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#GivingTuesday – A Special Day for #NoKidHungry

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As we come out of the Thanksgiving holiday, it is easy to lose ourselves in the commercial gorging known as Christmas.  It’s the reason Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (or at the very least, my favorite in the second half of the year).  Christmas is commercial.  Thanksgiving is about feeding the people you love.  With that in mind, I’m sharing this with all of you in hopes it will catch your eye.  Today is Giving Tuesday, a special fundraising day for No Kid Hungry.  And this year, the amazing people at Hickory Farms are matching donations TODAY.

No Kid Hungry connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority.  This year, more than 16 million children in America will face hunger. That’s one in five. NKH is working to connect hungry kids with the food they need to grow and thrive.

Every dollar you donate will make a huge impact for kids. In fact, just $1 can help connect a child with 10 meals. And with the matching gift from Hickory Farms, that’s 20 meals for every dollar.  If the number doesn’t do it for you, then imagine you have a dollar, and there are 20 hungry children looking at you for help.  And with just that one dollar, you can take care of them.  If that isn’t a powerful image, then imagine feeding one hundred with a five dollar bill.  Or 400 with a twenty.  It doesn’t take much for you to change someone’s life.

If you have children, seen children or have ever been children, you know that there are many things kids cannot do for themselves.  Overcoming hunger is at the top of that list.  Please consider visiting No Kid Hungry today and making a donation of any amount to help reach the $50,000 goal.

Strike Out Hunger at SHRM 2014

In what has become a much anticipated part of the SHRM Annual conference, the social team is once again taking time out on Sunday to benefit No Kid Hungry, this time hitting the lanes in tribute to The Big Lebowski and, of course, NKH mega-supporter Jeff Bridges.

This year, more than 16 million children in America will face hunger. That’s one in five. Share our Strength is working to connect hungry kids with the food they need to grow and thrive. We’re doing our part to connect kids to the healthy food they need every day.  Every dollar we raise will make a huge impact for kids. In fact, just $1 can help connect a child with 10 meals.  

The event is sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice.com.  They have not only helped with providing the event but are also kicking in some sweet items for our silent auction.  We are honored and appreciative to have them on our side once again!  Last year we topped $11,000 in donations.  We’d like to see that number go up!

So, what’s your role?  (Get it?  Role?  Like roll?  Because it’s bowling?  Never mind.)

We have 100 tickets available.  You’ll notice the price is a very reasonable $0.  That’s because we are asking you to jump over to our No Kid Hungry portal and make your donation directly.  You can do that first, or do it after.  You can even do it on site if you really want. Or all of the above.  But please make sure you do it.  The reason we are set up this way is that 100% of the funds go directly to No Kid Hungry.  All of it.  Every dollar.

And since our love for sport and helping others is nearly matched by our love for playing dress up, we are taking the inspiration for the theme from one of the greatest bowling movies ever, The Big Lebowski.  And since it is a costume party, and we have little to no shame when it comes to NKH, for any donations over $500 we will re-enact a scene of your choosing from the film, and post it online for the world to see.  

Even if you can’t make the event, you can still make a difference.  Click here to go directly to the donation page.

So grab your bathrobe, your White Russian and a rug to pull the whole thing together, and help us make a difference!

#GivingTuesday – Help Us End Childhood Hunger

It’s been a crazy busy year around these parts, as you may have noticed from the lack of posts.  Sorry.  I’ll try to do better.  Scout’s honor.

Looking back on the year, though, there is no question that the highlight was the great SHRM Kickball event in June.  A great game, a great time, and a lot of great people working for a great cause.  If you were part of that, thank you.  If you haven’t seen it, check out the recap here.

We raised over $11,000 with that event.  That translates to 110,000 meals provided for children without ready access to food.  My partner for that event, the effervescent Brew, put it best.

“Imagine there is a line of 100,000 kids outside.  All of them hungry.  Now imagine we get to make them all lunch.”

That’s pretty powerful, and I get chills every time I think about it.  As a parent, it’s tough to not be moved by that kind of image.  I think we all felt pretty great about what we accomplished.

But then he put it all right back into perspective.

“Now imagine that line is actually 16 million kids.  And even if you could make them all lunch, they will all be hungry again tonight.”

I am thankful for that image as well.  It’s a reminder that we as a society still have a lot of work to do.

Thankfully there are organizations like No Kid Hungry that are helping to solve this problem.  And they have partners like Dovetail Software and Dice.com who step up to assist.

