By: Roque Caston
The Many Faces One Dream conference finally landed in New York City on November 20-21, 2013 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge with more than 200 people arriving in attendance. As part of a current 13 city tour for LGBT entrepreneurs of color to come together and learn more about business, New York City became the third leg of this tour.
The first day began with attendees arriving and sharing breakfast and coffee with one another. NYC Convening Partners; Global Network of Black Pride, Harlem Pride and LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent were joined by eleven NYC Community Outreach Partners; Destination Tomorrow, BluntedMuse Production, MVC Production, NGLCCNY, James Saunders Marketing Group LLC., The Center, GLBT Travel Expo, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Strategic Transgender Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR), GMAD Youth Advisory Board and NJ LGBT Chamber of Commerce. It appeared to be another reunion amongst these organizations, but everyone knew that it was time to get down to business, for everyone knew the importance of this conference, www.ManyFacesOneDream.com.
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to launch an economic empowerment tour for communities of color in order to bring focus on the communities’ economic power, innovation and creativity in the small business sphere. This became Many Faces, One Dream.
Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of NJBC opened the conference with welcoming remarks featuring Monique Y. Fontenberry, New York Business Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration and Carolyn M. Brown, Senior Multimedia Content Producer of Black Enterprise. While welcoming everyone to the first day, Carmen Neely, President of Harlem Pride called for the ‘family’ to gather in the hall to give recognition of Transgender Day Of Remembrance. She called NY Community Outreach Partners Sean Coleman of Destination Tomorrow and Mariah Lopez of Strategic Transgender Alliance for Radical Reform (STARR) to the front and asked the audience to stand and come together for a moment of silence.
After the welcoming introduction, attendees headed over to the multiple workshops that were provided. The conference was split into tracks. One track was for people interested in starting a business. The other was for those with existing businesses, who wanted to take it to the next level. Some workshops included lessons and tips on financial growth, legal assistance, strategic planning for a growing business and internal empowerment in regards to starting your own business. While teaching individuals old style methods the workshops were stayed current by describing how social media is good for marketing strategies.
”It’s valuable resource for the community. There are many people with different dreams and are creative, but there aren’t resources like this for our people on a scale like Many Faces, One Dream,” said Aurora Jonez, radio personality of FLO Empire Radio.
The biggest highlight on Wednesday was the Town Hall Discussion featuring speakers such as Teri Coaxum, Region II Advocate of U.S. Small Business Association and Facilitator, Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition, Eugene Cornelius Jr., Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations of U.S. Small Business Association,Monique Y. Fontenberry, Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New York District Office and Richard E. Pelzer II, President & Managing Director of Global Network of Black Pride.
While asking questions regarding their businesses, audience members raised their hands, telling fellow peers that they needed the resource that the other person had. Connections were made, business cards were exchanged. What individuals were noticed was that their fellow peers of color were coming together to help each other succeed in business.
Group sessions ruled the day on Wednesday, while sessions became the focus on Thursday. Individuals met with business veterans to get more information and develop strategies for the growth of their businesses. Counseling topics ranged from credit/financial literacy to business startups and franchising, helping attendees get a clear vision of their business needs and setting the foundation for the writing of their 10 point business plans.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was empowering beyond words. The information was in abundance but I did not feel overwhelmed particularly because of the one on one session on the last day,” said Shaw Bernard, owner of Strut Inc.
Many Faces, One Dream conference resulted in two very memorable days for speakers as well as attendees. Special thanks to: Robert Pompey, Sr. VP Co-LGBT and Allies Committee, TD Bank, N.A., Ingrid Galvez, Diversity Outreach Chair & David Riccardi, Supplier Diversity Chair, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, New York (NGLCCNY), Ulysses Williams, VP of Operation, Global Network of Black Pride, Mark D. Gibson, National, Communication Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Kaz Mitchell, Director, Circle of Voice Inc., Laurence Pinckney, President, Zenbiz Travel, Roque Caston, Tamecca Tillard and the entire staff of National Minority Business Council.
MVC Productions and Tai Chunn Management Group along with Many Faces, One Dream – NYC will host the Kids R People Too andMFODNYC Holiday Networking Mixer during the Harlem Pride Monthly Mixer on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:30pm to 10:00pm at the ALOFT Harlem Hotel, 2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10027. Join us and continue the fellowship with our community. Bring a toy or make a donation for a Harlem child in need.
Men and women living with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and serious depression prepare and enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at Fountain House’s Clubhouse in Hell’s Kitchen.
