Posts Tagged ‘socialgood’

Hack for Orlando

National Day of Civic Hacking provides citizens an opportunity to do what is most quintessentially American: roll up our sleeves, get involved and work together to improve our society. National Day of Civic Hacking is coming to Downtown Orlando on Saturday June 1, 2013, 1:30am-3:00pm at Voxeo, 189 S Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801. This event that will bring together citizens, developers, and entrepreneurs to collaboratively think, talk about, and create new solutions to the challenges facing our communities (our neighborhoods, cities, county, state, and country).

Get FREE tickets here

10 Reasons Why Civic Hacking Is Good For Cities
http://hackforchange.org/blog/10-ways-civic-hacking-good-cities

  1. Creates space for innovation (for government and citizens)
  2.  Engages citizens in the process of governance and problem solving
  3. Spurs economic opportunity through innovation and collaboration on new technology solutions
  4. Provides insight into government decision making
  5. Enables community service through technology
  6. Teaches important new tech skills
  7. Creates a broad network of civic hackers and active citizens
  8. Helps citizens serve themselves
  9. Helps government manage expectations around technology
  10. Connects technology & non-technology groups together

EVENT AGENDA:

  • Local Code for America Brigade Captains Andy Chen and Matt Sokoloff will do a presentation on civic hacking, provide a national perspective and updates on local initiatives and projects
  • White boards and large Post-it note boards will be available for participants to pitch ideas for local civic hacking projects. We want to know what you think are the challenges relevant to Orlando/Florida, what you think a solution looks like, and the partnership necessary to create that solution.
  • We’ll be serving a light lunch around noon. During this time you’ll get 3 post-it notes to up-vote the best idea(s).
  • If you’re familiar with an idea jam, consider this a Hack for Orlando Idea Jam. We’ll have a couple teams form around the strongest ideas (the number of teams will be dependent on the number of participants, and a “strong idea” is based on the number of votes, feasibility, and relevance). These teams will have some time to further elaborate on their idea. This time could be used to wire frame an app, figure out where the data for the project could come from, discuss who could benefit from this project, or how other cities could adopt it. Afterwards, each team will be brought front stage and center to present their idea. This isn’t a competition, so there won’t have any voting here—instead there’ll be a feedback session in which everyone gets a chance to write comments on each project.
  • Of course there will be beer, wine, and networking afterwards.

Watch this video to learn more:

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I have posted several time on how social media can equal social good. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has developed this infographic to show how social media allows nonprofits and groups promoting social causes, even those with limited budgets, have the opportunity to magnify their voices. In a social connected world, individuals and organizations have the tools at their finger tips to effect change, raise millions of dollars, find volunteers, and make a global impact.

Social Media For Social Good

MPA@UNC: Online MPA

Watch this video! Warning: Get a tissue ready. Get ready to believe someone can inspire others and change your mind on giving someone a chance to prove you wrong.

Defying the Odds: Angel’s Story

This story is what Valencia College is all about. Many times an open institution such as Valencia College gives students a second chance. Valencia Foundation is one of those organization that help make this a reality for many of those students, who financially wouldn’t be able to stay in college.

Angel spoke to us at our Academic Assembly and his was the only person that morning that received a standing ovation from all the faculty and staff. He is an example for others in this situation and had a conversation on stage with our President Shugart. Both an enlightening and hopefully story that lets every educator know they can make a difference.


Blogging for Good Logo

What is  ”Blogging for Good” presented by the Rollins Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center?

It  is a social media campaign where bloggers raise awareness about local nonprofits and encourage their readers to enter a raffle. Raffle dollars go directly to the charities. By uniting the social media power of over 250 bloggers, we promise to make a difference! http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

The Valencia Foundation is the first on my list because it’s the easiest for me to brag about. I’m part of it’s board of directors, which is comprised of nearly 60 community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to support scholarships, faculty chairs, and learning programs. The Valencia Foundation raises dollars to develop scholarships for students in need to make education possible for thousands.

Why are scholarships important? Of the top five reasons students cite for dropping out of college, four are financial. Because many of Valencia’s students are working a full-time or several part-time jobs — as well as balancing family, community, volunteer and personal commitments — scholarships make a tremendous difference in their ability to attend college and make a difference in our community. I’m a scholarship recipient from the University Club of Orlando and was able to attend both a community college and university. I might have not been able to complete my degree without these scholarships.

It’s amazing to hear the stories from former recipients of the Valencia Foundation scholarship and what impact their education has made in their lives. The Valencia Foundation maintains over 650 named scholarships, academic support funds, endowed teaching chairs and fellowships. With a promise that 100 percent of donations are used exclusively for our donors’ intended purpose, such as scholarship and endowments.

Valencia Foundation Basket Blogging for Good

How can you help?