So look back, if you will, at the Thanksgiving dinner (or two) that just passed.  Think about the warm feelings of being with family and celebration of the season.  That’s a gift that no one should be denied, but far too many of the children in this nation don’t have that same experience.  Let’s get back to work on that.  This year, after the mayhem and, yes, violence of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, we welcome in Giving Tuesday.  A chance to help out someone who cannot help themselves, as well as cleanse your karma a little for any misdeeds over the weekend.

Right now you can visit the Giving Tuesday page at No Kid Hungry.  Tyson Foods has generously stepped up to match all donations today, meaning each dollar provides twenty meals.  Twenty.  For a buck.  That’s two hundred meals for ten dollars.  I saw someone get tasered in a mall for less that that this weekend.

Please take a moment to help spread the word, and add a dollar or two to the basket if you can spare it.  Even if you don’t have money to give (and not everyone does), you can visit the Thunderclap page to sign up for free and help spread the word.  

The gift you give will be far better than anything you could buy in a store.  That I can promise you.

No Kid Hungry – The 30-day UNChallenge

 

With the amazing success of our SHRM Kickball game, we’ve taken a little time to bask in the glow of the work we did and the impact we’ve all had.  (You were part of that, right?  If not, it’s never too late.  You can kick in a few dollars here and help change a kid’s life.)

We raised over $11,000.  That’s 110,000 meals.  That’s 110,000 hungry children walking in, sitting down, and having a meal that they otherwise wouldn’t.  It’s a great feeling.

Then my partner Brew pointed something out.  We fed 110,000 out of 16 million.  And those 110,000 will be hungry again tomorrow, assuming they only eat once per day.  And they eat more than once per day.  At least, they should.

We know that funds are limited.  That’s why I want to share one more post with you about our friends at NKH.  Cathy McPhillips, part of the NKH team, put together a list of things anyone can do in the next month to change the world.  And none of these 30 things will cost you a dime.  One a day for the month of July can change the world.  (It’s ok to take off on the 4th.)

Need a little more incentive?  Fine.  Aside from the good karma and the warm fuzzy feelings you get from doing ANY of these, let alone all of them, I’ll offer a little more.  Just doing one thing on the list will make a difference, so if you find the time to do ANYTHING on this list, drop me a note, either by email, twitter or in the comments.  I’ll send a free copy of my book Lean HR to the first five, or to EVERYONE WHO DOES SOMETHING TODAY, JULY 1st, if there are more than five.  (No, you aren’t obligated to take a copy, but you are welcome to it. Maybe you have a wobbly table that needs some attention?)

The list is below, and I hope you’ll take the time to read through it.  Maybe over lunch.

  1. Take the No Kid Hungry pledge
  2. Join the Hunger Core, No Kid Hungry’s monthly giving club
  3. Find out how your local school serves breakfast
  4. Invite a friend to take the No Kid Hungry pledge
  5. Like the No Kid Hungry Facebook page
  6. Follow No Kid Hungry on twitter
  7. Share a photo from our Team No Kid Hungry Facebook album
  8. Connect with Billy Shore, the Founder and CEO of Share Our Strength
  9. Become a No Kid Hungry blogger
  10. Invite your favorite restaurant to the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry
  11. Follow the #nokidhungry conversation on twitter
  12. RT something from @nokidhungry that inspires you
  13. Call/tweet/text/write Congress
  14. Write a letter to your newspaper editor about protecting SNAP and school breakfast programs
  15. Learn more about SNAP (Food Stamps) in your state, and why it is critical to No Kid Hungry
  16. Watch A Place at the Table, a documentary about the state of hunger in the US., featuring Billy Shore & Jeff Bridges
  17. Read “An Invisible Thread,” a story of one woman’s friendship with an 11-year old homeless boy.
  18. Find out if an Arby’s close to you is bringing their Hungry for Happiness tour to your town this summer
  19. Check out the Dine Out for No Kid Hungry restaurant list on twitter – visit one and thank them for supporting the Dine Out!
  20. Do you have a story? Share it with us.
  21. Commit to creating a personal fundraiser in the next 12 months
  22. Save the date – December 3 – to be part of Giving Tuesday with No Kid Hungry
  23. Download the Team No Kid Hungry app to easily support No Kid Hungry (how quickly can you climb the leaderboard?)
  24. Download the Cooking Matters app for healthy recipes on a budget
  25. Visit the No Kid Hungry Action Center and take action in your community
  26. View the State of Hunger in your area
  27. See if any Share Our Strength culinary events are coming to your area
  28. Take a few minutes to read about our incredible partners. Thank one today!
  29. Do you know a teen or young adult who you’d like to see involved with No Kid Hungry? Introduce them to No Kid Hungry 2 for our youth advocates.
  30. Share this blog post so others can do the same!

