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Dare to Draw with UrbanMommies: Help Combat Aids in Africa

charity, FAM By January 18, 2012 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Join Team UrbanMommies as we raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Help turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

Calling all kids!

We Dare you to Draw one picture every day for the next 30 days. Funds raised by your drawings will help support kids, parents and grandparents who are working to turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

Your dare is an act of solidarity with kids in Africa who face great challenges every day because of AIDS.

Calling all parents!

We dare you to contribute $1 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation for every drawing your kid dares to create.

Now Get Going! Here’s How:

Join the Dare to Draw UrbanMommies Team.

Download and sign the Dare to Draw pledge!

Download the Dare to Draw Dare Chart! It will tell you and your kid what the drawing theme of the day is and kids can check off drawings they have completed.

“Like” the Dare to Draw Facebook Page. Share your kid’s drawings and stories about your Dare to Draw experience with other Daring kids and parents.

Donate. You can do this at any time by clicking the Donate button above the thermometer on the Dare Page. This money goes straight to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to make a difference in the lives of kids, parents and grandparents in Africa who rise to meet the challenges of the AIDS pandemic with extraordinary acts of courage, ingenuity, determination, and strength in their communities – every day!

Alternatively, if you don’t want to join a team but you want to participate in the dare, you can simply donate to the Dare to Draw UrbanMommies team by clicking the “Donate” button above the thermometer on your team’s page.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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Unique School Fundraising Ideas

charity, FAM By December 3, 2011 Tags: , , , 7 Comments

Unique School Fundraising IdeasWith the government constantly cutting back school funding, it is up to parents and communities to raise significant parts of the the budget – particularly where sports, arts and playgrounds are concerned.  We interviewed Karey Heard, a mom of two and crackerjack fundraiser from Toronto, to provide us with some ideas.  If you can get a great fundraising team together, you can mix traditional fundraising initiatives with out-of-the box ideas.  Ultimately, the process will do more than raise money for your child’s school

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Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Final McDonald's All-Access Mom Trip

charity, FAM By November 27, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , 3 Comments

About to take off on my final journey I am quite sad, actually.  The whole experience as a McDonald’s All-Access Mom has been transformative, but not in any of the ways I expected.  Sure – lots of questions have been answered, I’ve traipsed around farms and plants (check out the videos), and worn way too many un-sexy lab coats.  But I also feel like a better mom.  A better citizen.  The corporate culture of McDonald’s and its suppliers is much friendlier – much more transparent, than I was expecting.  After almost 6 years of momm-ing, I think I’ve gotten a bit too insular.  Charity work had lapsed and a disconnection to the world and it’s news had set in.  The opportunity to participate in the MAAM program has helped change that.

I am most excited about seeing the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  Giving back.  Sharing.  Helping. These charities give homes and home cooked meals to families whose children are hospitalized with severe illness.  I will be spending a full day with the children and families involved in the London, Ontario house, learning about the program and more importantly, the people.  I hope that I can take the lessons of charity and giving back to my own children and incorporate them into our daily lives.  I know there has been criticism of the All-Access-Mom program, but this is an opportunity to get a glimpse into something that nobody could say McDonald’s doesn’t do really well.

The second part of the trip?  Chicken at the London, Ontario Cargill facility.  Shall I cluck like when I moo-ed at the cows?  Want to know the deal with the shaped McNuggets?  (I already asked about chicken lips and toenails getting into the mix.)  Nada.  Any other questions?  Reconstituted white meat?  Glue? Sawdust? Last chance!!

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The Tiny Light Foundation

charity, FAM By February 14, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , 2 Comments

The Tiny Light Foundation pairs photographers with families of children faced with life altering diagnoses, and gives them the opportunity to capture their joy, strength and courage in photos. These photo sessions may otherwise be out of mind for families faced with expensive medical costs or overwhelming obstacles above the call of an average parent.

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