu.be/37cB2CQt_YA.
WHAT: “Rally To Prevent Suicide”
WHO: National Council For Suicide Prevention, TWLOHA Founder Jamie Tworkowski, and more
WHERE: Capitol Hill | West Front Steps | Washington, D.C.
WHEN: Saturday, April 21st | 5:30pm-6:30pm
National Council for Suicide Prevention:
The National Council for Suicide Prevention, a national coalition of seven leading nonprofits working to end suicide in the United States, works to advance suicide prevention through leadership, advocacy, and acting as a collective voice for those impacted by suicide.

2018 World Health Run – Run With Us or Follow Along on Social! #GlobalHealth #Running #HealthForAll #PeaceCorps @WorldHealthRun

Follow us on social media tomorrow as we participate in the very first World Health Run!

In order to raise awareness of health equity, health as a human right, the many challenges some people face in seeking health care, and the challenges that health systems face in trying to provide comprehensive care, we are gathering stories and reflections from individuals around the world. We will highlight responses to questions on social media in the hopes of encouraging an open conversation that represents everyone.

Please go to www.RealVoices.World to participate!

We are very proud that this event offers the opportunity for individuals and groups to support some pretty terrific organizations and their high-quality work.

We are all proud, of course, to be a part of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The 2018 conference was inspiring and we were thrilled to be a part of it. In addition, the Rotary Club of ChicagoNational Peace Corps Association, and Peace Care are collaborators in this effort. Take a look at their websites to see what kind of work they do. We’ll be telling you more about them through social media, as well.

In addition, this run supports many local organizations and the communities with whom they partner around the world. We will distribute a report several weeks after the run to let you know about these groups, and we will distribute a follow-up report later in the year to let you know about the impact of our collective effort.

Our principal goal is to raise awareness about health equity in the U.S. and Globally. If you are keen to learn a bit about the topic, the World HealthOrganization is a great place to start.

Did you know that:

  • In the U.S., “Native Americans and Alaska Natives have an infant mortality rate that is 60 percent higher than the rate for their white counterparts. 1 In 2013, infants born to African American mothers experienced the highest rates of infant mortality (11.11 infant deaths per 1,000 births), and infants born to Asian or Pacific Islander mothers experienced the lowest rates (3.90 infant deaths per 1,000 births).2” 3
  • Globally, every day, about 800 women die due to complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal mortality is a health indicator that shows very wide gaps between rich and poor, both between countries and within them.4

(these are quoted directly from Baciu 2017 – referenced below)

We believe that by bringing broader communities together to advocate for better health.

Check out our 2018 World Health Run Music Mix!

We are thrilled that this event is gaining traction as being a premier opportunity for committed individuals and organizations around the world to come together to raise awareness about health equity.

Virtual World Health Run

Date: April 7, 2018

For World Health Day 2018, as stated during registration, there isn’t a physical run near you. Therefore, you will be participating in the VIRTUAL RUN. (We are working diligently to organize a physical run near you year. We’ve made a lot of connections this year and we are already making some terrific plans for moving forward).

DIRECTIONS:
As a VIRTUAL runner, you have a terrific opportunity to plan out a terrific route and raise awareness. We encourage you to get a group together if possible.  If you need some help planning a route, www.plotaroute.com is a terrific resource. Not only can you plan your own route, but you can locate previously planned routes near you.  Please let us know if you find a route that would be a great location for a physical run for next year!

We recommend that you go for your run on April 7, World Health Day, so that we can unite around the world on that day. With that being said, the virtual run does afford a degree of flexibility that can be convenient for those that are traveling or experiencing other challenges with their schedule.

We would love for you to engage with us on social media when you do run. Help us show the world that we care about health equity.

Above all, go have a great time, wear your shirt with pride, and feel good about this event. We are making an impact together.

Listen along to the Official World Health Run Music Mix! Let us know what we should add.

Diggerland and local non-profit join forces to organize philanthropic event

Diggerland USA has partnered with the SAMBULANCE Program, a 501 c(3) non-profit tasked with fostering special needs safety education. The entities will co-host Dig, Dine and Drive, an annual fun-filled evening set to take place on Friday, June 9th from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.

Tickets for the all-inclusive event, priced at $30 each and now available online, include: live entertainment, a BBQ buffet, auction, specialized stunt show, as well as access to all the park’s various attractions.

Proceeds will support the continued education and safety of special needs individuals through the non-profit, which offers free hands-on training. In 2016 alone, over 22,000 students across New Jersey and Pennsylvania were reached by the SAMBULANCE team.

“Being able to provide lifesaving presentations is so rewarding,” said Annie Peters, Executive Director of SAMBULANCE. “The special population we reach is particularly vulnerable in emergencies. Knowing that we are making a difference in helping them stay safe, makes this job really special. Emergencies are daunting experiences, so allowing exposure to emergency personnel, vehicles and situations is vital.”