 

Help Us Fight Childhood Hunger

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Tuesday, June 11th is a special day for us.  Dovetail has partnered with Dice to sponsor SHRM Kickball on Sunday, June 16th in Grant Park, Chicago.  Tuesday is our tweetathon.  Dovetail has offered $1 per tweet that day, up to $1000.  Our friends at cFactorWorks offered to match that amount, doubling our impact.

When we ask for help in our efforts, some people drop a few dollars in the bucket and think, “These are my friends, of course I’ll help a bit.”  And we love them for it.  But I’d like to offer you another perspective.

Through No Kid Hungry, for every $1 raised, they can provide 10 meals.   That means for each tweet, you can provide lunch for 20 underfed children.  For tweeting.  Or just retweeting!  You don’t have to write anything, just push the button!

When I think about a donation of $25, $50 or even $100, I think of the crowded tables at schools around the country, and the number of plates we are setting down in front of children who would otherwise not eat.  I think of the direct impact we have on them, on their future, and how little it costs to bring some light into young, impressionable lives where there might otherwise be none.

So this week, we would love your help.

If you can help support No Kid Hungry with a few dollars, please do it here.

If you can’t, please consider sharing this story with your network and helping spread the word on Tuesday.  With your help, we can have a tremendous impact on the war against childhood hunger.  Here are a few tweets you can use to help us on Tuesday.  Cut.  Paste.  Send.  Change the world.

Join me in the fight against childhood hunger. Support #SHRMKickball! @nokidhungry @Dovetail @DiceTechJobs #SHRM13 goo.gl/U72NX

Got $!? It can provide 10 meals to hungry kids. Support #SHRMKickball! @nokidhungry @Dovetail @DiceTechJobs #SHRM13 goo.gl/U72NX

Join me, @Dovetail & @DiceTechJobs in supporting @nokidhungry! Donate to the #SHRMKickball movement today! #SHRM13 goo.gl/U72NX

Please help us support @nokidhungry. @Dovetail & @DiceTechJobs sponsoring #SHRMKickball! What can you do? #SHRM13 goo.gl/U72NX

 

Read more with any of the blog posts below, written by other players and supporters of the cause!

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No Kid Hungry SHRM13 Kickball Blogs

These are posts written to support the SHRM13 No Kid Hungry Kickball game sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice

Source: http://www.houseofbrew.com/2013/05/31/shrm-kickball-and-no-kid-hungry/

Jun 08, 2013 by Dwane Lay - dovetailsoftware.com - 1361
Tweet to Fight Hunger and Support SHRM Kickball! | Dovetail Software

SHRM National is fast approaching, bringing with it SHRM Kickball! Dovetail Software and Dice are sponsoring the game on Sunday, June 16th at 7pmin Grant Park, with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.

Jun 09, 2013 by Dwane Lay - leanhrblog.com - 1151
Help Us End Childhood Hunger
Jun 10, 2013 by Jeff Waldman - stratify.co - 1179
Help Me Fight Child Hunger - #SHRMKickball #SHRM13

According to No Kid Hungry, 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put on the table. This equates to 1 out of every 5 kids, which would fill over 845 basketball arenas. 22% of kids under the age of 18 live in poverty. Simply put, this is alarming.

Jun 08, 2013 - join.strength.org - 1095
Personal Fundraising: Dovetail, Dice and SHRM13 Kickball Fundraiser - NO KID HUNGRY | Share Our Strength

This is the site where you can help us reach our goal of 50,000 meals for hungry kids.

Jun 11, 2013 by Stacy Donovan Zapar - stacyzapar.com - 1081
Kickball to Kick Hunger?

Kickball, HR and child hunger… One of these just isn’t cool. (No, I’m not talking about HR!)

Jun 08, 2013 - houseofbrew.com - 1038
SHRM Kickball and No Kid Hungry

Everyone benefits when you "do good" for someone. First of all, the person you are "doing good" for benefits. Next, you generally feel good about it. Finally, by telling the story of what just happened, you inspire others. And sometimes, your actions can help change someone's life.

Jun 08, 2013 - reach-west.com - 982
Reach West | SHRM13 Kickball for a Cause: No Kid Hungry

Food insecurity - the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food - exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. And that's just today... We never knew how hungry we could have been.

