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    Social Media Angels: Pie in the Sky

    Thursday, November 6, 2014, 4:14 PM [social media]
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    With all of the negativity that can be seen through social media, it is nice to find people whose words are uplifting and positive. Twice a month, I will spotlight a person or organization that is making an impact on their followers using social media as platform.

    What if there were a way for you to have your pie and help someone eat theirs too? This is the idea behind Pie in the Sky, the annual campaign from Massachusetts-based organization Community Servings. With every $28 sale of a pie, a client is supplied with nutritious food for a week. Last year they sold 17,000 pies, raising $600,000 to help feed those who are critically ill and homebound.

    I bet you’re thinking, hey! I like pie! I can do this! – and you’re right. If you live in the Boston area, you can get involved by following the #PieintheSky hashtag to see what events are going on. Live outside the city? Not a problem – you could always make a donation to this great cause. Own a bakery? Even better! You can become an official baker for the cause, and know that your passion for baking is making somebody’s holiday that much sweeter.  

    If you want to keep up to date with the Pie in the Sky campaign -- or if you want some bake sale inspiration for your own area fundraiser -- you can follow the organization all across social media: Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Yelp.    

    If all it takes is a slice of pie to make someone's holiday a little brighter, how could you resist? 

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    Social Media Angels: New York Women in Communications Foundation

    Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:57 AM [social media]
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    With all of the negativity that can be seen through social media, it is nice to find people whose words are uplifting and positive. Twice a month, I will spotlight a person or organization that is making an impact on their followers using social media as platform.

    There has been quite a bit of buzz lately surrounding the topic of empowering women. Between encouraging young female students to embark on STEM careers, to promoting women in politics, 2014 seems to be the year of the woman. There are some great resources out there that aim to ensure that women achieve their education and career goals, a great one being New York Women in Communications, Inc. 

    New York Women in Communications, Inc. is a not-for-profit association for communications professionals in New York City. Their mission is to “empower women in all communications disciplines at all stages of their careers to reach their full potential by promoting their professional growth and inspiring them to achieve and share their successes in the rapidly changing world of communications” – and that they do.

    Coming up on its 14th year, the New York Women in Communications Foundation funds and develops initiatives for women who are just starting out in their communications careers. The foundation also supports professionals who have decided to make a career switch into communications.  Since the foundation’s establishment in 2000, it has issued over $1 million in scholarship support, making it the largest foundation for communications scholarships for women in the tri-state area.

    The foundation is funded through events, individual contributions, donations from private foundations and corporate support. Recently, the organization held their 8th annual Ladies Who Laugh comedy event at Caroline’s on Broadway in NYC. 

    The New York Women in Communication Foundation Scholarships – which are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000 -- are awarded to undergraduate and graduate communications students who either attend college in New York City or reside in the Greater New York City area.

    Aside of the scholarships, NYWICI takes full advantage of its social reach, holding Twitter chats on helpful career topics, sharing reading lists and links, holding events and panels and providing an easy way for women communicators to interact with one another.

    Interested in learning more about the organization? Follow them on Twitter, check out their blog, or consider joining the organization to always stay up to date on what’s going on in the communications industry. 

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    Social Media Angels: Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry

    Friday, July 11, 2014, 1:25 PM [social media]
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    With all of the negativity that can be seen through social media, it is nice to find people whose words are uplifting and positive. Twice a month, I will spotlight a person or organization that is making an impact on their followers using social media as platform.

    No child should ever go to bed with an empty stomach, but here is an alarming statistic: one in five children in America struggles with hunger. Fortunately, there is an organization that believes in the possibility of a future where kids have access to the nutritious foods they need on a daily basis.

    In an effort to help end global hunger and poverty, Share Our Strength was established in 1984. Three decades later the organization is going strong with its No Kid Hungry campaign, working hard to provide effective nutrition programs to hungry children. This includes breakfasts during the school year and meals during the summertime.

    This is all made possible thanks to a dedicated community that includes private citizens, government officials, nonprofits and business leaders. Much of it would not be possible without the help of social media, which not only gives ideas on how to fundraise for the cause, but also lists ways for those in need to get a good meal.

