Memorial Day: Beyond Picnics and BBQs

 

By the US Air Force, from: https://flic.kr/p/eyMn6T

 

For many of us, Memorial Day is an opportunity for long weekends punctuated by barbecues and enjoying the outdoors. However, at its core, Memorial Day is about remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As we look forward to Memorial Day, the Resources Now! Blog would like to take a moment and highlight the many ways that we can all support the families of those who gave up their lives serving the US:

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS): This nonprofit organization provides …read more

Getting Fresh Produce to Those In Need

Food is an essential part of life, not only is it a pleasure to come together for a home cooked meal, but what we put in our bodies is what sustains us. Certain foods are better for this sustenance and will help us live longer healthier lives, and we all know they aren’t chocolate. Including fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet is crucial since they provide essential vitamins and nutrients that you can’t find in other types of food.

For many Americans access to these important fresh foods is limited or nonexistent for two reasons; a particular location does …read more

Pay It Forward

In the March 16th Sunday Edition of the New York Times, they ran an interesting article about “The Science of Paying it Forward,” highlighting the connection between witnessing generosity, being the recipient of generosity, and being generous.

Have you ever been at a toll booth or in a drive-thru line and your toll or order was paid for by the car ahead of you, then you in-turn paid for the next person? That’s the concept around the study reported on in this article. The study included more than 600 participants from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing internet marketplace where users …read more

Housing for the Homeless

Homelessness is extremely prevalent in most cities and very costly to everyone in society. For individuals who are homeless, the cost of being homeless is their life. The homeless face a variety of health issues ranging from the lack of nutrition to fighting the elements of nature.

Those of us who are not homeless, pay the cost of homelessness through an increase of public services such as police, hospitalization and correctional systems.

In Baltimore City, the average cost of one emergency room visit is $1,354. Per the state of Maryland, the approximate daily cost to house an inmate is …read more

Tools to Collaborate

So you want to make a difference, but you can’t do it all by yourself. Whether you personally want to do something for your community, your nonprofit wants to launch a new program, or your work team needs to implement a project, collaboration is essential, especially in these times of lean resources.

Collaboration with community members, nonprofits, large corporations, small businesses, artists, or government agencies can maximize your efforts and increase your audience. There are many benefits of collaboration including new skills and abilities, variety of ideas, increased man power, additional monetary resources, and improved efficiency. These advantages can …read more

So your heart is broken. Now what?

Sabrina Bond and the young women of Finding the U Within pose for a group picture.

Last week, a woman made a heartfelt plea on medium.com that the recent uptick in violent crime in her part of Baltimore was breaking her heart. Although many Baltimore residents could sympathize with her frustrations with the political leadership in the city, others were frustrated that her article was long in hand-wringing and short on thoughts on how to move forward. Aside for a plea for more beat cops in her district, the piece did not offer suggestions on how the very complicated …read more

The War on Poverty

“There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. The time has come for an all-out world war against poverty … The well off and the secure have too often become indifferent and oblivious to the poverty and deprivation in their midst. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for ‘the least of these.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 1967, Dr. King wrote Where Do We Go …read more

Giving Tuesday: The Results Are In!

As we highlighted last year, was the first year of the Giving Tuesday campaign. Tom Watson at Forbes Magazine and Timothy Ogden of Stanford’s Social Innovation Review have voiced concerns about its effectiveness, which attempts to soften the excessive consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday by reminding us all of the spirit of generosity that underpins the winter holiday season. Now that Giving Tuesday 2013 is over, here are some conversations that are bubbling around the internet:

Donations on Giving Tuesday are up by 90% through both Blackbaud and Network for Good, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. …read more

Building a Stronger & Better Community?

 

In times of significant neighborhood change, outreach and community building are going to be extremely important in ensuring that new neighbors are included in already established communities and that these communities capitalizes on the new human resource.

From my own experience, gentrification is not creating inclusiveness. In many cases gentrification moves lower-income residents to other neighborhoods which allows higher-income residence to move into new gentrified spaces which reinforces class lines.

Lower-income established neighborhoods may lack financial resources but oftentimes they have relationships with their neighbors. The Community Toolbox is an excellent resource for residents who want community change …read more

Crowdfunding 101

A Rotating Savings and Credit Association (ROSCA) for women (Photo credit: The Reboot)

Crowdfunding is a relatively new idea compared to other methods of securing capital (bank loans, personal savings, line of credit, venture capitalist, charitable donations). However, it’s actually been around for several years. Many of us have heard stories of people funding various initiatives online.

So what do you need to know about crowdfunding? Here’s a quick tutorial:

What is crowdfunding?

Individuals contribute their money, from as little as one dollar to thousands of dollars, to collectively fund various initiatives introduced by other individuals, organizations, or businesses. …read more