Changemaker Nomination: Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind


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

Congratulations to Opportunities Unlimited for the Blindwww.campt.org

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

“Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind is changing the way people think about blindness and other disabilities.  Through fabulous innovative programming, including Birding By Ear (learning to identify birds by sound, not by sight) and learning about our natural environment and how it affects our songbirds, to Camp-in-a-Box, which takes “camp” to kids who are blind and who have no transportation, and “regular camp”, kids have a chance to learn from adult blind mentors how to cook, garden, enjoy nature and appreciate its wonders, do science, read better Braille, have a blast with music, enjoy the outdoors, engage in sports and outdoor play, go swimming and canoeing and make s’mores – themselves (yes, they learn to roast their own marshmallows at our camp) – and get away from their electronic gadgets.  They learn that it’s OK to be who they are and that success is a matter of hard work, not how much sight you have.  OUB is a very small non-profit with one full-time employee, me, but we produce stellar work and our kids – and their parents – love what we do and how much their children learn over a week or a summer with us.  We hire blind and sighted staff, and will soon have our Birding By Ear program on the CBS Evening News!  They are filming our Celebrate Urban Birds Event on April 6 – watch for us and the fascinating work of our Field Services Director, who is blind, Donna Posont, who teaches all of our birding classes for children, youth and adults.  I don’t think she’s ever heard the bird on the wrapper of your chocolate, though!  Fantastic Chocolate, by the way.  I love finding a chocolate that is soy and milk free!  Thanks!”

A little more info:

16_OpportunitiesUnlimited4Blind“Opportunities Unlimited for the Blind’s mission is to enrich the quality of life of people who are blind and visually impaired through lifelong education and recreation.

OUB collaborates with the Michigan Department of Education – Low Incidence Outreach (MDE-LIO), Bureau of Services to Blind Persons (BSBP, formerly the Michigan Commission for the Blind), educators and consumer groups to create facilities and programs that help children and adults who are blind or visually impaired develop into competent, confident, contributing, tax paying, working adults through it’s OUB CAMPS programs: Camp Tuhsmeheta, Camp-in-a-Box, and Birding-by-Ear.

OUB provides camping and extra-curricular and work expereinces through OUB CAMPS. OUB’s primary goal is to focus on the educational goals expressed in the Expanded Core Curriculum. OUB CAMPS utilizes teaching methods and strategies that encourage campers to be as confident and independent as possible, safely, while keeping learning fun! OUB’s goal is that every child with a visual impairment learns self-reliance skills and expands their dreams for their future success.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Food Not Bombs South Florida


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

Congratulations to Food Not Bombs South Floridawww.facebook.com/groups/355251174932/

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

15_FoodNotBombsSFL“Food Not Bombs South Florida is a small group of people. There might be about ten in their group and yet they manage to accomplish incredible feats, not only in their hometown, but across the United States. They have even managed to reach Israel!

They share wholesome vegan food (that would otherwise go to waste) with the homeless of Fort Lauderdale twice a week, making sure to fill everyone’s bellies.

However, more than just providing warm meals, FNB South Florida fights for the rights of the local homeless population on a consistent basis. There is always a new event taking place and a new action taking place that is intended to help. FNB South FL regularly attends city commission meetings speaking on the horrendous way the city deals with its homeless population, often inviting the homeless to speak with them.

Most recently, they held a fundraiser in order to continue raising awareness of the difficulties of being a homeless person in South Florida. They are even busily working on their first newsletter, Solidarity Shelter, that would be written by local homeless and passed out to them as well as a means to unite the homeless of South Florida.

FNB South Florida are also members in their sister group, The Autonomous Playhouse, a radical puppet collective that educates the public on a wide range of issues from homelessness to sexism. Their most recent show, “Fort Lauderjail”, was performed at a local homeless shelter and made it in the paper!

The group has traveled all over the country in a waste-veggie-oil fueled bus, performing for free, touring twice. They are about to go on their third tour.

If that wasn’t enough, these dedicated individuals are also working on the Food Not Bombs Free Skool, an alternative schooling opportunity, where the participants can learn how to create their own Food Not Bombs and how to live sustainably. They are even working with Keith McHenry, a co-founder of the Food Not Bombs movement, on this specific project.

I think that Food Not Bombs South Florida deserves a donation because they donate so much of themselves and their time to helping make the world a better place. They hardly ever rest and are always thinking of the next action they can take to help the people who need it most.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Food For Orphans


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

Congratulations to Food For Orphansfoodfororphans.org

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

“They get funding and meals to impoverished orphans in underdeveloped countries and they Rawk! :D”

A little more info:

“Internationally …

• 147 million orphans worldwide
• 44,000 new orphans everyday
• Every 90 seconds another orphan starves to death
• Sixty million orphans go to bed hungry every night
• Every two seconds another child becomes an orphan
• It only costs 25¢ to feed an orphan
Food for Orphans is currently working with orphans in South America, Africa, Central America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the USA. New countries and projects are being evaluated on a regular basis and with your help, more orphans will be fed.