  • Share the Valencia Foundation story with the community
  • Get tickets or donate an item for auction for ”A Taste for Learning“ (Saturday Sept. 15)
  • Get a ticket for win the “Blogging for Good” Valencia Foundation Basket for a $10 donation Get a ticket for this basket now.

Basket includes:

  • Valencia Foundation Cooler
  • Ogio Spectrum Backpack
  • Skullcandy Ear Buds w/ mic
  • RockBoom Keychain Speakers
  • Logitech Wireless Mouse
  • Journal with art by Joshua Davis
  • 4GB Valencia USB Drive
  • Bamboo Brain Teaser Puzzle
  • Valencia Aluminum Sport Water Bottle
  • Valencia Lanyard
  • BookSling
  • Stress Relieving Candle
  • Supplies: Highlights, Mechanical Pencils.Sharpies, Pens, Paper Clips, Binder Clips, Index Cards, Markers & More!
  • Get a ticket for this basket now.

Valencia Foundation website: http://www.valencia.org/
Valencia Foundation Twitter: https://twitter.com/valenciagiving
Valencia Foundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyValenciaFoundation
Blogging for Good: http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

Red Chair AffairThree of the non-profits from the Central Florida Bloggers Conference “Blogging for Good” program are helping to promote the arts in central florida. The Orlando Science Center, Valencia College, and United Arts of Central Florida have partnered up with the Red Char Affair.

What is the Red Chair Project?

The Red Chair Project is a public service designed to increase participation in the Orlando/Central Florida arts and cultural community by building awareness. As a collaborative campaign involving arts and cultural organizations from Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties, Red Chair Project is the ultimate resource for learning what to do and where to go for everything cultural. A nonprofit service, the Red Chair Project strives to increase participation by providing methods to increase ticket sales, increase arts education opportunities and promote arts and cultural philanthropy.

Help kick off Central Florida’s cultural season with the Red Char Affair on August 25 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. BUY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

It’s great to see these three non-profits pitch in to help a larger cause in promoting the arts in central florida. Make sure to check out the IKEA Red Chair Auction items, even thou bidding has already ended.

Performances and entertainment will be provided at the Red Chair Affair by the following organizations:

Pre-Show- Lobby (starts at 7pm):
– Art & History Museums, Maitland
– ArtistsRegistry.com
– Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration)
– Just Twistin’ Hay
– Crealdé School of Art
– Orlando Science Center

Mainstage (starts at 8pm):
– Bach Festival Society of Winter Park
– Brass Band of Central Florida
– Central Florida Community Arts
– Enzian Theater
– Florida Opera Theatre
– Garden Theatre
– NuLook School of Performing Arts
– Orlando Aerial Arts
– Orlando Ballet
– Orlando Philharmonic
– Orlando Repertory Theatre
– Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF
– SAK Comedy Lab
– YOW Dance

Performers are subject to change.

BUY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS

Check out the IKEA Red Chair Auction that recently ended and the awesome chairs developed by these three non-profits with great items to go along.

Valencia Art Experince

 
 
Orlando Science Center Experience
 
 
United Arts of Central Florida Experience - decorated by Maryse Jupillat
 
 

Blogging for Good Logo

What is  “Blogging for Good” presented by the Rollins Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center?

Valencia Foundation Basket Blogging for Good

It  is a social media campaign where bloggers raise awareness about local nonprofits and encourage their readers to enter a raffle. Raffle dollars go directly to the charities. By uniting the social media power of over 250 bloggers, we promise to make a difference! http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

How can you help?

Blogging for Good: http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

An alert for aficionados of wine, spirits and delightful bites:

Save The Date Taste for Learning Valencia FoundationA Taste for Learning will be Saturday, Sept. 15, at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort! Brought to you by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits and dozens of other partners, the event has raised just shy of $2 million to date.

Taste for Learning is one of the Valencia Foundation’s largest events.Vintners from around the world will donate and pour their finest wines, thanks to ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. Hundreds of wines will be available and tons of great donated items up for bid. The venue, the libations, the scrumptious treats and every other item are donated, so 100% of every dollar you give for tickets, sponsorships and auction items goes to support learning and is then doubled by a challenge grant.

Master chefs and restaurants will be providing delicious menu items for the event! BB King’s Blues Club OrlandoBubbalou’s Bodacious Bar-B-QueCabin Creek CateringFiorella’s Cucina ToscanaGodiva Chocolatier,Raphsodic Cooperative Company, Tobias Flats & Watering Hole and Mi Casa Tequila Taqueria!

Lodging is available at the Rosen Shingle Creek with a special reduced room rate for participatants of this event! Just make sure to mention Valencia when making reservations. To make reservations by phone, please contact Reservations at: Toll Free: 866.996.6338

Tickets! Get tickets or donate an item for auction for “A Taste for Learning

Blogging for Good Logo

What is  “Blogging for Good” presented by the Rollins Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center?

