Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jennifer MacFarlane: Photos to Support Women's Rights

Name: Jennifer MacFarlane

What is your job? Photographer, humanitarian photojournalist

What social causes are most important to you? Women's rights in developing countries.

What charity do you support – and how?

Somaly Mam Foundation. By organizing events to raise awareness about human trafficking. By enlarging my  photos to life size of the beautiful young girls from the brothels of Cambodia and getting them out there. By talking about what I saw first hand in Cambodia to my peers and to receptive audiences so that the idea of modern day slavery is not just an abstract notion.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Inner City Tattoo says 'Screw You Sandy'

Name:  Kimberly Benevento

What is your job? Shop Girl/Apprentice/Owner at Inner City Tattoo in Elizabeth, NJ

What social causes are most important to you?
Currently our shop has been focusing our efforts on raising money for Hurricane Sandy Relief. 

For the entire month of November we have set aside 20% of all proceeds from the shop to be donated.  We also had a “Screw You Sandy!” event on December 1st, where donated ALL proceeds from that day to charities focusing on Sandy Relief.

Monday, November 26, 2012

William Sisca: The FACTs on Diabetes

Name: William Sisca

What is your job? Founder & Chairman of F.A.C.T Foundation

What social causes are most important to you?
Finding a cure for type-1 and type-2 Diabetes

What charities do you support – and how?
Besides the F.A.C.T Foundation, which is my own charity, I have supported charities dealing with Diabetes including American Diabetes Association and the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Occupy Sandy: Grass Roots Help, And How YOU Can Help

There is no formal interview this week.  Sandy did too much damage. 

As a former New Yorker, I know how we can come together, and how others can make a difference. 

Here is a group working street level.  And, here's how YOU CAN HELP.
My name is Dylan, and I'm one of the countless volunteers working for Occupy Sandy Relief NYC.

My job has been working our social media fronts (namely our Facebook page and our Twitter) to answer questions and direct donations and volunteers to various donation/distribution hubs. As a group, we've been working non-stop collecting donations from across the city, state, and country, and distributing them to the most affected areas. We've been providing meals to those in need. Additionally, we've been transporting volunteers to areas where they're needed most.

The problems we're facing are problems being faced through out the NYC disaster area. For instance, we're having problems with gas shortages (and long gas lines), getting help out to the hard to reach places.

People close to the city can check with us online to see current needs and volunteering opportunities:

For people outside of the state and want to help, we're collecting monetary donations here:

We're also receiving donation shipments. Donation needs change from day to day, so it's best to check online to see what we need most. Our main shipment hub is:
St. Jacobi Church.
c/o Occupy Sandy
5406 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220

Learn more and like Occupy Sandy.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Brooke Lewis: Busted Foundation

Name: Brooke Lewis

What is your job? Actress/Scream Queen/Producer/Writer/Life Coach. Owner of the independent production company, Philly Chick Pictures. Board Certified Life Coach and owner of Be You And Be Fearless Life Coach.

What social causes are most important to you? I have always been inspired to help, support and empower women and young adults. I am committed to standing up for women and young adults, encouraging them to be courageous, so they can make the right choices and find their own voice! For several years, I have been active in raising awareness for women who are battling breast cancer. I am also actively working to empower young women and the LGBT community to love themselves for exactly who they are…PERFECT!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Ryan Blair: Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain

What is your name? Ryan Blair

Your job? CEO and Co-Founder of ViSalus

What social causes are most important to you?
Long before I was an entrepreneur and a New York Times best selling author, I was a gang member with a juvenile criminal record. Luckily, before it was too late, a mentor came into my life, my stepfather Robert Hunt, who was a successful real estate entrepreneur.  With much patience, Bob challenged me to be a better man and opened my eyes to the world of legal business enterprise. Based on these real life experiences, it has become my personal calling to help at-risk youth and kids who are like I was—one mentor away from becoming an asset to society.

What charities do you support – and how?
In 2008 I founded The Blair Foundation, a Los Angeles based private charitable organization that supports causes like juvenile outreach and mentoring at-risk youth and makes regular contributions to charities and religious organizations.

In 2011, The Blair Foundation partnered with the Goergen Foundation and philanthropist Percy Miller (Master P) to donate to Johnel Langerston's Urban Born project, and launched the Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain At-Risk Teens Program, an educational program that helps teach at-risk youth to trade in their spray paint can for a camera and learn the art of film making or other entrepreneurial endeavors. 

My company ViSalus also has a meal program for kids in need, and to date, we have served over 2,000,000 meals. I plan to do a lot more giving to causes I care about in the near future.
Why do you have a passion for this, is there a personal tie?
I wouldn’t be living the life I am today without my stepfather Bob—his belief in me helped me to become the man I never knew I could be. A lot of people say I got lucky, but I know that my ‘luck’ is duplicable. It’s my personal mission to prove that anyone can find a pathway out of their circumstances given the right influences, entrepreneurship and education.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
Support the Blair Foundation. The easiest way is to buy my book (Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur), read it, and give it to others who can benefit from it. I have pledged 100% of the proceeds of my book to the Blair Foundation. In fact, 90% of my assets will be donated to The Blair Foundation, and I often lend my staff and resources to the cause.

