I am excited to spotlight theUnited Way of Broward County this month. For 80 years, this organization has united our community to tackle the most complex, critical challenges and create long-lasting positive change. United, we stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves, united we confront those who are working hard and falling short and united we fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community.
At this month's Fort Lauderdale Girl's Night Out, âat Terra Mare, you will have a chance to chat (and Flamingle) with the United Way of Broward team to learn more about their programs, events and volunteer opportunities!
Did you know next week, Turquoise Takeover will be hitting the streets of South Florida? Starting this Sunday - it is a week long event advocating for Lung Cancer Awareness, the #1 cancer killer. From May 12-18th restaurants, buildings, shops, companies, and more will be turning Turquoise. Almost every day of the week you can participate in one of our tantalizing activities (INCLUDING THIS MONTH"S GIRLS NIGHT OUT) or wear Turquoise in support.
Next week, I planned the big one year Girls Night Out celebration to be part of the American Lung Association in Florida: South Florida weeklong Turquoise Takeover Campaign- if you can’t make it please consider supporting by at least changing your Facebook profile picture to the Lung Force Turquoise filter..
...because I lost a very, very special person to lung cancer 8 years ago, I chose the American Lung Cancer Association of South Florida as this month's Spotlight Chairty. I want to giveback to this wonderful organization and can do so through my events by raising awareness and money for a cancer that doesn’t get enough attention and help.
*Did you know that Lung Cancer claims more lives of Women in the US than Breast, Ovarian and Cervical cancers COMBINED?!
Working together to defeat lung cancerAmerican Lung Association's LUNG FORCE unites women and their loved ones across the country to stand together for lung health and against lung cancer. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S., and every five minutes a woman in this country learns she has lung cancer. More must be done to raise awareness and the research funding needed to defeat lung cancer once and for all.
This month, since our theme for Girl's Night Out is "Walk on the Wild Side," I am featuring the Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR) as the Charity Spotlight.
Abandoned Pet Rescue (APR), founded in 1996, is a 501(C)(3) IRS tax-exempt, qualified non-profit charitable organization that rescues and shelters abandoned, abused, and neglected pets, rehabilitates them and finds them new homes. APR is one of the largest no kill animal shelters in South Florida and is devoted to the welfare of all animals.
To help support the mission of this month's charity please consider donating items from their Wish List:. Their number one need is canned cat food.
The Charity Spotlight for November is on the Military Heroes Support Foundation. Their passion is for helping Americans who put their lives on the line for our country and to never let a hero stand alone. The organization was founded on the sole principle that we will "NEVER LET A HERO STAND ALONE". As past, present and retired service members, friends and families, our 100% volunteers are committed to the men and women of our United States Armed Forces and their families. They supply a means for the community to help give back to the service members who provide us with the freedoms we often take for granted.
Their mission is to provide our military veterans' direction and support in achieving an effective transition during their deployment and return home and to provide our service members with the tools needed to be safe and successful. Whether active duty or reserve, YOU WILL NEVER BE ALONE.
Collecting Care Package Donations at November Girl's Night Out Event
On November 15th at the Girl's Night Out Networking Social, we will be collecting donations and writing encouraging letters for their soldier care packages. They ship to over 600 heroes every month! Please bring items from this supply list to contribute to the soldier's care packages:
Good Karma Pet Rescue was started in early 2011 by Stacey Tollackson Chen, who decided that she could best provide for her foster animals by starting a rescue that aims for high quality care rather than high volume. GK is based in Fort Lauderdale and is supported by wonderful, dedicated foster parents throughout the South Florida area.
As an animal rescue, Good Karma strives to make sure its actions remain in line with its name. They don’t take shortcuts to make things easier, or to save money, or to place animals more quickly. Their mission started out of love for animals and the desire to make a profound and positive difference for every animal that comes under our care.
Good Karma Pet Rescue's goal is to find each and every dog, puppy, cat, and kitten that comes my way the perfect home — with an adopter that thinks of them as their reward for the good they’ve done in their lives. — Good Karma!
How You Can Get Involved
Good Karma Pet Rescue is a network of foster homes in South Florida dedicated to providing dogs and cats in need with the love and care they need and deserve. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
If you are interested in helping to save lives through volunteering, fostering, or adopting, please get in touch with us!
