#SomethingSignificant: Holiday Giving

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we’re started #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

We’ve shared with you gifts that give back, our own personal gift guide (edition II), and now we have one more surprise.

Where to donate this holiday season:

Cycle House will be collecting sweaters, jackets, coats, and all winter accessories for those less fortunate. Donation boxes are located at both studios.

Toys for Tots: Run by the Marine Corps, Toys for Tots collects unopened, wrapped gifts for less fortunate children during the holidays.

The Downtown Women’s Center is dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row and has a list of goods they’re accepting on Amazon right here. You can also donate monetarily or volunteer your time.

Reservoir is holding a holiday toy drive for Baby2Baby. Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. Reservoir has a bin in stores and is currently accepting donations for new and gently-used toys!

Friends and Helpers is a non-profit that aims to provide support, education and encouragement for domestic abuse victims who have fled to a shelter or group home for safety. Look on their website for a variety of ways to donate.

Toys-R-Us and Lin-Manuel Miranda partnered up to donate toys to Puerto Rico for the holidays. A message from Lin-Manuel Miranda: As we approach the holidays, we know that many families won’t have the opportunity to buy gifts for Three Kings Day, the pinnacle of the Christmas season for Puerto Ricans (and most Latin Americans!) celebrated on January 6, 2018. I hope you will help me meet our goal of providing 10,000 toys to kids throughout the Island.

While the holidays can be a happy time for most, they can also be a really hard time for many others. Please remember that an act of kindness matters, no matter how small.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

We’re looking forward to hearing how you give back this holiday season! Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

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#SomethingSignificant: Gifts That Give Back

As the holidays approach, everyone starts scrambling to find the perfect gifts to give their loved ones. While material gifts are great, (who doesn’t love a new piece of jewelry or the perfect dress?), at Something Social we’re always looking for ways to give back. So this holiday season, as you start to shop, we encourage you to take a look at these companies that give you something, and put something back out into the world as well!

AURate – This jewelry brand prides itself on being made in New York, using sustainable production methods, being ethically sourced, and best of all, for each piece you purchase, an economically underprivileged child will receive a book.

Artifact Uprising – Need to get a photo book made? Create some cards? Print out some family photos for the holidays? Artifact Uprising does all that and more, and they’re sustainable and eco-friendly. On top of that, they’re “made with love.” They have partnered with the non-profit SKCAC to provide jobs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. If you order a Wood Calendar or a Wood Block + Print, you’re helping someone learn the necessary skills to financially support themselves.

BOBS – Know someone who needs a new pair of shoes? Know someone who also has a soft spot for animals? BOBS is the go-to choice. When you buy a pair of BOBS, they donate money to Best Friends Animal Society. Each shoe helps protects millions of animals year after year.

Naja Lingerie – Who doesn’t love lingerie? Made with the world in mind, Naja is eco-conscious AND does the following: provides employment for single mothers and female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits, employs women in Colombia in order to help provide livable wages, and donates two percent of their revenue to local charities in Colombia to continue educating these women.

Cycle House – Want to get a good sweat? Grab yourself and/or a friend a gift card to Cycle House. For every ride taken, they donate two meals to Feeding America.

SnackNation – Looking to do something new in the office? Revamp your snack drawer with SnackNation. Not only do they provide snack with higher quality ingredients and have new products available often, but they also partner with Feeding America. For everyone one order shipped, they donate one meal.

Shea Yeleen – Buy some beauty products, do some good. Shea Yeleen is a social enterprise that works with women in the United States and West Africa to make shea butter products. Shop with them and help a woman develop her economic skills.

EmiJay – Decided to take us up on that sweat? Pull your hair back in style with a hair accessory from EmiJay. Plus, 20 percent of all of their proceeds are donated to a charity chosen annually.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

Have a suggestion of where to shop that will also do some social good? Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

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#SomethingSignificant: Disaster Relief

We started our series #SomethingSignificant as a way to highlight less-traditional yet enjoyable ways to partake in making the world a better place. While we still want to use this series to provide you with those philanthropic outlets, we also want to be able to highlight events and places that do need our attention.

True to our values at Something Social, we want to encourage you to do your part to help out with disaster relief.

For Las Vegas, please check out:

*Please note: At this time, they currently do not need any more blood donations. However, many people have encouraged the continuous donation of blood to ensure that the next time there is a crisis like this, there are enough donations.