Proper nutrition improves the orphans’ immune system, helps them fight off disease, helps them focus in school, and eases the ache in their belly.

Your donation will provide proper nutrition and save the life of an orphan.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Naomi Cowan, Ncouraged.org


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

Congratulations to Naomi Cowan, Ncouraged.orgncouraged.org

Here’s what Chenee has to say about this fearless person:

“Awesome person. An inspiration to all! Needs to be highlighted”

A little more info:

“Naomi Cowan, born in Kingston, Jamaica to a large family of preachers and musicians; has always had big dreams of her own. The vision for NCouraged was birthed during her reign as Miss Teen Jamaica 2004. Naomi was inspired by the life of a professional single mother of two who “surpassed the glass ceiling” despite teenage pregnancy. In late 2005 Naomi began to pursue a career in television and media through on-air presenting and producing in Jamaica, she then continued on to complete her studies in Television Production & Law in Toronto, Canada. Her experiences in media, leadership and church ministry between Toronto, Jamaica and the US brought along a wealth of experience, knowledge and opportunities that further fueled her journey. Through her relationship with Jesus Christ, Naomi realized her life’s purpose is to utilize her platform in media to encourage and assure those from less fortunate circumstances that God has a unique plan of fulfillment for their lives.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Heaven Conner, ClothesEd.Org


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

Congratulations to Heaven Conner, ClothesEd.Orgclothesed.org

Here’s what Naomi has to say about this fearless person:

“She is a powerful teenage girl who has taken her passion for fashion and her frustration with bullies and created a way to support other kids her age!

This is rare for someone so young and she deserves it!”

A little more info:

“A few years ago, in 6th grade I really had a chance to see how mean kids can really be to other kids. There were some kids that would tease other kids who didn’t have more than two outfits to wear. I felt so bad for them and then I thought, I can feel bad or actually do something about it. So, I spoke to my parents about starting this charity. I want to give tutoring, clothes, lunch and school supplies to kids that really can’t afford it. Sooo …. I hold charity sales at the end of each season and sell ‘experienced’ brand name clothing for a low cost. The money is then used to buy the supplies, clothes and lunches for as many kids as we can.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Gail Stott, Ya’axché Conservation Trust


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

Congratulations to Gail Stott, Ya’axché Conservation Trustwww.yaaxche.org

Here’s what Isabelle has to say about this fearless person:

“Gail is one of the most inspirational human I have met. She was a drama major who went back to school in her mid-thrities to study botany so she can put her energy to applied conservation. She has been volunteering in Belize, working hands on on nature plot mapping and is instrumental in the future of rosewood in the country. She works her little butt off for next to nothing and deserve much respect, recognition, love and chocolate! She is a true champion. The donation will go to help her savor life and Ya’axché relies solely on donation to function. A little goes a long way over there. Please look her up! Thank you. ps: Thanks for the opportunity to spotlight her work. I believe in the missing bite! Sharing is indeed caring.”

A little more info:

“Ya’axché Conservation Trust is a Belizean organization which aims to maintain healthy forests, rivers and reefs for the benefit of all. Through protected area management, advocacy, and working hand in hand with communities Ya’axché strives to develop capacity for the wise use of land and natural resources in and around the Maya Golden Landscape in Toledo.

Harmony between nature and human development for the benefit of both!”

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Changemaker Nomination: Paul Wheaton


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

Congratulations to Paul Wheatonrichsoil.com & permies.com

Here’s what Jocelyn has to say about this fearless person:

“Paul shares little bricks to build a better world (and these bricks teach people about permaculture). How to stay warm and use less energy. How to grow a lush lawn without chemicals. How to raise chickens in the most humane way possible — which also happens to be the laziest way! Even how to grow food without irrigation. Paul currently has a kickstarter campaign for a batch of rocket stove mass heater DVDs and he also has a popular YouTube page (paulwheaton12). More exposure and financial support would help Paul and permaculture reach more people. Ate my first Fearless bar last night and swooned with delight! Thank you for what you make and what you do to build a better world, too.”

A little more info:

Paul Wheaton – the Duke of Permaculture

Paul says “In 2012, Geoff Lawton, the crown prince of permaculture, dubbed me the duke of permaculture. Damn cool.

