National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month #Advocacy

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. A few years ago if you asked me if I knew someone who had a childhood cancer I would probably respond that I only knew one person. A distant cousin of mine who is now in her early 20s had Leukemia at a young age, but I didn’t know much about it. I was just a child myself, and it wasn’t discussed much around me other than the occasional conversation I would overhear about her getting better. Fast forward to adulthood, and I am definitely more aware now when it comes to childhood cancer and how many children are affected by it. As a … [Read more...]

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How You Can Support 5 Charities Inspired By Kids Through The Kid Coalition #SocialGood

Kids today seem to be much more conscious of the world around them and how they can make a difference. In fact many kids today are coming up with great ways to help combat social and environmental issues through charitable acts, and The Kid Coalition is on a mission to help make the dreams of kids like this happen. The Kid Coalition is a group that brings together young people that have started humanitarian movements. The group works to help by raising awareness through Tomorrow’s Roundtable, a documentary series that addresses social and environmental issues by creating campaigns using the … [Read more...]

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Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Families

Every summer my family and I like to add special volunteering to our “Pay it Forward” list. Since this season means being outdoors more often, I look forward to finding some new ways to give back and new charities to help. I hope this list of summer volunteer opportunities helps you too. Summer Volunteer Suggestions: Summer Carnivals – Use your creativity and get your family involved with a summer carnival. First, choose a nonprofit that you want to raise money from the carnival’s profits. You can be frugal and still make it fun for others to take part. Select a theme, create or borrow … [Read more...]

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Opportunity International: Investing in Education

After returning from a visit to my daughter, son-in-law and their new baby boy, my first grandchild, it was easy to see that he has many opportunities in his future. He’ll begin a form of education soon at a childcare center that focuses on age appropriate instruction. It’s costly, but the opportunities that come with education mean so much. As he grows, his schooling will be a priority too. When a child is born in Sub-Sahara Africa, he has few opportunities as an infant and as he grows. One of the missing pieces of growing up in Africa is education. Did you know that school isn’t free in … [Read more...]

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Breastfeeding to Save Lives #FirstHour

In poor countries, breastfeeding can save lives. In the first hour of birth, breastfeeding helps baby’s immune system, which is a priority in areas where diseases are widespread. This first hour is a true lifesaver; babies nursed during this time are three times more likely to survive than if they are breastfed a day after birth. Save Our Children released a report, Superfood for Babies, about the barriers to breastfeeding and ways to overcome them. One important point is that “Breastfeeding is critical to preventing malnutrition and saving children’s lives in the developing world. … [Read more...]

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