Help Jamie Oliver train 1,000 new Food Revolutionaries
Jamie’s birthday is May 27th and we want to help him train 1,000 new food revolutionaries so they can teach culinary arts to kids in Los Angeles.
Maybe you’ve heard of Jamie Oliver – he’s the chef behind the Emmy Award-winning show Food Revolution on ABC, The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie’s School Dinners and so many more. He’s arguably one of the most recognizable names and faces in the kitchen whose passion for healthy, sustainable food has resulted in mass change to the way school-aged children are fed in the UK. Now he wants to help the children in LA gain access to healthy lunches and learn skills that will help them grow in to healthy and educated adults.
In the last few weeks, 20 culinary arts teachers have lost their jobs due to school budget cuts. Kids across the city no longer have access to cooking classes that gave them training to get a job or the basic skills critical to feed themselves and their families properly in adult life.
I need your help to Spark a Food Revolution – Train 1,000 Food Revolutionaries. It’s a great cause that I truly believe can make a difference, and can help fight the battle against obesity and diet-related diseases, the biggest killer in America today. I chose Spark a Food Revolution – Train 1,000 Food Revolutionaries because together we can get cooking teachers back in the community, and get children and adults cooking again. — Jamie O xxx
Your gift will help to fund the creation of an inspiring training program that will teach LA locals to run cooking classes in schools and community centers.
America Gives Back is the charitable organization sponsoring Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. The Revolution’s mission, and the mission of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, is to empower people everywhere to fight obesity by creating a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food and inspire families to cook again.
If you are looking for an easy way to get involved with Earth Day celebrations, but don’t have the time to spend a few hours planting trees today here are a couple of the many inspiring Earth Day projects on Causes.
In 1970 Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin wanted to find a way to raise awareness about environmental issues in the United States. He wrote to all 50 governors and the majors of major cities to raise funds for a national Earth Day teach-ins at schools across the country. Today, over 40 years later, Earth Day is celebrated internationally and at a mass scale, with it’s grassroots origins still intact. Keeping in mind Senator Nelson’s original intent of achieving an “environment of decency, quality, and mutual respect for all … living creatures. . .” think about ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year. – From http://web.missouri.edu
Earth Day Projects On Causes
You should Support an Alliance for Climate Educator today in honor of Earth Day. ACE is dedicated to “educating high school students on the science behind climate change and inspire them to take action to curb the causes of global warming” With just a small donation you can have a big impact empowering students to take action against climate change.
On March 16, maintenance workers in New Jersey were pulling garbage out of a chute to move into the compactor when they noticed one of the bags moving. Inside the bag was a starving, emaciated pitbull who was so neglected his bones were protruding and he had no body temperature.
He was rushed to an emergency veterinary facility where the staff pumped him full of fluids and covered him in warming blankets. The pitbull made it through the night and in to March 17 when he was named “Patrick” in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. His health is improving every day: eating, wagging his tail, and giving kisses to the staff who have nursed him around the clock since his rescue.
One person who is inspired by Patrick is Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Cory Booker. Mayor Booker has been working for almost two years to establish a new animal shelter in Newark and Patrick’s case highlights the desperate need so many communities have to provide shelter and care for animals who have been mistreated, abused, neglected and abandoned.
Causes was lucky enough to have Mayor Booker visit us earlier this month and one of the things he said really stuck with me:
“Change, to me, is getting up every day and doing small acts of kindness, of love, of service…’”
Today, Causes and Mayor Booker are asking you to do a small act of kindness, love and service – please join Mayor Booker’s Cause, “Build an Animal Shelter in Honor of Patrick”, share the cause with your friends and consider donating to Mayor Booker’s birthday wish in honor of Patrick so that one community can do their part to prevent animal cruelty and save those animals who have suffered so greatly at the hands of animal abusers.
Patrick has become the symbol in New Jersey (and, some would say, around the world) for the prevention of cruelty to animals. The abuse he suffered at the hands of his former owner (who has now been charged with “torture and torment of a living creature”) is unspeakable and the hope of many is that Patrick’s story will serve to both raise awareness about animal cruelty and help provide the public with more resources for animal care.
Times of economic crisis bring to the forefront the everyday struggles and suffering of those Americans for who every day is a battle to make ends meet. Recently 60 Minutes and NPR aired an investigative series chronicling the effects of the recession on homelessness in America.
While homelessness is a perennial issue in the United States the economic crisis has magnified its reach and effects, disproportionately hitting middle and working class families and young people.
