2014 Changemaker Nomination: Erika Serrano, Arts 4 Healing

Congratulations to Erika Serrano, Arts 4 Healinga-4-h.org nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Eisenhower has to say about this fearless individual and organization:

“Erika Serrano works tirelessly to implement the vision that Arts 4 Healing (A-4-H) has, which is bridging the gap between arts and medical treatments. She recently spearheaded an art auction event. Proceeds from the art auction were used to fund a recent surgical mission to Vietnam. Erika is very passionate about A4H. A-4-H Group Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.”

A little more info:

13_a-4-h_logo“A4H aims to raise funds and spread awareness on social and healthcare issues by organizing outreach events utilizing donated artworks and services. The organization hopes to elevate and bring a greater appreciation to the local art community through hosting charitable functions. In conjunction with bringing in artists, A4H will join forces with an interdisciplinary team of healthcare workers to educate and spread awareness on healthcare and social issues affecting children and adults.

We exist to serve as a liaison to bridge the gap between art and the healthcare community.

A4H Group Inc. (Arts4healing) is a vehicle to raise funds for social and healthcare causes.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Tulsa CARES

Congratulations to Tulsa CARESwww.tulsacares.org and www.facebook.com/Tulsa-CARES nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Marianne and Erin have to say about this fearless organization:

“The staff at Tulsa CARES work tirelessly every day to deliver social services to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS in Oklahoma.  Working to help our clients overcome the challenges that living in poverty brings, the organization links over 500 clients to essential social services including life saving drugs, healthy foods and nutrition education, safe housing, and mental health care.  Tulsa CARES offers a variety of individual and group level interventions, including a chronic disease self-management program and intensive case management services.  The nutrition program staff provide individualized nutrition counseling to help clients learn ways to meet their nutritional needs on a limited food budget.  The program also offers a farmers’ market twice per month that provides clients with access to free, fresh produce.  Tulsa CARES is an example of how social service programs can provide disenfranchised people with a source of support and community while fighting the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS.  The organization provides people with the hope and help they need to manage their illness rather than their illness managing them.  Please consider offering the organization a donation in support of their operational costs.

Work in the field of HIV/AIDS comes with a sharp stigma. Tulsa CARES, a non-profit organization serving poverty-stricken individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, must face constant uphill battles gaining community support and funding. They are fearless and fearlessly work to fashion a better world.”

A little more info:

12_TulsaCARESOur Mission:
Delivering social services to people affected by HIV and AIDS.

With the advancement of treatment options, many of those infected with HIV/AIDS are living longer, healthier lives, which in effect creates a greater need for support services in this population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),there were an estimated 47,500 new HIV infections in the United States in 2010.

There are approximately 2,552 people living with the HIV infection and 2,356 living with AIDS in Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Fact Sheet (2010). Of these cases, 1,537 are living in the Tulsa MSA. Tulsa CARES programs and services fulfil an unmet need in our community by providing care coordination, housing, mental health, and food and nutrition services to those living with HIV/AIDS.”

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: ASPCA

Congratulations to ASPCAwww.aspca.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Nancy has to say about this fearless organization:

“They do a superior job of preventing cruelty to animals, as well as offering lower cost veterinary services to low income families with pets, and rescuing animals in distress. They are Worthy!”

A little more info:

11_ASPCA_logo“We believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law.

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” While there are SPCAs and humane societies all over the country, the ASPCA is not directly affiliated with them. However, the ASPCA works nationally to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with many shelters across the country.”

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Ricky, People’s Vegan

Congratulations to Ricky, People’s Vegan: instagram.com/peoplesvegan, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Cortney has to say about this fearless individual:

“Ricky is an outstanding, caring, and compassionate animal activist who cares about the planet, living green, and most importantly ANIMALS!! he is a vegan working with PETA for a better world. He inspires thousands everyday with his instagram page and blog with PETA.”

A little more info:

10_peoplesvegan“Ricky Actor, Activist, Vegan, Fitness, LA living, #illveganalert peoplesvegan@yahoo.com

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Marnie Webb, Caravan Studios

Congratulations to Marnie Webb, Caravan Studioswww.caravanstudios.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Susan has to say about this fearless individual:

“She is a long-time nonprofit leader who is also a fearless innovator. She sees a need in communities and cares enough to take action and make products and programs to help those communities. She never limits herself to organizational structure nor status quo. She is not afraid to pivot and shift focus, even if it’s deep into a project. Her focus is 100% on making the world a better place and she is a humble changemaker, who always puts her work before her title.”