If you live in the area, you can sign up to help with transportation for victims and their loved ones here.

Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair from Las Vegas, set up a GoFundMe to collect monetary donations here.

Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada provide mental and physical medical help to those who cannot afford it. You can learn more and donate here.

For Puerto Rico and Mexico City, please check out:

Please see our list of resources here.

For Houston, please check out:

Please see our list of resources here.

For Miami, please check out:

Donate here to help support nonprofits addressing food security, vulnerable populations, stable housing and other immediate to long-term needs for residents.

Donate here to provide funds for marginalized communities in Florida.

For the fires in Napa, please check out:

If you live nearby and can provide shelter, AirBNB is helping pair open homes with victims who have been displaced. Learn more and volunteer here.

Local clothing store Love On Haight is offering free clothing for victims, as well as accepting clothing donations. Find out more here.

You can donate to the Napa Food Pantry here.

As we move forward from these disasters, we also want to take a moment to discuss other ways you can get involved outside of donating. We understand that budgets can be tight and you don’t always have surplus funds to help out. Think about organizing your own drive for your local community. You could collect blankets to give to the homeless or volunteer at a local food bank. Starting with small change in your community also makes a big difference.

If you want to take it further, get political. First step, make sure you’re voting for who you think is the best candidate in every election, including the primaries. Call your representatives to talk about issues that matter and make sure they are standing up for what their constituents want. If you’re not sure who they are, you can look it up here. Attend rallies and get together with your friends to discuss the things that matter to you. Do #SomethingSignificant each and every day, no matter how big, no matter how small.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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#SomethingSignificant: Helping Mexico and Puerto Rico

Our hearts are with those in Mexico and Puerto Rico who are currently dealing with the aftermath of these detrimental natural disasters. Please find ways to donate and help these communities below.

Donations:

DirectRelief, a humanitarian aid organization, has pledged that all donations will go towards relief efforts. They have staff members currently in Mexico City which will be doing hands on work, including delivering medical supplies.

GlobalGiving is donating all funds received for this crowdsourcing campaign to relief efforts.

Donations to Oxfam Mexico will go towards helping their search and rescue team recover missing parties in the aftermath of this tragedy.

Topos Mexico is accepting donations to their PayPal to aid their search and rescue team. You can donate on PayPal to their email donativos@brigada-rescate-topos.org.

Save the Children is currently accepting donations here to help protect children in Puerto Rico.

ConPRmetidos has created a crowdsource campaign as well, using the funds to help Puerto Ricans who have been affected by Hurricane Irma and Maria.

 

To make sure you are prepared, we encourage you to keep the following at home, in your car, and your office:

Bottled water

Canned food

Cash

Batteries

Battery-powered cell phone charger

Flashlight

Earthquake kit (available here on Amazon)

Closed-toe shoes

During an earthquake, the safest space for you to be is low to the ground under something sturdy, if possible. One hand should be above your head and neck for protection and the other should be holding on to whatever you are crouched below. If nothing is available to crouch under, you should still get low to the ground and use both hands to protect your head and neck.

To learn more about what to do in specific situations (i.e. outdoors, at work, etc.), check out the following resource.

We cannot stress enough how important it is to be prepared, as well as how crucial it is we aid others in their times of need. Please let us know about any other resources you find helpful. Tweet us  @somethingsocial or tag us on Instagram- @somethingsocial.

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Hurricane Harvey Ride at Cycle House

Our hearts are broken for all of those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We encourage you to join Cycle House for a Relief Ride this week, with proceeds benefiting the Greater Houston Community Fund. Please spread the word about this worthy cause.

Information:

Cycle House West Hollywood

September 7 @ 7:45 PM 

$50/bike

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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DO #SOMETHINGSIGNIFICANT: HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF SUPPORT

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we started #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

THIS MONTH: HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF SUPPORT

Ways to get involved…

The Salvation ArmyThose affected by #HurricaneHarvey need your help. Donate to @salvationarmyUS at HELPSALVATIONARMY.org or text STORM to 51555 #Harvey2017.

United Way of Greater Houston: Launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. Please click here to donate.

The American Red Cross: They are currently accepting monetary donations, as well as blood donors. They currently have a listing on their site pointing current victims to different help lines if needed.