How would you define social responsibility?
For me, social responsibility is finding the imbalances and injustices in your own life, then turning around and correcting them in the world. Entrepreneurs are problem solvers; it is our job to solve our world’s problems, not the government’s. As a CEO, it is my social responsibility to found companies that create solutions and impact our world in a meaningful way.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your social work?  
The first tattoos I have are homemade. I got them because in my neighborhood, the tougher you looked, the less people messed with you. Later, my tattoos were more about important steps in my life and my beliefs.

Quick list of tattoos: I have the Roman numerals for 8-4-11 on my left forearm for the day that my book was published, I found out my son had Autism, and I went to court to get custodianship of my mother who had been in a coma for 5 months. I have dragons tattooed on my arms that represent transformation, I have my last name on the back of my neck (in case I ever get lost), one of my favorite philosophies “carpe diem” tattooed on the inside of my left bicep, and my mother’s name, Erla, on my chest.  All of my tattoos have meaning. 

Photo Credit: Sally Peterson

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jené Luciani Lends More Than One Hand

Name: Jené Luciani

What is your job? National TV Style correspondent, personality, bestselling author, contributor.

What social causes are most important to you? Anything that promotes self-esteem in young women and girls, cancer organizations, and as a mom, anything at all involving children!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Jakob Hunt: "I have seen the power that one person can make on someone’s life"

Name: Jakob Hunt

What is your job?
I am currently the Vice President of Operations/HR Director for a franchise company, Dogtopia.  We have a chain of dog daycare and boarding facilities coast to coast.

What social causes are most important to you? In my professional life I am involved in a lot of charitable events all revolving around dogs, of course.  To date our stores have assisted in rehoming over 1000 foster dogs.  We just completed our 8th Annual Charity Dog Wash to raise funds for our company’s charitable arm, K-9 Support Inc., which raises money to buy equipment and supplies for military dogs overseas, as well as police and working dogs locally.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jesse McFaddin: Music Activism

Name: Jesse McFaddin

What is your job?  Music artist, (lead vocalist & guitarist forRIZE , member of hip-hop collective E.D.O., music producer & clothing designer.

What social causes are most important to you?
I’m most interested in causes that generate hope and opportunity for the youth or strive to make the future better than today. These are the people that are really going to make tomorrow a better place.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Camp Sunshine: Support of Children With Cancer

Name: Lindsey Monroe

What is your job?
I am the Special Events and Public Relations Coordinator for Camp Sunshine in Decatur, Georgia. Camp Sunshine provides year round recreational, educational and support programs for children with cancer and their families. I manage all of our large fundraising events, maintain our social media and website, and work with outside groups who plan fundraisers for our organization.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Keep A Breast: I Love Boobies!

Name: Shaney jo Darden
What is your job? I am the Founder and Global CEO of the Keep A Breast Foundation. 
What is your mission at Keep A Breast? Keep A Breast's main goal is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. We provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Amy Krakow for AIDS, LGBT and Folk Cutlure

Name: Amy Krakow

What is your job?
President, Propaganda Marketing Communications, Inc.

What social causes are most important to you?

What charities do you support – and how?

Friday, June 29, 2012

David Hendrickson: Boards for Animals

Name: David Hendrickson

What is your job?
I am the Founder and CEO of Hendrick Boards, an eco-friendly skateboard and apparel company that gives back to local animal shelters and rescues throughout the nation with each and every purchase.

What social causes are most important to you?
Anything and everything animals – from pet adoption programs and animal rescues to animal shelters and nonprofits dedicated to the welfare of pets and animals.

What charies do you support – and how?
Hendrick Boards supports local animal nonprofits throughout the nation. Local animal shelters and rescues are on the frontlines in an effort to save animals and are most in need of our support – whether through donations of money and materials or volunteers.

Monday, June 11, 2012

One Big Wag featuring Hank3 benefiting Happy Tales Humane

Name: Hank Williams 3rd

What is your job? Musician

What social causes are most important to you? I do Homes for the Troops, trying to help out soldiers who were badly injured to make sure they have the special ramps or modifications they need for their houses – and I also try to do as much as I can for animals.

What charities do you support? Happy Tales in Franklin, TN and Homes for the Troops.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? I was raised on a farm most of my life, I tend to be introverted, and I feel at home with animals, they keep me active. I think of my three dogs as my kids.

As far as supporting troops, I’m not political, I try to stay away from politics in my music, Jello Biafra does that well, but I want people to forget about problems when they listen to music. Ozzy once said when a soldier returns, they should be taken care of for life. I don’t see that our troops are as taken care of as well as they should be when they come home injured so I try to help where I can.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? If you are looking for a pet, please go to a shelter, they are already available, and they need homes. Spey and neuter, and adopt! Or visit and try to help a family that has to find a new home for their pet.

How would you define social responsibility? Being responsible is your work ethic, are you being productive? Making your family proud?

Quick list of tattoos artists:
My first was Chris at Dancing Dragon tattoo at t. Campbell in TN, and also David Digsby and Paul Booth.

