“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore
Pay It Forward!
Share Our Selves, a nonprofit organization based in Costa Mesa, has been working to serve the underprivileged of Orange County since 1970. Starting out, SOS tackled the most serious concerns of the poor by providing meals, clothing, transportation, prescriptions, and emergency financial aid and eventually expanded to include medical and dental clinics. In addition to immediate aid, SOS also provides counseling and social services, including job consulting, to financially disadvantaged families.
Some ways to volunteer or become involved with Share Our Selves are through the Adopt a Family program, which matches up families selected by local schools to donors who provide holiday gifts and food, or by simply volunteering onsite in the food pantry, at the medical and dental clinics, or being a driver to local food merchants. To learn more about how to volunteer or donate to SOS click here.
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Roots creep underground everywhere and make a firm foundation. Shoots seem very weak, but to reach the light, they can break open brick walls. Imagine that the brick walls are all the problems we have inflicted on our planet. Hundreds of thousands of roots & shoots, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world, can break through these walls. We CAN change the world.
- Dr. Jane Goodall
We are very excited to welcome Jane Goodall this October for our Living Peace Series!
Jane Goodall’s world renowned work with Chimpanzees has led to receive titles such as, National Geographic explorer-in-residence, United Nations peace messenger, and the president of Advocates for Animals. However, her work with the Jane Goodall Institute and it’s youth component Roots & Shoots, deals with more than just the wellbeing of animals, but the interconnectivity of the wellbeing of humans, animals, and the environment.
Roots & Shoots was founded by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students in 1991 in order to motivate young people to make positive change. It has grown over the years, with chapters in more than 120 countries, to include a variety of projects and campaigns that have a global reach. The program is built on campaigns that are designed to unite a “global network” with common initiatives.
Get involved with Roots & Shoots at our International Day of Peace celebration on September 23rd where Shawn Sweeney, Roots & Shoots Youth Outreach and Engagement Manager, will speak on careers in peace! Youth involved will build and fly giant peace doves and receive premiere seating at Jane Goodall’s speaking event on October 2nd. You can sign up for the youth event on our website.
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The mission of Team Kids is to inspire and empower young people to become resilient and responsible citizens with a passion for community service. Young people crave the opportunity to participate and to feel they truly matter in their school and community. Ultimately, the Team Kids’ mission is to inspire today’s youth to become compassionate leaders and philanthropists of tomorrow. Team Kids helps kids, and adults, realize the power and capacity young people have to improve conditions and the lives of others in their community. Since 2001, over 21,000 Team Kids participants in Orange County public schools have contributed over $200,000 in value to local youth-serving charities. A pre-post evaluation conducted by WestEd, a leading educational research firm, has demonstrated this program’s effectiveness for promoting positive identity, community engagement, and prevention of high-risk behaviors, such as alcohol/drug use, early pregnancy, and violent behavior.
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Bruno Serato’s Anaheim White House Restaurant has been helping to feed “motel” kids by serving 300 dinners everyday since 2005. To date he has served 413,400 free dinners and founded the non-profit, Caterina’s Club, in honor of his mother to continue his important work. Bruno was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Cypress College Foundation presented by the City of Anaheim. He was inspired to make good happen when he visited a Boys and Girls Club with his mother and noticed a child eating a bag of potato chips for dinner. His mother suggested that he feed these children in need and he has expanded the project ever since. Serato says “I can’t stop helping these kids.”
The children are transported in vans from their motel home or local Boys and Girls clubs to the restaurant each night for a tasty meal. Bruno consistently holds fundraisers at his restaurant to benefit Caterina’s Club as well as the Boys and Girls club.
To learn more about Caterina’s Club or donate, visit their website. Volunteers to help serve meals are welcome every night at the restaurant. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the restaurant to volunteer!
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Here at the Center for Living Peace, we are always on the lookout for people and organizations trying to embody peace in their communities. One of our partners, The Algalita Marine Research Institute, has been doing just that and we wanted to share some of their efforts with you.
The Algalita Research Institute is a non-profit research and education organization that aims to protect the marine environment. Members of this organization conduct research on plastic found in oceans, and how this type of pollution affects the world and human health.
Take a look at their video below to learn more about their research and what they are doing to help preserve our precious marine life.
Find out more about Algalita here.
What can you do to reduce your plastic footprint? Share your thoughts with us- we are always looking for new ideas and perspectives on sustainability!
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