When we come across something online that really inspires us, we love, love, love to share it. Here is a collection of some of our favorite links. We are sure there is inspiration here for everybody.
In Episode 6, we discuss the notOK app, which was developed by a teenager to let others know when someone is not feeling emotionally or physically safe. It alerts a set number of people who can then provide assistance and support. Learn more about this fantastic app at: https://www.notokapp.com/
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
In Episode 10, we discuss Dolly Parton’s reading program, Imagination Library, which provides free books to pre-school-age children to prepare them for kindergarten. High-quality books are mailed for free to children from birth to age to promote access to books and ingrain a love for reading at an early age. You can find out more information and how to donate to this worthy cause at: https://imaginationlibrary.com/
In Episode 9, we discuss dosomething.org, a youth lead organization to do good in the world. This digital platform connects teens and young adults to social and civic projects- from voter registration to helping the homeless, to cleaning up the environment. There are so many projects they are involved in that make a real-world difference- something for everyone. Find out more about this incredible program at: https://www.dosomething.org/us
World Reader Organization
In Episode 10, we discuss the World Reader Organization, which helps provide access to books and learning through technology to vulnerable communities in North America, South and Central America, Africa, and South Asia. This group works with schools, teachers, community groups, and parents to provide access to books to communities with little or no access to libraries or books. The group provides access to books for children through its BookSmart devices and Worldreader App. Learn more about this organization or donate to this worthy cause at: https://www.worldreader.org/
Hilarity for Charity
In Episode 30, Amy talks about Seth Rogen who founded a charity that is directly helping Alzheimer’s patients as well as funding research to fight this terrible disease. Seth and his wife, Lauren Miller, watched as Lauren’s wife slowly deteriorated due to this disease. They have become advocates for more research into how to prevent or slow the progress of the disease and have championed more understanding and support of people and families being impacted by Alzheimer’s. Hilarity for Charity uses comedians to fundraise for money to combat this disease. Just a warning, some of the humor can be pretty adult, but these comedians are using their talents to raise awareness and funds and have already donated over $13 million. That is pretty awesome! Netflix has a Hilarity for Charity special that you can watch with a bunch of great comedians (again ADULT warning) Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity.
In Episode 14, we discuss Mercy Chefs. This organization is a non-profit disaster relief program that utilizes chefs and other food industry professionals to provide restaurant-quality meals to victims, volunteers, and first responders during times of crisis. They also provide other food relief to food-insecure areas through community kitchens and grocery box distribution. Learn more about Mercy Chefs or donate to their very worthy organization at: https://mercychefs.com/
All Pro Dad
All over the internet, in magazines, and even on television, there are resources for moms to deal with children. However, here are surprisingly few resources for dads. While moms have always been seen as the primary caretaker of children, that role has evolved and in many families, Dad is the primary caretaker of the children or the task is shared on a more equal basis. It makes sense that there would be more resources for fathers about how to interact and establish healthy relationships with their children. In Episode 34, Amy talks about the website www.allprodad.com that provides articles about parenting, especially for dads and many written by dads, as well as assistance in making meaningful contacts with children through activities. If you are a dad, you have to check this out!