Show info:
One Big Wag featuring Hank3 benefiting Happy Tales Humane
FRI, AUGUST 3, 2012
DOORS: 7:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM (EVENT ENDS AT 11:59 PM)
Tickets: $20.00 - $100.00

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bradley Boyle: "There is always such need right at home "

Name:  Bradley Boyle

What is your job?  I am a professional chef and owner of both Salt Gastropub in Byram NJ and Salt Studio in Andover NJ

What social causes are most important to you?  We support many causes both locally and globally.  But for us, social causes start at home, and start with the most basic need of food.  Being in the food-service industry it is in us to feed people in need, to provide people that are having a hard time with their most basic needs.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sue and Leah's Passion for Animals: Duchess County SPCA

Names:  Sue Stives and Leah Hapeman

What are your jobs? 
Sue – Manager Volunteer Programs, DCSPCA,  Leah – Assistant Shelter Manager, DCSPCA

What social causes are most important to you? Animal Welfare/Humane Education

What charity do you support – and how? Duchess County SPCA,  a not for profit, no-kill shelter, saving lives for 141 years. 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Malachi Larrabee-Garza: Holding Decision Makers Accountable Within Juvenile Justice Systems

 Name: Malachi Larrabee-Garza

What is your job? What charities do you support – and how? My job is the primary charity I support.

I have worked at the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) for 4 years. The BI works to improve the lives of youth of color, poor youth and all of us by ensuring fairness in the juvenile justice system and supporting community groups that seek to do the same. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Passage Home's Lisa Otis' Success: Full Circle From Homeless to Volunteer

Name:  Lisa Otis

What is your job? Volunteer and Donations Coordinator at Passage Home, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in families and neighborhoods.

What social causes are most important to you?
First and foremost, I am truly passionate to serve women and children. The specific causes that are most important to me are fair employment of the formerly incarcerated and women’s prison re-entry programs.

How do you support Passage Home?
I support Passage Home and their mission every day, in my job, as a volunteer, and as a donor. It is very important that I give of my time and financially.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Evans Blue For 'Keeping Chase' And Cancer Awareness

Name:  Dan Chandler
What is your job? I sing for the band Evans Blue
 What social causes are most important to you? Finding a cure for cancer.
 What charity do you support – and how?  Keeping Chase.  We have benefit concerts to raise money, as well as a percentage of merch and single sales.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Daniel Hutchison Helps Returning Veterans

Name: Daniel Hutchison

What is your job? Director of Ohio Combat Veterans

What social causes are most important to you? Helping our returning veterans transition to civilian life after they have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I founded Ohio Combat Veterans because I see so many of our returning men and women struggle with their transition home after combat. I know it is difficult as I served in Iraq in 2006 and coming home is such a difficult period.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? A very personal tie. I struggled with PTSD when I first returned from combat and I know that it is hell. That is why I am so passionate to help my brothers and sisters.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pussycat Dolls' Kaya Jones for Equality

Name: Kaya Jones, former member of the Pussycat Dolls
 What is your job? Singer, actress, and record label owner. 

What social causes are most important to you? Human rights and to increase awareness about the alarming trend of bullying. 

What charities do you support – and how? GLAAD and Marriage Equality, as well as our Troops. I had the pleasure of visiting our troops in Kuwait and Iraq where I performed 20 shows in two weeks. I also am proud to be involved with Be-The-Link which advocates HIV/AIDS research and care. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Enchanted Makeovers for Homeless Shelters

Name: Terry Grahl

What is your job? Founder and Visionary for Enchanted Makeovers an award -winning non-profit organization that is recognized internationally.

What social causes are most important to you? Women and children living in shelters.

What charity do you support – and how?  

I create the vision for EnchantedMakeovers, and pour my  heart and soul into every last detail, from makeovers to programs to events to strategic planning. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ray Asuncion's Fight Against Breast Cancer

Name:  Ray Asuncion

What is your job? Circus Make-Up Designer, Circus Survivor Aerial Trapeze Artist & Freelance Make-Up Artist/Beauty Consultant

What social causes are most important to you?
 Health, Art & Wellness

What charities do you support?
Stand Up to Cancer. 

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
 I am interested in anything that promotes well being on a positive art note through physical activity or through the expression of dance, music and art to promote positive awareness for a cause.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Matthew Naimi Keeps it Green

Name:  Matthew Naimi

What is your job?
Founder and Director of Operations for Recycle Here! and Collaborator in the Lincoln Street Art Park / Ghetto Louvre.

What social causes are most important to you?
Recycling, the Environment, and Environmental Education are my main causes…. and animals.

What charity do you support – and how?
Green Living Science (GLS) is a non-profit organization in Detroit.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
GLS was created by the staff at Recycle Here to teach Detroit students what ‘Green’ means.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Jodi's Voice Against Stalking

Name: Angela Daffron

What is your job? Marketing Consultant & Executive Director of Jodi’s Voice

What social causes are most important to you? Preventing stalking!

What charity do you support – and how? Jodi’s Voice – I founded Jodi’s Voice in honor of Jodi Sanderholm.  Jodi was murdered when she was 19 years old by a stalker in January 2007.  Court records indicate the man had been stalking her for 10 years.