Well, at least the river’s not on fire…

Empower Yourself to Change the News.
January 22nd, 2016 Edition

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Yellow water does not necessarily indicate pee. But it might indicate lead.

If it’s yellow, let it mellow

This is a really, truly, what in sam hill?? I could say worse words, but I won’t. So in April of 2014, the Governor of Michigan decided to change Flint’s water supply from the Detroit source to the nearby river – all to save some dough and look fiscally responsible. Because, yes, we all want to drink from the river next to our industrial quarter. Residents immediately started complaining about the color (orange) and smell (funktastic) of the water. Radio silence from the governor. In Feb 2015, studies found lots o’ lead in the water. More radio silence. Finally in January 2016 – yep, that’s almost two full years after doing it – the Governor realized this wasn’t going away and it might hurt his chances to be reelected. So then he asked the Feds to step in and give him money to fix it. Classic.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

Make kit to Help Flint Water Crisis

This week too nuts? We hear ya. HELLO – a Giving Party with your girls (wine included) is necessary when snowmageddon is heading your way. But if you’re stuck in the house alone and just want to watch Sex and the City reruns, we won’t judge. Solution? Give a $20 to Charity Water. Why? Because 1 in 11 people in the world can’t turn on taps and get clean water. This amazing org does so many things that you’re going to have to check out that website to read it all, but our fave is the Pipeline Project: they train locals in African countries to repair broken well parts. Job training, entrepreneurship, and clean water? Winning.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

Make kit to Help Flint Water Crisis

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So imagine yourself without water for one day. That’s no laundry, no shower, no drinking, no dishwashing – nope, none of that, because lead soaks into all of that. Enter Catholic Charities of Shiawassee & Genesee Counties. Their main mission is to strengthen lives and preserve families by providing quality, comprehensive, human service programming and services. Due to the water crisis, they’ve mobilized efforts to get needed supplies to citizens dealing with the contamination. So what can you do? Put together a kit of supplies for them and spread some hope. Get the deets here.

Global Economic Collapse? Nah, just another week on Wall Street.

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!

So if you’re like pretty much every other non-New Yorker human on earth and don’t read the Financial Times, it might have flown right by you that the stock market has had some rough weeks. This is NOT the time to start freaking out, btw. This is just Wall Street as per usual. But between oil and China, those financial guys are def chewing their nails. Enter the need for some Dancing Queen and a few rum & cokes. Oh, and maybe your personal touch to help out.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

give financial literacy to the working poor

Soooooo you’re not going to give up your day job and become a trader. So what, exactly, can you do? You can help teach the working poor some financial literacy and disaster prep, thus helping to stop the cycle of poverty and create a more robust nation. Good enough, my friend. Best part? Do it from your own phone, on your own time, heck do it on your cell while running errands. Operation Hope will train you up and hook you up. Get the deets here.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

Mmmmmkay. This one is pretty awesome. These women not only give microfinance loans to people in Uganda, but they give them specifically to women (don’t get us started on the research showing how female entrepreneurs are the answer to poverty). Not only that, but then they train these women in business, leadership, literacy, finance, and health initiatives. So that microfinance money goes a lot farther, and lasts a lot longer in that community. Want to get to know this Aina-Approved org more? Log In and click here to learn more.


Jimmy Carter, Celine’s Hubby, Biden’s New Project and Snape. Commonality? Cancer

When i is replaced by we, even illness becomes wellness.

It’s been up there in the news, so we’re tackling the bear. Veep Biden got the nod to beat cancer in the state of the union, Jimmy Carter beat cancer with a new drug that boosts your immune system, and Celine’s husband (and, awfully, two days later her bro) and Snape actor Alan Rickman all lost the good fight. There are SO many ways to help with this, from charity walks to pink ribbons. We searched high and low to find some innovative orgs, and also some projects you could do from home to make an impact on the beast.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

Alright, seriously, knit a cap already. But if you’re scared of knitting (like Kristin), you can still help out. Truly, there are a billion places to give money for cancer help, but we found this really awesome one that encompasses the whole family: Angels of Hope. 100% of the money you give goes to families (and we know that’s true – that’s Kristin’s job), and they tailor all of that money to exactly the needs of the family dealing with cancer. From mortgage payments to tutors for kids in and out of hospitals, this innovative program really is the holistic, community support needed when dealing with such a giant. Donate some of your Starbucks budget to them here.

THROW IT MY WAY.
I’m ready to do this.

Courtesy of FreeImages.com/Joel Marie Kubassek

So cancer sucks. Pretty sure we can all get behind that. Roughly 14 MILLION (holy bacon, didn’t know that) cancer survivors live in the United States. You know what can make it worse? Feeling alone and scared. Enter you, oh Aina Giver. These chemo caps (you can also knit PICC line covers or headbands) send a message of hope, community, and love. Not only that, but they’re fab and stylish, too, which just makes life better for everyone. Deets here.

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