New York, NY (November 27th, 2013) – Fountain House gets ready for a larger than expected turnout for this year’s Thanksgiving Feast. Thanksgiving is Fountain House’s largest celebration. Members living with serious mental illness come together with staff at the clubhouse in Hell’s Kitchen to prepare a spectacular feast including roasted turkey or stuffed squash, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes, braised carrots, green beans, and peas. A delicious assortment of pies, including homemade pies baked with apples grown at Fountain House’s 500 acre High Point Farm are a sweet end to the meal. Members participate in preparing, decorating the house, and serving the meal. Floral decorations are produced by members working in Fountain House’s Horticulture Unit.
Who: Fountain House www.fountainhouse.org
What: Thanksgiving preparations by/for individuals living with serious mental illness
Where: 425 West 47th Street NY, NY 10036
When: Prep: Wednesday, November 27th 9 am – 5 pm
Why: Mental illness disrupts people’s lives and relationships, leaving them alone and isolated in the community. Fountain House offers a sense of belonging, meaningful activity, and the opportunity to form relationships with their peers and with dedicated professional staff. All members and staff are invited to celebrate Holidays together.
ABOUT FOUNTAIN HOUSE
Serious mental illness affects 23 million people in the United States each year. The stigma, rejection, and isolation that accompany mental illness are often as damaging and debilitating as the illness itself. Fountain House reduces the devastating social impact of mental illness. Every day, over 300 members choose to come to Fountain House to learn new skills, access opportunities, and forge meaningful relationships. Members and staff operate successful employment, education, wellness, and housing programs. They work as partners to perform all the functions that keep the community going. The Fountain House model has been replicated in more than 300 locations in 30 countries and 32 states and currently serves more than 100,000 people with mental illness worldwide.
Nonprofit Provides Clean Water in Haiti Through Buckets of Life
PITTSBURGH – Nov. 27, 2013 – Deep Springs International, a nonprofit organization that addresses the safe drinking water crisis in Haiti, announced that they are launching a new program called Buckets of Life on Dec. 3, 2013, known as “Giving Tuesday.”
“Giving Tuesday is the new official opening day of the giving season, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and celebrating how Americans can do more with their wallets than just shop,” says Michael Ritter, CEO and Co-founder of Deep Springs International. “This year Giving Tuesday will jump-start the season of giving for over 7,250 charities, and we believe that this is the best day of the year to kick-off our new Buckets of Life program.”
A Bucket of Life is a simple, sustainable and affordable way for the poorest of the poor in Haiti to purify their own drinking water, regardless of its contaminated source. It is a simple five-gallon bucket with a lid to keep out dirt, and a tap for sanitary dispensing.
At just $34 for the bucket system and three year’s worth of chlorine subsidy and education, the Bucket of Life makes a unique alternative Christmas gift. Donors can honor a friend or loved one with the gift of clean, life-saving water for a struggling family in Haiti whose only concern during the holidays will likely be survival. Donors have the option to personalize a Bucket of Life with a gift card at http://deepspringsinternational.org/Home/BucketsofLife.aspx.
Low tech by design – The Bucket of Life has few moving parts, no complicated filters to clean or replace, and requires no electricity. All it takes is a capful of locally produced chlorine solution for a family to have five gallons of clean water. To assure sustainability, local health agents earn an income by distributing the chlorine product. The Agents – equipped with chlorine test kits – visit families or communities to train in proper hygiene and system usage and to re-fill chlorine bottles.
There are currently about 900,000 families in rural Haiti who lack access to clean and safe drinking water. That is nearly half the entire population of the country, which is still considered the poorest in the western hemisphere. Over 8,500 lives have been lost in Haiti to cholera, a completely preventable water-borne disease. The Bucket of Life is a key tool in the arsenal to fight this deadly disease, which has now spread to the Dominican Republic on the other side of the island.
Deep Springs International has been working to provide safe drinking water in Haiti since 2006, working through the 2010 earthquake and the 2011 cholera epidemic. They estimate that they have saved 3,000 lives since 2006 with their water treatment systems.
Join Deep Springs International in the effort to fight cholera and bring safe drinking water to Haiti. To learn more, go to www.DeepSpringsInternational.org. For more information, contact Steve Bostian at 828.773.7242 or partnership@DeepSpringsInternational.org.
Rock Concert To Aide Wounded Warrior Project, ReserveAid and Operation Finally Home
New York, NY – Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray will headline Wall Street Rocks’ 2013 Battle of the Bands Finale benefit concert, emceed by radio & VH1 Classic TV host Eddie Trunk on Monday, December 2nd at Irving Plaza in NYC.
