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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Changemaker Nomination: Etant Dupain

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

Congratulations to Etant Dupainwww.lethaitilive.org

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

“Etant was born in Haiti and started his work with a volunteer school, convincing High school graduates in Haiti to volunteer to teach children and adults in their community, working with a group to build 60 volunteer teachers. He left to pursue his own education in documentary film to continue to tell the stories and make change for his community, and returned when he learned of the earthquake in 2010. He is here in the USA pursuing a college degree that he has dreamed of and has not ever lost sight of his dream to positively impact Haiti. I have seen no greater impact than his. Determined. He has several videos published under his name as well.”

A little more info:

30_LetHaitiLive“Let Haiti Live is a comprehensive program for Haiti working to strengthen the independence and self-determination of the Haitian people in all areas of life.

Let Haiti Live mobilizes Haitians through popular education, alternative media, and food security projects; strengthens the capacity of existing organizations that share our philosophy of empowering Haitian leadership and vision; and supports Haitian-led solutions to some of the country’s most pressing issues, with a specific focus on environmental stewardship and rural development.

Director of ‘Bri Kouri Nouvèl Gaye’ and on the ground in Port-au-Prince, Etant Dupain works tirelessly with a team of investigative journalists who double as community mobilizers, as well as a network of organizations and IDP camp committees, while publishing a monthly regular reports and organizing peaceful demonstrations.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Mission of Hope Haiti

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

Congratulations to Mission of Hope Haitiwww.mohhaiti.org

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

“MOH Haiti has fearlessly been working for the past 15 years to make Haiti a better place. Their goal is to have 5500 children enrolled in quality education this fall!  They feed over 54,000 kids a day.  Their goal is to eventually have all their food be from Haiti – supporting local farmers and giving them a reason to work! They also have an orphanage, a medical clinic, a prosthetic lab (helped many people who lost limbs in the earthquake). They truly strive to empower Haitians to make Haiti a better place to live!”

A little more info:

30_MissionOfHope“VISION

As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. We desire to serve the nation of Haiti, and see lives changed.

MISSION
Our Mission is to fulfill our Vision in every endeavor we undertake by successfully executing on our five core Resolutions.

RESOLUTIONS

  • Relational Proclamation: Intentionally modeling Christ’s love through relationships.
  • Evangelistic Saturation: Repeatedly sharing the Gospel message in targeted geographies.
  • Indigenous Mobilization: Strategically developing national leaders to carry the vision to the nation.
  • Holistic Transformation: Continuously pursuing God’s physical, mental, social and spiritual destiny for every man, woman and child.
  • Excellent Implementation: Responsibly utilizing all resources and talents to their fullest potential for God’s glory.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Meals on Wheels, King County

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

Congratulations to Meals on Wheels, King Countywww.seniorservices.org/foodassistance/MealsonWheels

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

“The dedicated Meals on Wheels staff and volunteers are not satisfied with delivering nutritious and delicious meals to thousands of homebound seniors each week. They’re also constantly looking for ways to reach underserved members of the community. One idea is to partner with cultural/ethnic community centers in different neighborhoods to prepare and deliver culturally appropriate meals to seniors who are not accustomed to the regular, more traditionally “American” meal options.

Another project is to connect local farmers with surplus harvest to seniors who are not mobile enough to get out to the farmer’s market and might not be able to afford the produce even if they could go.

I volunteered with this organization and was amazed by the dedication of the staff. The drivers, for instance, do not simply drop off the meals but take time to check in on seniors and even visit with them. And the program is accessible to everyone over 60 regardless of their ability to pay.

Another important aspect of the program that’s often overlooked is the peace of mind that they give to loved ones and caregivers of seniors, who can get a bit of a break but know that their parent(s)/loved ones will have food and someone checking in on them every weekday.

The whole organization does such a great job and has so many exciting and innovative projects in the works that they deserve lots of recognition and support.”

A little more info:

29_MealsOnWheels“Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious and delicious frozen meals to thousands of homes throughout King County each week. We make it easy for home-bound persons age 60 or more to eat well and remain independent. Our 33 meal options are packaged to be heated in a microwave or conventional oven—giving you the freedom to make a hot meal in just minutes without the hassle of grocery shopping or worrying about the nutritional value of your food.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Vegan Outreach

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

Congratulations to Vegan Outreachwww.veganoutreach.org

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

“They are grassroots, volunteer based, and the money they receive goes to getting more booklets out to people.”

A little more info:

28_VeganOutreach“Ninety-nine percent of the animals killed in the United States each year are slaughtered for human consumption.

Vegan Outreach is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to expose and end cruelty to animals through the widespread distribution of our illustrated booklets (click titles to view PDFs): Why Vegan?, Even If You Like Meat, and Compassionate Choices, along with our follow-up Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating.

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Changemaker Nomination: Ocean Conservancy

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

Congratulations to Ocean Conservancyoceanconservancy.org

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

“After traveling to Senegal, Africa and seeing the state of the ocean there, combined with living on the San Francisco Bay, saving the oceans and wildlife within them took on an even more urgent cause than I already knew. In Senegal, fishermen have to take their canoe-like boats farther and farther out to sustain a living, into dangerous waters, because ships trail for fish with huge nets. The water is polluted with trash, chemicals and dead animals. Education and programs are key to ending these bad situations in developing nations.”

A little more info:

27_OceanConservancy“Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

FACTS:

144,606,491 = Pounds of trash removed from beaches during the International Coastal Cleanup over 25 years.

2,300,000 = Estimated number of jobs created by America’s ocean and coastal economy.

1972 = The year Ocean Conservancy was Founded.

1 = Number of people it takes to make a difference for our ocean.”

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