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Just Do Good Campaign: Reading to Children

Reading to Kids is a grassroots and #JustDoGood friendly organization founded by three UCLA graduates. Reading to Kids began in 1999 with a small group of volunteers, teachers, and administrators at Gratts Elementary School who designed an interactive and fun extra-curricular Saturday program that emphasized learning and reading.  From the first reading club at Gratts, which involved just 20 children and eight volunteers, Reading to Kids has expanded to eight Los Angeles area elementary schools, and now serves 800 to 1,300 children monthly.

10257213_10151996164657330_4708058896822409874_oThe reading clubs are conducted with the help of 300 to 500 volunteers each month.  From May 1999 through October 2017, a total of 20,743 volunteers have donated their time on reading club Saturdays, collectively accumulating more than 192,000 volunteer hours.  As of October 14, 2017, we have donated 29,036 hardcover books to our partner libraries, given 159,804 prize books to participating children, and given more than 45,000 books to their parents and teachers.

On the second Saturday of every month, we organize volunteer-led reading clubs at our eight partner elementary schools — Alta Loma, Esperanza, Gratts, Los Angeles, MacArthur Park, Magnolia, Politi, and White.  The reading clubs are conducted in collaboration with the teachers and principals of each school.
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During the monthly reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud teacher-selected books to small groups of children.  The reading club format fosters a supportive atmosphere, in which children are encouraged to take an active interest in the story and reading in general, without the pressure of a formal school environment.

While their children are participating in the reading clubs, parents are invited to attend teacher-led training sessions that include topics such as the importance of reading and education, preparing for college, local resources for families, practicing communication skills through arts and crafts, and child development.  We provide each attending parent a paperback “prize book” to take home to help build their home libraries, and every teacher who assists at the reading clubs is given five paperback prize books each month to help build their classroom libraries.

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To have your story published, click our submission page Just Do Good Submission Page.

Just Do Good Campaign: Susan G. Komen- Dallas

The Just Do Good campaign highlights businesses, student groups, and private enterprises for various #JustDoGood service acts. Groups are encouraged to submit their stories on our submission page (FOUND HERE), then we select from the stories that showcase people making this world a better place! This week, we’re sharing Jennifer Lucas’ #JustDoGood submission. Jennifer is a daughter, wife, mother and breast cancer SURVIVOR. Keep reading to hear her story!maxresdefault

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017. Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, I have been an advocate for taking charge of my health, educating myself, and being pro-active in my treatment and recovery. I have 3 daughters who have been exposed to this disease and I can only hope that strides are made in finding a cure and preventing breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancer has become an epidemic and I believe it should absolutely be preventable and curable.
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The Susan G Komen Foundation is a front runner in education and providing services and doing the research to make this a reality. 1 in 8 men and women are diagnosed with breast cancer, and that is too many. When I am passionate about something I will work to make as much of a contribution as I can. Breast cancer has become my passion and I want to make a difference.

In May 2017, right after my mastectomy, my daughter suggested we form a team for the Race  for the Cure. Our Pink Party team has 30 members and have raised $11,500 to date.  This is my first year being involved with the Foundation, and participating in the Race for the Cure, but I plan to continue my support. I will definitely be involved as a volunteer with the Susan G Komen Dallas County chapter, and have already discussed this opportunity with the executive team. The Pink Party team will also continue to raise funds as a way to give back to our community and this cause.

MTP_Side_LogoTo date, my team has raised $11,500 to date, of which 75{2204c5d06a2333403476cf9e3e7e547d79f3545ee5a4cb715bc6c3341feceb9f} of that money will be used locally here in Dallas for breast cancer education, training, treatment and screenings, the other 25{2204c5d06a2333403476cf9e3e7e547d79f3545ee5a4cb715bc6c3341feceb9f} will be used at the national level for research toward preventing and finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Thank you Jennifer for being a role model to women and survivors around you. Your story of turning tragedy into triumph surely impacts those your encounter and we hope to see you at a Susan G. Komen 5k soon! You can find more on Jennifer’s story HERE.

 

 

Just Do Good Campaign: True Circle Organization

The Just Do Good campaign highlights businesses, student groups, and private enterprises for various #JustDoGood service acts. Groups are encouraged to submit their stories on our submission page (FOUND HERE), then we select from the stories that showcase people making this world a better place! This week, we’re sharing Carolyn Ermitage’s #JustDoGood submission. Carolyn is the Founder & CEO of
True Circle Organization. Keep reading to hear her organizations story!