Competing Wall Street bands include Riffhanger and Big Dog Party, which won previous rounds of competition. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.wallstreetrocks.org. This year¹s end of year show will benefit Wounded Warrior Project, ReserveAid and Operation Finally Home, which provides wounded and disabled veterans and the widows of the fallen with mortgage-free housing across the country.
Wall Street Rocks co-founders Leslie Kirby, James Macedonio, Peter Carrara and George Chrisafis kicked off their third year of fundraising efforts for veterans¹ charities with two sold out Battle of the Band shows at NYC’s famed Cutting Room in July and September. Riffhanger, featuring lead singer Tony Conklin from Deutsche Bank took home the top prize in July and Big Dog Party, which features musicians from JPMorgan Chase and Chase Bank, won in September to advance to the finale in December.
Wall Street Rocks is a collaboration of employees in the financial, technology and entertainment industries, who are passionate about giving support to heroic Americans who serve our nation, including military veterans and first responders. Over the last two years, Wall Street Rocks has raised over $350,000 for our nation¹s heroes.
For more information about Wall Street Rocks, please visit www.wallstreetrocks.org.
Families from Neighborhoods Adjacent to L.A. LIVE and Los Angeles Convention Center Treated to Dual Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Celebrations as Holidays and Cultures Come Together for the First Time Since 1888
WHAT: Break out the Menorah and the pumpkin pie because this WednesdayThanksgiving Eve and Hanukkah are colliding in an event that could only be known as Thanksgivukkah.
To commemorate the first time that Thanksgiving Eve has coincided with the first day of Hanukkah since 1888, the Salvation Army’s fifth annual Feast of Sharing Holiday Dinner will have a dual meaning and purpose when it takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The celebration also marks the first event in AEG’s Season of Giving, the company’s annual initiative designed to raise funds and generate awareness for non-profit organizations that serve youth and families residing in low income households in Los Angeles County.
Thanksgivukkah 2013 will be celebrated by approximately 1,300 members of families from the neighboring Pico Union community who will come together with members of the local Chabad House to share holiday traditions, cultural games and stories. The evening will include a sit-down combined Hanukkah and Thanksgiving Eve meal with all the trimmings, such as traditional latkahs and everyone’s favorite cranberry sauce. The festivities will include music and the lighting of a Hanukkah Menorah by Rabbi Greenwald, Salvation Army Officers and special guests.
A second lighting ceremony will take place at approximately 7 p.m. outside of STAPLES Center’s Figueroa St. entry.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 27
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center’s West Hall
MORE INFO: This holiday collision was not possible prior to President Abraham Lincoln establishing Thanksgiving in 1863 and will not overlap again for another 77,798 years (although Hanukkah will fall on actual Thanksgiving day in 2070 and 2165)! Encompassing the traditions of people from various backgrounds, this event will truly bring the spirit of the season to the people of Los Angeles.
Walmart Foundation also donates $1 million to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Nov. 26, 2013 – Walmart and The Salvation Army announced today the second annual Fill the Truck Toy Drive, which will bring hundreds of thousands of toys to children across the country. The toy drive kicks off on Nov. 29 and is part of Walmart’s long-standing partnership with The Salvation Army, which also includes the iconic red kettle campaign.
The Fill the Truck Toy Drive will take place on select weekends starting November 29 and ending December 15 in 1,600 stores across the country. Collection bins will also be located inside 3,500 Walmart stores during the entire three week period. Customers will be able to drop off new, unwrapped toys at the trucks or in the bins through December 15, 2013.
“The holidays are a time for gifting, and a time for giving,” said Scott McCall, senior vice president of toys and seasonal at Walmart U.S. “We think every child should have something under their Christmas tree. Our hope is that the Fill the Truck toy drive will help bring holiday cheer to hundreds of thousands of children across the country.”
“Walmart has been such a big supporter of The Salvation Army and we are so appreciative of all the hard work they put into Fill the Truck,” Said Major Ron Busroe, national community relations and development secretary for The Salvation Army. “This year, Fill the Truck is reaching even more customers and our hope is to provide more children with a Christmas toy that they would not receive otherwise.”
The Fill the Truck toy drive is part of Walmart’s more than 40-year partnership with The Salvation Army. This year, the Walmart Foundation donated $1 million dollars to The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign, which will be applied to The Salvation Army feeding programs nationwide. In addition, Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs will host The Salvation Army’s red kettles and bell ringers between Nov. 29 and Dec. 24, 2013. Last year, Walmart and Sam’s Club helped The Salvation Army raise nearly $45 million—or 30 percent of the total amount raised during the campaign. All donations made to the red kettles remain in the local communities in which they are collected, and will help The Salvation Army provide food, clothing, shelter, financial assistance and other services to roughly 30 million people this year.
