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We know our members are doing great things in service of their communities at the local, national, and international levels, and we invite you all to spread the word about your causes with Harvardwood here.

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  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Nonprofit organizations that could benefit from more publicity, donations, etc.
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Give + Volunteer to increase access to performance-based music education with Let Them Rock 501(c)3

Let Them Rock  www.letthemrock.org   www.letthemrock.org/give

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Volunteer opportunities are passion-inspired pursuits with remote positions available. www.letthemrock.org/volunteer      

"The Let Them Rock student scholarship provided opportunities that have broadened my son's world, and empowered him to take something he loves to the next level. Performing on stage has been character defining. It's made a huge impact!" - Leonor P. | Let Them Rock Student Scholarship Parent, School of Rock Mainline + AllStars

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ACLU Kickoff Lunch in Chicago - June 13th

From the ACLU:

We hope you will join us for an event on June 13 as we kickoff the 2018 Lunch. The Lunch is our largest event to date, and the proceeds raise much needed funds for the critical work that the ACLU is doing to protect civil liberties in Illinois.

Join us from 5:30 - 7 for a reception featuring staff from our Women's and Reproductive Rights Project. Enjoy light appetizers and drinks, learn about the work that the ACLU is doing to protect the rights of women in our state, and hear from our 2018 co-chairs about the 2018 Lunch.

RSVP by visiting http://www.aclu-il.org/lunch-kickoff and completing the online form. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jay Bach at jbach@aclu-il.org.

We hope to see you on June 13 at Schiff Hardin (Chicago, IL).

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Write to the City (WTTC)

Calling all poets, activists, and aspiring educators for YCA’s Write to the City (WTTC), the freshest summer camp in Chicago!

Over one hundred young writers from all corners of the city and across the country come together for one week of nonstop art. Students take daily field trips within Chicago’s arts scene and rich cultural landscape, exploring visual, performance, and literary arts, building community, and developing a body of work through workshops led by world-class poets and artists. WTTC is a fee-based program, with scholarships available to qualifying students.

Registration for Write to the City 2017 is now open! Send any questions to Program Coordinator Bayana Davis at bayana@youngchicagoauthors.org.

To register for Write To The City 2017, sign up here.

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Westside Stories Gala (Chicago, April 25th)

Join Westside Writing Project to celebrate the organization's 10-year anniversary!

The Westside Writing Project (WWP) is an enrichment organization that provides exposure, guidance and support in the areas of digital media, journalism and new technology to expand the realm of opportunities on Chicago’s west side. The mission of WWP is to provoke individual and community transformation by using writing, digital media and journalism as tools for civic engagement and youth development.

What began in 2007 as a small volunteer effort has developed into a full-fledged, multi-faceted community journalism and media initiative that impacts 200 students annually from 6th grade to graduate school and engages multiple community partners.

More info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/westside-stories-gala-celebrating-10-years-of-westside-writing-project-tickets-32413706268

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Read At Two Program

The U.S. Reading Team Foundation is launching a program to build national awareness and begin the critical changes now possible both to improve early human cognitive development and to help end inter-generational American poverty. Recent research has discovered that human intelligence is not fixed at birth, but can be dramatically strengthened. We now know it's actually possible to program a smarter, more cognitively functional generation of children, what we call post-Homo Sapiens. Just as with CRISPR we can now change and fix our own DNA like no animal before us, we can also strongly improve our cognitive wiring in the 12-36 month period of our developing brains. No need to mess with our DNA, or actually create GMO humans – although that, too, is probably coming – just wire our speech development to a much higher level of complexity while the wiring is easy.

The opportunity was first recognized as an inversion of focus on the results of a major longitudinal study by educational researchers Hart and Risley [The Early Catastrophe: The 30 Million Word Gap by Age 3, In: American Educator, Spring, 2003]. While the Hart Risley study focus was on cognitive underdevelopment among impoverished children, the inversion or larger possibility revealed by the same research was the opportunity to optimize cognitive development – by lifting early cognitive wiring to the highest level – for all children. It might seem counter-intuitive but it was soon recognized that the best, most versatile scaffold to support this new high-development cognitive objective – with the in-home parent spending more time talking to the baby and the toddler listening and seeing and learning – was the classic on-paper, page-turning book. For that, a unique language-based learning program for toddlers has been developed using standard, non-electronic on-paper books, with which parents can teach toddlers both to speak and to read at the same time. Compared to any other program that might be developed, Read At Two promises to be relatively inexpensive. Our objective now is to put the program into the hands of as many parents we can find who will help us in a larger research project to confirm what works and what might work better for every child. Parents can now purchase the program for their own children or make a tax-deductible contribution to the U.S. Reading Team Foundation to help us put the program in the hands of others. Until March 30 we are offering the Read At Two program preview on the stage of Kickstarter. For a greater understanding of the program this Kickstarter beta project may be viewed at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/777266643/teach-your...

