Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FREE WEBINAR: An Introduction To Google Grants and $10,000 per Month in Free Advertising

Hello Everyone,
 I received this in my inbox and thought that it would be a great resource to pass on... enjoy!!!
FREE WEBINAR: An Introduction To Google Grants and $10,000 per Month in Free Advertising 
Wednesday, September 25
  3:00 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT
Webinar Description 
** DISCLAIMER: You must be a registered charitable organization with a website to be eligible for Google Grants. **
Google Grants gives eligible nonprofits $10,000 per month in free online advertising to promote their organizations and causes on Google.com. During this webinar Simon Choy, who currently manages over $2 million in annual Google Grants funding, will tell you everything you need to know about the program, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and the process of applying for the grant. He will also highlight what is required to succeed when using Google Grants and tell you about a paid service that will get you more than your money's worth.
Attendees can expect to learn:
  • What is Google Grants?
  • What is pay-per-click advertising?
  • Why is Google Grants an essential nonprofit marketing tool?
  • Case studies: How other nonprofits have benefited.
  • Step-by-step details of the application process.
  • What is required to succeed with Google Grants?
  • Details about a professional service that manages Google Grants to save you time and get you more than what you paid for.
Nonprofits big and small have much to gain from Google Grants. Donors, volunteers, and supporters who use Google to search online can now be reached and engaged using your online ads. Google Grants can be used to tackle marketing problems such as raising awareness, growing online donations, building email lists, increasing volunteer registration, and more.
About Simon
Simon Choy, founder of ConnectAd, helps charities obtain and manage free advertising through Google Grants. His expertise in the program has led to a 100% application success rate and he currently manages over $2 million in annual grant funding that generate more than 35 million ad views each year. He is also certified by Google as an online advertising expert and regularly blogs as a thought leader on Google Grants. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day & Its National Suicide Prevention Week

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day and September 8th - 14th is National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is something that effects all people from all walks of life, it was only a few weeks ago that Lee Thompson Young better known for his role as The Famous Jett Jackson took his own life. When I first heard about his passing, it was very sad and it left me to wonder why someone with so much success would want to take their own life. Lee Thompson Young is just one of many who believed that suicide was their only option. The truth is Suicide is preventable, so lets learn what we can do for Suicide Prevention. 

The first thing we can do is learn the warning signs of suicide and who to call for help:

--The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of these signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too little or too much.
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings. --( http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org)    
The second thing we can do is go to http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org to learn more about suicide prevention.

Monday, September 2, 2013

National Health Observances in September

Did you know that in the month of September alone there are 19 + National Health Observances?

Check out the list below to see which National Health Observances are taking place this month,
and click on the links to learn more information.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month

Healthy Aging®Month

Infant Mortality Awareness Month

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

National Cholesterol Education Month

National Food Safety Education month

National ITP Awareness Month

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month

National Recovery Month

National Sickle Cell Month

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

National Yoga Awareness Month

Newborn Screening Awareness Month

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Whole Grains Month

World Alzheimer's Month

To learn more about the National Health Observances go to healthfinder.gov

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Its Maryland Tax Free Week

That's right for this week only you can shop for qualifying clothes and shoes $100 or less are exempt from state sales tax! It began on the 11th of August and The last day for Maryland's Tax Free Week is Saturday August 17, 2013.

For more information go to www.marylandtaxes.com or Call (800) MD-TAXES or (410) 260-7980 from central Maryland, or e-mail shopmaryland@comp.state.md.us.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

National Health Observances For August

Did you know that healthfinder.gov has a National Health Observances calendar to raise awareness for important health topics?

Here is a list of National Health Observances for the Month of August:

Children's Eye Health and Safety Month

Did you know that children should have their vision checked at least once by age 6 -(Healthfinder.gov)
 To learn more about Children’s Eye Health and Safety check out the links below
Healthfinder: Eye Health
Prevent Blindness Of America

National Breastfeeding Month

Breastfeeding is not only healthy for the baby, but its also healthy for the mother -(healthfinder.gov)
 To learn more about the benefits of Breastfeeding and National Breastfeeding Month click on the links below
Healthfinder: Breastfeeding
United States Breastfeeding Committee

Psoriasis Awareness Month

“Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the U.S. As many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.”-(psoriasis.org)
 To find out more about Psoriasis go to
National Psoriasis Foundation

