Our Grantees in the News 2017-10-05T17:52:00+00:00

Our Grantees in the News

 

 

Karen Reid featured in Natural Awakenings

Young Philosophers Society Facilitates Creative Learning, October 2017

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” Some of our most powerful game changers are the ones that provide opportunities for our least powerful citizens: children. That’s the goal of the Young Philosophers Society, a new Florida nonprofit that provides art, music and educational experiences to children of all abilities and learning styles, as well as their families. “Our desire is to be a center of enrichment opportunities encouraging families to find their talents and discover a love of learning,” says Karen Reid, who founded YPS with her husband, Chris.”

Read the whole article,Young Philosophers Society Facilitates Creative Learning, here.

Learn more about Karen Reid’s project, Young Philosophers Society – Music Enrichment Project – PA For Kids, here.

Steve Barr featured in the Fractured Atlas Blog

Meet the Project: Drawn To Help, September 2017

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“What is Drawn to Help?

Drawn To Help takes the joy and healing power of cartoons to children in hospitals. We’re an all-volunteer organization that brings professional cartoonists to treatment facilities in seven states now, with more expansion on the horizon. We do group activities where we teach the kids how to draw their own cartoons and conduct individualized bedside visits. Each child Drawn To Help serves gets a free packet of nontoxic, latex-free art supplies that they get to keep. That way they can continue to experience the powerful impact of creative activities long after our volunteers have gone home.”

Read the whole article, Meet the Project: Drawn To Help, here.

Learn more about Steve Barr’s project, Cartoon Classes for pediatric patients, here.

Kelsey Crowe featured in Tonic.com

Now’s the Right Time to Learn How to Be More Empathetic, August 2017

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“A sex workers’ stilettos. Flip-flops belonging to a dwarf. The rainboots of a mother whose teenage daughter was the victim of a horrific stabbing. A traveling exhibit called “A Mile in My Shoes” allows you to literally step into each of these pairs of footwear while listening to an audio recording of the owner’s voice. It’s all part of the Empathy Museum, a series of participatory projects that aims to help people see the world through different eyes. And it just might work: Though there’s some evidence our baseline level of empathy is innate or even encoded into our genes, research has shown training and deliberate practice can enhance our capacity for recognizing, acknowledging, and even feeling others’ pain. In fact, a recent meta-analysis of 18 randomized controlled trials—the gold standard of medical studies—supports the effectiveness of formal training programs to increase empathy levels.”

Read the article, Now’s the Right Time to Learn How to Be More Empathetic, here.

Learn more about Kelsey Crowe’s project, Help Each Other Out: Share What Works, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in California Health Report

A Mother Lost Her Son to an Overdose, and Went on a Mission to Flood Orange County with Naloxonen, August 2017

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Every Saturday afternoon, Aimee Dunkle stands behind Santa Ana’s City Hall with a framed picture of her son, Ben, as she hands out brown paper bags filled with kits of the opioid overdose-blocking drug Naloxone—a medication she says will save the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of Orange County residents. As Dunkle worked on a recent Saturday, a woman approached her with tears in her eyes. “I just wanted to say thank you,” she said, explaining that the Naloxone she got three weeks ago saved her son from overdose. “If it wasn’t for that stuff he’d be dead.” Another man shuffled towards her, his head hung low, and asked  not for Naloxone, but for encouragement before he turns himself in to jail the next day. He has seen Dunkle every Saturday for the past year-and-a-half, and through her training, he has used Naloxone to revive ten people after overdose.

Read the whole article, A Mother Lost Her Son to an Overdose, and Went on a Mission to Flood Orange County with Naloxone, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project, The Solace Foundation Of Orange County, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in Patch.com

Solace Foundation Brings Hope For Hopeless In Face Of Opioid Addiction, Overdose, August 2017

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Ben Dunkle was 20 years old when he overdosed on heroin, leaving his family in indescribable pain. Mother Aimee Dunkle found herself without a son, and now spends Saturdays with her Solace Foundation helping the children of others recognize the signs and symptoms of heroin overdose and providing life-saving measures in the form of Naloxone. Ben, is more than a statistic found in the “Opioid Overdose and Death in Orange County” report released Tuesday by the Orange County Health Care Agency. He is Aimee Dunkle’s reason. Reading between the lines of the technical report, one will find Orange County nonprofits such as The Solace Foundation and the Orange County Needle Exchange Program. Both bridge the gap between opioid abuse and overdose, providing empathy for those in need.

Read the whole article, Solace Foundation Brings Hope For Hopeless In Face Of Opioid Addiction, Overdose, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project, The Solace Foundation Of Orange County, here.

Milton Oboka featured in African Excellence, Kenya

Dare to be a force of nature, leave a legacy. Milton Oboka, August 2017

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“It goes without say that every person should intend to work towards protecting our planet and conserve its natural resources. Without doing this, we deny every living thing an improved quality life. I met with the fearless Milton Oboka who is passionate about environmental conservation. Together with his friends, they founded One Vision Kenya in Migori County, Kenya.”