It  is a social media campaign where bloggers raise awareness about local nonprofits and encourage their readers to enter a raffle. Raffle dollars go directly to the charities. By uniting the social media power of over 250 bloggers, we promise to make a difference! http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

The Valencia Foundation is the first on my list because it’s the easiest for me to brag about. I’m part of it’s board of directors, which is comprised of nearly 60 community leaders who volunteer their time and talents to support scholarships, faculty chairs, and learning programs. The Valencia Foundation raises dollars to develop scholarships for students in need to make education possible for thousands.

Why are scholarships important? Of the top five reasons students cite for dropping out of college, four are financial. Because many of Valencia’s students are working a full-time or several part-time jobs — as well as balancing family, community, volunteer and personal commitments — scholarships make a tremendous difference in their ability to attend college and make a difference in our community. I’m a scholarship recipient from the University Club of Orlando and was able to attend both a community college and university. I might have not been able to complete my degree without these scholarships.

It’s amazing to hear the stories from former recipients of the Valencia Foundation scholarship and what impact their education has made in their lives. The Valencia Foundation maintains over 650 named scholarships, academic support funds, endowed teaching chairs and fellowships. With a promise that 100 percent of donations are used exclusively for our donors’ intended purpose, such as scholarship and endowments.

Valencia Foundation Basket Blogging for Good

How can you help?

Basket includes:

  • Valencia Foundation Cooler
  • Ogio Spectrum Backpack
  • Skullcandy Ear Buds w/ mic
  • RockBoom Keychain Speakers
  • Logitech Wireless Mouse
  • Journal with art by Joshua Davis
  • 4GB Valencia USB Drive
  • Bamboo Brain Teaser Puzzle
  • Valencia Aluminum Sport Water Bottle
  • Valencia Lanyard
  • BookSling
  • Stress Relieving Candle
  • Supplies: Highlights, Mechanical Pencils.Sharpies, Pens, Paper Clips, Binder Clips, Index Cards, Markers & More!
  • Get a ticket for this basket now.

Valencia Foundation website: http://www.valencia.org/
Valencia Foundation Twitter: https://twitter.com/valenciagiving
Valencia Foundation Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyValenciaFoundation
Blogging for Good: http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

As my Blogging for Good continues, this week I’ll focus on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. It’s a private, nonprofit organization that collects and distributes donated food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies in six Central Florida counties: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia.

I remember every year as a youth in both the Cub Scout and Boy Scout participating in the Scouting for Food program. We collect tons of food from our surrounding areas for the Second Harvest Food Bank, filling semi trucks full of donated food. It was always rewarding knowing that this food was going to needy families in our area. I always make sure to clear out my pantry or buy some extra items to donate when that time comes around.

 Is Hunger really a problem in Central Florida?

  • Yes, last year we distributed more than 33 million pounds of grocery product, the equivalent of more than 21 million meals.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 of our population—732,000 people—needed food assistance in Central Florida last year.
  • On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance from SHFBCF each week

Now let’s “Meet Kate” – This cute video might make you understand the problem a little better:

Read about my other featured non-profits:

 

How can you help?

  • Share the story of Second Harvest Food Bank with the community by sharing this post.
  • Create your own Food or Fund Drive in your community, school, or work place More Info
  • Get a ticket for win the “Blogging for Good” Second Harvest Food Bank Basket for a $10 donation Get a ticket for this basket now.

Basket includes:

  • 3 day/2 night stay in a 2-bedroom villa at any Westgate Resort (excluding Westgate south beach)
  • 25 gift card for Elephant Bar
  • 2 GA Wine Women & Shoes Tickets (we don’t have our date set yet for next year.. working on a venue this month)
  • Pair of stemless wine glasses (with second harvest and Wine Women & Shoes logo)
  • Second Harvest Food Bank T-shirt
  • Get a ticket for this basket now.

SHFB website: http://www.foodbankcentralflorida.org/
SHFB Twitter: https://twitter.com/2harvestCFL
SHFB Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FeedHopeNow
Blogging for Good: http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

Upcoming Event

Taste of the Nation Orlando

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Join us at the 23rd Annual Taste of the Nation Orlando! Guests will sample delectable specialties and culinary sensations prepared by chefs from Central Florida’s leading restaurants. Showcasing their talent and creativity, the combination of presentation and taste are sure to make the evening unforgettable. Benefits Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Florida Impact and Share Our Strength. Details: http://ce.strength.org/events/taste-nation-orlando

Hunger Action Month

September 1-30, 2012
One in five Central Floridians struggle with hunger. That’s why we are asking everyone to take action during hunger action month. Throughout September, join millions of other Americans in giving a little of yourself … money, time, voice … whatever you can … to feed the hungry in your community. In September, our 30 Ways in 30 Days online calendar will make it easy for you to help fight hunger every day: http://cflhungeraction.org

Additional events

What is Blogging for Good?