SAMBULANCE also works with Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam’s Oasis to host park events catered to the special needs community. These events, along with Dig, Dine and Drive have been made possible through ongoing support from Nemours DuPont Pediatrics in Voorhees. A number of both local and national companies have donated over $5,000 in raffle items for the auction, including Virtua and TD Bank.

To make a donation, provide sponsorship, purchase tickets or receive additional information on the June 9th event, visit: http://digdinedrive.org.

Adorable #BearsForHumanity Animal Pals

Disclosure- We received the belwo in order to facilitate this review.  All opinions are our own. For more infomration, see “I Disclose”.

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If you have never heard of Bears For Humanity, you should definitely check them out. Bears For Humanity is a social commerce company that believes in 100% certified organic products, healthy children and a sustainable environment. They manufacture Teddy Bears and Animal Friends with an organic faux fur that is the closest thing to hugging a real bear (but much safer).  When a customer buys a Bear For Humanity stuffed pal, another just like it is sent to a child in need.  They also employ their workers through the “Welfare to Work” program. It’s a great program that helps at risk moms and caregivers get back to work.

We all shop, we all buy gifts, but how often do we see a company who donates one for one (buy one, donate one) to children in need?

Typically, when you purchase an item online, you are asked for your name, credit card and perhaps an option to join the mailing list. When you purchase a teddy bear from Bears For Humanity™, you get to choose which charity – Toys For Tots, Save The Children, Semper Fi Fund, OneSimpleWish.org, Lucile Packard– they will donate a bear to, because your purchase instantly doubles as a gift for a child in need.  You can also save even more by using this free shipping coupon code: FREESHIPPING4MOM which is valid through the end of August for online purchases on the Bears for Humanity website.

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After you order, the cuddly pal that you have helped donate is personally delivered to a veteran’s house, a children’s hospital, or an underprivileged household. It’s a win-win way to run a company! The stuffed bears come in two sizes – 16” Premium Bear and 7” Baby Bear (19.99). The many charity options and five color choices are splashed across www.BearsForHumanity.com website that opens to a philosophical question – Can A Teddy Bear Change The World?

The bears are really soft, as well.  Bears For Humanity pals are the only 100% Certified Organic Cotton/ Hemp, GOTS Certified Organic Cotton teddy bears in the world. Plus, they are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic which gives parents the peace of mind they don’t get from polyester plush toys.

You can follow Bears for Humanity on social media here:

Chuck E. Cheese’s Little-Big Night Out and WIN a Prize Pack

Not that you need any special reason to go, kids love Chuck E. Cheese’s!  But on March 31, Chuck E. Cheese is beginning the celebration for National Volunteer Month in April with a nationwide fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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The event lasts from 3-9 p.m. at all Chuck E. Cheese’s stores. The more people that go, the more fun you have- and the more funds are raised to help BBBS find matches for all the Big-less Littles in the area. This is a great way for parents to talk to their kids about giving back, and have fun while doing so.

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Chuck E. Cheese has had a past partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the first Little-Big Night Out and 15 percent of sales nationally will be donated to the organization. Additionally, throughout April customers can donate $1, $5 or any amount of their choice at the register to the nonprofit organization to help match “Littles” with “Big” mentors.

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For more information on Little-Big Night Out, and the general fundraiser page—where any school or 501(c)3 can sign up to host a CEC fundraiser, check out these links-

http://www.chuckecheese.com/deals-offers/help-support-big-brothers-big-sisters/

http://www.chuckecheese.com/birthday-events/fundraising

One of you can win  a guest pass (good for a large pizza, 4 drinks and 30 tokens) + 1,000 tickets.  Ends 4/22/16.  Good luck!
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Gifts That Give Twice With World Vision For The Holidays

Looking to give a beautiful, unique gift this year? Maybe you want to do something even better then that- maybe you want to give a gift that gives back. World Vision lets you do both- you can not only give beautiful gifts that the gift-ee will love, but when you buy, your money goes to those who need it most. World Vision is Fair Trade, and helps artisans make a living wage that they can raise their families on.

