I have cut back on my latte consumption in the last two years, partially because of it’s cost and secondly because I’m still trying to loose that extra baby-weight. But today I did make it in before work and to my surprise I was one of the first to witness the launch of an initiative by Starbucks (who donated $5 Million to and is teaming up with) and Opportunity Finance Network to “Create Jobs for USA“. (www.createjobsforUSA.org)
In these economic times it is essential for all of us to pitch in to not only turn our economy around but help out the businesses and neigbors who are out there on the front lines doing their part.
So Starbucks is selling these awesome little bracelets for your $5 donation which 100% goes to a whole slew of investiment strategies from funding nonprofits to what else… job creation!
I have a funny feeling these bracelets are going to sell out… so I would get in today and get yours and help all of us pull our country (and in a sense the rest of the world) out of this negative spin we’ve been in for years now and get going again in the right direction!
The saying on the bracelet says “Indivisible” and that’s what I’m standing behind with my purchase and outward fashion statement!
“Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
We have embarked on the adventure of empathy in the education of our society through a child’s compassion…commonly known in Canada as the organization Roots of Empathy. For anybody that knows me, you would find that I am a self-described optimist. I love human evolution, adore the concept that we can aspire to something greater and have ultimate faith that it will eventually happen. So partnering with Roots of Empathy seemed a natural fit for our families life.
So far we have been matched and introduced to our class and discussed their predictions for a 5 month old infant. We have started charting many things such as weight, length, emotional and physical development and observed behaviors. We have a full school-year to go with this teaching exercise, one that encourages understanding and empathy and I’m sure will teach us just as much as it does the children! This program only exists in Washington state so far but hopefully it will spread to all the rest of America’s children so we can help counteract all the bullying and increasingly alarming behaviors of older children, adults and society in general.
We try to walk our talk as best we can. Fortunately Roots of Empathy allows us another avenue of social participation (and maybe evolution) just by being us!