January 22, 2014

It’s the Small Things: What Does an Alarm Clock Mean to You?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kim @ 5:43 am

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What does an alarm clock mean to you?

Your usually reliable phone inexplicably shuts off during the night, so your 7 a.m. alarm doesn’t go off.

You oversleep, leave late for work, and hit the peak rush hour traffic that you would have otherwise avoided. The time spent oversleeping plus the time spent in extra traffic causes you to miss your morning meeting. You’re embarrassed, frustrated, and worried.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a stable, professional job, it might be easy to turn your bad morning into a good day. Your skills are highly valued, and being late to work on rare occasions doesn’t jeopardize your employment. Still, you want to ensure that you’re on time tomorrow. When you get home from work, you pull your old alarm clock out of the closet to set a back-up alarm for the next morning.

If you’ve just gotten back on your feet, are working a less stable or minimum-wage job, your bad morning can escalate. When you arrive to work late, your manager pulls you aside. He bluntly reminds you that a few weeks ago, you were late for work because you missed the bus. You know you had the best of intentions, trying to get the kids ready and lunches made for school while getting yourself off to work, but with one unexpected complication such as a failed alarm clock, the impact on your day is huge.  You have no backup alarm to set for the next day, and there’s no money in your budget to buy one.

The Takeaway:
Small advantages and disadvantages often snowball. An alarm clock can make the difference between keeping or losing a job. That’s why the small donations you give to charity — whether household items or a financial donation — make a bigger difference than you realize.

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September 27, 2012

Homeless Boy Wins $130,000 Peace Prize

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kim @ 4:48 am

At just seven years of age, Cris “Kesz” Valdez became one of the world’s youngest philanthropists. Despite living a difficult life on the streets, he started a foundation called Championing Community Children to help homeless children much like himself.  By the age of 13, Cris has helped 10,000 children living outside of Manila by distributing flip flops, clothing, toys, and sweets. For his selfless work, Cris was awarded the Children’s Peace Prize in the amount of $130,000 which he will distribute to the charities of his choice.  What an amazing boy – the world needs more role models like Cris!

See what the Huffington Post says about Cris here

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January 10, 2012

The Season of Giving Isn’t Over!!! Winter Clothing Drive @ SOMArts till Jan 26th

Filed under: Uncategorized — Livia @ 12:54 am

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Help SFSmiles Make a House a Home in 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Livia @ 12:50 am

Public housing units in San Francisco: 6,138

Average monthly vacancies in 2011: 423

Homeless children in San Francisco public schools: 2,200

Households on the waiting list for public housing: 25,000 *

Although only a few families will have the good fortune of being placed in San  Francisco public housing next year, the majority will continue their struggle due to the absence of basic household furnishings needed to lead healthy, productive lives. Items that we take for granted–refrigerators, kitchen tables, lamps, mattresses–are not guaranteed and are often non-existent when families move into their new homes.

At SFSmiles, we work with several Bay Area agencies that place homeless and displaced families into temporary and permanent housing facilities.  These agencies alert us to a new placement, and we, in turn, respond with donated furniture, appliances, linens and other basic necessities.  SFSmiles often makes deliveries directly to families in need.  On such occasions, we witness, first-hand, just how critical our service is.

One family made a lasting impression on SFSmiles’ Founder Chad Christensen, who recalls the first delivery to a newly placed family in December 2010.  The agency had requested a bed for a mother and baby who had just moved into an apartment in the Bay View District. When Chad arrived with a bed, he was astonished to discover that the mother had been using a pile of laundry as a makeshift crib.  The only alternative would have been to put her child to sleep on the cold, bare floor.  “Not only was there no bed,” Chad adds,“There really wasn’t anything…except the few articles of clothing they had with them when they moved in.”

Before he left that afternoon, Chad made a promise to the young woman:  “I’ll be back soon, with a desk.”  Chad recalls, “She really wanted one for her son.”   Not willing to settle at just the desk, Chad and the entire SFSmiles community outreach team rallied to collect furniture, appliances, and linens- enough to furnish the entire household. After two more rounds of deliveries, that apartment finally felt like a home.

You can help SFSmiles create more homes like this one in 2012. 
Thank You,
from all of us at SFSmiles

*sources: SF Examiner 12.11  SFGate 12.11

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November 26, 2011

Like it? Love it? Say it!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Livia @ 7:05 pm

Is there a nonprofit that you love? Would you like to tell the world how you feel about it? Have you dealt with a nonprofit that needs to improve? Would you like to give the organization your feedback?

You can do either of these things by writing a review on the organization’s GuideStar profile. If you care about nonprofits and the work they do, then you’re affected by what GuideStar does—even if this is your first visit to their site.  Guidestar gathers and publicize information about nonprofit organizations, providing information that advances transparency, enables users to make better decisions, and encourages charitable giving.

If you have firsthand experience with a nonprofit—whether you have benefited from its services, volunteered for it, sat on the board, or donated to it—and are not a paid employee of the organization, you can write a review. Reviews give nonprofits valuable feedback on your experience.

Who can write a review?  Anyone who:

  • has firsthand experience with a charitable organization and
  • is not a paid employee of that organization.

Reviews also can help an organization’s bottom line: A positive review could reach thousands of grantmakers once it’s posted to the organization’s GuideStar profile. The reviews you write will show up on both GuideStar and GreatNonprofits, the Web site that makes it possible to write and post reviews. Grantmakers are more likely to support organizations that can demonstrate the real-world impact of their work, and reviews are one of the best ways for a nonprofit to show these valuable results.

GuideStar’s Reviews Tool Kit can help you share information about the nonprofits you support or from which you have received services. If you have personal experience with a charity, your review could inspire future donors and volunteers to support the organization—it’s a fast, effective, and valuable way to take action. Submit a review today!