A little more info:

09_caravan“We believe in the power of community.

Whether you define community by geography, by a shared desire for change, or by a common set of skills, we believe we can work together to build tools that harness and organize any and all available resources.

We do our best to learn fast–in public– and deliver value along the way. You can see this happening in real-time on the Caravan Studios wiki.

Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)3.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Kyle Stewart, ReAllocate

Congratulations to Kyle Stewart, ReAllocatereallocate.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Evonne has to say about this fearless individual and organization:

“Has built an incredible organization with almost no funding including very productive hackathons for the homeless, Freespace and opportunities for thousands of people to pursue their maker dreams and solve real problems for real people. Kyle is young and fearless and goes right to the heart of the challenge, and he could use the support right now.”

A little more info:

08_reallocate_logo“Connecting People with Purpose

ReAllocate connects people with purpose to create an equal and just world.

We connect projects focused on providing social good with innovators, engineers, developers, storytellers, mentors, visionaries, and backers who want to collaborate to create world changing innovations.

We want to invite you to join the community and connect with other people like you who want to use their skills, knowledge, and resources to make the world a better place. Sign up or submit your project today and get an early invite to collaborate with other world changers driving social innovation.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Michelle Tea, RADAR Productions

Congratulations to Michelle Tea, RADAR Productionswww.radarproductions.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Cooper has to say about this fearless individual and organization:

“Self-taught writer Michelle Tea has been changing lives for twenty years, first as a writer who organized queer/women friendly open mics in the Mission District in the early 1990s, then with bringing queer writers around the country with Sister Spit, now with RADAR Production, which helps support underrepresented writers and fosters creative discourse of queer lived experiences. Michelle Tea is a San Francisco and National Treasure!”

A little more info:

07_RadarProductions“RADAR’s Artistic Director Michelle Tea founded RADAR Productions in 2003.  In 1994, she co-founded the legendary and long-running Sister Spit all-female open mics; from 1997 to 2000, Tea conducted several national tours by Sister Spit that called attention to the City’s emerging lesbian artists, who performed to sold-out houses across America. Tea has published four memoirs, including the award-winning Valencia, recently adapted into a feature length film shot by 21 independent filmmakers as an epic, collaborative film-arts project; the novel Rose of No Man’s Land, and the poetry collection The Beautiful. She has edited anthologies on topics such female working-class experience (Without a Net), personal narrative (Pills, Thrills, Chills and Heartache), feminist explorations of fashion (It’s So You), and young queer-female literature (Baby, Remember My Name). Her writing has been selected for the collections Best Music Writing, Best American Non-Required Reading, The Outlaw Bible of American Essays, Best American Erotica, The Aunt Lute Anthology of US Women Writers, and many others. Her first YA novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek was published in 2013 by McSweeney’s.

RADAR Productions is a San Francisco-based non-profit that produces literary happenings around the Bay Area and beyond.

Founded in 2003 by writer Michelle Tea, RADAR conducts presenting, commissioning, publishing, professional development and touring programs that stimulate the production of queer and underground literature and heighten San Francisco’s reputation as a national literary center.

RADAR gives voice to innovative queer and outsider writers and artists whose work authentically reflects the LGBTQA community’s diverse experiences.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: c3: Center for Conscious Creativity

Congratulations to c3: Center for Conscious Creativitywww.consciouscreativity.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Kate has to say about this fearless organization:

“The c3 has worked tirelessly for 10 years as a volunteer based 501c3 to bring ‘conscious creativity’ to the Los Angeles creative community.  We support artists and mediamakers/content creators working to make a better world through the stories they tell, the art they create and through education for maintaining their own wellbeing.  We have supported a youth program called Mythic Challenges whereby young high school filmmakers collaborated with students in Afghanistan to create films addressing 15 global challenges and solutions.  We would like to support more projects like this and to do so we need financial support.  thank you for this great program!”

