Category Archives: What you can Do

The Philippines Disaster: What Can I Do (or Not Do)?

In case you are wondering how you can help, check out my blog on “How NOT to help in times of disaster.” Advertisements

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A Different Way of Giving for Birthdays and Holidays

I’ve been working on researching for an article I just finished for the Parentmap print magazine about global service trips for teens (stay tuned- it’s coming out later this month), which is why you haven’t seen me posting much lately. … Continue reading

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Your Role as an Advocate in Ending Hunger

I recently saw a thought-provoking documentary called Place at the Table which is about hunger in America. There was a panel discussion afterwards and, long story short, a very passionate woman named Nancy Amidei, who runs the Civic Engagement Project, galvanized … Continue reading

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A Conversation with My Daughter about Empowering Girls

My 10-year-old daughter and I had an amazing conversation about Girl Rising, a documentary we recently saw. Please check out my blog post about it. I definitely recommend this movie- it is very thought provoking and a great conversation piece … Continue reading

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Obliteride: A Bike Ride to Obliterate Cancer

Check out my updated post on Obliteride, a new community event this coming weekend (Aug 9-11) to raise money for cancer research. Cancer touches so many of us, whether or not we have or had a friend or family member … Continue reading

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The Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition: A Small Nonprofit Makes a Difference Advocating for Environmental Health

When Peter Quenguyen, a Vietnamese immigrant, moved to Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, he didn’t know the river nearby had been designated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2001 as one of the most contaminated sites in the nation and a … Continue reading

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How NOT to help in times of a disaster

Someone on Facebook shared this excellent article on “disorganized generosity” in times of disaster. We all want to help but must do it well. In a nutshell, DO donate cash to reputable organizations, DO NOT ship blankets, shoes, clothing, stuffed animals, … Continue reading

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