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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Make a Difference - Women, Kids and Schools

This is the first of several posts coming out of my BlogHer conference. A number of companies and foundations there are doing good things in the community and I thought I'd share a few with you.

This Text4Baby private/public partnership (which I found out about through Johnson & Johnson) aims to reach pregnant women and new moms who may not have as much access to prenatal information and baby rearing information. It's a free health text messaging service providing information in English or Spanish. You enter your baby's due date or birth date, and you'll get free (date/age appropriate) health messages with tips on caring for your body during pregnancy or your baby. No worries if you don't have a text messaging plan (i.e. you have to pay for each message). Many carriers (including the major ones) deliver them for free. Details here. Please spread the word about this program!

Every Mother Counts
Every Mother Counts was founded by Christy Turlington Burns, who spoke about the foundation at the conference. The goal is to make childbirth safer for women around the world. There are many things you can do to help, whether it's signing a pledge that women have the right to a safe pregnancy and delivery, to getting notifications from Facebook or Twitter @EveryMotherCounts, donating your old phone, shop for a cause, donate or become an expert yourself.

Power a Bright Future
Clorox just launched a K-12 grant program (year 4) where they'll award 7 grants in all, $200,000 total, to help fund new or existing school programs. You can nominating a new or existing K-12 school program by visiting PowerABrightFuture.com, and choose a category that best represents your idea (Play, Create or Explore). You'll need to upload a photo and submit a short summary of how the grant would make a difference. Each winning school will get $25,000 to $50,000. Nominations end October 17, 2012.

Teacher Lists
Does your child's teacher have a wish list of items needed in the classroom? Your teacher can post a list on TeacherLists.com. Parents can "follow" the list and automatic notification any time the list is updated. The lists can be shared on FAcebook, email or a school website badge, and they're printable.

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