11

May

I had a great time attending The Olevelos Project fundraiser today. Bryan Greenberg hosted along with Founder and Executive Director Dorry Gannes.

The Olevolos Project provides educational opportunities to disadvantaged young people in Tanzania. Funds raised from the 2013 Benefit Brunch will go towards the Olevolos Project’s Scholarship Program that support the educational and affiliated needs of disadvantaged and orphaned students from the Olevolos Village. http://theolevolosproject.org/

09

Apr

I attended The Global Poverty Project launch of the Live Below the Line Challenge featuring photography by Drew Doggett and Michael Trainer. I think materials are very well designed and simply communicated.

Live Below the Line is challenging individuals and communities to see how much change you can make out of $1.50. By living off just $1.50 per day for food for 5 days, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change.

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/us?lang=en

https://www.livebelowtheline.com/us-en-thechallenge

Hugh Jackman: Live Below the Line

23

Mar

I was happy to volunteer for Charity Water’s World Water Day event in Times Square. They created a “Waterwalk” to highlight the fact that many poor individuals have to walk several miles a day carrying heavy jerry cans to secure water that might not even be safe to drink. They set these cans on the sidewalk to encourage the public to walk in their shoes. It was a great experience working with the team and seeing the genuine interest it sparked in the people around us. Learn more about Charity Water and how you can help by donating your birthday at http://www.charitywater.org/

19

Mar

Back in 2003 I discovered Operation Crossroads Africa. The program offers a three-month volunteer project in West Africa where participants integrate themselves into a local village by providing them with a variety of services. As an avid traveler, I was particularly intrigued by the idea of being part of the community and not just a tourist passing through. Months later I was on a flight to Ghana towards a journey that forever changed the lives of many others, including mine.

My days consisted of some of the hardest, yet rewarding, labor I had ever done in my life. Every morning at sunrise a team of volunteers, using machetes, would manually clear out a large field where a school would eventually be built. My afternoons where equally as rewarding, spending time teaching English to a group of children.  

My stay in Ghana was an eye opening experience. The scenery was majestic and the culture was fascinating but what stayed with me the most were the people I met. I was able to see my life in contrast to theirs. Basic things I took for granted, like running water and proper shelter, were barely available. Despite challenges like that, the people of Kakumdo Village were some of the most positive and kind people I had ever encountered. My perspective on life had changed and it inspired me to continue to give back buy becoming a part of several other volunteer projects. 

http://operationcrossroadsafrica.org

18

Mar

It was great to be invited to the celebration of 18 years of LEAF. LEAF’s is a program funded by The Nature Conservancy and it’s mission is to engage urban youth in conservation activities now so that they will become future stewards for our planet. The program provides paid, residential career internships for students on nature preserves around the country and enriches their experiences in the classroom by providing professional development opportunities to educators from partner high schools. According to a recent alumni survey of LEAF participants, 34 percent have gone on to major in life science fields in college and 21 percent of those majored in environmental studies. Approximately 33 percent of LEAF alumni have secured budding careers in related fields, and over half go on to volunteer for environmental causes in their communities. http://www.nature.org/about-us/careers/leaf/index.htm

18

Feb

As a member for the Trinity’s Services and Food for the Homelesboard I developed this logo for the Love Thy Neighbor Ring. Another board member designed the ring and 100% of the proceeds go towards the soup kitchen. Go team! http://lovethyneighbor.bigcartel.com/

06

Feb

Global Angels is an organization close to my heart since my husband and I serve on their board and I am their Corporate Liaison Coordinator for the U.S.

Working with the international team of Hard Rock staff, Global Angels hosted 3 concerts, in Times Square New York, in Park Lane London and Mumbai, India, running the campaign in every Hard Rock Casino, Hotel and Cafe around the world. They are now feeding and educating 3,500 children on three continents as a direct result.

Global Angels is an innovative international children’s charity, founded by Molly Bedingfield, mother of singers/songwriters Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield aims to champion the needs of children around the world… ..Natasha Bedingfield, Bear Grylls and other artists and celebrities showed their support by STEPPING UP to become ‘Angels’ - helping to highlight the plight of millions of children worldwide.  http://www.globalangels.org/

 

10

Jan

I am proud to be on the board for Trinity Church’s Services and Food for the Homeless. Every year they host a Cool Yule event to raise funds. This is the invite and logo I designed for the event.

More than doubling what was earned last year, this year’s event raised $60K for Trinity. http://www.safhnyc.org/

15

Nov

It wasn’t all Safaris on my trip to South Africa. While I was in Johannesburg I made sure to visit Soweto to experience township life. I spent some time with these beautiful children at their nursery school and they stole my hearts with their smiles.