Archive | October, 2009

6th Annual Conference on International Giving

26 Oct

This week, on October 29-30, Scott will be attending the 6th Annual Conference on International Giving, located in Chicago.  As much as aid is needed here at home in our own United States, the need for help abroad is so much the greater.

Since Interface has been involved with charities all over the globe, Scott has a great first hand perspective on the importance of international giving, and the way to go about it effectively.

Visit the Chicago Global Donor’s Network to find out more about ways you can help internationally.  http://www.chicagoglobaldonors.org/index.php

Take Action from Home

26 Oct

For the first time in history, global hunger has reached more than a billion people.  About 1 in 6 people on this planet are starving to death.  With rampant financial crisis occurring around the globe, food aid is at a 20 year low.  That makes YOUR contributions and OUR contributions more important than ever before.

On October 5-6, Scott was able to attend the Summit on Global Hunger.  This year the summit took place right in the heart of our nation’s Capital. Nestled next to the Supreme Court and the  Library of Congressl was the Stewart Mott House–ground zero for this year’s Hunger Summit.

For 2 days, Scott was surrounded by the leading experts on global hunger, such as Karen Sendelback, president and CEO of Friends of the World Food Program, and Frederick Tipson from the United Nations Development Program.  These people are on the forefront of the battle, and they know their stuff.

The main point that Scott took from the Summit, was the importance of taking action at home.  We can ALL do something.  The problem isn’t so big that all of you average, yet extraordinary people out there can’t make a difference.  Here are some ways that you can personally fight hunger:

Volunteer–No matter where you are, there are always charities in need of physical bodies to do the work.  Your contribution does not always have to be monetary–use your muscles!

Social Network Sites–If you claim that you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account, you are probably lying.  Tell your friends about hunger.  Most of your contacts are probably ignorant of the fact that 1 billion people are hungry.
Contact your members of Congress–Fighting hunger is political.  Our dear members of Congress have access to money, and the ability to help on a large scale.  Weary them with your letters until they act!
Even though times are tough all over the globe, let’s make it our time to shine.  Ending hunger starts with you, and only ends with everyone has a full belly.

World Food Day

15 Oct

worldfooddayWith 1 billion hungry people in the world, every day should be World Food Day.  This Friday is the REAL World Food Day, which exists to raise awareness that although the task is daunting, you CAN make a difference.

The key to winning this battle–and it certainly can be won–is to tell your friends, family, associates, enemies, strangers, in-laws, co-workers, and EVERYBODY that hunger is not impossible to conquer.  That individuals absolutely CAN make a difference.  When a child can be fed for 25 pennies a day, anybody can make a significant contribution.

If you happen to be in the Phoenix area, Stop Hunger Now, Food for the Hungry, and Phoenix Rescue Mission are bringing Operation Sharehouse to Phoenix.  We invite you to join with them and hundreds of volunteers who will be packaging 100,000 meals for hungry children in developing countries and collecting food for local families in need.

With 16,000 children dying every day due to hunger related causes, 100,000 meals will make a difference.

If you aren’t in the Phoenix area, you can visit http://www.wfp.org/stories/10-things-you-can-do-world-food-day for ideas of things you can do on World Food Day.

How about spending an hour at freerice.com?  Invite your significant other to watch you define obscure words like ambuscade and legerdemain.  He or she will be wholly impressed with your genius intellect, and your vocabulary will grow while you feed the hungry.  I spent about 20 minutes today and donated 900 grains of rice, and now I’m feeling pre-tty darn replete with refulgence.  Don’t be a curmudgeon should your vocab prove indigent–soon enough you’ll be able to bloviate with even the most supercilious of folks.

Don’t let this World Food Day sneak by unnoticed.  Let’s make a difference and raise awareness–even if the you just mostly become aware that your vocabulary wasn’t quite as vast as you once thought.

If in Phoenix:

WHAT:    Operation Sharehouse Phoenix Launch Event

WHEN:    Friday, October 16th 2009, 9:30 to 12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: 4015 Milky Way, Chandler, AZ 85226 (Off the 202 and McClintock, near Stellar Air Park)

Second Annual Summit on Global Hunger in Washington, DC

1 Oct

We are living in a world rife with disaster and conflict.  Every single day there is something; major flooding in the Philippines, a tsunami in American Samoa, constant and ever present fighting throughout Africa, Afghanistan, and a plethora of other areas throughout the world.

But you know this.

We are living in a country that has been at war, yet every single day we are dwelling in relative peace and safety.  Where having “nothing to eat” in the house probably means one can not find anything but Ramen, bread, and peanut butter.  When natural disasters occur on our own soil, we have the means to help each other out.

You know this.

For a large part of the world, war and natural disaster exacerbate the already dismal hunger problem.

Conflict feeds hunger.

The World Food Program is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.  Since 1962, the WFP has been working tirelessly to to feed the more than 1 billion people suffering from hunger world wide.

Friends of the WFP is a U.S.-based, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on building support in the United States for the World Food Program.

On October 5-6, Friends of the WFP will be hosting the second annual Summit on Global Hunger in Washington, DC.  I will be attending the  summit to participate in two days of in-depth workshops and presentations on global hunger, meetings with members of Congress to discuss hunger policy, panel discussions with leaders from the private sector to discuss best practices in corporate social responsibility, and strategic planning sessions to further develop and expand the WFP program.

This will be a phenomenal opportunity to work firsthand with the WFP, and see how we can plug Interface into the equation.

World hunger is not unconquerable.  Working with high impact charities like the WFP and Friends of the WFP, we can bring an end to hunger.

We know this.