Walmart’s partnership with The Salvation Army is just one example of how Walmart gives back during the holiday season. Walmart also launched its “Holiday Salute to Military Families” on Veteran’s Day. The initiative provides a total of $1.5 million in support to Operation Homefront and Fisher House to help spread holiday joy to our nation’s heroes and their families. The donation will provide toys, meals and lodging assistance to those military families in greatest need of support this year, while also helping to reunite active duty service members with their loved ones, just in time for the holidays.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our more than 11,000 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and e-commerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at twitter.com/walmartnewsroom. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.
The power of global e-commerce becomes accessible to all
ITHACA, NY (November 25, 2013) – ArtZoco has publicly launched its e-commerce website allowing customers to directly buy products from artisans in the developing world. Artisans for the first time are managing their own online stores with no one in between: they are writing their own personal stories, shipping their own products, and receiving payments directly from their sales. Artzoco is Etsy for the rest of the world.
In a world of buzz around CSR and the trend of “giving while shopping”, Vince Hartman and Julie Frieswyk, founders of ArtZoco, couldn’t help but notice during their experience as Peace Corps volunteers, how little local artisans earn from selling their products internationally – typically less than 20% of the final cost of the product. Artisans lose most of their profits to middlemen since artisans are unable to sell to the consumer directly. ArtZoco was developed to solve this problem, by letting customers empower artisans through directly purchasing the artisan’s handmade products, at a price set by the artisan.
“Many falsely think the reason why there are so few people selling online in the developing world is because the artisans need others to do it for them,” says Vince Hartman. “The reality is that they haven’t had the technology until now.” “And with Microsoft recently predicting that internet users worldwide will double to 4 billion by 2020, with most of those users coming from China, India and the African continent”, adds Frieswyk, “it’s easy to understand how providing a space for them to sell their products, as we do in the U.S. and Europe with sites like Etsy and DeWanda, will be a powerful tool.”
The website features an attractive user experience for customers to discover new handmade crafts and communicate directly with artisans through text messaging. ArtZoco already supports four languages and is designed culturally and intuitively with over a dozen APIs including automated language translation and payment withdraw services. “Our goal is to let the technology fade away and singularly focus on delivering an incredible user experience, and we continue to work tirelessly to achieve that. We do this to make sure ArtZoco is used by — and delights — as many people around the world as possible,” notes Feifan Zhou, a co-founder and the technical director behind ArtZoco’s platform.
Over 100 artisans have registered on ArtZoco, with 20 having fully completed the steps necessary to sell to the public. Artisans currently come from 4 countries – Peru, Moldova, Nicaragua, and Ukraine – and that list is continuing to grow. ArtZoco will be expanding further this winter into Latin America and Eastern Europe.
ArtZoco is the most effective way for customers to empower artisans in the developing world. ArtZoco provides international artisans with their own online stores through its marketplace – allowing customers to buy products directly from them. Visit ArtZoco athttp://artzoco.com to discover unique handmade products and register for a free account.
50,000 Pop Culture Experiences Auctioned to Benefit 2,250 Nonprofits Company Will Ring NYSE Opening Bell on Black Friday to Celebrate Milestone
New York, NY November 25, 2013 Charitybuzz (www.Charitybuzz.com), the luxury charity auction site changing the face of fundraising, announces that it has raised $100 million for charity to date through its online auctions. By auctioning exclusive access and coveted experiences, the socially conscious company has funded the work of more than 2,250 nonprofits around the globe. Charitybuzz will celebrate the achievement by ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on Black Friday, November 29, 2013, the biggest shopping day of the year.
“Charitybuzz’s guiding philosophy has always been that its good business to do good. We’ve spread that vision to thousands of celebrities and brands, and together, along with our generous bidders and incredible nonprofit partners, we’ve reached this truly awesome milestone,” said Charitybuzz CEO and Founder Coppy Holzman. “Charitybuzz bidders make a difference simply by shopping for the unique experiences and luxuries they love. With holiday shopping season kicking off this week, theres never been an easier way to give.”
Charitybuzz, founded in 2005, is known for auctioning intimate access to thousands of celebrities, icons and world leaders, such as President Clinton, the Pope, the Dalai Lama, Oprah, Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, George Clooney, LeBron James, Anna Wintour, and Tim Cook. The company also offers access to luxury getaways, VIP events and rare memorabilia. Eighty percent of each auction benefits a designated nonprofit.
Over 50,000 once-in-a-lifetime experienceswere auctioned to reach the $100 million milestone. Funds have benefited a diverse list of organizations, from small schools to international NGOs, working to alleviate poverty, champion equality, educate children globally, eradicate disease, protect our planet, and much more.
