A Mother’s Pride: A Daughter’s Giving

Kids are amazing. They notice everything. They question everything. They are curious. My daughter J’Nyah is 7. Since she was born, I’ve been amazed as how quickly she learns things. When she was a baby, it was learning to hold her head, smile, or sit up.  As a toddler–crawling, walking, running. It felt like she … Continue reading A Mother’s Pride: A Daughter’s Giving

Nonprofit Spotlight: Bubble Foundation

At first blush, the Bubble Foundation seems like an unusual name for an organization that helps kids live healthy and happy lives, but then again…. Not wanting to pigeonhole their holistic efforts or be heavy handed about wellness, the name was chosen to keep it fun and focused on kids. Funders ask about our name, … Continue reading Nonprofit Spotlight: Bubble Foundation

THE MANY FACES OF HOMELESSNESS: HOW YOU CAN HELP

Knowing how to help a homeless person can sometimes feel difficult, confusing and overwhelming. The dollar you give might be used to buy drugs or alcohol. Even offering food can be a problem – imagine handing an apple to a homeless man and then discovering he has no teeth. Just as there are many reasons … Continue reading THE MANY FACES OF HOMELESSNESS: HOW YOU CAN HELP

Hunger and Food Justice: Community Building for Food Equality

Hunger: it’s a daunting problem the world over. Even though I was eager to research and write on this topic, when I started to dig into it, I got more and more overwhelmed with how broad and profound the issue is. The stark facts saddened and discouraged me. In the United States, almost half of … Continue reading Hunger and Food Justice: Community Building for Food Equality

Not Just a “Family Matter” – Domestic Violence in the U.S.

Domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and battering are all different names for the same alarmingly widespread social problem. It affects more people than you think—one in every four people experience abuse—and what we see in the media isn’t the whole picture. Recently we’ve seen domestic violence news about high-profile celebrities, framed in a typical manner: … Continue reading Not Just a “Family Matter” – Domestic Violence in the U.S.

This local tragedy stirs deep emotion

I’ve been having great difficulty dealing with the horror that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My kids are often in Sandy Hook for sports and other activities, and I have spent many weekends on the sidelines of the soccer fields directly behind the school. Newtown is almost identical to my town of Weston, … Continue reading This local tragedy stirs deep emotion

Summer of Fun, Sun, & Giving Back!

School is almost out, kids can’t wait to enjoy their summer vacation, and it’s time for parents to figure out how to keep them entertained! It is great to encourage our children to be outdoors and active all year ‘round, but during the summer months especially when the sun is shining and the days are … Continue reading Summer of Fun, Sun, & Giving Back!

Living the dream

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’m thinking about his impact on our world today. His massive protest in Birmingham, Alabama, caught the attention of the entire world, generating what he called a coalition of conscience. King directed the peaceful march of 250,000 people in Washington, D.C., to whom he delivered his address, … Continue reading Living the dream

Philanthropy for a new generation

In the wake of National Philanthropy Day, and with the holidays right around the corner, it's the perfect time to inspire the giving spirit in a new generation. As the saying goes, "actions speak louder than words." Being involved in your community is a powerful way to teach children about caring for others, and finding … Continue reading Philanthropy for a new generation