After a rough month or so with the winter illnesses, I'm trying to get up to speed on this blog and life in general. I hope you are all feeling well and looking forward to spring. Today, I enjoyed the nice weather in New York and went out for lunch. I took a book with me, Passionaries: Turning Compassion Into Action,' by Barbara R. Metzler and read several of the chapters in the book and I highly recommend this book.
This book is the collection of inspiring stories behind 35 world-impacing nonprofits, including USA Harvest, Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald, and Habitat for Humanity. The stories are truly inspirational and I plan on reading one per day to my three children. I want them to realize that no matter how much money you have, how old you are, how much money you don't have, you can do SOMETHING to help this world.
You can check out the website at http://www.passionaries.org/.
Barbara says she's going to write another book and I can't wait.
Want to combine your passion for music with your passion for helping others? Check out Rock the Earth at http://www.rocktheearth.org/.
Founded in 2002 by environmental attorney Marc Ross, Rock the Earth’s members include environmental attorneys, technical consultants, public relations, marketing and media relations experts, as well as a fundraising team. Many of the members have more than ten years experience in their various areas of expertise.
"Rock the Earth's Volunteer Staff includes environmental professionals with a broad base of knowledge and expertise in environmental science and law. Of the Volunteer Staff, two are environmental attorneys. In addition, Rock the Earth has three other environmental attorneys consulting on a variety of issues, from time to time. Our legal expertise includes, but is not limited to: water quality, surface and underground mining, hazardous and non-hazardous waste, remediation, air quality, endangered species, remediation and environmental impacts due to land development and urban sprawl."
I had a long conversation with its founder, Marc Ross, today and they are working hard on several projects (some you may not have even heard of because the issue is not receiving national press or it's not in your hometown). They have worked with the likes of Dave Matthews, Barenaked Ladies, the Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, Gov't Mule and more, bringing information on tours with these artists to help raise money and awareness. Definitely an organization to take a closer look at if you're interested in helping out.
To a healthier spring,