Changemaker Nomination: City Harvest

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to City Harvestwww.cityharvest.org

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

“Great idea and thank you for working to make a difference. It all adds up. We in City Harvest work to rescue all the good healthy excess food in New York for our over 400 hunger relief agencies. Any assistance in supporting our mission is greatly appreciated.”

A little more info:

37_CityHarvestNYC“More than 1.7 million New Yorkers live in poverty, struggling to afford basic necessities such as rent and medical care while trying to put food on their tables. As more people are affected by the recession and high unemployment in New York City, the need for emergency food has increased dramatically.

City Harvest is and always has been the New York City community’s response to hunger. We link the food industry and countless organizations, foundations, corporations and private citizens together to help feed their hungry neighbors. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers who face hunger each year.”

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Fearless Halloween Bites

Online special: 50pc pack for $15

Order before 2pm (PDT) Oct 28 to get your organic Fearless Midnight Bites by Halloween. Get 50 bite-sized, individually-wrapped pieces of our best-selling 75% Cacao Midnight — simply dark, just a little unrefined organic cane sugar, and nothing extra. Spooky delicious and good for you!

ONLINE ONLY at shop.fearlesschocolate.com
Offer ends 10/28/13, 2pm (PDT) for delivery by 10/31/13

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Changemaker Nomination: The Animal Protectorates

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to The Animal Protectorateswww.tapsusa.org and www.burbankcrops.com

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

“The Animal Protectorates (TAPS) under the dba of CROPSusa (Citizens for Rescue-Only Pet Stores) helped pass ordinances in Burbank and Glendale, California whereby pet stores can only “sell” animals that come from local shelters, rescue groups or humane societies.  This takes a bite out of the cruel puppy mill industry.  Additionally, TAPS recently became involved in taking on Riverside County after it let a hoarder kill likely thousands of dogs over a 17 years period on a remote vacant parcel.  TAPS traced the hoarder to multiple counties and connected the dots to more killing, including euthanasia of 40 dogs and dogs in freezers.  TAPS is now working with state legislators to enact an animal abuse registry in California — which would follow New York passing such legislation.  TAPS is bold and professional — comprised of attorneys and other animal welfare advocates who have been involved in animal welfare for decades.”

A little more info:

36_TAPSUSA36_BurbankCROPS“OUR TREATY : The specific purpose of The Animal Protectorates (TAPS)  is to facilitate the direct protection of animals in every possible way;  provide sponsorship for, and financial support to programs and organizations involving animal welfare;  provide outreach and education to promote an increased awareness of animal cruelty;  encourage every citizen to become active,  involved and responsible animal guardians; promote the legal re-classification of animals to a category other than property; and, to carry on other charitable activities associated with these goals as allowed by law.”

“C.R.O.P.S. stands for “Citizens for Rescue-Only Pet Stores.”

We are a dedicated group of Burbank residents, volunteering our time in an effort to add our city of Burbank to an ever-growing list of cities in the Greater-L.A.-area who are banning the retail sale of pets.

C.R.O.P.S. works with local animal welfare organizations, adoption centers and rescue groups to facilitate and promote adoption/rescue pets through events, word of mouth and social media. We help set up events at retail establishments within our community as to provide additional venues for homeless pets to be showcased, so that our community has an easy alternative to adopt rather than purchasing online, from a pet store (puppy mill supplier) or irresponsible breeder.

A “paradigm shift” is occurring, replacing the former way of thinking and doing business. People generally want to be part of a solution and businesses such as pet stores are embracing the opportunity to help animal shelters and rescue groups by hosting adoption events, or adopting out homeless animals from shelters rather than obtaining them from commercial breeders (a.k.a. puppy mills).”

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Changemaker Nomination: Our Humanity in the Balance

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Our Humanity in the Balanceourhumanityinthebalance.org

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

“They strive to protect civilians in conflict zones and fight against genocide. There are 1000s and 1000s of the world’s population who fall through the cracks and this organization is looking out for their well-being.”

A little more info:

35_OurHumanityInTheBalance“In 1993, at the opening of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, there were many who said “Never again.” One year later a panga blade split the first Rwandan head, then 800,000 more. Are genocides and crimes against humanity scourges that will pass only after they have run their course and hundreds of thousands have died? Can no one stop the killing?

