New update on the Guatemala earthquake from our Good Neighbors Guatemala offices: An emergency response team from Good Neighbors Guatemala has met with representatives from the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) in San Marcos to assess damages from the November 7th earthquake, which has affected nearly 1.3 million Guatemalans. GNG also went to the Municipality of San Antonio, where they met with the Vice Mayor and planned initial distributions of emergency kits consisting of water and non-perishable food. Visits were made to the villages of Candelaria Siquival (located 15 minutes to the south-west of the Municipality of San Antonio) and San Miguel de los Altos, (a refugee camp to the north east) which were two of the most heavily damaged villages in the region. According to CONRED, as of Thursday Nov. 8, 52 deaths had been reported, 40 of which occurred in San Marcos, while 22 were reported missing and 150 wounded. There has been widespread property damage and nearly 3,000 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes. In the coming days, Good Neighbors Guatemala will be aiding 1,000 families in San Marcos as they continue rescue and relief efforts.
November 14, 2012

New update on the Guatemala earthquake from our Good Neighbors Guatemala offices: An emergency response team from Good Neighbors Guatemala has met with representatives from the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) in San Marcos to assess damages from the November 7th earthquake, which has affected nearly 1.3 million Guatemalans. GNG also went to the Municipality of San Antonio, where they met with the Vice Mayor and planned initial distributions of emergency kits consisting of water and non-perishable food. Visits were made to the villages of Candelaria Siquival (located 15 minutes to the south-west of the Municipality of San Antonio) and San Miguel de los Altos, (a refugee camp to the north east) which were two of the most heavily damaged villages in the region. According to CONRED, as of Thursday Nov. 8, 52 deaths had been reported, 40 of which occurred in San Marcos, while 22 were reported missing and 150 wounded. There has been widespread property damage and nearly 3,000 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes. In the coming days, Good Neighbors Guatemala will be aiding 1,000 families in San Marcos as they continue rescue and relief efforts.

November 14, 2012

Have some extra time and want to volunteer? The team at Bus 52 has created a new and easy way to volunteer your spare time to non-profits. Check out this video and learn all about the awesome app!

Staff lunch today at The Porter Junction Cafe in Downtown LA!Clockwise: Eugene Lim, Fundraising Intern; Luigi Luciano, Program Coordinator; Bryan Lee, Deputy Director; Tony Rodriguez, Graphic & Web Designer; Celeste Hoang, Managing Editor/Brand Specialist; Diane Yoo, Donor Service Representative; Esther Oh, Donor Management Intern; Lauren Kraan, Office Assistant
November 13, 2012 goodneighbors.org

Staff lunch today at The Porter Junction Cafe in Downtown LA!

Clockwise: Eugene Lim, Fundraising Intern; Luigi Luciano, Program Coordinator; Bryan Lee, Deputy Director; Tony Rodriguez, Graphic & Web Designer; Celeste Hoang, Managing Editor/Brand Specialist; Diane Yoo, Donor Service Representative; Esther Oh, Donor Management Intern; Lauren Kraan, Office Assistant

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Veterans Day!On this holiday, we’d like to share with you that it’s also World Pneumonia Day. The United Nations is working hard to combat this leading killer among children through immunization and clean cookstoves. HOW YOU CAN HELP:*Give a family a new cookstove.*Read more on World Pneumonia Day from the UN.
November 12, 2012 goodneighbors.org

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Veterans Day!

On this holiday, we’d like to share with you that it’s also World Pneumonia Day. The United Nations is working hard to combat this leading killer among children through immunization and clean cookstoves

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
*Give a family a new cookstove.
*Read more on World Pneumonia Day from the UN.

The first relief team from Good Neighbors arrived on site today in San Marcos to survey damages and supply aid to those impacted by Wednesday’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake. 
San Marcos was among the hardest affected cities. Many residents remain huddled in the streets and within a nearby hospital, which is one of few buildings with working electricity. So far, at least 52 people have been confirmed dead, while others remain buried or missing as rescue efforts continue. Regions surrounding the epicenter of Pacifico have continued to experience aftershocks, some as high as 5.0 on the Richter Scale, according to news reports.
November 9, 2012

The first relief team from Good Neighbors arrived on site today in San Marcos to survey damages and supply aid to those impacted by Wednesday’s 7.4 magnitude earthquake.

San Marcos was among the hardest affected cities. Many residents remain huddled in the streets and within a nearby hospital, which is one of few buildings with working electricity. So far, at least 52 people have been confirmed dead, while others remain buried or missing as rescue efforts continue. Regions surrounding the epicenter of Pacifico have continued to experience aftershocks, some as high as 5.0 on the Richter Scale, according to news reports.

November 8, 2012

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit the city of San Marcos, Guatemala yesterday. We’re very grateful to report that the staff at Good Neighbors Guatemala is safe and sound; the San Marcos department suffered some damages but fortunately, everyone is fine, including all of our sponsored children.

Pictured are images showing the destruction caused by the quake: (Photo courtesy of Dixon Vasquez/ Antonio Barrios)

November 7, 2012 robinhoodnyc

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The Marathon that Wasn’t Lends a Helping Hand
 
Many of the Robin Hood staff have spent the past few days out in some of the hardest hit areas, assessing the needs of people and organizations impacted by the storm. Yesterday, in the Rockaways, we came across folks handing out ING NYC marathon materials – the fleece ponchos that were to be distributed at the finish area and goodie bags filled with Gatorade, water, snack foods and apples. While we know many of our marathon runners pictured themselves walking around last Sunday wearing those ponchos after finishing the race, we know they find comfort in the fact that these goods are being distributed to those who are in desperate need.
 
