“So I just did me some talkin’ to the Sun…” –BJ Thomas

Empower Yourself to Change the News.
March 18th, 2016 Edition

Goodbye Ski Boots, Hello Galoshes.

“It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me!”

If you, like me, are still reeling from Daylight Savings and are mostly still asleep in the morning, there’s a definite sound of birds in the air these mornings. And that means SPRING! This Sunday marks the first day of Spring and as can be evidenced by the massive increase in squirrel activity, that means the animals are back in action. We do love those furry little guys – especially the bunnies. Natalie just dies of a cute bomb whenever she sees a bunny – so we thought this week we’d bring you some cool projects to help out our four-footed friends. Check out the deets below.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

imageAlright. We know some of you are all rolling your eyes at tree huggers right now. Carmen’s a major tree hugger, so roll your eyes her way. So we worked our tails off this week to find you an org that doesn’t love nature more than people and WE FOUND IT. Wild Foundation has a vision that, hey, we all live here together, so it’s not about people, it’s not about elephants, it’s about ALL of us – and we should all share. That’s preschool science right there. They’ve been working for forty years all over the globe to figure out solutions that are super innovative, smart, and that honor local traditions and cultures. So. Awesome. Throw them some of your coffee money.

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

help stop bird window strikesWe all start to swoon and bust out the garden gear as our feathered friends start heading back to neighborhoods and communities. We’re not going to lie, writing this right now while looking out at the amazing day is killing a wee bit of our springy souls (that’s how much we love you :)). So let’s make sure we take care of these little rays of sunshine. Fact o the week:  988 million birds are killed each year in the United States when they hit windows, making this threat one of the most costly to bird populations. So guess what? You can do something to make a major difference in that! It’s so easy and fun, too. Check out all the deets here.

Speaking of Galoshes…

“Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head…”

While some of us (um Carmen) are bummed that the ski season is over, others of us are rejoicing over the rain – namely California farmers. There’s been a gnarly years-long drought in the Western U.S. that led to near-riots of farmers vs. legislators last summer (the El Niño predicted this past winter helped calm things down a bit). This week saw serious rainfall in Cali, helping to fill those reservoirs, but there’s still some lingering doubts as to whether the farmers will be making it through this season. We have some RAD projects that you can do to help out farmers both in the U.S. and internationally. Check it out below.

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

buy unwanted produce and support local farmers
We’ve all read the news about how much food is wasted in our country, right? So these peeps are doing something about that, and you can too. They deliver – to your door, for $15/week – produce that’s been rejected as “imperfect” by grocery stores. You get a big box of fruits and veggies, you support the local farmers that grow those items that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to sell, and this org donates a healthy meal to someone in need for every box you buy. COULD IT GET ANY BETTER???? We think not. Check it out.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

imageTeam Aina can’t be the only ones that didn’t know that 80% of the world’s food supply is made by smallholder farms, and that there are 2.5 BN small scale farmers in the world. That’s over a third of all of us on the planet. Not just farmers, but small scale farmers. Whoa. Talk about impact. Cedac is an amazing organization that’s working to help those small scale farmers in Cambodia. If any of you know the history of Cambodia, you know that it’s been pretty rough going for a while. Cedac focuses on food-based social safety nets in order to enable longer-term, nationally owned food security. Mail them a check here.


And then there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing.

“But there’s one thing I know – the blues they sent to meet me won’t defeat me.”

While people in California are dancing in the puddles, peeps in Louisiana have been swimming away from the rivers. This week saw massive flooding in Louisiana and Texas, with people having to evacuate completely flooded houses on very short notice (like being rescued by your neighbor’s boat short notice). Time for us to all pull together and help out our neighbor. While I can’t drive down and roll up the sleeves and dive in, I CAN actually do something from home to help out. How? So glad you asked :). Keep on a readin’…

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

make a hygiene kit for victims of natural disasters

Hmmmm disasters are gross. Anyone remember post-Katrina? Floods leave behind some gnarly visitors. And having to run out in the middle of the night means you can’t grab a bunch of stuff to tide you over on your way to the hotel. One of the best ways you can help from home is by making a uber necessary hygiene kit for victims of disasters. And if you have kids, you can teach them about the necessity of soap at the same time. Check out the deets.

INSANE WEEK.
No time for partying.

imageAlright, you can’t take time this week to make a kit because you’re swamped. We gotcha, friend. Still feeling called to help out? Check out Samaritan’s Purse. Among other things, this org uses thousands of volunteers to provide emergency aid to victims of tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters in the United States. Bonus? They often stay behind after the initial response to rebuild or restore houses for needy families. And this is just ONE of their worldwide programs. They’re amazing. Fill up that purse here.

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