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Better to Give: AmeriCares Nepal Relief Fund

April 29, 2015

AmeriCares

In the wake of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal on April 25 and the powerful aftershocks that have followed, we are partnering with AmeriCaresan emergency response and global health organization, to help raise donations through our Better to Give program. For every $1 donated to the Nepal Relief Fund, AmeriCares will work with a trusted network to deliver emergency medical supplies and humanitarian aid. Help us support AmeriCares’ relief efforts by selecting them when you checkout after your next purchase, and we’ll donate $1 on your behalf.

If you would like to donate directly to the AmeriCares Nepal Relief Fund, please visit this link. Your gift will help ensure that AmeriCares has the adequate resources to respond quickly and effectively to the tragedy in Nepal.

For the most up-to-date information, you can follow AmeriCares on Twitter at @AmeriCares.

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Help City Harvest Feed NYC After Sandy

November 13, 2012

We have been proud to work with City Harvest through our Better To Give program, donating on our customer’s behalf to an organization that helps feed New York’s hungry. The amount of people living in New York City who are considered Food Insecure is about 1.2 million (source), and that number has increased since Sandy has left many without electricity and some without homes.

City Harvest is working hard to support Hurricane Sandy victims while continuing to feed the hungry men, women and children who rely on it every day. In addition to daily deliveries to soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs, City Harvest is making emergency food drop-offs in especially hard hit areas in Staten Island, Coney Island and Red Hook in Brooklyn, and Breezy Point and Rockaway in Queens.

Since the storm, City Harvest has been accepting donations of non-perishable food from citizens and prepared foods from partnering restaurants across the city. They have rented additional trucks and hired additional temporary staff to keep food moving to where it is needed most. In the week following the storm, City Harvest delivered over a million pounds of food from their Long Island City, Queens location to emergency food partners across the city – the most ever for City Harvest in a week.

Want to get involved?

  • If you’re in the NYC area, you can volunteer with City Harvest to sort and deliver food.
  • Purchase the Plate With Purpose. UncommonGoods will donate $25 for each plate sold to City Harvest.
  • Choose City Harvest at check out and UncommonGoods will donate $1 from your purchase to help feed NYC’s hungry.

photos courtesy of City Harvest

 

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Better to Give: Doing Good in the New Year

January 12, 2012

This holiday season, the term “Secret Santa” got a new meaning when mysterious donors paid off Kmart layaway accounts across the country. This heart warming story definitely helped get us in the holiday spirit, but it also got us thinking about ways to do good all year long.

We try to make it easy for our customers to help us give back through our Better to Give program. Through this program, we donate $1 to the Better to Give charity of your choice each time you place an order with UncommonGoods. Here’s what our partners were up to in 2011, and how you can get involved in 2012.

AmeriCares provided aid around the world in 2011, including continued work with earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan, providing emergency relief to victims of recent flooding in the Philippines, awarding more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants to nonprofit organizations across the United States, and much more. With your help, we donated $7,928 to the humanitarian relief organization between October and December.

You can help AmeriCares continue to do good in 2012 by donating online, volunteering, and getting creative.

AmeriCares delivers food to mothers and babies in need in Somalia. Photo via AmeriCares by Jaya Vadlamudi, International Medical Corps.

RAINN (the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, expanded their programs, helped thousands of people through their online and telephone hotlines, and educated millions about sexual abuse. Customer’s choosing RAINN as their Better to Give organization helped us give $18,910 to the nonprofit in our fourth business quarter last year.

The organization is currently working with sexual assault victims from Penn State, and are supporting Penn State Alumni in White Out Child Abuse, a national awareness event. If you’re in one of the eight major cities involved, you can participate on January 21, or visit their website to donate online.

You can also help by joining RAINN in supporting the SAFER Act, a “no-cost bill that will create the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER), which will track the status of DNA evidence collected in rape cases.”

American Forests is the nation’s oldest nonprofit citizens’ conservation organization. With your help, we gave $19,082 last quarter to help make America a little greener.

In 2011 American Forests established the Science Advisory Board, a diverse group of scientists from different fields, geographic areas, and work experiences, to help address the complex issues America’s forests are facing.

American Forests also launched the Forests for Fifty campaign, an effort to complete reforestation and education projects in all 50 states. Through this campaign, the organization will plant more than 5 million trees throughout 2011 and 2012.

You can get involved by helping American Forests plant trees, or by planting a tree of your own.


The UncommonGoods team isn’t afraid to get our hands dirty and get planting!

City Harvest Since 1982, City Harvest has been collecting excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms and delivering it, free of charge, to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City. In 2011 the organization delivered more than 30 million pounds of food to hungry people. The organization also provides education and assistance when it comes to nutrition counselling, prevention of diet-related diseases, and bringing sustainable, affordable food to low-income areas.

On May 11, 2011, City Harvest raised almost $500,000 to help New York’s hungry through their annual Skip Lunch Fight Hunger campaign. We helped by taking part in last May’s event, and by donating $17,431 as the year came to a close.

Licensed food businesses help City Harvest every day by donating food, but you can help even if you don’t own a store or restaurant. Individuals can donate funds,volunteer in one of City Harvest’s programs , or attend one of their upcoming events.

Do you volunteer with a nonprofit organization? Are you helping others in your community? Whether you’re gearing up to get involved with one of our Better to Give Partners, or making a difference in your own way, we’d love to hear how you’re doing good in 2012.

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Meet the Author Update

February 24, 2011

We’re so excited to meet author Conor Grennan tomorrow at 3 pm on our Facebook page, and I can tell by all your questions that it’s going to be a great event!

Conor has devoted his life to helping reunite children in Nepal with their families, after a decade-long civil war, and his book Little Princes is a real call to action for all of us.

I think Conor’s going to have some great suggestions for ways we can all help. But I want to start out by telling you about our Better To Give Partner, Next Generation Nepal. Founded by Conor Grennan, this amazing nonprofit offers temporary care and education for children trafficked into Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, and slowly but surely are reconnecting these children with their families in rural and remote mountain villages.

Right now, you can choose for Next Generation Nepal to receive $1 from us, each time you make a purchase. And on Friday, February 25, in honor of our Q&A with Conor Grennan, we’ll be doubling our donation amount.

So if you haven’t picked up a copy of Little Princes yet, you can make a difference for children at the Little Princes orphanage, by buying your copy on Friday. Just remember to select Next Generation Nepal at checkout!