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We volunteered at the CureSearch Walk for Children’s Cancer in Boston, Massachusetts at the Franklin Park Zoo.

From their website —

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is a national non-profit foundation that accelerates the cure for children’s cancer by driving innovation, eliminating research barriers and solving the field’s most challenging problems. We fight every day to make treatment possible and a cure probable for the 42 children diagnosed with cancer daily. We do this in three ways:

  • We accelerate the cure for children at greatest risk of losing their battle with cancer by posing essential challenges to scientists and inviting teams to overcome them with novel research approaches.
  • We support children’s enrollment in clinical trials that have the potential to save their lives today.
  • We provide resources and education, so no child faces a cancer diagnosis without a fully equipped support team behind them.

Ultimately, CureSearch is working to change the odds for those children most at risk.

 

 

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We stopped by Second Harvest Heartland in the Twin Cities to help prepare food for distribution.

Before beginning our shift in their warehouse, we were given a brief orientation including a powerful video about hunger, the challenges faced, and how Second Harvest is addressing the issue in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Videos can sometimes be dry, recalling filmstrips from our elementary school days. The Second Harvest video was as far from that as it gets.

Here it is for your consideration —

From the Second Harvest website —

Second Harvest Heartland works to reinvent hunger relief through leadership and innovation. As the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief organization, our goal is not only to help our hungry neighbors today, but to provide the means for everyone to be fed tomorrow. We’re known for distributing great amounts of food quickly and efficiently; in 2012 alone, we collected, warehoused and distributed more than 76 million pounds of food—but we’re also constantly pioneering ways to reduce waste and better use the abundant resources available in this land of plenty.

Second Harvest Heartland is a member of Feeding America, a national network of more than 200 food banks serving every state in the United States. Membership means access to millions of pounds of surplus food and grocery donations from manufacturers and producers throughout the country.

Thank you to Kate, Megan, Brenda, and Dan for joining us!

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Today’s trip to River Keepers in North Dakota was a first along this journey. To help create educational materials for the upcoming Red River Water Festival we spent time putting together gimp bracelets and cutting stickers that will ultimately end up with fourth graders. We also had a chance to hear about how important the Red River is specifically, but also how crucial it is that we keep our waterways and their surrounding habitats free from pollution.

From their website –

River Keepers is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to protect and preserve the integrity and natural environment of the Red River of the North in the Fargo, ND – Moorhead, MN area. In addition, River Keepers is interested in the recreation and sustainable development uses of the Red River. River Keepers promotes a renewed vision for the Red River of the North through workshops, youth service-learning projects and advocacy. The primary goal of River Keepers is to demonstrate to the public that the Red River is an underutilized resource. River Keepers works “hand-in hand” with civic, corporate and political leaders, local watershed groups and the public at-large.

We stopped by to help them with preparation of educational materials for the Red River Water Festival.

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The mission of Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s THE BANQUET is:

Our mission is to equip volunteers to provide food and fellowship to those served through the ministry of The Banquet. We provide a safe place where people can gather, receive nourishment and experience love in action.

On paper it sounds nice. In action, it’s even better!

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Be Local Everywhere visited the Open Door Mission in Omaha, Nebraska. The organization is doing a lot to help those in need from clothing to food to housing to life skills–they’re doing it all. Thanks for letting us see your operation! Big thanks to Steve Frazee for discussing the Mission and to Hannah who showed us the ropes!

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We stopped by the Denver Rescue Mission to help with lunch.

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I visited the hardworking and invaluable team at Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne and Laramie County. MOW provides critical food and human interaction to homebound folks in need of food in an effort to keep them in their homes as long as they can. The volunteers are also instrumental in keeping tabs on folks to make sure their health is doing ok.

The operation is funded by a variety of sources including grants, donations, and the Meals on Wheels Mart–a resale shop where I got to volunteer with sorting donated items that will ultimately end up for sale.

Big thanks to Sharon and Carol! Such a dedicated team!

From their website:

Welcome to Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne. We provide thousands of nourishing meals to seniors and others in Cheyenne and Laramie County, Wyoming. If you would like a meal delivered to yourself or a loved one, please sign up using the link above. We’re always looking for volunteers to help prepare and deliver meals. If you can give a little bit of your time, please let us know.

Remember the Meals on Wheels annual garage sale fundraiser? It’s now the Meals on Wheels mart – we’re open year round (and we’re indoors!). Come see us for great deals and help out Meals on Wheels of Cheyenne at the same time… and if you can make a donation to our mart, we’d sure appreciate it!

More Meals on Wheels on the web:
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Don’t know if you know this or not, but Bozeman is a pretty magical place. In no small part it’s due to people like our new friend, Cami, who is the Executive Director of Befrienders Bozeman, an organization that puts seniors in touch with young folks to bridge the intergenerational gap. Over the course of two days we met a variety of warm and loving seniors for great conversation including one of the best stories ever told.

On Saturday, we also had a chance to go fishing with two Bozeman locals (thank you Linda and Noah!) in Belgrade, Montana. Though we didn’t have any luck, Noah and Linda did. The fish they caught were donated to the Montana Raptor Center. Lucky for us, Linda took us to the Raptor Center and we were fortunate (very coincidentally) to see a Red Tailed Hawk the Center had been rehabbing for the past two weeks get released into the wild. We had no idea the release was happening, but were very glad to see it and very impressed by the work the Center is doing.

 

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We stopped by Clean the World (Las Vegas) to hear all about their operation, how they recycle soap from the hospitality industry, and why it’s so important to do what they’re doing. Thanks to Shae Hagen and the team for hosting us!

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We had an opportunity to visit with the busy and enthusiastic team at CARE Partnership in Mesa, AZ. It was certainly one of the most impressive organizations we’ve come across on this journey. In addition to medical and dental services provided, there was also a community garden, an afterschool program, and even a Santa program. It can not be overstated how much CARE does to serve the Mesa community.

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