I’m shocked by the amount of traffic this page gets. Including the number of searches. Yowza. Well, you found me. Let’s see if I can give you the info you are looking for:

  • permaculture forums…
  • permaculture videos…
  • permaculture articles…
  • radio, podcasts, newspapers and magazines…
  • speaking on permaculture…
  • permaculture design courses…
  • permaculture consulting…”

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Changemaker Nomination: Institute For Justice


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

Congratulations to Institute For Justicewww.ij.org

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

“The merry band of litigators at the Institute For Justice knows how it goes for folks who are just starting up: ‘If there is any ironclad rule of entrepreneurship, it is that every new innovation is likely to be attacked by businesses and regulators opposed to change.’ With the motto ‘Litigating for Liberty,’ this civil liberties law firm changes the legal landscape for small businesses and entrepreneurs across the U.S. They represent courageous clients and they take ‘fearless’ to any level needed, including winning 4 of 5 Supreme Court cases since 2002.

Donations support good works: IJ consistently receives top honors from Charity Navigator.”

A little more info:

“Founded in 1991, the Institute for Justice is what a civil liberties law firm should be. As the national law firm for liberty, we stick to a clear mission engaging in cutting-edge litigation and advocacy both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion on behalf of individuals whose most basic rights are denied by the government.  Our four pillars of litigation are private property, economic liberty, free speech and school choice. Simply put, we seek a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Danielle York, ReRoot America


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Get ready for an avalanche of postings for Nominees — we want to get them all in before we vote at the beginning of July! So here’s the next 2013 Changemaker Nomination suggested by a chocolate lover like you! 

Congratulations to Danielle York, ReRoot Americawww.rerootamerica.org

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

“Danielle is the Founder and President of ReRoot America, an organization dedicated to raising an awareness of our agricultural roots and the source of our sustenance. Over the past two years, Danielle has been learning about and propagating many different types of banana trees and has been in touch with experts and specialists gaining practical experience. She has many banana trees in her backyard ready to plant. In conjunction with the 48th District Agricultural Association of the State of California, she has planted at the elementary schools in the Glendora Unified School District, churches, hospitals and businesses.

Danielle’s project is the ultimate non-profit. She plants trees at schools and then in her free time goes in to speak to elementary school students about the importance of agriculture. The trees she plants help offset carbon emissions, and the fruit that the trees bear goes to a local food bank to feed the hungry.

Since Danielle is only a high school student, in order to achieve her mission, she needs financial help. The money will help her purchase more trees and expand her project. Danielle’s ultimate goal is to have her project become “franchised” throughout high schools across the country. Danielle is a driven individual and deserves a donation because she will make the most of the money graciously given to her.”

A little more info:

“Great things often have small beginnings. For the past two years, I have been learning about and propagating many different types of banana trees. I have been in touch with specialists and I have gained a lot of practical experience, I have many banana trees in my backyard ready to plant. My goal is to have churches, schools and companies “adopt” a banana tree. In conjunction with the 48th District Agricultural Association of the State of California, I am currently planting at the elementary schools in the Glendora Unified School District.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Abby Lodmer, Humor Healing Humanity


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

Congratulations to Abby Lodmer, Humor Healing Humanitywww.humorhealinghumanity.com

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

“Abby Lodmer is a f“AB”ulous spokesperson for conscious living. Via Humor Healing Humanity, she promotes healthful, ethically produced products (like Fearless Chocolate) that foster well-being without harming the environment or our bodies! Using humor, she shares her unique message of vibrant health through vegan diet, positive attitude and conscious choices. Her spirit of fun influences people of all ages — helping elders change lifelong destructive habits and teaching kids to make wise lifestyle decisions for wellness and vitality. Humor Healing Humanity deserves a donation so that Abby Lodmer can expand her “conscious living education” campaign beyond the web — through speaking tours and traditional media.”

A little more info:

“Abby has more energy and interests than G*d. She is a Renaissance woman if there ever was one! Abby completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona with a major in Media Arts and minors in Religious Studies and Dance. Abby worked for the U of A’s Wellness Center, creating healing programs and delivering lectures about health and drug education. During that time, Abby also embarked upon an aerobics training program — and has taught dance, aerobics and yoga in various capacities for the past 14 years…

Abby Lodmer continues to traverse the world, bringing LIGHT and HEALING through HUMOR! She has performed in comedy clubs across the globe, including the Improv and the Laugh Factory, and has been featured in both television and live shows, playing characters from Rizzo in Grease, The Musical, to the “TV Reporter” and the “Jewish Relative” among other characters in Michael Lucid’s show, Pretty Things. Abby continues to uplift humanity through her show: Humor Healing Humanity, and through her stand-up comedy performances.”

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