Read the article, Dare to be a force of nature, leave a legacy. Milton Oboka, here.

Learn more about Milton Oboka’s project, Greening The Mind, here.

Chiara Eisner & Julia Shivers featured in Inkline.com

OncArt: When cancer education meets art, August 2017

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” In a study by Cancer Research UK, cancer has taken the lives of 8.2 million people worldwide in 2012, and 23.6 million new cases of cancer are projected to occur by 2030. Over half of the deaths caused by the disease come from countries with a low level of Human Development Index (HDI), a measure of life expectancy at birth, education level, and a nation’s gross national income. It can be deduced from the aforementioned data that the least developed countries are also those that are more prone to the disease – whether it be because of their lack of basic medical supplies or because of traditions or misinformation that interfere with accessing available medical treatment.”

Read the whole article, OncArt: When cancer education meets art, here.

Learn more about Chiara Eisner’s & Julia Shivers’s project, Oncart, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Forbes

This 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Founded SÜPRMARKT To Address The Food Desert in South LA, July 2017

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“As a South LA native and practicing vegan, 26-year-old Olympia Auset had a difficult time finding organic groceries that fit her diet’s requirements. With approximately 1.3 million people living in South LA, there are only 60 grocery stores across the region. These numbers represent a “food desert,” where healthy food is scarce and preventable disease rates are higher, disproportionally impacting the African American community, shares Auset. This is why Auset founded SÜPRMARKT, a pop-up organic grocery store and subscription service, to serve the local community of South LA. 

Read the article, This 26-Year-Old Entrepreneur Founded SÜPRMARKT To Address The Food Desert in South LA, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Chiara Eisner featured in the Dorchester Report

Dot innovator wins grant to aid her non-profit work, July 2017

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” Dorchester’s Chiara Eisner, co-founder and director of OncArt, has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Pollination Project, which gives $1000 a day every day to individual change-makers and activists worldwide. Eisner’s OncArt, Inc. connects clinicians with artists to create illustrated health education materials worldwide—“Art for Health Literacy, Everywhere.” Chiara Eisner and Julia Shivers have created a web app at Oncart.org that implements OncArt’s concept.”

Read the whole article, Dot innovator wins grant to aid her non-profit work, here.

Learn more about Chiara Eisner’s project, Oncart, here.

Jonell Logan featured in CharlotteCenterCity.org

Tryon Street News Racks Display Local Art, July 2017

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“Along Tryon Street, a selection of work from artist Antoine Williams’ recent Mint Museum Uptown exhibit, “Kidnapped Pagans”, can be seen on news racks and in private buildings in Uptown Charlotte. This public/private art installation was organized by Jonell Logan, founder of the 300 Art Project, to bring art outside the walls of the museum and onto the streets. This exhibit, intended to serve as a model for community ownership and engagement in the arts was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Knight Foundation, the Pollination Project, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte Urban Design, City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners. “We are excited to partner with Williams and his curator in bringing a piece of his thought provoking artwork out onto Tryon Street for the public to see” said Maria Floren, Charlotte Center City Partners planning and development associate”

Read the whole article, Tryon Street News Racks Display Local Art, here.

Learn more about Jonell Logan’s project, Kidnapped Pagans: A Public Exhibition, here.

Olympia Auset featured in LA Weekly

A South L.A. Native Experienced the Food Desert — Now She’s Trying to Fix It, July 2017

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“On a recent, sweltering Sunday in Leimert Park, community members mill about the neighborhood’s park plaza for the weekly drum circle and swap meet, as the sound of live music intermingles with that of old classics being pumped from a speaker system. Across the street from the action, underneath a large portable tent, stands 26-year-old Olympia Auset and her one-woman farmers market, Süprmarkt. Celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, Süprmarkt is part produce delivery service, part pop-up organic grocer. 

Read the article, A South L.A. Native Experienced the Food Desert — Now She’s Trying to Fix It, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Delaney Cullen featured in All Cute All The Time

Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, July 2017

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“Delaney Cullen’s parents say she had always been an Earth angel. She always chose to be outdoors rather than in the house watching T.V. or playing with toys. She learned many of her basic skills such as counting, shapes, and colors by observing plants and nature all around her. This was very exciting for Delaney’s dad, who had a background in Environmental Education. Delaney was an inquisitive child and at a young age began asking lots of questions about how plants grow and the different characteristics of animals. Delaney was full of curiosity and wonder about the world around her!”

Read the article, Big Hearted 6 Year Old Delaney Has A Passion For Nature And People, here.

