Local Families Share Their Stories For "Reasons To Give"

Today when I opened my Daily Candy email, I was pleasantly surprised to see a feature on a local nonprofit initiative, Reason to Give. Reason to Give is focused on helping residents of the Humboldt Park neighborhood, by providing personal and direct opportunities to give. Residents share their stories on the website, and you can select which individual or family to assist. After you make your donation, Reason to Give takes care of everything else (delivering the supplies, etc).

I love the concept of this program because I can select who to help and can “see” where my donation is going. It’s kind of like, I’m playing fairy godmother (in a real and sincere way).

For more information on Reason to Give and to learn how you can help, visit Reasontogive.com!

-kb

UPDATE: I corrected the link to Reason to Give. My apologies!

2009 MLK Day "Celebration of Service"

Every year, Chicago Cares, an organization which promotes Chicago volunteerism, coordinates the Celebration of Service event, in honor of Dr. King’s birthday holiday. On January 17th, over 4,000 volunteers come together on the day to volunteer at various city-wide service projects. Past projects have included painting apartments for low-income residents, cleaning up public spaces, or spending time with seniors. Participants begin the day with breakfast at the United Center and then are transported by bus to their respective volunteer site!

You can register by yourself or with a team, but the deadline to sign up is Friday, January 9th! Seeing as how I am voluntarily staying in Chicago (vs. hitting up the inauguration), I will definitely be doing my part to make a difference in my fair city! 

For more information and to register, click here!

-kb

Ten Small Ways To Give More Next Year

As we close the chapter on this year, most of us will make declarations of how to better ourselves moving forward. Of course, I’m going to urge you to incorporate more giving into your routine. If you don’t take anything else away from this blog, I want you to understand that it doesn’t take much to lead a charitable lifestyle. The opportunities are everywhere!

Here are ten (of many) easy and small ways that you can give more next year.

New Years Eve is the perfect time to set new goals. How about giving more?

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Happy Monday!

Chicago Ice

Hey, everyone…Hope you had a great weekend! It was absolutely too doggone cold in Chicago to do ANYTHING! For the most part, I spent the weekend in bed and surfing the internet. I was able to find a few jobs to apply for, and research some topics for the blog/Examiner.

Also, I got a chance to watch some episodes of “Real Chance of Love” for the first time! Woooowwwww…That’s all I can say about that show. For real, Real?!?!? *shaking my head* Anyways, I hope you enjoy this week’s posts…I’m off to work on some cover letters 🙂

-kb

AKIRA keeps on giving

Tomorrow (12/2), AKIRA (1814 W. Chicago) will host its second philanthropic event of the holiday season. During the Holiday Shopping Extravaganza, 15 percent of purchases will benefit the Lyric Opera House. The evening will feature complimentary cocktails and a silent auction from 6-9pm. 

-kb

I’m Back!

Over the past 5 days, I’ve taken a much-needed break from life and my responsibilities. I very rarely have the chance to do absolutely nothing so I jumped at the opportunity. But, now I am back and ready to dig back into all my blogging duties. Let’s start the show…

KB's Journey: Living My Life in Pink

Hey, all! Last Friday, I went to Bright Pink’s “La Vie En Rose” event at Bon V and had a BLAST! There was pink everywhere, from hot pink balloons to pink rose petals. The night was hosted by Erica Cobb (of B-96), Susanna Homan (Michigan Avenue Magazine), Ginger Zee (NBC-5 Chicago), and Kelli Zink (Celebtv.com). The event raised $20,000 for Bright Pink’s upcoming awareness initiative with local ob/gyn offices. 

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

Lindsay Avner (founder of Bright Pink) and I

 

The picture above was before the effects of the open bar took hold on me. 🙂 Anyways, I’m looking forward to Bright Pink’s other upcoming events:

  • 10/23: Robert Rodriguez Fall 2008 Collection Showcase and Cocktail Reception at Neiman Marcus (737 N. Michigan Avenue). Donations to Bright Pink will be accepted at the door
  • 10/25: “Eyes Wide Open” masquerade event at the Crimson Lounge (333 N. Dearborn). Masks are required for entry and can be purchased at the door for $20
For more information on these events and more, you can always visit http://www.bebrightpink.org/events!
P.S. Happy Early 25th Birthday to Me!!!
-kb

Wear Your Vote and Give!

We are very well into election season (in case you hadn’t noticed), and people are really into supporting their candidate(s). Whether it’s celebrities, your cousin, the guy who does your hair, or just you, everyone wants everyone to know who they support! Fortunately for us fabulous folks, there are some very stylish pieces that you can throw into your wardrobe to encourage others to vote and/or to show your loyalty.

Now, because my blog is called The Fabulous Giver, I just want to say two things…One, I’m only showing items in which a portion of the proceeds benefit an organization/political campaign. Two, donations to campaign funds are NOT tax-deductible. 

Now for the show…

1. Barack The Vote
Barack The Vote Women’s Rose Gold Tee, $20

Hill Harper Barack the Vote The Original Men’s Tee (worn by actor Hill Harper), $20

 

2. Runway to Change

Jay-Z “Change” Men’s Tee (designed by Jay-Z), $60

DVF Obama Tote “Obama ’08” Tote (designed by Diane von Furstenberg), $75

Vera_Obama_Small“Vote Obama” Women’s Tee (designed by Vera Wang), $60

3. Obama “for Change”

Obama for ChangeObama for Change Coin Purses, $14

Clearly, I support one candidate over the other…But in all realness, regardless of who you support, PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE! You don’t need me to tell you how significant or important this election is. You can just watch the news for that (or SNL…Thanks, Tina Fey)!

November 4th is almost here…Si Se Puede!!!

-kb

KB's Journey: Back In Chicago!

Hey, all! I’m back in the Windy City, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the nation’s capital! BillieAnne K. definitely kept me busy during my two day stint in the MS Society’s DC office. Despite a severe cold (complete with a fever and body aches), I helped laminate signs, stuff envelopes, file documents, make copies, etc! As you can imagine, there are a gazillion details involved with planning and executing a two-day walk. I’m just glad that I could help!

I was also able to sneak a swanky black tie gala into my schedule. I attended the Annual Awards Dinner/Gala sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. This event is the culmination of their Annual Legislative Conference and raises funds to support the programs of the CBCF and their annual scholarship program. Award recipients included the beautiful and talented Kerry Washington, NY Governor David Paterson, and (our next President) Senator Barack Obama. Can I just say that it was absolutely amazing to be in the same room with him? I mean, to hear his voice knowing that you’re under the same roof…Amazing! 

The room was a Who’s Who in African-American politics, the arts, and business. Here I am in my CBC gala wear, before the free-flowing wine got to me 🙂

KB in BCBG Max Azria

KB in BCBG Max Azria

Anyways, now that I’m back in Chicago, I’m ready for a busy week of blogging, “Examining,” and attending events. Catch me if you can…Peace!

KB’s Journey: DC + MS

Hey, all! Happy Monday! I’m in DC this week and very excited about hanging with friends and family (once they arrive from Chicago)! This week is looking to be a busy one for me. Today and tomorrow, I will be volunteering at the Capitol chapter of the MS Society! This weekend is the huge Capital Challenge walk, a two-day, 50 K walk to raise funds for MS research and programs. I don’t know if you remember this, but I was training to participate in this walk earlier in the summer. However, due to a scheduling conflict on Saturday, I won’t be able to join the walk! Whomp, whomp 🙁

I’ll be spending my days helping assemble rest stop boxes, organize signage, assemble walk packets, etc! I’m looking forward to my two days in-office, and really blessed that my company has a “Charity Days” program. Employees are allowed two days/year to volunteer at their favorite charity. Does your employer have a program like this? If so, I strongly encourage you to take advantage and use those days! A lot of nonprofits run on small budgets, so anytime they can have (free) help around the office…GREAT!

Alright, guys…I’m off to catch the Metro into the office (wow…I sounded like a true DC-er)! I’ll keep you posted on how my two days go!

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