If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.Steve Jobs
Disabled, But Not Really
In Episode 15, we share about Wesley Hamilton, a man who was paralyzed when he was shot. Despite the tragedy, Wesley embraced his disability and credits it for taking him away from a life of street gangs and giving him a purpose to inspire and support fitness and healthy behaviors for everyone, including the disabled. This guy is amazing. Check out his organization at: https://disabledbutnotreally.org/
United for Wildlife
In Episode 28, Amy talks about Princess Diana and the legacy she left for her boys of giving and compassion. One of the ways her sons are continuing on with her passions is by supporting United for Wildlife, part of the Royal Foundation established by Prince William and his wife Kate. This charity fights the illegal trafficking of endangered animals and animal parts, such as rhino horn, elephant tusk, and captured animals. Through education, they hope to reduce the demand for exotic animals and illegal animal products. This charity also provides support for Rangers who have the dangerous task of combatting poachers. You can learn more about this fantastic charity at https://unitedforwildlife.org/
Keepsake T-Shirt Quilts and Blankets
Keepsake T-Shirts Quilts and Blankets make high-quality quilts and blankets from t-shirts. Honestly, these are a lot cooler than it sounds. You should go take a look, because I can see where these could be an amazing gift for someone. What makes it even cooler is that the company is almost completely staffed by hearing-impaired workers who all communicate at work in sign language. It is hard for the hearing impaired to find work, and this company has made a great product and provided work opportunities for impaired workers. That is awesome. Take a listen to Episode 29 to hear more about this company and take a look at their website https://www.tshirtquilts.com/
In Episode 16, we discuss Jon Ayers and his passion for preserving endangered small wild cats around the world. Jon has donated millions of dollars to this cause and sits on the board of Panthera.org, whose mission is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Using research and science, they try to study the behaviors, habitat, and threats of these beautiful wild cats and figure out solutions to preserve them. For more information about their mission and to donate, check out: https://www.panthera.org/
Daddy Dressed Me Blog
In Episode 4, Amy shares the heartwarming story of Michael Gardner, a father that makes sensational clothes for his daughter, Ava, out of repurposed women’s clothing. Michael has a blog and YouTube channels and Ava is his model. He hopes to inspire other dads to share time with their daughters and hopes to build confidence in his daughter. His blog can be found at: https://www.daddydressedmebymg.com/
In Episode 17, Teresa shares about Brooke and Ava Goldman, two New York City students who did a documentary on the effects of global warming on the small native town of Newtok, Alaska. Rising waters due to global warming and the melting of the ice caps has led to the gradual flooding of this small village. The village is having to make the hard choice to relocate from lands they have held for generations. These two young women are making an effort to educate people on the consequences of climate change and the need for action. You can read about their mission and see the documentary at: https://climigrate.org/
Abby’s closet was featured in Episode 24– and not just because it is Oregon based non-profit. Its mission is to give used prom dresses another chance to dance with someone else. When Abby Egland was in high school, getting ready to leave for college, she felt bad she could not do something with her prom dress. Then it hit her that someone else could use her dress and make new memories with it. So she and her mom founded a non-profit that takes donated prom dresses (and in some cases new ones) and gives them to people who might not otherwise be able to afford a dress. Learn more about this fantastic program, or donate to its worthy mission at https://www.abbyscloset.org/.
In Episode 19, Teresa discusses 4Ocean, a company that funds its ocean clean-up by selling bracelets and face masks. For each purchase, 4Ocean cleans one pound of plastic trash from the ocean. They have also organized volunteer clean-ups of beaches and shores. So far, 4Ocean has cleaned 14 million pounds of trash from the ocean. Support this company and get a cool bracelet at https://www.4ocean.com/
Who wouldn’t want to visit an island covered in cute, fluffy bunnies? Ok, maybe if you are allergic. But then you’d just pop a Benadryl because I mean- BUNNIES! Caleb Smith started Peacebunny Island as a bunny sanctuary and “comfort bunny” training center when he was just 8. Now in his teens, he owns the island and provides a refuge and education about the bunnies. He also trains the bunnies to be comfort animals for people- this story is cuteness overload and what a cool project for a young man to take on. Check out our Episodes 17 and 32 as well as Caleb’s website at: https://www.peacebunnyisland.com/
People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.Rob Siltanen
In connection with 4Ocean, Teresa talked about Sea-Trees.org which is working in partnership with 4Ocean to help save our ocean. Recognizing that the ocean may very well be the best way to combat climate change, Sea-Trees has a mission to plant over a million mangrove trees along various coastlines. Mangrove trees can grow in the saline water of the ocean and are 5 to 10 times more efficient at processing carbon dioxide. Additionally, they are restoring acres of kelp, as kelp forests are also highly effective at capturing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Learn how you can help or donate at Sea-Trees.org
Forest Man of India
Jadav Peyang has been planting a forest on an island for 30 years. Teresa discusses this amazing story in Episode 20. The forest built by Jadav is now home to tigers, rhinos, elephants, deer, reptiles, and tons of birds. He is also the subject of an award-winning documentary about his life and the impact he has made. Check it out here on YouTube.
