Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Vanessa Van Noy -- "I like to “put boots on the ground” for my local community"


Name:  Vanessa Van Noy

What is your job?  Yoga Instructor

What social causes are most important to you?  Being a dedicated yogi and vegan, compassion is my passion, especially animal causes.  My husband and I have rescued all 7 of our pets (3 pit mixes and 4 cats).  We are both active not only in companion animal rescue but farm animal rescue as well.

What charities do you support – and how?  I support some large national groups such as PETA and Best Friends Animal Society.  However, I like to “put boots on the ground” for my local community.  I volunteer time at the local Humane Society in Tinton Falls NJ and previously at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties NY.  I have recently organized food drives for the local SPCA and County Food Bank.  My most recent event is to benefit 180NJ “Turning Lives Around”, an organization that houses and cares for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Monday, June 23, 2014

John Eisenhart: Social responsibility is not only “doing the right thing” but throwing a certain amount of conviction into the mix.

 Name and occupation: John Eisenhart/Chef

What social causes are most important to you? Homelessness and hungry youth

What charities do you support – and how? I am a long supporter of P:ear (a nonprofit that aims to creatively mentor homeless youth) and Friends of the Children where I donate food and time to fundraising events and luncheons.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? Children shouldn’t starve. I lean towards this cause because kids can’t support themselves (animals too)!

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? Find a passion and start realistically (small). Go from there!

How would you define social responsibility? Social responsibility is not only “doing the right thing” but throwing a certain amount of conviction into the mix.
 

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists if you’d like: 
Wacky Packages (above) Paul Zenk/Infinity Tattoo
Raven on stained glass – Marcus Pacheco
Sonic Youth scarecrow – Marcus Pacheco 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ernie Reyes for Dignity Kids

Name: Ernie Reyes Jr.

What is your job?
Martial Artist / Actor - VP of Dignity Kids Inc.

What social causes are most important to you?
Youth development, healthy active lifestyles, and STEM.

What charities do you support – and how?
I was named Vice President of Dignity Kids Inc. in 2013 with the mission to educate and empower youth through fitness-based programs that teach STEM concepts, encourage healthy lifestyles, and promote positive youth development through opportunities to learn, succeed, and belong.