Learn more about Delaney Cullen’s project, The Little Garden That Grew, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in The Orange County Register

Orange County to get 6,200 doses of heroin-blocking medication to give to addicts amid opioid epidemic, July 2017

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Orange County will supply more than 6,200 doses of a heroin-blocking medication to a local nonprofit that hands it out to homeless people and addicts, helping them become street-level paramedics in the fight against a scourge of opioid overdoses. The medication, naloxone, is easy to administer and can block the effect of any opioid – including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin – reversing potentially fatal overdoses in seconds when in possession of drug users. Orange County, like the rest of the nation, has seen a spike in opioid overdoses in recent years. There were at least 400 fatal drug overdoses in the county in 2015, the last year for which full records were immediately available, a 63 percent increase from a decade prior. That spike has occurred despite the efforts of the Solace Foundation, a local nonprofit that distributes naloxone weekly to people at the Santa Ana Civic Center. The group says its efforts saved as many as 420 lives last year. ”

Read the whole article, Orange County to get 6,200 doses of heroin-blocking medication to give to addicts amid opioid epidemic, here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project here.

Milton Oboka featured in Nyika Silika blog

Greening the Mind one Child at a Time, July 2017

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“I admire young people who strive to change the world one step at a time. Youth, who want to see a better future using the opportunities and resources around them. Youth who focus on environmental issues is my number one favourite. Because we cannot solve the entire world’s problems at one go, having individuals, especially the youth who purpose to safeguard the environment; we remain hopeful that the world will be better for generations to come. Today’s post is a success story. The stories less shared or acknowledged. Stories that every individual should know about and support.”

Read the article, Greening the Mind one Child at a Time, here.

Learn more about Milton Oboka’s project, Greening The Mind, here.

Biraj Shrestha featured in Online Khabar, Nepal

Why do we need to save frogs?, July 2017

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“Monsoon brings with it puddles, umbrellas and rain boots. It also welcomes the songs of frogs. Frogs usually do not come up in middle of a conversation when we discuss animal conservation, but these amphibians have some impressive traits that need to be acknowledged. Similarly, once you know the ecological significance of frogs, you will understand that like any other species, frogs are also in dire need of conservation. In my quest to get a more in-depth insight into the lives of frogs, I met one such individual who has dedicated his life to protecting these marvels of nature. Biraj Shrestha is a batrachologist (one who studies amphibians). “

Read the article, Why do we need to save frogs?, here.

Learn more about Biraj Shrestha’s project, Save The Frogs Of Manaslu Conservation Area, here.

Olympia Auset featured in Blavity

blavityThis Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, July 2017

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“Healthy, conscious eating should be a choice, not a privilege.  Entrepreneur Olympia Auset recognized this and took action. In LA, the second most vegan-friendly city in the US according to PETA, fresh, quality produce is still unavailable to many communities in the south-central region. A study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research found that 4 out of 10 low-income adults in LA County are food insecure. Less than 20 percent of adults eat fruits and vegetables daily and more than 50 percent of children eat fast food at least once a week, according to the LA County Department of Public Health. As a response to the underwhelming number of quality grocery stores in the area Auset created an alternative to drive-thrus and local mini-markets with limited options. 

Read the article, This Community Grocer Makes Organic Produce More Accessible, Delivers To Doorstep, here.

Learn more about Olympia Auset’s project, SÜPRMRKT, here.

Harriet Kamashanyu featured in News Deeply

Video: Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, July 2017

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“THERE ARE THOUGHT to be tens of thousands of sex workers in Uganda, many of whom live and work in the slums. Many young daughters are forced to follow their mothers into the profession in order to help support their families, but one charity is trying to break this cycle by offering scholarships to the daughters of sex workers which keeps them in school.

Read the article and watch the video, Educating Girls Helps Break the Cycle of Sex Work in Uganda, here.

Learn more about Harriet Kamashanyu’s project, Rhythm of Life, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in News2read

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Padmanaban Gopalan featured in Sepe GR, Greece

Wedding Food for a Cause, July 2017

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“All around the world, food waste is a serious problem with no one easy solution. One Indian man is doing his part to address the issue. In 2014, Padmanaban Gopalan started No Food Waste—a nonprofit that helps redistribute untouched food from weddings and other events to the needy. What began as a local initiative in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore, has now spread to more than 10 localities throughout the country

Read the whole article, Wedding Food for a Cause, here.

Learn more about Padmanaban Gopalan’s project, No Food Waste, here.

Karen Fiorito featured in EatDrinkBetter.com

Eat Drink Better . comFight Drought with Diet – What’s the Water Footprint of your Food?, July 2017

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“This billboard about how to fight drought with diet appeared in my neighborhood and brightened my day! If you care about the planet, it’s time to take a hard look at what’s on your plate. This billboard – which I saw on my bike commute in San Francisco – is a public art project and social media campaign by Los Angeles-based artists Karen Fiorito and Alex Arinsberg, focused on raising people’s awareness about how much water it takes to produce meat and dairy as opposed to a plant-based diet – with the hope that they would ‘shock’ some residents into thinking differently about their diets. The billboards were seen around LA in late 2015, and arrived in San Francisco in late 2016 (I’m a bit late writing this post!). The idea that meat is so directly related to drought is not news to me or others in the vegan food scene, but it’s still (I would suggest) a rather new and/or challenging concept for others to accept. “

Read the article, Fight Drought with Diet – What’s the Water Footprint of your Food?, here.

Learn more about Karen Fiorito’s project, Got Drought?, here.