 

November 7, 2012
Mother Teresa
Thanks to Amoeba Music’s auction last week for their generous donations to our organization…and now YOU can enjoy something cool from Amoeba as well, with this coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more. Expires 11/20, so head over to Amoeba soon!

Follow this link to print the coupon.
November 7, 2012

Thanks to Amoeba Music’s auction last week for their generous donations to our organization…and now YOU can enjoy something cool from Amoeba as well, with this coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more. Expires 11/20, so head over to Amoeba soon!

Follow this link to print the coupon.

Did you know that $1 can pay for a bowl of food for a child? Donate as many bowls of food as you would like through our Food For Kids program, which is feeding children in 30 countries around the world.
Send a bowl of food—or more!—here.
November 6, 2012 goodneighbors.org

Did you know that $1 can pay for a bowl of food for a child? Donate as many bowls of food as you would like through our Food For Kids program, which is feeding children in 30 countries around the world.

Send a bowl of food—or more!—here.

November 6, 2012
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist
November 5, 2012
We raised $1,188 from the Amoeba Music auction this past weekend! Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support, and a huge thanks to Amoeba for their matching donation!

Here is a breakdown on the items that were auctioned:

** PEE WEE HERMAN VINTAGE T-SHIRT AND BUTTON PACK $17.00
 
** CAT POWER TICKETS AND SIGNED CD $30.00
 
** PATTI SMITH SIGNED HORSES CD and POSTER $17.00
 
** STEVE MARTIN T-SHIRT $5.00
 
** MONKEES TICKETS $40.00
 
** URBAN OUTFITTER GIFT CARD $45.00
 
** LANA DEL RAY SIGNED 45  $25.00
 
** DOLLY PARTON DOLL $30.00
 
** MINUS THE BEAR TICKETS $25.00
 
** GENE SIMMONS MASK $25.00
 
** AMOEBA VIP IN-STORE PASS $35.00
 
** SIGNED DR. WHO BLU RAY  $40.00
 
** TRADER JOE’S GIFT CARD  WITH LUNCHBOX $55.00
 
** JOHN WATERS XMAS TICKETS $50.00
 
** ALICE COOPER MASK $5.00
 
** YO GABBA GABBA GRAB BAG $10.00
 
** SUPERMAN LUNCHBOX WITH DVDS  $30.00
 
** BEETLEJUICE DOLL $18.00
 
** DENNIS RODMAN DOLL !!!   $5.00
 
** HUEY LEWIS T-SHIRT  $12.00
 
** AFROJACK TICKETS $10.00
 
All together we raised $594.00 in individual bids which makes$1188.00 to donate!

startsomegood:

Brand New Good! StartSomeGood’s Newest Campaigns…

Bangladesh Peasant Solidarity Network is helping Bangladesh’s climate vulnerable people through two projects: Jaago Foundation and Bangladesh Krishok Federation. They support and give aide to the urban slum populations and rural peasants who are extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts. Through donations and the purchase of a photo book by Michael Chew, an environmentalist, photographer, and founder of Bangladesh Peasant Solidarity Network, up to five children will be given five years of education. In addition, a group of up to ten rural organizers will be trained for six months and the project will be able to support international volunteers. 


Jennifer started Sock Monkeys Against Cancer (SMAC!) for her mother who lives 1,200 miles away from her and has lung cancer. Because of the distance, Jennifer wanted to make sure her mother would have a “buddy” she could hug and remind her that Jennifer is always with her, especially during her treatments. SMAC! is a gang of monkeys that provides tangible support to those with cancer, reminding them that no one fights it alone. Two prototypes are complete with many more designs planned to help battle all types of cancer. Following the model set forth by such companies as TOMS shoes and Warby Parker Eyewear, every monkey purchased will ensure a second monkey will go to someone else with cancer. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go to cancer research and programs. SMAC! seeks funding to launch the program and mass produce the first two prototypes—NoMo, who fights all cancers and Pheonix who is dedicated to SMAC!-ing lung cancer. This campaign is one of the fastest growing campaigns ever on StartSomeGood, already raising over $9,000 in less than a week! Funds will cover production, packaging and shipping of approximately 500 monkeys. 


La Poderosa Media Project promotes youth empowerment, cultural empathy, and collaborative learning through visual arts programs. This project is fundraising for its next international program, which will take place in Chile in January 2013. Targeted at developing empathy and collaborative learning with a four-week artistic intervention for 40 at-risk teens in Santiago, La Pederosa Media Project has become a platform for egalitarian exchange, transforming communities one film at a time. Funds raised through this campaign will be used to cover transportation costs for instructors and the production costs for up to three short films.



Shawn D. Ross

I am a Northwest Native living in Washington State. A graduate of Washington State University and University of Phoenix with degrees in Architecture and Education I write about social, cultural, and personal improvement on the StartSomeGood Blog and SDRinspire. I am also a filmmaker and owner of Giraffe and Penguin Productions, a single daddy of two beautiful children, avid reader, writer, and hat wearer (Not in that picture but believe me, I wear ‘em). I am currently at work on my first feature length documentary. Follow me @shawndross and visit my websites:sdrinspire.com and giraffeandpenguinproductions.tumblr.com.

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