Airbnb: They are currently working with their users to share listings of free places to stay. You can head here to alert them if you a. need a place to stay or b. have a home you can offer.

Feeding Texas: A statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. While donating food is greatly appreciated, if you can, many organizations encourage you to make monetary donations to that the food bank can best figure out how to divide and spend the funds. Please keep in mind there are more local food banks that will probably be impacted – for a longer list, please view this guide put together by NPR.

Austin Pets Alive!: A 501c3 organization that relies on your donations to continue to save companion animals throughout Austin and Central Texas. They have transferred over 235 pets to their shelter in order to protect them during the storm.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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DO #SOMETHINGSIGNIFICANT: HAPPY PERIOD

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we started #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

THIS MONTH: HAPPY PERIOD

A message from Happy Period

#HappyPeriod was founded by Chelsea VonChaz and her Mother, Cherryl Warner, on February 8, 2015. The idea behind the initiative came to Chelsea after witnessing a homeless woman crossing the street, wearing blood stained undergarments. After some research and talking to a representative of an organization that services the homeless, she learned that pads and tampons are rarely donated and not required to be included in any shelter’s operations budget. Using social media to spread awareness on the initiative, Chelsea and her friends put on the first #HappyPeriod gathering on February 8, 2015, passing out kits in the Skidrow area of Downtown Los Angeles. In its first year, the nonprofit became a movement, forming chapters across the U.S., including New York City, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

How to get involved:

You can mail in your menstrual products to us! They accept donations of pads, tampons, panty-liners, soap, wipes, and unused underwear. Opened packaging is okay! Send your donations to: 829 W. Palmdale Blvd., Suite 35, Palmdale, CA 93552. They also accept monetary donations here.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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Do #SomethingSignificant: The Trevor Project

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we started #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

This month: The Trevor Project.

A message from The Trevor Project

Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader and innovator in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives.

How to get involved:

The Trevor Project has a variety of different ways you can get involved, a few being volunteering, signing up to receive (and then help share) information, and attending events. You can head here to find more detailed ways to get involved. Celebrate equality of the LGBTQ community more than just this month by working with The Trevor Project.

After all, we are all human and love is love.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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Do #SomethingSignificant: Kind Campaign

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we’re starting our new series, #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

This month: Kind Campaign.

A message from Kind Campaign

Kind Campaign is an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl bullying through their global movement, documentary film, in-school assemblies, and  educational curriculums.

In February 2009, while attending Pepperdine University, Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson joined forces. Having both been affected by female bullying throughout their youth, the young women decided to create change by giving females a platform to speak out about this universal experience. What began as an idea for a documentary about girl-against-girl bullying, ultimately became Kind Campaign, a multi-platform movement that has transformed hundreds of thousands of lives, friendships, classrooms and communities around the world.

Kind Campaign strives to let you know that if you are dealing with bullying or negativity, you are not alone.

How to get involved: 

They have tons of different ways to be involved! You can spread the word about Kind Campaign by sharing your own story, making a public apology or by taking the Kind Pledge on their website. Also acting kind in your own life and encouraging others to do the same goes a long way. If you want to go further, you can book a Kind Campaign Assembly or donate to their efforts.

After all, no act of kindness, no matter how small, is an act wasted.

Written by our Digital Specialist, Nora Henick.

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Do #SomethingSignificant: Good Girl Almighty

At Something Social, we believe what goes around comes around. We also believe in the golden rule (and something that’s arguably more important than the previous belief), treat others the way you want to be treated. So that’s why we’re starting our new series, #SomethingSignificant. Every month, we’re going to share with you a new way to give back. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food drive, or spreading awareness about an issue close to your heart, your Something Social team is here to encourage you to do #SomethingSignificant.

This month: Good Girl Almighty.

A message from Good Girl Almighty

Grab your best girlfriend, a latte to-go and spend a few hours donating your time to better serve your community. The Good Girl Almighty is an organization that connects women with charitable organization looking for volunteers in the Los Angeles area.

If you’re looking for a way to step beyond social media activism and become an active participant in your community, consider joining. Membership is free and The Good Girl Almighty is open to all women, no matter her race, religion or political affiliation. Let us be your volunteer liaison. We’ll connect you to charities in need of do gooders through our weekly email list. You decided where you’d like to donate your time and hopefully encourage your other girlfriends to join you! The idea is spending the morning doing a little good, before heading to brunch.

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