A little more info:


‘Creating a better future through arts, media and entertainment…’
The c3: Center for Conscious Creativity is a 501(c)(3) non profit arts and interdisciplinary research, education and project development organization founded in 2004 to provide artists, media makers, content creators, and other interested individuals, a platform and resources to create projects and explore how consciousness, creativity, storytelling, and traditional and emerging entertainment and communication technologies, can help create a better world.
The organization has evolved and is now in a stage of new growth emerging as a global organization in partnership with a global futurist think tank, The Millennium Project, to advance their Global Arts and Media Node.
The c3 focuses on the study of future trends in arts, media and entertainment, as well as story, creativity, consciousness and the synergy between the two — resulting in the transformative power of creativity for the individual, culture and society.
c3′s focus is on:

  • The use of arts, media, storytelling, creativity and transmedia strategy design to add in the creation of a better world and future for humanity.
  • Expanding research and understanding of creativity, consciousness studies and the merger of the two.
  • Researching and reporting on future trends in the arts, media and entertainment fields.
  • Advocating information and resources to the creative community from the work of The Millennium Project and the 15 Global Challenges and Solutions addressed in their publication the STATE OF THE FUTURE report.
  • Educating and supporting the creative community, individuals and institutions aligned with the mission of c3 and mentoring and educating youth.
  • Supporting the creation of media and arts projects that reflect the mission of c3 with current emphasis on 360 immersive arts and media projects.
  • Establishing and supporting cross-disciplinary collaboration and networking with other like-minded organizations and individuals.
  • Providing individuals with resources to optomize their creativity, activate their unique “genius” and achieve their highest potential as creators through exploring and developing alternative “inner practices.”
  • Educating the public on conscious creativity and the power of communication, arts and media to transform.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Independent Arts & Media

Congratulations to Independent Arts & Mediaartsandmedia.net, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Sue has to say about this fearless organization:

“This fiercely independent little nonprofit fiscal sponsor in San Francisco runs lean but has a big impact. For 14 years IAM has championed and supported independent, non-commercial art and media projects and producers who not only enrich our community and culture, but are also helping advance civic engagement, free expression and cultural participation in our communities and our democracy at large. By supporting dozens of projects in the background through fiscal sponsorship, IAM leaves them to do the visionary creative part. And so a donation to just one organization means supporting many others.”

A little more info:

05_indy_logo“IAM’s mission is to support independent, non-commercial arts and media projects and producers for the purpose of building community and civic participation, and facilitating cultural engagement and free expression.

Media, journalism, the arts and culture are all arenas of social interaction and civic engagement. Yet even in the Internet era, these arenas are closed to public participation due to commercial or institutional barriers.

We champion those media producers and culture makers who are doing significant work to advance civic engagement and cultural participation in our communities and our democracy.

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2014 Changemaker Nomination: Rosemary Trent – Pueblo a Pueblo

Congratulations to Rosemary Trent – Pueblo a Pueblowww.puebloapueblo.org, nominated by a Chocolate Lover like you!

Here’s what Adam has to say about this fearless organization:

“Pueblo a Pueblo is responsible for instilling powerful grassroots programs which empower rural communities. Their hands on approach is capacity building at it’s finest and provides the necessary tools for truly sustainable community development.  They are certainly changemakers and the work is absolutely inspiring.”

A little more info:

04_PuebloaPuebloOur Mission
Our mission is to improve the health, education and food security of families in Indigenous and rural communities in Latin America. We seek to strengthen vulnerable families by serving women and children, with an emphasis on Indigenous peoples in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala and other rural, coffee-growing communities in Latin America through integrated, school-based health & education programs.

Pueblo a Pueblo’s Values
Pueblo a Pueblo was founded on the belief that meaningful and sustainable change requires the commitment and active involvement of the individual, community or organization that will benefit from that change.

Pueblo a Pueblo strives to deepen values such as personal responsibility, self-respect, careful stewardship of resources, collaboration and creative problem-solving.

Rosemary Trent, Executive Director
Rosemary Trent began her career in development more than two decades ago, working with CentralAmerican refugees in Washington, D.C. She spent 16 years living and working (for World Teach, the School for International Training, Peace Corps and Plan International) in countries where coffee is a major industry, including Kenya, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil and Mexico, and she has a keen understanding of the challenges of vulnerable children and their families. During her 5 years in Kenya, she started a pottery program for children living in Nairobi’s third largest slum, and her daily runs took her by a coffee farm that bordered the area.

Rosemary has been Executive Director of Pueblo a Pueblo since 2008, leading a team committed to improving the lives of indigenous Guatemalan women and children. Over the past five years, she has created and grown successful grassroots programs that partner with rural primary schools and local government to provide access to education, health care, improved nutrition and food security in coffee growing communities.

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