As Seen On TV
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-- Music For Relief, Supporting Disaster Victims Worldwide
Founded by two-time Grammy winning/multi-platinum rock band Linkin Park, Music for Relief is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing aid to victims of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Music for Relief is asking for your support to help more than half a million people displaced by flooding in Pakistan this year. Monsoon rains caused the worst flooding ever in Pakistan, submerging roads and bridges and cutting off survivors from critical supplies of medicine, food and clean water. 20 million people have been affected -- more than the number of people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined.
You can support Flood victims in Pakistan by making a donation to Music for Relief here. MFR is partnering with the UN Refugee Agency to help provide shelter and life-saving aid to millions of people still in need. 100% of your donation will go to those in need of aid and MFR will match your dollars up to $10,000. Get more information about current projects and learn how you can volunteer at upcoming MFR events here. Or, read more from (it) magazine about MFR's green home build in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles and get involved today!
GRASS ROOTS HERO:
-- Dave Deppner, Trees for the Future
Trees for the Future has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 65 million trees. It is calculated that these trees remove over one and a half million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere each year.Since 1988,
Founded by Dave and Grace Deppner, TFTF is a full-fledged, 501c3 agroforestry resource center, working with people to restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity through planting beneficial trees, seed distribution, agroforestry training, and in-country programs that also educate students and communities about global issues, our role in the environment, and energy efficiency. Click here for a list of current projects and to learn how you can get involved.
-- Festival of New American Musicals
Based in Los Angeles, the Festival of New American Musicals is home to full productions, staged readings, workshops of musicals in progress, cabaret events, and concerts. They work in partnership with over 30 Southern California performing arts organizations; each will produce a new American musical during the summer. This year the remarkable 5th grade American History kids from Marquez School are performing HELLO LOUISIANA. Check out this amazing way to learn history in middle school in this video, and read the full story here.
-- Hilary Thomas and Lineage Dance
For most dancers, the joy of producing and presenting their work on stage is the ultimate reward. However for Hilary Thomas, an even greater reward is found in giving back and reaching out with dance. Hilary founded Lineage Dance, which presents benefit dance performances in partnership with nonprofit organizations and charitable causes all across the country. She shares the origins of Lineage and her dreams for growth in this video. After 10 years of giving back to the community thru dance, Lineage has finally realized their dream of opening a Performing Arts Center in Pasadena. Learn more at our full story here.
-- Bill Drayton, Founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public
Ashoka is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs--men and women with system changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. Bill Drayton founded Ashoka in 1981, and has defined and built the field of Social Entrepreneurship from its onset. Over the past 26 years, Ashoka has elected over 2,000 leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows, providing them with living stipends, professional support, and access to a global network of peers in more than 60 countries.
These Fellows inspire others to adopt and spread their innovations - demonstrating to all citizens that they too have the potential to be powerful changemakers. Ashoka envisions a world where Everyone is a Changemaker: a world that responds quickly and effectively to social challenges, and where each individual has the freedom, confidence and societal support to address any social problem and drive change.
Get a taste of the power of this new movement by watching this short video here. Then find out how you can be a part of the next global solution by logging on to www.ashoka.org.
HEROES and INNOVATORS:
-- Muhammad Yunus, Banker to the Poor
Ashoka Fellows are innovators who demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change.
No one exemplifies these traits more than Dr. Muhammad Yunus, Founder of the Grameen Bank, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, and leader in microcredit. He has spread microcredit globally and pioneered in social business ventures such as Grameen Telecom, which have enabled rural village women to become profitable sellers of telecommunications service in their communities.
Dr. Yunus is a founding Member of Ashoka's Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. Global Academy members' solutions have had scalable, global impact, and they serve as architects of the dynamic, competitive citizen sector of the future. "The media describes Yunus as an economist, professor, or banker, but really why the Nobel Committee selected him is because Yunus is the quintessential global social entrepreneur. His brilliant microcredit strategy is based on unleashing the potential of every person to change his or her life. He embodies Ashoka's vision that everyone in the world is a changemaker," said Susan Davis, Chair of Ashoka's Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship.
Tap into Dr. Yunus' energy and ideas by watching the video here. For more information on Ashoka or to order the full Social Entrepreneurship DVD series, go to www.ashoka.org.
-- The Center for the Partially Sighted
Vision loss can occur at any time, to anyone. With low vision rehabilitation services, people with impaired sight can succeed in the workplace and in the home, and The Center for the Partially Sighted can help!
Since it's founding in 1978, CPS has been recognized as one of the premier low vision rehabilitation centers in the world. Their mission is to help visually impaired people of all ages lead independent and productive lives. They do this with services that enhance remaining sight and by providing emotional support and independent living strategies.
Find out more in this video spotlight, narrated by Betty White. Or go to www.low-vision.org to find out how you or someone you know can take advantage of their services or help support their efforts.
-- The Anne Douglas Center, Los Angeles Mission
The Los Angeles Mission's Women's outreach was named the Anne Douglas Center in recognition of Mrs. Kirk Douglas' long-standing compassionate generosity to the homeless.
"If I had but one wish, I think becoming a recognized patron of homeless men and women would be it. I hope together we will be able to alleviate their plight entirely."
At the Anne Douglas Center, women who are in desperate need of help are welcomed and offered the chance to transform their lives and regain their dignity. During the 12-month intensive Rehabilitation Program, women are provided shelter, meals and clothing as they are equipped with skills and taught how to accept responsibility that prepares them for a life of independence and breaks the cycle of self-destruction.
If you didn't catch their story on VOD, you can view it here now. Or go to www.losangelesmission.org to find out more about this organization and ways you can help support their efforts.
GRASS ROOTS HERO:
-- Steven Angel, Drumming For Your Life
Founded in 2002, the Drumming For Your Life Institute is dedicated to using the power of rhythm to maximize students' learning potential and to enhance the recovery and quality of life of patients dealing with cancer or addictions. Steven's trailblazing work using drumming in the classroom is revolutionizing the learning curves and reading fluency of elementary school students. Learn more in this video or in our complete story here.
GRASS ROOTS HERO:
-- Dan Habib, Including Samuel
A CASE FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. His award winning documentary film, "Including Samuel," chronicles the Habib family's efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. View the film trailer here and then go to our full story to read more.