The affects of homelessness on families and children
From 2008 to 2009 the highest rise in homelessness was among families, with 3,200 new homeless households. Families are suddenly one paycheck away from not having a home, as 60 Minutes reported in its Hidden American segment, “one of the consequences of the recession that you don’t hear a lot about is the record number of children descending into poverty.” From 2008-2010 two million children joined the existing 14 million living below the poverty line, a 14 percent jump in just two years. As a country we are inching toward the point where 25 percent of children in the US will live in poverty, the highest percentage since the Great Depression.
The effects of these numbers are staggering and hard to comprehend until you hear the stories told by the children experiencing them.
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The Chronically Homeless
For the chronically homeless a tough situation has gotten even worse. To face this challenge over 70 major US cities have teamed up with the New York City group Common Ground for a national campaign to deliver sustained services and permanent housing to 100,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Americans. Common Ground has flipped the first come first serve approach to homeless care on its head by focusing on the most serious cases, which, though more difficult, can have a ripple effect on the affected community.
The fact remains that a major driver of the recent rise in homelessness has been the recession and the spike in unemployment. In fact from 2008 to 2009 the number of “poor households experiencing extreme cost burden” jumped by nine percent and the number of unemployed jumped by almost 60 percent.
How the Causes community is helping
At Causes decided to look inward and see what our nonprofit partners and individual members were doing to help address homelessness. What we found is inspiring and humbling.
Mark founded invisiblePeople.tv while fighting his own battle with homelessness. With a genuine personal perspective on the issue, Mark promotes awareness and catalyzes change by making the homeless more visible through film. Mark has gathered compelling footage and stories of the homeless, all of which can be found on his website.
In only a few years we have made history in changing the story of homelessness that has resulted in real change. Because of InvisiblePeople.tv housing programs have been started, feeding programs have been started; a farmer even donated 40 acres of land that is now being used to help feed low-income families in a public school system!
Literally, people who were once homeless will be sleeping inside tonight because of your continued support of InvisiblePeople.tv
His Birthday Wish inspired many and generated touching personal responses through thank you notes on his Wish Wall.
Mark wasn’t the only person this month to dedicate his birthday to help the homeless. Earlier this month, Jon Bon Jovi created a Birthday Wish asking friends, family, and fans to donate to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation raising over $9,600. The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation provides affordable housing and food for the homeless and proposes a more sustainable solution through social services and job training.
In addition to to these heartfelt Birthday Wishes, there are many successful campaigns on Causes that address the issues of homelessness. Birthday Wishes started by outstanding individuals, a group of nonprofits focused on helping shelters and empower people afflicted by homelessness have run successful campaigns to engage communities and raise money through Causes.
The South Oakland Shelter is using Causes to raise $20,000 to help reduce the impact and prevalence of homelessness in Metro Detroit. With a donation of just $10 dollars you can provide 3 meals and one night of shelter for a displaced person in need.
When young people walk through our gates, they are greeted with something few of them have experienced: unconditional love. Love that faces problems, acknowledges faults, and encourages their strengths. Love that is transforming communities…one young person at a time.
These are just a few examples of organizations that are using Causes to reverse the trend of increasing numbers of homeless people in America and there are many more that still deserve a shout out.
Guest post: Ruth Fertig of the International Rescue Committee wishes Albert Einstein, one of the founders of the IRC, a Happy Birthday Today would have been Albert Einstein’s 132nd birthday. Around the world, March 14th is an occasion to commemorate this great man’s scientific genius and his contributions to our understanding of the universe. We at the International Rescue Committee are indebted to Einstein for another reason – one that has also made a profound impact on the world.
In 1933, at Einstein’s request, a committee of concerned Americans founded the United States branch of his European-based International Relief Association to assist people suffering under Hitler. The organization later joined together with the Emergency Rescue Committee – and became the International Rescue Committee. Today, the IRC mission remains true to its roots: to respond to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and help people to survive and rebuild their lives.
We’re doing something special thing to pay tribute to Einstein’s life and his beautiful, brilliant ideas – from the properties of space-time to the kernel of the IRC – and we hope you’ll join us. Add your personal message to Einstein’s birthday card and contribute to the Causes Birthday Wish that we created in his honor – donations will benefit the IRC’s lifesaving work around the world.
Join us in saying, Happy birthday, Albert! You didn’t just untangle some of the complex workings of our universe – you also illustrated the simple beauty of compassion and humanity.