    You may have even noticed No Kid Hungry’s bright orange logo on your Twitter timeline. Have you had the chance to check out their latest campaign? Their most recent initiative centers around recruiting people to join Team No Kid Hungry, pledging "Declare America's Independence From Hunger."

    For all of the bakers out there, here’s your chance to give back. Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry is a national fundraiser which encourages people to host bake sales in their communities to help end childhood hunger. If you’re in need of recipes, or have a great one that you want to contribute, you can follow along on Twitter to see the latest bake sale updates.

    Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign was recently recognized by PR Daily as the Best Advocacy/Awareness Campaign for how it “built community, both online and off, bringing real people together around the table to make a difference.”

    To date, they’ve provided 107 million meals, saying, “107 million isn’t just a number – it’s a sign of the transformational change we’re making for kids all across America, and even in your backyard.“

    Want to help? Get connected:

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    Social Media Angels: Charity Ball

    Thursday, June 26, 2014, 3:06 PM [social media]
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    With all of the negativity that can be seen through social media, it is nice to find people whose words are uplifting and positive. Twice a month, I will spotlight a person or organization that is making an impact on their followers using social media as platform.

    With the World Cup in full swing, soccer is the talk of the town. In the midst of all of the excitement of the U.S. advancing to the next round, it’s easy to forget that there are people in this world who are unable to afford something as simple as a soccer ball.

    Luckily, there are teenagers like Ethan King who believe that any kid who loves the game of soccer should have the ability to play. After a trip to Africa in 2009, King was touched by the sheer excitement that a soccer ball brought to a group of African children. For them, this was the first time they’d ever played the game with a real ball.

    It was in that moment that King knew he had to do something in order to let these children feel the joy that soccer can bring. In 2010, he started Charity Ball, which provides new, quality soccer balls to kids in poverty-stricken communities around the world.

    Not only do these soccer balls help the kids gain an interest in the game, but they help them cope with some of the difficult things they have to deal with in their villages every day. In addition to that, it helps the children learn teamwork and gain a sense of self-worth

    Thanks to social media, King’s mission is spreading quickly. At 14 years old, he has already been interviewed by Katie Couric, featured in Time for Kids and FOX, and, most recently, spotlighted in The Huffington Post. Through Twitter, he shares the beautiful photos of happy children who’ve just received their soccer-ball donations, letting sponsors see where their donations have gone.

    At such a young age, King took the initiative to get the ball rolling and help those in need. I’m looking forward to staying up-to-date on his latest projects, and cannot wait to see how many soccer balls have been donated by World Cup 2018.

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    Social Media Angels: Warrior Canine Connection

    Thursday, May 29, 2014, 3:23 PM [social media]
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    With all of the negativity that can be seen through social media, it is nice to find people whose words are uplifting and positive. Twice a month, I will spotlight a person or organization that is making an impact on their followers using social media as platform.

    Returning from war can be a stressful experience for service members, especially those who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) and need a way to safely and effectively get help. Sometimes such help may come in the form of a four-legged furry friend.

    Warrior Canine Connection is a therapeutic service dog training program that harnesses the healing power of the human-animal bond. It is an opportunity for warriors who suffer from PTSD to reintegrate into civilian life while training service dogs for fellow wounded warriors. The wounded soldiers are then given the opportunity of an increased sense of mobility, well-being and independence.

    As part of the program, the warriors are taught to praise the dogs when they experience a startling event. According to their website, warriors who have participated in the dog training program have found that the positive emotions used to praise the dogs has significantly improved their own lives.  

    This week, Warrior Canine Connection was featured on ABC World News With Diane Sawyer in a segment reported by Steve Osunsami showing how these dogs can heal a warrior’s mind and bring them comfort.

    If you love dogs and love the idea of how they can greatly improve a veteran’s life, follow Warrior Canine Connection on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You’ll be able to keep up to date with the organization’s progress as well as see some adorable photos of the service dogs as puppies.  

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