Friday, April 24, 2009

WEEKEND EVENTS: Work-A-Thon, UNIFEM Walk, and More...

Volunteering in the community is the perfect way to embrace the changing signs of the season in our city, as well as within ourselves. By lending a helping hand, we become more aware our our surroundings and more connected to the issues and challenges that weave all people together. You may even find your volunteer efforts so inspirational, that they lead you to re-discover your passion....

To start my weekend, I'll be participating in the Hands on DC WORK-A-THON on Saturday with the Miami University Alumni Association to help create better schools and brighter futures for students in the District of Columbia. Across DC, hundreds of volunteers will be literally swinging hammers and fixing up classrooms so that every child can learn in an environment that makes them feel valued. My team will be spending most of the day painting murals, building book shelves and sprucing up classroom fixtures at KIPP Academy. Check out the Work-A-Thon webpage for more information on joining a team.

If you're more intersted in volunteering your time during National Sexual Assault Awareness Month to rally together with other like-minded activists, consider participating in the UNIFEM Annual Walk to Stop Violence against Women and Girls on Sunday. All of the proceeds for this event go to the UN Trust Fund to Eliminate Violence Against Women. The UN Trust Fund is the only global multi-lateral grant-making mechanism exclusively devoted to supporting local, national and regional efforts of organizations to combat gender-based violence. Since it began operations in 1997, the Trust Fund has awarded more than US$19 million to 263 initiatives to address violence against women in 115 countries.

A few other events of note below:
"Rally to Rescue the Invisible Children of War"
Sunday, April 26th
Starts at 2:00pm at he Ellipse, and ends at the Natioanl Mall
On April 25th, 2009 thousands of participants will gather in 100 cities across the world to symbolically abduct themselves to free the abducted. A civil war, originally contained within Uganda’s borders, has now evolved into a widespread regional crisis. Invisible
Children, in concert with other policy organizations including Resolve Uganda, The Enough Project, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, now believes an international effort to apprehend Kony and rescue his child soldiers is the most viable way to end the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.

All the info is online. There are many ways to get involved. You can
donate $$ online.

Sisters4Sisters April Networking Event
Sunday, April 26
Come Join Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc. for our April Networking Event scheduled Sunday, April 26, 209 at 3:00pm at Bowie State University, Center for Learning and Technology, Room 102, 14000 Jericho Park Drive, Bowie, MD. Our guest speaker will be George C. Fraser, author of Success Runs in Our Race and Click. Come learn how George Fraser inspired us to form Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc.

This event is FREE, but you must RSVP at or call us at 240 678-0117 to reserve your seat. There will be door prizes, entertainment, lite food and refreshment. George will be available for a booksigning as well!!!

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