Ben Klein from Englewood, New Jersey is one of the bidders around the globe whose support helped Charitybuzz reach the milestone. This fall, Klein won the chance for his daughters to meet One Direction at the premiere of their film This Is Us to support anti-bullying programming in schools across the country. (Watch their experience below.)
“When it comes to giving gifts, nothing beats Charitybuzz. Most of my family and close friends are blessed with having pretty much everything we need, so finding birthday and anniversary presents that will wow them isn’t always so easy to find,” said Klein. “Charitybuzz gives me the ability to buy experiences, which are better then material items because the memories last forever and people love them. Plus the money goes to charity.”
Said Niall Horan from One Direction, We supported an anti-bullying campaign because everyones been to school and you see a lot of people being bulled. Its not good, so we wanted to get involved.
Earlier this fall, Charitybuzz unveiled a redesigned website and sleek, new iPhone app to further empower its community to live their dreams and make a difference.
This holiday season, Charitybuzz is auctioning more than 1,275 gifts and experiences that give back, with exclusive access to some of the worlds biggest celebrities and events, from Scarlett Johansson and Elton John to The GRAMMYs and the Super Bowl, at www.Charitybuzz.com/Holiday.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. For the 45 million family members who care for an aging loved one, it’s nice to be recognized and appreciated. But, that doesn’t make their job any easier.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 25, 2013
November is National Family Caregivers Month. For the 45 million family members who care for an aging loved one, it’s nice to be recognized and appreciated. But, that doesn’t make their job any easier.
Families find themselves in unexpected, unplanned role as a caretaker
“Families learning to care for their aging loved ones have it tough,” said Josh Fotheringham, former Apple software designer and current CEO of Caring in Place®. “The majority of family members suddenly become family caregivers overnight because of an unexpected trigger event – a fall, a car accident, an emergency room visit, or simply a physician that says it’s time to get involved. Most families aren’t prepared for what comes next.”
Fotheringham and his fellow co-founder James Jarman were first exposed to the difficulty of family caregiving two years ago while doing research for another healthcare technology project. After literally thousands of hours of research and time spent with caregivers, the co-founders created Caring in Place®. Their free technology solution is designed to help family members learn how to become family caregivers for their aging loved ones.
Active family caregiving reaps measurable benefits for aging loved ones
The impact family members can have on the health of their aging loved ones is not trivial. According to a recent AARP study, there is a direct correlation between the improved health outcomes of seniors and the amount of time family caregivers spend supporting them. Dr. Kevin Knopf, a practicing Hematologist and Oncologist in San Francisco, CA and Clinical Board Chair at Caring in Place® confirmed, “An active family caregiver has the potential to measurably improve the health conditions of their aging family members. A little bit of practical knowledge coupled with simple, clinical guidance can go a long way towards improved health outcomes.”
Expert resources for caregivers to know what to do and when
“Family caregivers are often plagued by the doubt and uncertainty of not knowing what to do,” explains Denise M. Brown, Founder of CareGiving.com – an online support haven for family caregivers. “Caring in Place® removes the second-guessing that often accompanies caregiving, and provides caregivers peace of mind knowing they are doing the right things at the right time.”
Through a well-designed caregiver platform (inclusive of an online portal and iPhone app), Caring in Place® uses their proprietary Intelligent Checklists™ or to-do lists to help family members know what to do, when to do it, and how to care for their aging loved ones. Although caregiver education is a top priority, Caring in Place® also helps family members manage medication adherence, receive notifications and alerts, produce physician reports, and coordinate care among other family members, friends and neighbors.
According to the founders, their concept of checklists originated from Dr. Atul Gawande’s New York Times Bestseller, “The Checklist Manifesto.” Dr. Gawande’s book insightfully argues that the best way to do a job correctly and efficiently is to use expert checklists.
Caregiving solution helps caregivers support their aging loved ones amidst their already complicated lives
More than 50% of family caregivers are employed full-time and many are also raising a family. Fotheringham indicated that today family caregivers are doing more clinically than ever before and are managing much of their complicated lives on their smartphones. Caring for an aging loved one becomes an extension of that same behavior. “Caregivers don’t have the luxury of taking their laptops to mom’s home to capture her blood pressure reading. Caring in Place® leverages mobile applications to allow family caregivers to support their aging loved ones from their mobile phones and at the point of care.”
About Caring in Place®
Caring in Place® is a caregiver technology platform incorporating mobile and online solutions to help family members learn and manage their family caregiving role. Founded in 2011 and based in Denver, CO, Caring in Place® has financial backing from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.