Fridays For the Future
Greta Thunberg has been the face of climate change activism for young people around the world. She started her movement by boycotting school on Fridays to protest climate change. At first, she was literally alone. One 15-year-old girl standing by herself with her sign. Since she started those protests in 2018, the movement has grown, with millions of people participating across the globe. Fridays for the Future is a website designed to help people organize their own climate change protests. Information about planned protests is available on the site, but so are all the tools you need to organize your own protest, including how to organize, how to make signs, and even chants you can use. Get involved. Save the planet.
Irena Sendler is the hero you have never heard of. Teresa does a deep dive of this amazing woman who saved 2,500 infants and children from death at the hands of the Nazis in Poland during World War II. This story is coming to light due to the efforts of three high schoolers who came across this story and started promoting it around the country. It truly is an incredible story of selflessness and courage- and doing the right thing in the face of evil, regardless of the consequences. Take a listen to Episode 27 and if you want to dive deeper, IrenaSendler.org is a great place to start.
If you have listened to Episode 20, you have got to be impressed with adventurer/eco-warrior. This amazing woman has full-on sailed the seas and has visited parts of the world that are rarely seen. She has also found plastic waste in even the most remote places and recognizes what an environmental nightmare we are facing with our plastic pollution. Learn about this woman. If you are inspired by her, check out her website EmilyPenn.com and check out her SHiFT platform to figure out how you can make a difference. This site helps you figure out how you can make a difference in the world. It may be just making informed consumer choices, or it might be figuring out how your business can change the way it operates to be more sea-friendly. Take a look and see what difference you can make.
Flatter Me Game
Ok, so this is not as much an informational link as it is an endorsement for a game. Amy introduced this game in Episode 20 as a way to help filter out some of the negativity that teens are constantly bombarded with by social media. Flatter Me is described as a “compliment battle card game.” Played like the classic card game War, it utilizes the giving and receiving of compliment cards. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with compliments, and this card game gives you a fun way to do so. It might even spur some serious debate as to who deserves a particular compliment the most. Check it out.
In Episode 21, Amy told the inspiring story of actress Kimberly Williams and her husband, country singer Brad Paisley, and how they started The Store, a free grocery store. This store is available to people in Nashville to meet their basic needs for free. In addition, they provide meals and food boxes to those impacted by COVID-19. Learn more about this amazing store or help out by donating to The Store.
Moms Clean Air Force
In Episode 22, Teresa teaches us about the Moms Clean Air Force- a group of 1.2 million concerned moms (and some dads) that are concerned about making sure that children, now and in the future, have clean air. Their goal is to educate the public about the dangers of pollution, particularly how it impacts the health of the most vulnerable citizens, children, and the elderly. They are also active in grass-roots campaigns and directly support legislation to provide a cleaner earth for our children. There is so much to learn on their website, check it out: momscleanairforce.org
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.Maya Angelou
In Episode 21, we hear from Amy about the Plastic Bank. The Plastic Bank is a for profit social company that encourages a closed loop social recycling program in economically developing countries like the Philippines, Egypt, Brazil and Indonesia. Plastic Bank pays people with digital tokens in exchange for plastic to be recycled. The Plastic Bank gets plastic it can sell to be reprocessed into new consumer goods, and the people collecting the plastic get currency they can use to purchase necessities, including food, tuition, and medical care. Its a win-win-win for the people collecting the plastic, the Plastic Bank, and the environment. Learn more about the Plastic Bank here.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Over 6 million people suffer from Parkinson’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disease that is the result of cells that produce dopamine, which is essential for coordinating movement, dying off or stopping the production of dopamine. This results in tremors, slow movement, lack of coordination, walking and balance problems. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. Actor, Michael J. Fox, started this foundation to help find a cure and find ways to help reduce the symptoms of this cruel disease. The foundation has already raised $800 million dollars since 2000, but the fight continues and more medical research is needed. You can donate to this great cause at MichaelJFox.org. You can also check out this YouTube video from Michael J. Fox, Always Looking Up – The Adventures of An Incurable Optimist. It is really inspiring. Learn more about the foundation and Michael J. Fox in Episode 33.
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Teresa highlighted this group in Episode 6. This group of thoroughly vetted and trained bikers helps kids who have been abused feel safe and protected. Children that have been abused are assigned two bikers (one male and one female) to be on call to help these kids. The kids become part of the group and know that there are people watching their back, and in certain cases, this is literal. If an abused kid has to face his abuser in court, often (if allowed by the judge) these tough gals and guys escort the child to court and even sit in the room to let the kid know somebody is watching out for them. Get more information or donate to Bikers Against Child Abuse here.