1 - 7 World Breastfeeding Week

This years theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: CLOSE TO MOTHERS”. 
 To learn more about World Breastfeeding Week go to
World Breastfeeding Week

11 - 17 National Health Center Week

“Today, America’s Health Centers serve over 23 million people (including 862,776 Farmworkers and more than 1 million people who are Homeless) at more than 8,200 delivery sites in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. territories.”- (healthcenterweek.com)
To learn more go to National Health Center Week 

To learn more about the National Health Observances go to healthfinder.gov

Monday, July 22, 2013

Washington DC Career Fair 7/23/13

One day left to register for the career fair

Event: Washington DC Career fair

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: DoubleTree Crystal City
                 300 Army Navy Drive
                   Arlington, VA 22202

 To register  or for more  dates, locations and information go to nationalcareerfairs.com

Additional career fair dates in the DC/MD/VA area

 MD 9/9/13
DC/VA 9/18/13
MD 12/2/13
DC/VA 12/9/13

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Apply now for the Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship

The Council on American Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) is still accepting applications for the annual
 Rosa Parks Civil Liberties Scholarship honors the life and work of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Deadline: August 1, 2013

Scholarship amount: $1000

In order to qualify applicants must:
Applicants must respond to the following essay prompt in 500 words or less:

Describe an experience that illustrates your connection to advancing equality in America.
Be able to attend CAIR’s 19th annual fundraising banquet on Saturday, September 28, 2013
to receive the award in person

Answer the essay question above in 500 words or less.

Be enrolled in or accepted to a full-time undergraduate, graduate or professional program of an accredited college or university in the United States for the fall 2013 semester.

Submit a resume demonstrating a commitment to civil liberties issues and/or community service.

Submit a short bio statement (150 words or less)

Submit one letter of recommendation.

Sign the attestation and application signature portion of the application.

Submit a complete application emailed or postmarked no later than
August 1, 2013.

To download the application: www.cair.com/scholarship.html

Questions? Please email or call Lauren Schreiber at scholarship@cair.com
or 202-742-6454

To learn more about CAIR go to their website http://www.cair.com

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Got Funding?

Photo Credit: Howard Lake

I found a great resource that I wanted to share, The Government of the District of Columbia, has a
weekly newsletter called “Funding Alert “ with various funding opportunities and resources for community, faith-based, and 501(c )3 non-profit organizations as well as local government agencies. Click here  to learn more about the funding alert newsletter, and how you can subscribe.

Here are a few of the funding opportunities available in this week’s issue:

21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

(OSSE). Office of the State Superintendent of Education announces funds to establish or expand community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities along with activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and Local Educational Agencies


Contact:Sheryl Hamilton at (202) 741-6404


Click here to go to the Website

Grant ID:

Make a Difference Day Grant
Serve DC announces funds to support community service projects within the District of Columbia with a focus on disability inclusion for the October 26 "Make A Difference Day" which
coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October 2013).

Eligibility: Independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher
education, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, private institutions of higher education, community based organizations, DC government agencies and Local Educational Agencies

Deadline:August 5, 2013

Meeting Information: Attendance at a technical assistance (TA) session is required in order to be
eligible to apply for this grant. TA sessions are Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Serve DC office located at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 101, Washington, DC 20009

Awards available up to $5,000

Juan Manuel Thompson at (202) 727-0709 or

Click here to go to the website

Grant ID:

Small Business Capital Improvement Grant
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic
Development announces funds to support existing small businesses, attract new small businesses, increase the District’s tax base and create new jobs for District residents.

Eligibility: Small businesses

Awards available up to $85,000

LaToyia Hampton at (202) 724-9006 or

Click here to go to the website

Grant ID:

Federal Opportunities

Special Education Technical
Assistance and Dissemination to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
(DOE). Department of Education announces funds to promote academic achievement and
improve results for children with disabilities by providing technical assistance (TA), supporting model
demonstration projects, disseminating useful information, and implementing activities that are supported by scientifically based research.

Eligibility: Independent school districts, public and state controlled institutions of higher education,
nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, small businesses, Local Educational Agencies and State Educational Agencies


available for awards

Renee Bradley at 

Click here to go to the website

State Single
Point of Contact: This grant is subject to "Intergovernmental Review" under EO 12372.
Please go to http://opgs.dc.gov/spoc.asp
for further information.