This year more than 50 percent of holiday shoppers plan to purchase holiday gifts online. Look into new gift ideas that give back with just a few clicks of the mouse from the World Vision Gift Catalog.
More than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39,000, are available online and in the print catalog to help improve quality of life for women, children and families in the U.S. and around the world. Give help where it is needed most and receive handcrafted gifts that are beautiful accessories:

African Soapstone Box – New to the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog, the hand-carved African Soapstone Box is a safe place to store necklaces and rings. Coated in light blue with an image of a giraffe, this ornate box features pretty details that will complement nearly any decor. Donations go toward the Kenyan artisans who crafted the box to help provide medical care for their families. $85

 

Royal Silk Scarf – A recent addition to the Catalog, this gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide, including those in the community where it was crafted; the luxurious silk was woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive fair wages & sustainable income through their craft. $95
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MANDUKA® COLLABORATES WITH RYAN MCGINNESS ON PRINTED PRO YOGA MAT @MandukaYoga

Mat to benefit Bent on Learning – bringing yoga to children in underserved communities

LOS ANGELES (December 1, 2015) – Manduka, creators of high-performance yoga gear designed for and by yogis, revealed its first-ever artist collaboration bringing Ryan McGinness’ renowned figure drawings to its legendary PRO Mat series. The limited edition mat will be sold online only at www.manduka.com. For every Ryan McGinness PRO Mat purchased, Manduka will gift two yoga classes for children in the nonprofit organization Bent on Learning, bringing yoga into underserved public schools to support a healthier, more compassionate learning environment.

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“Yoga and art are natural partners,” said Sky Meltzer, CEO Manduka. “We are honored to provide our mat as a canvas for Ryan McGinness’ work, bringing beautiful imagery to the place so many people go to for inspiration. Together, we are sharing mindful purpose and creative expression, while supporting kids and inspiring them to practice.”

Ryan’s artwork derives from figure drawings, beginning with sketches and closing with rigid refinement to showcase his models‘ essential forms. His iconic Women Series, presented on the PRO mat, embraces an expressive representation of universal womanhood. With a classic deep blue background playing host to an abstract woman’s silhouette, the Ryan McGinness PRO Mat is equal parts beauty and function. Without compromising the signature PRO performance, this is the first printed PRO mat featuring the unparalleled density, performance grip and a Lifetime Guarantee the line has offered for nearly 20 years.

“Teaching yoga in schools gives kids the opportunity to connect to their inner lives where their imaginations and creativity can expand beyond the constraints of the classroom,” proclaimed Anne Desmond, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Bent on Learning.” Ryan McGinness’ art on the Manduka PRO is a gorgeous testament to the power of yoga on a child’s creative development, and this partnership will allow more children to receive Bent On Learning yoga classes and have a lasting impact on their education.”

To support Bent on Learning and view the new mat, please visit:

https://www.manduka.com/yoga-mats/pro/the-manduka-pro-limited-edition-print.html

For more information on Manduka visit: http://www.manduka.com. Join us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mandukayoga or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @MandukaYoga

Operation ResCUTE Book & Plush Set – Gives Back to Pets @OpResCute

Have you heard of the inspirational non-profit called Operation ResCUTE™ ($29.99), packaged for young readers as a book-and-plush set. It stars the true-life-story of Jingles, a homeless puppy in New York City that gets to live happily ever after. Youngsters discover (as they snuggle with their plush pup) that shelters are full of friendly faces. With the purchase of this boxed set, they become a ResCUTER.

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It’s no wonder Operation ResCUTE is getting two paws up from animal lovers of all ages. The illustrated book is written from the dog’s point of view, in her own voice. After reading the storybook, kids will want to share the importance of being a ResCUTER, a solution to shelter dog adoption. Packaged in a cage-like gift box, the book and plush pal opens their eyes to the many four-legged friends locked away in cages, longing for a loving home. And it really happened to Jingles.

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We have our own adopted dog, and usually a foster dog as well, so we loved this story as well as the idea of ResCUTE.  Giving a gift that is not only cute and sweet but also gives back is one we can fully support.  Kids on your list and any animal lover would appreciate this adorable gift set.

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Like many happy-ending stories, this one began tragically when NYC marketing powerhouse Laurie Brown-Nagin spotted an Animal Control Officer carrying a puppy to a pro-bono veterinarian. The animal lover and mom fell in love with Jingles, the shelter pooch that desperately needed a warm, loving home. As a marketing researcher, Brown-Nagin discovered only 30 percent of pets in homes come from shelters and rescue organizations. Worse, an estimated 2.7 million healthy pets remain in shelters each year! She started a non-profit, www.OperationRescute.com, and used her years of marketing prowess to package this inspiring boxed set for the next generation to read and feel empowered to make a difference.

During this season of giving, parents and grandparents can give a pawsitive present, with 100% of profits going directly toward helping shelter dogs get adopted. Brown-Nagin reports that profits will be used by shelters for marketing /outreach efforts for placement of dogs with families.

Operation ResCUTE Book & Plush Set • $29.99 • Ages 3+

Jingles the dog, the first in the Operation ResCUTE series, shows youngsters the value of opening their hearts and helping someone/something less fortunate. Each boxed set includes an illustrated book and huggable plush pup. Animal shelters give it two paws up! For sale at Amazon.com.