Cyndi Lauper, the pop idol that once led a conga line through the streets of NYC, is set to perform at the Silver Hill Hospital Gala. The fourth Fall event will take place at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on Wednesday, November 20th 2013. This year’s Gala will honor longtime supporter and Board Director, Peter Busch Orthwein, and his wife, Beverly, and CNBC anchor, Lawrence Kudlow.
Join Butterfly Studio Salon this Sunday, October 27th, for their Give Back Brunch. From 10 am- 4pm bring your friends to get dolled up with a day of beauty and fun for a great cause. 100% of the proceeds, yes that means all, will be donated to charity in the fight against breast cancer. Not only are you getting glam for a great cause, but your hair appointment also gets you complimentary deep conditioning treatments, a chance to win prizes by Kérastase, and of course, an awesome brunch and cocktails. It's a fun beauty day for the whole family! Children's haircuts are just $50, plus a nail bar, face painting, and kids treats will be provided. Look great, have fun, and do it all for a good cause.
On Thursday, September 19, 2013 the Global Youth Connect is hosting a wine tasting to celebrate its recent success implementing human rights programs in Bosnia and Rwanda this summer—so just for this, we can "mix" children and alcohol.
As if wine tastings weren’t full-bodied enough, the proceeds to GYC give the event an even sweeter finish. GYC is an organization that advances global social justice by encouraging young adults to become human rights activists. To empower these young adults, the charity offers cross cultural human rights workshops as well as opportunities to engage in volunteer service. GYC aligns with various grassroots, NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders to sustain international human rights activism.
We all know that big companies sometimes like to give their money to charity. But no matter how noble a cause may be, there is really no way to see exactly how or where they allocate these charity dollars. But with State Bags, giving back to the community has become much more than just a promise, it's a celebration.
State Bags is a New York based benefit corporation who specialize in building practical and stylish bags for people interested in making a discernable change in their community. For every bag purchased, an identical bag is given to an impoverished child who do not have simple luxuries like owning legitimate school backpacks. Instead of just handing out their proceeds behind the veil of a UPS carrier, State Bags celebrate every individually donated bag with a rally held by State Bags representatives called PackMen (no relation to the 8-bit game character).According to Scot Tatelman, who started State Bags with his wife Jacqueline, the idea for their project originated five years ago during a summer camp program he started to help impoverished kids. "I moved to New York and wanted to do something for kids growing up in neighborhoods that were pretty tough, maybe the toughest. Kids were showing up to and from camp with their stuff in trash bags," he says, "so we wanted to do something more than just hand out material things." Instead, Scot and Jacq introduced their GiveBackPack program which also provides children with "a message, role models, and a long term impact." PackMen are the foot soldiers of State Bags. By showing up in person to every State Bags Bag Drop around the country, PackMen are youth developement specialists from under-priviledged nieghborhoods who form intimate relationships with the kids they deliver their products to. Scot not only describes them as motivational role models who visit kids and "rock their world", but they are also the "face of the franchise" who are "performers at heart". Along with being "cheerleaders and rappers, all kind of in one." Scot also says, "they show kids how they rose from neighborhoods, exactly like the one's that they're serving...how they dealt with shootings, violence of all kinds, and drugs." To sum up their relationship to them, Scot says that, "They are basically family members to us."
We’ve been there--stressed out from a long work day and hankering for an ice-cold beer. Happy hours, birthdays, promotions, we can think of a thousand and one reasons to go spend some time at our favorite pub. Sure, the costs add up, but it’s important for our sanity to unwind at the day’s end. However, it's important to make smart decisions with our hard earned dollars. Statistically, young professionals of this generation give less charity than our older generation. Whatever the reason may be, it is time to now draw focus on how we can change this. What if the money spent on that much needed beer could simultaneously fund a cause for good? Good news: it actually can, at least in Washington, D.C. where, Cause, a philanthropub, donates 100% of its proceeds to charity!
Ever wonder where your money goes when you donate to charity? Me too. But with GiveDirectly, a charity that helps support Kenya's poorest population, you no longer have to worry about feeling like you wasted your hard earned dollars. With a unique new method of endowment, GiveCharity has revolutionized the charity field by actually handing people money. What a concept!
The way GiveCharity works is very simple. They give money to the poor by transfering it electronically to their cell phones. Before this happens though, GiveCharity scopes out census data to figure out what areas of Kenya need the most help. After the poorest households have been designated, SIM cards are provided to donation recipients without cell phones, who are then free to allocate the money they recieve however they see fit. Wondering what they are spending their money on? GiveCharity believes in keeping completely out of the way of recipient's choices in spending their money.
“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!
Stanley Young was down on his luck. An unemployed construction worker from Washington D.C. who lost his home to a fire two weeks ago, Young was not only left to sort out the debris of his own life, but also the lives of his eight children. His wife died a year ago, and with no one left to turn to, this single father and his family only had a few days before they were kicked out of their temporary home at the Holiday Inn. That's when legendary hip-hop icon Nas stepped in.
The mastermind behind 1994's Illmatic, one of the most popular and highly respected albums in the history of hip-hop, Nas can relate to Stanley Young's story. Nas is a single father himself and he understands the struggle that people in Young's position often endure. As a result, Nas took the initiative to start a crowdsourcing campaign through Crowdtilt.com to help Stanley Young get back on his feet.