Grant ID:

Foundation opportunities

Community Services Block Sub-grant.
United Planning Organization announces funds to support programs that provide services authorized under the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) to assist residents of the District of Columbia living at or below 125% of the poverty level in becoming self-sufficient.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations


Six awards available up to $250,000

Mark Koiwai at or

Click here to go to the website

Grant ID:

Children's Health and Wellness Initiatives.
Rite Aid Foundation announces funds to support programs that focus on health and wellness initiatives for children in local communities

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations

Deadline: 8/15/2013

Contact: The Rite Aid Foundation at (717) 761-2633

Click here to go to the website

Grant ID:

Community Funding

Dizzy Feet Foundation
announces funds to provide dance education to children in low-income and disadvantaged communities in order to allow them to experience dance, educate them about the many styles of dance, and expose them to the lifelong benefits of dance.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and community-based organizations


Awards available up to $5,000

Dizzy Feet Foundation at

Click here to go to the website

Grant ID: GD5144

Programs For Women & Girls

Open Meadows Foundation announces funds to support programs that provide
high-quality, innovative programs that promote gender, racial and economic justice, and are designed by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations

Deadline: 8/15/2013

Awards available up to $2,000

Open Meadows Foundation at (718) 320-0701 or

Click here to go to the website

Grant ID:

Additional Funding and Resource Announcements

The City Fund Update.
If you missed the briefing on the implementation of The City Fund (commonly known as
the One City Fund) held on June 26 you can join The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region mailing list atinfo@cfncr.org
to receive more detailed information. Although the name of the $15 million fund has changed, the purpose remains the same: to assist non-profit organizations in providing direct services to District residents and families in the areas of education, job training, health, senior services, arts, public safety, and the environment through a competitive and transparent grant process.
The Community Foundation will share information regarding the fund as it comes available.
In the meantime visit their website for updates:www.thecommunityfoundation.org

Do You Need Free Legal Help?
The D.C. Bar’s Community Economic Development Project (CED) is offering free
legal help. Its mission is to help nonprofit organizations in obtaining pro bono legal counsel. The CED Project provides help in such areas as corporate governance, contract review, government grant compliance and real estate, employment and tax law. Its services are free.
If your organization: is a charitable, religious, community or educational organization;
provides direct services to persons of limited means living in the District of Columbia; and
the payment of legal fees would significantly deplete your organization's ability to provide services; then your organization is eligible for assistance.
For more information about the program contact Lauren Paley at 202-737-4700, x3357 or
For more information about CED visit

As you can see there are many different funding opportunities and resources available.
I would love to hear from you, if you or someone you know works for a community, faith-based, and or non-profit organization what type of resources and funding are you looking for? Do you have information or resources that you would like to share? Leave it in the comments below, and let me know.

Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Free Summer Meals/Bmore meals info/ More info on the SFSP

Photo Credit USDA.GOV

Summer should be a stress-free
time full of food, friends and fun.
 Free summer meals can help.
• FREE to kids and teens age 18
and under
• Healthy meals based on USDA
nutrition guidelines 
• Served at sites such as schools and
churches that may off er learning
and recreational activities
• Fun, safe place for kids and teens
to be active and visit with friends
• Help families save money
• No application or proof of
income needed

Go to NoKidHungry.org/SummerMeals
or call 1-866-3HUNGRY to learn more, or
 text FOOD to 877-877
to find a site near you. 
(Summer meals information from No Kid Hungry flyer) 

Click here to watch a video about summer meals from No Kid Hungry 

Free summer meals information for the Baltimore area

Free breakfast and lunch
Free breakfasts and lunches are available for children 18 and under through Baltimore Housing’s Office of Community Services’ Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The program runs between June 18th and August 17th with freshly prepared meals provided five days a week at meal sites throughout the city. For more information about the 2012 Summer Food Service Program, visit http://www.baltimorehousing.org/food. For more information, contact Claudette Mitchener at 410-396-8385 or Claudette.Mitchener@baltimorecity.gov.

Free supper
Free suppers for children aged 5 to 18 years old are available through the Family League’s Summer Food Service Program.
Free suppers will be served during the week from June 25th through August 17th. For more information, contact Pamela Hampton, Nutrition Program Manager at 410-662-5500 x210 or phampton@flbcinc.org.
To find out where to get free summer meals, please call 211 or go to 211md.org
(Free summer meals Baltimore information from youthbmore.org)
 Click here to go to the website

If you would like to learn more about the summer food service program or how you can become an SFSP site or sponsor and serve free meals to hungry children in your community Click here