My March Tzedakah 2015 selections are here. Each month, I choose 3 social entrepreneurship and/or charities. Readers vote and I make a minimum $25.00 donation to the winner. January's winner was The Mitzvah Bowl and February's was Women Who Code. My goal is to introduce people to some of the many excellent organizations making the world just a bit better.
Toms was one of the first social entrepreneurship companies. It began with the "buy one, donate one model" where for every pair of shoes purchased, they donated one pair to a needy child. They've expanded and I'm featuring their Giving Water initiative. For each pound of coffee purchased, Toms provides 140 liters of safe water, a week's supply, to a person in need. I love coffee! To meet the $25 minimum, I'll purchase two pounds providing 140 liters of safe water for two people.
Competition is beautiful especially when it helps those in meed. I started a small project called MusicalConversations where I have visited nursing homes and senior centers to engage people in conversation and memory through music. So, I am very happy to learn about Music and Memory. In their own words,
"MUSIC & MEMORY℠ is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
We train nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalized playlists using iPods and related digital audio systems that enable those struggling with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive and physical challenges to reconnect with the world through music-triggered memories."
Khan Academy is one of my favorite online educational resources. They offer a variety of free lessons in math, science, arts & humanities, and more. It's a great resource that is not only great for self-study, but acts as a resource for blended and flipped classrooms.
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