Donate at the September Girl's Night OUt
For the September Girl's Night Out Event (9/25/18), we are supporting Good Karma Pet Rescue by bringing supplies to help support their mission in finding foster and forever homes for pets of all kinds and ages!Items to consider bringing as a donation:
HandsOn Broward inspires, equips and mobilizes people to effect positive change in Broward County. By leveraging the power of people and socially responsible businesses, they transform local communities through meaningful hands-on projects that make a difference. HandsOn Broward mobilizes thousands of people each year to revitalize schools, parks, playgrounds, nonprofits and neighborhoods in Broward County. Opportunities to make an impact are available year-round on a daily basis to people of all ages and backgrounds.
How You Can Get Involved
HandsOn Broward offers a Flexible Volunteering Model that makes volunteering more convenient for you. There is no long-term commitment, and we offer a variety of projects that fit your schedule and interests. All projects are offered on our online calendar, to help you find something during a day and time that works for you, and are led by HOB Project Leaders or agency partner staff.
Anyone can browse their database, but in order to register for some service projects, you'll need to become a member. It's easy, free and secure. You can use your volunteer profile to keep track of your community service hours. You can also create a volunteer team and sign up your friends, family, or co-workers for a service project in just a few clicks. Create your volunteer profile here.
--->Contact (954) 233-1300 or send an email to email@example.com to learn more about how you can become involved with Team HOB.
Donate at Our July Event
For the July Girl's Night Out Event (7/27/18), we are supporting HandsOn Broward by bringing School Supplies to donate to their big Back to School Bash that helps over 5,000 of our local kids be prepared for their upcoming school year.
Items to consider bringing as a donation:
Our June charity spotlight is the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale. Junior Leagues are organizations of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The purpose of this nonprofit organization is purely educational and charitable. They train thousands of women to address community needs and to take on leadership roles at every level. I served on the board of the Junior League chapter in Fort Myers and can say that I had the chance to make a difference, learn new skills and make lots of valuable connections and friends.
A Long History of Impact
The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale was organized in 1937 as the Fort Lauderdale Junior Service League to provide the community with willing volunteers in civic and child welfare work. The first project was assisting Mrs. Parson's Day Nursery for working mothers. The Nursery is now known as Jack and Jill Children's Center. The League has created several of Broward County's top charitable organizations. Over their 80 year history, they have invested millions of dollars, matched by millions of volunteer hours, in improving the lives of people right here in Broward County.
The following is a list of some of the organizations that the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale has created.
Riverwalk Run: Join the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale each year as they run along the New River and the historic neighborhood of Rio Vista during the Riverwalk Run! This race supports the Junior League’s efforts in raising funds for important community causes such as Human Trafficking Awareness, Childhood Fitness and Nutrition, and more!
Cook book sales is a tradition in Junior League. The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale offers a collection of cookbooks for purchase as a fundraiser where all proceeds support community projects.. The cookbooks make great gifts for everyone, teachers, hostesses, new homeowners, out of town wedding guests or just to say thank you.
Playstation at Holiday Park: In collaboration with the City of Fort Lauderdale, the Junior League built a signature playground facility within the refurbished Holiday Park Complex.The league raised $200,000 to build the train-themed playground. The playground is fully ADA compliant with wheelchair access and swings for young children with special needs.
Brick and tree dedications are for sale to anyone who wishes to support the playground. They are living and lasting memorials for new babies, birthdays, pets and athletic achievements. Proceeds from these sales benefit the playground and Junior League community outreach projects locally!"
Being a Member
The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale seeks to recruit members who demonstrate an interest and commitment to volunteerism and community service. Reasons to join:
Hi, I'm Mandy!
I am obsessed with traveling, could eat tacos everyday, can sip wine or shoot whiskey, trying new restaurants gets me excited and my children fill the days with joy, laughter and challenges!
I share fun things to do in the in and around the Fort Lauderdale area plus host monthly events at local businesses and cannot wait to meet all of you!
Aside from Housewives In The City I am a freelance writer, Family Travel Blogger + Influencer and Publisher for a SWFL Church.