Or, to learn more, any parent who might wish to participate could simply google - search Read At Two Kickstarter. But we're not looking for contributions here. Rather, we're looking for interested partners – daycare centers, libraries, universities and school districts – anyone who might like to work with us in this very unique project. If that includes you, or you have questions, please write to me at h.schwarz@usreadingteam,foundation.org Join us.

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WriteGirl creative writing / mentoring organization

WriteGirl is a creative writing and mentoring organization that spotlights the power of girls. WriteGirl hosts monthly mentorship events, among other activities. The girls chosen for the mentorship program come from underserved communities and have limited resources within their school systems and homes. To support or get involved with WriteGirl, please visit: http://www.writegirl.org

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Norma's Nook / Friends In Deed - New or Gently Used Clothing for At-Risk Women

Please consider helping to clothe at-risk women looking for jobs in the Pasadena/LA area through Norma's Nook, a part of the larger Friends In Deed organization (which runs a variety of amazing programs). Norma's Nook is a physical space in Pasadena where at-risk women can come for personal and caring attention as they try on new or gently used work-appropriate attire that they can then take with them for job interviews and the like. They accept clothing and monetary donations (though currently they've suspended regular clothing donations and are focusing on the donation of undergarments). (http://www.friendsindeedpas.org/what-we-do/our-programs/normas-nook/)

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Peace4kids: Volunteer on Saturdays with Los Angeles foster kids

Join me on Saturdays to support this terrific organization. The next volunteer orientation is Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM. From the website: "BUILDING COMMUNITY FOR FOSTER YOUTH SINCE 1998, PEACE4KIDS IS A NON-PROFIT, VOLUNTEER SUPPORTED ORGANIZATION PROMOTING TRUST, EQUITY AND STABILITY FOR CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE. At Peace4Kids, we employ an approach that we call 'Community as Family'. Youth in foster care, supported by a responsive, consistent and culturally sensitive volunteer community, develop a sense of belonging and permanence. 'Community as Family' serves to create positive group bonding. Where individuals have failed before, the consistent group dynamic represents safety and security. Organically provides opportunities for trust development. Changes the expectations that foster youth have for adults and facilitates nutritious relationships. Kids in foster care may move homes several times in one year, and this lack of permanency contributes to an inability to form strong, positive relationships, especially with adults. Trained staff and volunteers interface with youth on a consistent basis to model healthy relationship building and effective communication. The Peace4Kids community becomes a family for youth in foster care."

Go to http://www.peace4kids.org/ to learn more.

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Help drive refugees to medical appointments

Eager to support refugees in the wake of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's unconstitutional executive order? The Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service desperately needs LA drivers with flexible schedules to transport refugees to critical medical, legal, and financial appointments. If you're interested in helping, please email Liz Kurtz at liz.grace.kurtz@gmail.com and she'll set you up to help drive. Driving does not require any consistent commitment, and you can do it whenever it fits your schedule.

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Bake America Great Again: Saturday, February 11

On January 23rd, President Trump signed an executive order barring federal funds from organizations that promote and protect women's health. Help us protect women's reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood by supporting our community bake sale! 100% of the money raised will be donated to Planned Parenthood to benefit clinics with the highest risk of being defunded.

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East Area Progressive Democrats

If you live on the east side of LA - check out this club! http://www.eapd.la/ A local, community‐based Democratic club focused on the greater East Side of Los Angeles and open to all local Democrats. This vibrant and diverse organization was formed to influence lawmakers, candidates, elections, and policies that affect our communities and daily lives. The issues they are most passionate about include:

  • Full equality under the law for LGBTQ people and their families
  • Reproductive justice
  • Strong environmental law that puts the interests of people over those of corporations
  • Progressive tax policy aggressively set to help the most vulnerable in our society
  • Immigration reform
  • Animal welfare
  • High-quality education for all
  • Voting rights
  • An open and ethical government that serves no one but the people

If you want to be connected with upbeat, progressive, innovative neighbors and improve our communities and their representation in our democratic process, now is the time and this is the organization. For more information, contact us at: eapd.la@gmail.com.

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InsideOUT Writers

Through its Writing and Alumni Programs, IOW provides a continuum of care to youth and young adults who have been impacted by the criminal justice system both during and following their incarceration. More info on how to help or volunteer here.

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Support the CA Immigrant Policy Center

The California Immigrant Policy Center is committed to lifting up the voices of immigrant communities in the news. Our communications team works to provide reporters with critical information and compelling stories that highlight the importance of inclusive policies.

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Miry's List Families - Donate supplies to refugees in Southern California

From Miry's List: We make lists to provide essential supplies to our families once they've been placed into housing. Most families have experienced trauma, high levels of stress and feelings of helplessness for many years. Your gifts provide them with comfort beyond the item itself or the purchase price. Thank you for putting your attention, energy, and dollars towards helping our families.

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