The United Nations and its member nations have failed and disappointed in profound ways. Those who are targeted by killers are often villagers who have the misfortune to come from a different ethnic or religious group. These ordinary individuals placed their hopes in the UN, trusting that the UN could protect them and their families, and many met death still thinking the UN might save them.

We have seen civilian populations in conflict areas. We have seen those who have lost hope. We have shared their fear and felt helpless with them. Today, we no longer feel helpless.

We will go where we need to go to protect civilians in conflict zones and to prevent or stop genocide.”

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Spooky Good SALE! Halloween Bites available online.

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Fearless Halloween Bites

Online special: 50pc pack for $15

Order organic Fearless Midnight Bites for Halloween now, until Oct 28. Get 50 bite-sized, individually-wrapped pieces of our best-selling 75% Cacao Midnight — simply dark, just a little unrefined organic cane sugar, and nothing extra. Spooky delicious and good for you!

ONLINE ONLY at shop.fearlesschocolate.com
Offer ends 10/28/13

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Changemaker Nomination: Reader to Reader

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Reader to Readerwww.readertoreader.org

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

“Reader to Reader is a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to expanding literacy and learning opportunities for the nation’s most chronically underserved and vulnerable communities, including inner-city schools, Native American reservations, and poor rural towns. Since 2002, it has donated over $50,000,000 worth of books and computers to over 600 locations across the United States and in 14 countries.

Yet there is still so much to do. 60% of low-income children do not own a single book. A third of all fourth graders nationwide cannot read at even the basic level. Sadly, a child that cannot read at grade level by the end of third grade is unlikely to ever do so. Our kids deserve better. Low reading performance significantly contributes to drop-out rates, low self-esteem, teen pregnancy, crime, unemployment, and chronic poverty. Access to books and other learning resources is essential not only to academic achievement, but to lifelong success.

In its resource donations and innovative direct service programs, Reader to Reader works with the communities it serves to maximize the potential impact. Reader to Reader programs foster a love of reading in low-income at-risk students, empower immigrant and teen parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher and greatest educational advocate, guide high school students through the college admissions and testing process, and support the aspirations of young people with creative ideas to improve literacy worldwide.

Reader to Reader helps students find those books which speak to their hearts and minds, and they’re not afraid to think creatively to find the right book for the right student. All their programs embody the very principles that make Fearless so wonderful: high standards, integrity, creativity and sustainability.

Reader to Reader is not a static organization; it is bold, pioneering, hardworking, and strongly invested in building and sustaining collaborative partnerships and programs with the communities it serves. I believe this makes Reader to Reader an exceptional candidate for support from Fearless Chocolate.”

A little more info:

34_ReaderToReader“Reader To Reader, Inc. is… dedicated to bringing books, free of charge, to needy school libraries and public libraries across the United States.

Fact: 60% of underprivileged children do not own a single book. This makes a well-stocked school library a critical resource hub that is a necessity not a luxury.

Who We Serve

Reader To Reader serves the nation’s poorest communities, including inner-city schools, Native American Reservations, and poor rural towns, where the need for books is acute.

Results

Over $40 million dollars worth of books and computers donated and counting!

Over 2 million books shipped to rebuild school libraries devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Over 500 under-resourced schools across the U.S. receive books from the Reader To Reader program throughout their school year.

Major Reader To Reader initiatives in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Louisiana, rural Mississippi, Detroit, Michigan; Massachusetts; rural Maine; the Navajo Reservation; and Compton, California.

Rural community library initiatives in Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas.

Over 300 students across the United States participate in the Reader To Reader Mentoring Program.

Computer labs built on the Navajo Reservation and in Ghana. Beyond el Campo program, bringing books and computers to rural Costa Rica.

Continue to supply books to organizations and groups serving Haiti, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Ghana. See Reader to Reader in Action”

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Changemaker Nomination: Mary Ellen Rogers of Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Rogers of Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelterseabiscuitshelter.blogspot.com and facebook.com/pages/Sea-Biscuit-Wildlife-Shelter

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

“Mary Ellen is a women in her mid seventies who started a bird rescue/rehab shelter in an are area with a great need for one.  She relies on volunteers, donations and works part time to keep up with the shelter’s needs.  She is an inspiration to everyone who comes into contact with her.  Mary Ellen cares so much about the birds and does everything in her power to bring them back to health.”