Want to find some cool clothes that help the planet? Girlfriend.com is a clothing line that uses recycled plastics to make comfortable and fashionable clothing. Amy talks about this great company in Episode 23. Each product tells you how many bottles, fishing nets or other products have been recycled to make each piece of clothing and how much energy was saved using the recycled materials. Look great and feel good about helping the environment at girlfriend.com. And no, we don’t get a kickback- we just really love companies that actively help the planet.
Center for Unsung Heroes
In Episode 27, Teresa talks about Irena Sendler, who definitely qualifies as an unsung hero. While Teresa was researching Irena Sendler, she came across three girls in who were encouraged by their teacher to take a reference to an obscure story and flush it out, unveiling the incredible story of Irena Sendler who saved 2,500 kids from the Nazis. This is the type of unsung hero the Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas celebrates. If you can’t make it to the museum, take the virtual tour on the website. Find some new heroes and some new inspiration. www.lowellmilkencenter.org
This isn’t about canned goods or food drives, but it is sort of. . . Amy discusses CannedGoods.net in Episode 23. This is a company that is making ethically sourced jewelry out of recycled tin cans. They redirect thousands of cans out of the landfill to make some pretty awesome and beautiful jewelry. Also, for each product purchased, they donate a can of food to a food bank. That is a pretty cool business plan. Check them out.
People of the Water (POW)
In Episode 23, Teresa introduces us to Cristina Zenato and her organization, People of the Water, also known as POW. POW is a non profit organization whose mission is “dedicated to change people’s relationship with our aquatic world through exploration, education and conservation.” This is a really great organization. Go check out their website of some incredible photography and stay for some really great information about underwater exploration and conservation. You take your underwater journey with POW here.
Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.Henry Ford
This talented artist and author has used her beautiful artwork to empower women and raise awareness of issues that directly impact women such as domestic abuse, education of girls, mental health and climate change. Teresa shares her story in Episode 25. Her artwork is fun, vibrant, and beautiful. Her 100 Iconic Women poster is amazing and inspiring. Check out the poster and more of her artwork at her website, and follow her on her Instagram.
This non-profit organization serves to connect girls and young women who have lost a mother. It is a community that offers support and plans activities to help girls and young women cope with the loss of a mother. This website allows young women to find other people who can relate to the loss of a mother, provides planned activities so they can get together, and even helps connect girls and young women with older female mentors. For any girl or young woman who has lost a mother, this is an amazing resource. There is never a cost and the program is worldwide. Learn more about this in Episode 25 and get more information or donate at empoweringHER.org.
This organization sends doctors all around the world to treat and establish clinics for the treatment of cleft lips and palates. This birth defect significantly impacts the lives of children both physically and socially. Fortunately, in most cases, a relatively simple surgery can change the lives of children impacted by this defect. If you go look at the before and after pictures of these children, you will get all the feels, because it is fricking amazing. All of this is done without any cost for the patient or his or her family, and the impact is tremendous. Listen to Episode 28 to hear more about what this incredible non-profit does around the world and if you want more information, check out www.operationsmile.org.
In Episode 33, Teresa talks about Jeff’s Camp, a new project that is under development in New Jersey to provide a sober residence for homeless veterans so that they can receive counseling, mental health treatment and vocational training. This is a great project, and it was made possible by Marty Weber who donated 36 acres of land to this project. This is a great way to help our homeless vets get back on their feet and back into society. You can donate or learn more here.
This is another Royal Foundation charity headed by Prince William and his wife Kate in the UK. The purpose of this organization is to raise awareness of mental health issues and make it easy to talk about mental health. It also provides support and tools for individuals suffering from mental health issues as well as their friends and families. There are even resources for teachers to help recognize and assist students with mental health issues as well as creating a free texting service for people to get 24/7 mental health help. It’s a great organization and hopefully, more and more countries will set up similar systems to help address the very widespread issue of mental health. Listen to Episode 28 for more information about the charitable service that Prince William and Prince Harry are continuing as part of their mother, Prince Diana’s, legacy. Learn more HeadsTogether.org.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.Ralph Waldo Emerson