How do you help in your community? I do a little bit but think I can do more. The following was in this week’s Newton Tab and it was my husband’s idea to post it on my blog (thanks, honey). It also ties in with a project I am working on with two friends.
The Newton Food Pantry needs help. It is a great organization run by volunteers in the basement of the (former) Waban branch libary (the building is now run by the Waban Improvement Society). The Village Bank ( a local Newton bank) is partnering with the Newton Pride Committeeto re-stock the shelves of the food pantry. Donations are welcome from April 5-19 in collection boxes at Village Bank locations throughout Newton and at the Newton Cultural Center in Newtonville. If you are in the area, they are looking for donations of non-perishable foods, toiletries, diapers and cleaning products. Many thanks.
This leads me to the project. One day, while talking with two friends, the question came up about what happens to stuff at local bakeries at the end of the day. We each chose a bakery, now that we have places that are willing to donate, we are looking at how to get the food to places that need it.
New York City has City Harvest which is a “food rescue organization”. It started with a group of volunteers (25 years ago) who “connected and a handful of neighborhood restaurants to food programs serving meals to those in need”. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive and we haven’t even gotten to restaurants yet.
The Story of Bottled Water is a great short animated (both funny and sobering at the same time) film by the same people of The Story of Stuff Project. It is a great (super kid and adult-friendly) way to see what impact water bottles have on the earth. Both films are narrated by Annie Leonard who is an activist who “has spent the past 10 years traveling the globe fighting environmental threats…delivering a rapid-fire, often humorous and always engaging story about “all our stuff—where it comes from and where it goes when we throw it away.” ” This was just released on March 22 and has been featured in Treehugger and The Huffington Post among others.
Check it out and share it with your friends. I just did. I shared it on Facebook and Twitter and now here.
There are quite a few strong opinions about the term Mommy blogger. I don’t particularly mind it but I do get why people take offense at this label. Are there Daddy bloggers? Yes, but if a man blogs about, oh, I don’t know, social media, is a he a daddy blogger or just if he writes about parenting is that his handle? Google “Mommy Blogger” and you get 3,470,000 results. There are clubs, discussion boards, great information and writing, like this from PhD in Parenting, Typology of the Mommy Blogger gives a great breakdown of types of Mommy Bloggers and links to them as well.
Yesterday I found great responses to the New York Times article on Mommy Bloggers. I list just a few here but there are so many more – please excuse inconsistency in showing links/articles. I am a newbie and it shows but my enthusiasm for the writing should make up for it – yes?