13516630_735171213291658_8481042993914711957_n“True Circle Organization is a public, nonprofit, 501c3, all volunteer group. Our mission is to provide comfort, safety and a better future for displaced people throughout our communities.Our group puts together and distributes Go Bags -backpacks filled with water, food, shirt, socks, underwear and toiletries for people who are homeless and living on the streets of Los Angeles. We have given out close to 1,000 bags. We are all volunteer to keep our administrative costs to less than 1{2204c5d06a2333403476cf9e3e7e547d79f3545ee5a4cb715bc6c3341feceb9f}! The idea came from wanting to do something for other people on my birthday -which was an idea that came from my kindergarten teacher.13669766_746053898870056_4117052636286723891_n

Our Values at True Circle:

  • Creating Better Tomorrows; Building Communities Through Partnerships, Teamwork and Good Citizenship
  • Respect for People; Listen, Help/Comfort & Improve
  • Educate; Raising Level of Awareness for Maximum Impact
  • Give Responsibly, Be Ethical and Transparent in our Finances​
  • Be Humble and Open Minded to Drive Change
  • ​Continuous Improvement; Consider Creative Options, Resources and Integration”

Thank you to True Circle Organization for incorporating service to other’s in your day-to-day life. Your #JustDoGood initiative surely makes a positive difference to those you assist. Keep it up! For more information of True Circle, you can visit their website at www.truecircle.org .

Just Do Good Campaign: adQuadrant

The Just Do Good campaign highlights businesses, student groups, and private enterprises for various #JustDoGood service acts. Groups are encouraged to submit their stories on our submission page (FOUND HERE), then we select from the stories that showcase people making this world a better place! This week, we’re sharing Courtney McCall’s #JustDoGood submission. Courtney works in People Operations with adQuadrant. Keep reading to hear their story.
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“adQuadrant is a data-driven, consumer marketing company fueled by our own ideas, technology, and outstanding team. We believe that in order to attract top talent and retain our awesome team members, we must have a well-rounded culture. Two facets of our culture are community service and living empathetically. Last June, adQuadrant participated in an event to raise money for Shatterproof. It is a non-profit organization to raise money to reduce the stigma of addiction. We raised over $2000 and had three team members rappel off a 16 story building to conquer their own fears. It was a wonderful event for a good cause.
Since the time adQuadrant was started three years ago, the team has participated in at least two community service events a year. Last year alone, the team Adopted-a-Family for the holidays, coordinated a beach clean-up and participated in the Shatterproof event.”
unnamed-1Thank you to adQuadrant for incorporating service to other’s in your work culture. Your #JustDoGood initiative surely makes a positive difference to those you assist. Keep it up!
 
 

Just Do Good Campaign: Bruins 4 Recovery

The Just Do Good campaign was created with the goal of highlighting businesses, student groups, and private enterprises for various #JustDoGood service acts. Groups submit their stories on our submission page (FOUND HERE)then we select from the stories that showcase people making this world a better place! This week, we’re sharing a story from Marissa Ericsson, who is apart of UCLA’s Bruins 4 Recovery.Bruins for Recovery

Bruins 4 Recovery (at UCLA) is a student group made up of students  who have been affected by addiction, are in recovery or would like to learn more.

Addiction, for some, is quiet sensitive in nature. The negative stigmas prevent many students from seeking help or cause students to feel isolated. Our members fight to end the stigmas against addiction by hosting student run support groups and advocating to staff, residential halls, and other campus professionals.

Our members put together support groups for students who are in recovery from substances and addictive behaviors. They do this solely for their desire to help the community. There are support groups on campus 4 out of the 5 school days. Student lead groups are designed by students for students. Our members create the format and secure a safe space to host these meetings. Our persisting efforts have double the number of attendees each year.

Our members also create their own presentations aboBruins 4 Recoveryut recovery and what it means to have an addiction. These presentations have allowed many members of our campus community to ask questions and challenge their pre-existing ideas about addiction.”

Thank you Bruins 4 Recovery for being a pillar of strength to your peers. Your #JustDoGood initiative will surely make a positive difference on campus. Keep it up!

To have your story published, click our submission page Just Do Good Submission Page.