See original article here, including tips and how-to’s on writing a great non-profit review.

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November 17, 2011

Free and Easy Way to Support SFSmiles Every Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — Livia @ 2:14 am

We’ve just made it easier for you to support SFSmiles!

We registered SFSmiles with GoodSearch.com, a company that helps non-profits like ours raise funds through the everyday actions of our supporters.

Here is how you can help:

  • Use GoodSearch when you search the internet – they will donate a penny to us every time you do
  • Use GoodShop.com when you shop online – they work with more than 2,500 major brands, have over 100,000 coupons and donate a percentage of every purchase you make to us
  • Enroll in the GoodDining.com they will donate up to 6% of every dollar you spend when you eat at one of 10,000 participating restaurants

Please join our community on GoodSearch.com and help us raise money for our mission. Get started by clicking the “Become a Supporter” button on our profile page!

Thank you and happy surfing!

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October 21, 2011

YOU DID IT!!! SFSmiles Made 7 x 7′s Favorite SF Charities List!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Livia @ 10:53 pm

Please Cast Your Vote to Take Us to the Next Level :)

Thank you to everyone who nominated SFSmiles for 7 x 7 Magazine’s San Francisco’s Favorite Charity contest!  Thanks to you, SFSmiles has been voted one of San Francisco’s 49 Favorite Charities!  We are so honored and proud to be included among 48 other well-established and inspiring organizations, including the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club, and Kiva.

Wait, it’s not over! We may be the underdogs, but with your help, we are hopeful that SFSmiles can collect enough votes to make it to the final seven!  The six organizations with the most votes will receive $2,000, and one very lucky winning organization will receive the Grand Prize of $10,000!

To vote for SFSmiles:

To vote for SFSmiles, you must go to the 7 x 7 CONTEST PAGE HERE!

**Scroll through the Favorite 49 charities (we are #40!) to the end of the list, where you will see the survey form.**

Thank you for your votes, and for helping SFSmiles continue to provide support for the many local agencies who strive to serve the underserved!

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Art, Beats, & Bites Rule at Fall Into the Arts Show

Filed under: Events — Livia @ 10:53 pm

SFSmiles would like to thank everyone for coming out to last week’s Fall Into the Arts fundraiser for Drawbridge and Education Through Music-Bay Area.  It was a fantastic event, and we were so honored to share such an incredible collection by our generous artists.

Thanks to Sports Basement and Ninkasi Brewery for providing food and beverages, and special thanks to DJ Cotton for providing the music!

If you were not able to make it to the show, you still have a chance to buy some one-of-a-kind art!

The exhibit will remain up through November 4th, and whatever was not auctioned off last Friday will be available for purchase by the public.  You can view the collection at the Sports Basement Grotto during regular store hours.  Any proceeds will go directly to Drawbridge and ETM-Bay Area.

Thanks again to everyone who participated or donated for this exciting event!  (Check back soon for a link to the full Gallery of pics!)

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September 27, 2011

October 14th: Fall Into the Arts with SFSmiles!

Filed under: Events — Livia @ 1:38 am

(For even more details and updates, check out this event on Facebook)

Our silent auction will feature over 20 Bay Area artists (see below), and with most pieces starting at an investment-friendly $40, every attendee has the opportunity to become a full-fledged art collector.  Enjoy complimentary beer & wine, live music, a chance to chat with the artists themselves, and enter a raffle to win fabulous prizes like fine wine, restaurant vouchers, therapeutic massage and more!

All proceeds from the evening will benefit these amazing local arts organizations:

Drawbridge: Drawbridge provides art programs for homeless and other vulnerable children in an environment that fosters their sense of joy, creativity and exuberance. www.drawbridge.org

Education Through Music Bay Area: ETM Bay Area partners with schools serving low income communities to provide comprehensive music education for every child. www.etmbayarea.org

Keep checking back, because we are still adding artists daily!

Trinh Mai – www.trinhmai.com

Karen Berman – www.momentoffocus.com

John T.W. Chui – www.twchui.com

  Diane Flick -www.dianejulia.com,

Steve Javiel -  www.stevejaviel.com

Hava Liberman – www.havaliberman.com

Anke Fachman – thoughtsbecomeimages.com

Athony Kurtz – anthonkurtz.com

Andre English – http://www.missionartistsunited.org/artists/aenglish7604

Amelia Lewis – www.amelial.com

Sean Sczepanik – www.shoeboxproduction.net

Lisa Alonzo – www.lisaalonzoart.com

Ivan Lima – www.ivanlimadesign.com

Kaylin Lang -  www.pinupbrooches.etsy.com

Andrew Quadri – aquadri.photoshelter.com

Nidhi Necco

Judith Sakhri

Debi Hardina

Chad Christensen

Ruth Freeman

Kelly Eileen

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Please Nominate SFSmiles for 7 x 7′s Incredible Contest !!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Livia @ 1:05 am

Send 7 x 7 your nominations here until October 10!

Starting today, put your thinking caps on and nominate your favorite San Francisco-based charities (the organization must be a 501(C)(3) and based in San Francisco), because the winner will walk away with a generous donation on behalf of PG&E. We’ll choose seven top finalists-six of which will receive $2,000. And the charity with the most votes? They’ll walk away with a whopping $10,000 to take their efforts to the next level.

Here’s the timeline:

-Send us your nominations here until October 10.
-On October 19, we’ll post the Top 49 charities nominated, and the voting frenzy begins.
-On November 16, we’ll reveal the Top 7 finalists for a second round of voting.
-We’ll announce the winner on December 13 right here on 7×7.com. This top-voted organization will be featured in our March 2012 issue, and we’ll highlight the other six finalists.

See the full details in the original posting here.

Every nomination counts!!! :)   Help us help San Francisco SMILE!

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