This year at Central Florida Blogger Conference (#CFLBlogCon) we decided to do some social good with our social media influence for our local community. I’m going to do my part in spreading the word by spreading the word about 1 of the 6 local non-profits featured each week.

Blogging for Good Logo

What is  “Blogging for Good” presented by the Rollins Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center?

It  is a social media campaign where bloggers raise awareness about local nonprofits and encourage their readers to enter a raffle. Raffle dollars go directly to the charities. By uniting the social media power of over 250 bloggers, we promise to make a difference! http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

 

 

This year at Central Florida Blogger Conference (#CFLBlogCon) we decided to do some social good with our social media influence for our local community. I’m going to do my part in spreading the word by spreading the word about 1 of the 6 local non-profits featured each week.

Blogging for Good Logo

What is  “Blogging for Good” presented by the Rollins Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership Center?

It  is a social media campaign where bloggers raise awareness about local nonprofits and encourage their readers to enter a raffle. Raffle dollars go directly to the charities. By uniting the social media power of over 250 bloggers, we promise to make a difference! http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

Orlando Science Center

OSC DinosaurThis week I’ll focus on another non-profit that has impacted me since I was a little kid, the Orlando Science Center (OSC). I have been visiting the Orlando Science Center since I was a little with my family This was way before it become the grand facility it is today at it’s old location in the same area. It introduced me to science and technology in a way that normal education could not. We now have had are own family membership for the last three year and love being able to visit it anytime we want with my son. It’s the perfect location to visit when the weather is too hot or the rain pours down to have some educational fun. We recently had my son’s birthday party at the OSC and everyone loved it too.

I’m excited they are not only a featured non-profit for CFLBlogCon but our host facility, allowing us to expand to 250 bloggers.

The Orlando Science Center is a private non-profit organization with 501c(3) status. The OSC provides educational opportunities in and out of the center’s walls, including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.

The Orlando Science Center is taking a stand in the efforts to revitalize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in our community. Through informal science learning, kids can take interest in STEM fields through fun, engaging ways. By simply generating excitement for science everyone can win, as a child takes this new found appreciation and explores it at home and school.

Upcoming Event

Cocktails & Cosmos – Saturday, September 8 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cocktails & Cosmos will allow our guests the opportunity to socialize and engage in an array of cultural and scientific offerings that stem from our Central Florida community. The event has set out to engage Orlando’s socialites in the excitement and cultural relevance that Orlando Science Center brings to its nightlife.

This event will be a high-energy, eclectic social venue that provides a variety of music, cuisine and cultural values merging through live performances and unique exhibits.

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination Exhibit Debuts on Saturday, October 13

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imaginationis the first exhibition to display costumes and props from all six Star Wars films with real-world technologies. The exhibit includes extensive video interviews with filmmakers, scientists and engineers, and hands-on components, including two large Engineering Design Labs, where visitors can build and test their own speeders and robots.

Please note – Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination will not be included in general admission.

Additional events

OSC ElectricHow can you help?

  • Share Orlando Science Center with the community by sharing this post.
  • Visit the Orlando Science Center or become a member http://osc.org
  • Get a ticket for win the “Blogging for Good” OSC Basket for a $10 donation Get a ticket for this basket now. This is a must for any Star War Fans!

Basket includes:

  • 4 Open Guest Passes to the Orlando Science Center
  • Rubix Cube Stress Reliever
  • True Green Life in 100 Everyday Ways – Written by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
  • OSC Otronicon “Level Up” T-Shirt
  • OSC Coffee Mug/Beaker (it’s got measurements on it resembling a beaker – it’s awesome)
  • Command Line Mouse Pad
  • 2 Anakin Skywalker Lightsabers
  • Star Wars Minatures: Rebels and Imperials
  • Star Wars: STAR TOURS G2-9T
  • Star Wars: STAR TOURS SK-Z38
  • Star Wars 2007 Vintage Coin Set
  • Star Wars: STAR TOURS Boarding Party – STAR TOURS Officer, Kaink, Teek, Ree-Yees, Chewbacca (Set is Limited Edition of 15,000)
  • Star Wars Destroyer Droid
  • Star Wars Miniatures: Princess Leia – Attack on Endor
  • Get a ticket for this basket now.

OSC website: http://www.osc.org/
OSC Twitter: https://twitter.com/orlandoscience
OSC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orlandosciencecenter
Blogging for Good: http://www.cflbloggingforgood.com/

Read about my other featured non-profits: