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It’s All About the Kids Food Pantry in San Diego Needs Your Help!

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Yesterday It’s All About the Kids Food Pantry in San Diego gave away over 29,000 pounds of food to 965 families in less than 4 hours! That means that over 4,600 people are eating this week thanks to this great organization!

Because of the current health crisis, the shelter in place order and declaration of a State of Emergency, many, many people have lost their jobs and way to earn a living – and do not have any way of feeding their children. It’s All About The Kids has seen rising numbers of the people they serve in the last couple of years, but in the past 30 days, the need has multiplied by 10X.

There are so many ways you can help: arrange a fundraiser, volunteer to help pack or deliver food – or volunteer your time and expertise.

I have chose It’s All About The Kids as the non-profit that I am going to be helping with my Salesforce.com skills by helping them get set-up with Saleforce’s NPSP – Non-Profit Success Pack. As part of that initiative, I will also be recruiting a team of tech and social media rockstars to donate their time to help the cause.

I’m looking for people with skills in media, video production and editing, photographers, a PR person (or firm), social media influencers, bloggers, fundraising pros and generally smart people who are willing to donate their time and skills for this worthy cause. If you are a Salesforce Administrator or Developer with experience with NPSP and are willing to guide and / or assist me – that would be super cool too!

If you are interested, please contact Joe ‘Salesforce’ Kennedy or the Co-Founder and President of It’s All About The Kids, Angela Brannon-Baptiste at Angela(at)ItsAllAboutTheKids.org.

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DreamBox Learning $130 Million Investment By The Rise Fund

DreamBox Learning, the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology, and The Rise Fund, a global impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth, have signed an agreement for a $130 million investment in the education technology company. This investment will be The Rise Fund’s largest education investment to date and continues to cement their role as a leading global education investor. The Rise Fund will take a majority position in the company.

DreamBox LearningDreamBox Learning $130 Million Investment By The Rise Fund

“DreamBox was founded with the mission to transform the way the world learns by using intelligent adaptive technology to dynamically and continuously personalize each student’s learning experience,” said Jessie Woolley-Wilson, DreamBox president and CEO. “As a company, we have been committed to unlocking the learning potential of every child regardless of what zip code they live in, what they look like, or what language they speak. By joining forces with The Rise Fund, DreamBox gains a partner whose mission of social impact is perfectly aligned with ours.”

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Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center

Airman Charles Heitz Kirkland Native Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center. A 2017 Bishop Blanchet High School graduate and Kirkland, Washington, native is serving at the Navy’s largest aviation training center.

Kirkland Native Airman Charles Heitz Serving At The Navy’s Largest Aviation Training Center

Airman Charles Heitz
Airman Charles Heitz serves with the Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida.
Undesignated airmen have the opportunity to be assigned to different types of job fields until they choose their final job.
Heitz credits success in the Navy with lessons learned growing up in Kirkland.
“I learned how to work with people and get along with others,” said Heitz.
NAS Pensacola, “The Cradle of Naval Aviation” is best known as the initial primary training base for all U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers pursuing designations as Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.
Once these service members finish training they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work flying jets from aircraft carriers, submarine-hunting helicopters, serving as aircrew operating sophisticated radar and weapons systems, electronic warfare and more. Operating on land, air, or sea, they represent the best of operational and training support.

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Diono Donates Booster Seats To Local Families

DionoDiono Company Donates Booster Seats To Local Families on July 25, 2018. Diono, donated $30,000 worth of booster seats to two local non-profit organizations namely WestSide Baby and Treehouse. The Pacific Northwest’s award winning designer and manufacturer of car seats and strollers for babies will provide the booster seats to underprivileged families and foster children. The booster seat donation pick-up was held on July 24th at 2:00 PM at Diono’s headquarters in Sumner, WA.

Diono Company Donated Booster Seats To Local Families

“Diono is a local Northwest business that is passionate about children’s safety no matter where they are in their journey.” said Scott McAllister, Brand Manager.”It is important to us that we give back to our community that has provided so much support to us over the past 20 years,”

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Eat at Jersey Mike’s in March to Support Children’s Hospital

Jersey Mike's SubsJersey Mike’s 8th Annual Month of Giving Helps Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is joining forces with 33 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area for the 8th Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to fund local charities. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant.

The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 28, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Coin Up for March of Dimes and Create Change with the Click of a Button!

March of Dimes logoCan you spare your change? You’ve likely been asked that question many times, walking down the street or checking out at the grocery store, and you may think that the nickels and dimes you donate don’t really make a difference. Well, think again! For 80 years, nonprofit March of Dimes [marchofdimes.org] has improved the health and saved the lives of several generations of moms and babies —and they did so largely with the support of small change donations. Now March of Dimes has gone digital with Coin Up.

March of Dimes was founded in 1938 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to fight polio. 

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AAA Collects Over 1 Million Toiletry Items in 10th Annual Soap for Hope Drive

AAA Washington logoAfter concluding its 10 annual AAA Soap for Hope toiletry donation drive, AAA has announced that it has collected more than 1 million items and donated them to local charities.

AAA Soap for Hope was created out of a desire to not waste, or throw away, the small soaps, shampoos, conditioners and lotions that our travel clients get from hotels or cruise lines, and get them into the hands of people who use them.

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Bellevue Business Journal Eastside Good Deeds Good News

Collection Sites Open to Help Global Christmas Project Reach Children in Need

Operation Christmas ChildVolunteers from the Eastside Washington Area Team are celebrating the record-breaking collection of 14,600 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they are loved and not forgotten.

The Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child surpassed last year’s Eastside Washington Area Team donations of shoebox gifts. The Eastside Washington Area Team is now thanking the Bellevue community for their generous contributions already on their way to children in need worldwide. For many of these children, the shoebox gift will be the first gift they ever receive.

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The Vera Project Raises over $100,000 in Sweet 16 Gala Celebration!

Vera Project Sweet 16 CelebrationThe Vera Project celebrated its 16th year at a gala celebration proudly presented by community partners Sub Pop and Napster.

The 10th annual Viva Vera gala took place on Saturday, March 25 at the historic Washington Hall and featured performances by Sound Off! and More Music @ the Moore alumni PARISALEXA and Otieno Terry. Guests enjoyed hosted drinks from Oola Distillery, Underground Wine Project, Georgetown Brewing, Malus Ginger Beer, and Caffe Vita coffee and appetizers and dinner catered by Madres Kitchen, a sustainable, locally sourced, and woman-owned business.

The gala’s live and silent auctions brought together 200 of Seattle’s premier music and art supporters and luminaries and raised over $109,000 for The Vera Project’s all-ages music and education programming. Auction items included an opportunity to create your own ice cream sundae for Molly Moon’s to feature for a weekend, an exclusive autographed Pearl Jam poster, a whiskey workshop at Oola Distillery catered by Madres Kitchen, a private party in The Comet Tavern’s Cloud Room and a framed print from body-positive photographer Ashley Armitage. Guests also entered for a chance to win Seattle’s best raffle prize: $1200 to spend at Linda Dercshang’s bars and restaurants.

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Give Rides to Change Lives! Volunteers Needed!

Geraldine Mensink and Linda Bauer are all smiles as they head off for a ride on a sunny day.
Geraldine Mensink and Linda Bauer are all smiles as they head off for a ride on a sunny day.

87-year-old Geraldine Mensink does not know what she’d do without Volunteer Transportation.  When she decided it was time to give up her keys two years ago, the program saved her from feeling helpless and stuck.  She uses the service regularly to get to appointments and says, “I love all of the volunteer drivers!  They are wonderful.”

Since 1975, Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation drivers have accumulated “miles and miles” of positive impact throughout King County.  Using their own vehicles, volunteers pick seniors up, take them to their doctors and drive them home again—offering valuable transportation with a personal touch.  Clients of the program often refer to them as their “heroes,” “guardian angels” or “life-savers.”  In a very tangible way, volunteer drivers make a difference in the lives of vulnerable members of our community.

Volunteer Transportation currently faces the grim reality that it cannot serve all seniors in need of rides to important medical care.  More volunteer drivers are needed!  If you have a reliable vehicle, a clean driving record and some weekday availability, this is the role for you.  Visit the program’s blog to read more of its stories; contact Hilary at (206) 748-7588 or hilaryc@seniorservices.org to find out more; or fill out an online volunteer driver application to sign-up.  Help more seniors like Geraldine get “on the road” to improved health and peace of mind!