A little more info:

33_SeaBiscuitWildlifeShelter“The Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter cares for injured or orphaned birds. We provide minimum medical care, safety from predators, food and shelter from the elements. When an animal is able to care for itself, it is released to the wild. We do not keep nonreleasable animals nor use heroic methods to sustain the quality of their life. However, the Shelter does make every effort to rehabilitate an endangered species and every animal brought here is treated with respect and caring.”

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Super Fearless Girl!!

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See what happens when you get a Fearless Dad who’s willing to try his hand at a home-made, hand-stitched felt dress for his new daughter? Super Fearless Girl!!

feltedFEARLESSdress2Jeff and his family are committed to a lifestyle that is kind to the earth and animals, healthy and fun! Growing their own veggies and chickens, walking, public transit and riding bikes for their primary transportation, reusing and recycling are all part of their daily experience.

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Healthy and whole foods with nothing extra added grace their table, including Fearless Chocolate of course! That’s where the inspiration came from for Jeff’s hand-made creation complete with tie-dye heart and Fearless Flying Elephant. Thanks for sharing it with us!!

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Changemaker Nomination: Nathan Runkle, Mercy for Animals

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Nathan Runkle, Mercy for Animalswww.mercyforanimals.org

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

“Nathan Runkle founded Mercy for Animals when he was still in high school.  Ten years later, it has become one of the most powerfully effective organizations raising awareness about the cruelty of factory farming.  MFA seeks to help create a world where all inhabitants of our planet are treated with compassion.  I vote for that!”

A little more info:

32_MercyForAnimals“Our Vision

MFA works to create a society where all animals are treated with the compassion and respect they so rightfully deserve.

We serve as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.

Nathan Runkle, Executive Director

Nathan Runkle is the founder and executive director of Mercy For Animals. Raised on a farm in rural Ohio, Nathan has long had a deep connection with farmed animals. After a local farmed animal abuse case involving a piglet slammed headfirst into a concrete floor during an agricultural project at a nearby high school, Nathan founded MFA to give “food” animals a much-needed advocate in his local community.

Since founding MFA over a decade ago, Nathan has overseen the organization’s growth into a leading national force in the prevention of cruelty to farmed animals and promotion of compassionate food choices and policies.

A nationally recognized speaker on animal advocacy, factory farming, and veganism, Nathan has presented at colleges, conferences, and many other forums from coast to coast.

Through his work with MFA, Nathan has been an outspoken advocate for animal rights, featured in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper interviews, including on ABC’s World News Tonight, Nightline, and 20/20, CNN, and National Public Radio, and in USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Conscious Box

It’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Conscious Box: www.consciousbox.com

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

“Conscious Box was started by two young guys who set out to do their part for the good, and impart change within the types of products consumers are choosing on a daily basis.   Its members are supplied with a monthly box (bio-degradable, veggie-based ink) full of a variety of ethical, sustainable, un-greenwashed, natural and organic products.  As one of the first ecommerce subscription box service company’s, CB has supported both large and small vendors who fit right into their ethos and mission for about a year and a half now. They are also a 1% for the planet member.  As a new member of their team and a new fan of Fearless…I truly feel that Conscious Box is and will be a quantifiable Changemaker :)”

A little more info:

31_ConsciousBox“Imagine a world where it’s easy to understand what you’re buying. A world where you don’t have to worry about genetically modified ingredients, toxic chemicals in your foods, or unethical business practices. Making this better world a reality is at the heart of what Conscious Box does. People should be able to find healthier, more ethical products, and it shouldn’t be harder or more expensive. This is truly conscious consumption

To us, setting the standards for ethical business is at the core of our mission. Here’s what we’re made of:

Discover the Best Natural Products with Conscious Box

  • Each month, discover 10-20 products right at your doorstep. From snacks to household products to beauty essentials and more, every box makes it easy to experience the purest, most ethical, natural, and organic products on the planet.
  • We never include GMOs, highly processed foods, or products with unsustainable manufacturing or production.
  • With Vegan and Gluten-Free options, customizing your box and making sure you get the products that suit you best is simple!”

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