The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and below is a list of some featured items you can purchase to sweeten up your day and hopefully the day of someone overcoming breast cancer.
Crumbs' Pink Ribbon Cupcake, $3.95
It’s been an unseasonably hot October this year; summer just doesn’t want to end the party! Well we aren't complaining, because with the hot weather comes the most refreshing drinks! One of which is Chef Richard’s, of Richard Sandoval Restaurant, Pink Ribbon Agua Fresca. Made of fresh watermelon and saturated in antioxidants, this drink is as delicious as they come.
This beverage is one of Chef Richard’s favorites since it was served at his grandmother’s dining room table and, in that way, honors one of the most important women in his life, while also paying homage to his Mexican roots.
There are literally thousands of organizations that provide opportunities for travel—most of which include fees or other cover costs—and as honorable as those charities may be, the list below offers insight into lesser known programs that cost nothing. So, let's takeoff!
1. HFHoliday Walking Leader, UK & Europe
This is your chance to explore Europe as a volunteer guide for walking tours. Once volunteers are appointed to one of their 40 European resorts, they are then provided with gratis meals as well. Tours are mostly conducted in the summer months, during which leaders will spend 2 to 8 weeks showcasing their touring skills. All HFHolidays asks in return is for you to share your passion and knowledge with your groups.
“Dinner and a movie tonight?” This is the typical question one partner says to the other on when that sweet Friday comes around. Sure, dinner and movies are fun, once in a while, but they are also costly and can be, well, stale.
Studies show that engaging in new activities with your partner can bring you emotionally closer to one another. So, let’s bring you two closer and feeling good about yourselves with these 5 new and fun date ideas:
In most matters “adult” we tend to look to our parents for guidance. But, our poor parents lacked the most incredible and expansive medium for knowledge transmission: the Internet! Our parents were hassled by telethons, snail mail, and blind calls from various organizations pleading for monetary donations.We no longer have to rely on these methods; in fact, we can give donations all while having some good fun!
Now that we are making some money—even if it is barely enough to pay our rent and happy hour lifestyle—it’s time, as young adults, to start considering our options for charitable donations. Luckily, our current times offer us busy urbanites many easy and comprehensive options for philanthropic fun.
The world can be an isolating place sometimes. And in this fast-paced world of ours, mindfulness, and acts of kindness are ever-more necessary to brighten, beautify, and strengthen our human bonds with one another. Here are some nifty ways to get the kindness rolling:
Treat Someone to the Movies
The price of a NYC movie ticket is somewhat horrifying--even for a mantinee. Such steep numbers usually leave us saying, "I guess I’ll watch it on my computer screen." Therefore, as a special act of kindness (both to yourself as well as whoever you invite), get tickets to go out to a movie and enjoy briefly pausing time, along with any concerns or stressors. Enjoy a laugh, and a little cry, at Woody Allen’s new film Blue Jasmine.
It’s Pouring; Share Your Umbrella
We have all been in this situation: we simply forgot to check AccuWeather in the morning and, alas, it is raining outside. Now your blownout hair or newly pressed polo is in imminent danger of ruin. How amazing would it be if someone (hopefully cute!) came up to you and asked if you would like to share his/her umbrella? That’s what we thought, pretty damn amazing. So the next time you are stuck in a rain shower, check out who might be in need and help a sister (or brother) out.
Give Up the Gossip
It’s an interesting dichotomy: it's alright to talk about so-and-so’s ridiculous haircut or that pretentious t-shirt your roommate keeps rocking, and yet it is unjustifiable and distressing to think of anyone gossiping about us. We get it, we're not entirely innocent either--gossip seems to slip so innocuously into conversations we don’t even notice what we are doing. It is impossible not to discuss mutual friends and acquaintances in conversation, but this can be used as a perfect opportunity to be kind and feel good about yourself as well. Just say positive things; all of a sudden the tone of the conversation switches to a much more meaningful, fun, and *fuzzy* place.
Ask Someone About His/Her Culture with Genuine Interest
NYC’s immensely cosmopolitan population isn’t just advantageous for our cuisine selections; it’s also auspicious for expanding our cultural and historical knowledge (and bone up on our Jeopardy trivia while we are at it). Asking someone about themselves in a non-superficial way—not that “where’d you get that cute dress?” is superficial, per se—but discussions about a person’s family and traditions will make them feel special, interesting, and bring up those nostalgic memories of family traditions. Aren’t you kind?
Public Poetry for the Brave
This is a little bit of a controversial one, but we bet you’re a bit of a rebel anyway, so here we go: read a poem or two out loud on public transportation vehicles (i.e. bus, train). Here us out: us New Yorkers are all too familiar with the, uh, outbursts of opinions on the train, but what if someone (read: you) were to deliver a mini poem for your cart to hear? How delightful! And ok, public speaking is not for everyone, isn’t that right Bashful? But we have an adorable solution for you: consider bringing sticky notes with you and posting a couple poems or just nice quips in random places like a public bathroom mirror, car windshield, or a Duane Reade shelf. Nothing beats happening upon an anonymous love quote in this whirlwind city.
Leave a Used Book in a Public Domain
We are guilty as charged of pursuing this kindness with books we have read and really enjoyed. Instead of lugging these treasures around, why not donate them or be a little sneaky and leave them on a bus/train for someone else to enjoy on those long commutes? They will have an emotional journey while on their physical journey: Got ‘em!
Clare Donohue, founder of an anti-fracking group called Sane Energy Project, said that out of the eight million people living in New York City, "You can walk up to anyone on the street and they haven’t heard about fracking yet." But if New Yorkers knew more about what fracking could do to their city, she believes it would blow their minds, literally.
On June 25, 3,000 people from around the state gathered outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo's fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel. Organized by Clare Donohue, they rallied in hopes to try and convince the politician to outlaw something called fracking. Short for hydraulic fracturing, fracking is a method of tapping into previously unreachable deposits of gas by injecting the ground with hundreds of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals. The anti-fracking movement has been growing steadily each year, and with the possibility of lawful fracking coming to New York, activism has skyrocketed all over the state. Although there are many hazards that fracking can impose on people's health, there is one consequence that may bring some people to their boiling point.
Kaizen is a Japanese word that means "continued improvement" and for Toyota, kaizen has been an essential element in their success as an automobile company. According to their website, the "era of kaizen" began when a young employee suggested a small alteration should be made to their shipping system which saved them money and fostered a safer work enviroment. Now, Toyota has helped spread the "era of kaizen" to the Food Bank for New York City.
Last week, Edeyo Foundation, an independent, nonprofit organization based in New York City, dedicated to improving the future for children in Haiti through education, hosted their 6th annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball. The ball, presented by Nike and Avi Oster, took place at Highline Ballroom and was hosted by Stephen Baldwin. Co-founders Unik Ernest and Michael Pradieu, welcomed over 300 guests to the event, sponsored by HBO and Maserati of Long Island. The event raised a whopping $200,000 during the course of the evening towards improving the future of children in Haiti.
Some of the strongest work displayed at the New York City International Film Festival were the documentaries. Girl Rising tells the story of nine girls in different countries suffering harsh realities. It is only through an education that they find a way out. From Wadley in Haiti not having enough funds to attend school anymore after the earthquake, to Suma being freed from bonded labor in Nepal, these girls’ unwavering faith are an inspiration. Each young girl was paired up with an older writer from their respective countries to tell their story. The film was then voiced over by popular American actresses like Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. Since Girl Rising was an inspiration to us, Joonbug decided to sit down with director Richard E. Robbins to ask him some questions about the film.