Jun 08, 2013 by Dwane Lay - leanhrblog.com - 1081
SHRM Kickball and No Kid Hungry

There is, deeply embedded into our collective psyche, the drive to do good. Specifically, good for others, for those who can't do for themselves. And good in a way that can change someone's life. Last June, at the SHRM Annual conference in Atlanta, Dovetail sponsored a small hockey game in the park.

Jun 08, 2013 by Dwane Lay - hr.toolbox.com - 1291
'The Aristocracy of HR' is Kicking For Hunger

Photo Credit SHRM National Conference 2013 is fast approaching and I must say, I am excited. As a member of this year's social media team, I am fortunate to have an opportunity to cover this fantastic conference and contribute to the very important cause of 'No Kid Hungry'.

Jun 10, 2013 by Lars Schmidt - amplifytalent.com - 1361
SHRM Kickball And No Kid Hungry

Next week is SHRM Annual, the Super Bowl for HR nerds. Whether this is your first time attending, or you're a seasoned vet, SHRM is quite an experience. This year, I have the privilege of joining many of my HR colleagues in a charity kickball game to raise money for No Kid Hungry (you can check out the event page here).

Jun 10, 2013 by Dwane Lay - marenhogan.wordpress.com - 1263
No Kid Hungry. Period

I recently went to the store to buy groceries for my ever growing boys (there are three). The receipt, when finished, stretched from my mid torso to the floor. I almost tweeted the site and then embarrassed by my good fortune, decided not to.

Jun 10, 2013 by Dwane Lay - sbrownehr.com - 1249
An Opportunity you Can Kick In !!

One week from now I get the chance to attend the SHRM National Conference in Chicago !! It's an incredible event for professional development, networking and connecting with HR pros from around the globe !! It's also an opportunity to make a difference. I dig being active and visible in Social Media.

Jun 10, 2013 by Dwane Lay - leanhrblog.com - 1221
Help Us Fight Childhood Hunger

Tuesday, June 11th is a special day for us. Dovetail has partnered with Dice to sponsor SHRM Kickball on Sunday, June 16 th in Grant Park, Chicago. Tuesday is our tweetathon. Dovetail has offered $1 per tweet that day, up to $1000. Our friends at cFactorWorks offered to match that amount, doubling our impact.

Jun 10, 2013 by John Nykolaiszyn - fastfoodhr.com - 1165
Kids, La Lucha, & Kickball

Miami. To some, this town is full of glitz and glamor. After all, we've go South Beach, The Heat, fancy cars, nightclubs, and shopping. The locals? Well we see the real side of Miami. The crazy mix/clash of cultures, the rising home prices, the difficulty in finding jobs....

Jun 11, 2013 by Crystal Miller - theonecrystal.com - 1165
Help Us End Childhood Hunger #NOKIDHUNGRY #CONTEST - TheOneCrystal.Com

Help Us End Childhood Hunger #NOKIDHUNGRY #CONTEST

My company is running a Tweetstakes to help raise participation of Dovetail Software & Dice Tech Job's fantastic No Kid Hungry Tweetathon today.

THIS. IS. AWESOME. If you're on twitter? Please help. TODAY!

Dovetail's donating money for every tweet sent (details in the blog post). Branded Strategies will be giving away "One Night Out" for contest tweets through the next couple of days - read about details on both in the blog post.

Share this with your networks, please. We appreciate you & helping us help end childhood hunger in the US.

Jun 11, 2013 - tagboard.com - 1095
#shrmkickball on Tagboard

Check this out to see all the tweets and participate in the Tweetathon!

Jun 11, 2013 by Dwane Lay - fastfoodhr.com - 1347
Kids, La Lucha, & Kickball

Miami. To some, this town is full of glitz and glamor. After all, we've got South Beach, The Heat, fancy cars, nightclubs, and shopping. The locals? Well we see the real side of Miami. The crazy mix/clash of cultures, the rising home prices, the difficulty in finding jobs....

Jul 15, 2013 - youtube.com - 996
SHRM Kickball Wrapup Video - Sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice

A wrap up of the kickball game played 6/16/13 during SHRM Annual 2013 to benefit No Kid Hungry.

Jul 15, 2013 - youtube.com - 1193
SHRM Chicago Kickball Game 2013

Highlights of the SHRM Kickball charity game. All donations go to http://www.nokidhungry.org/ also check out join.strength.org/goto/shrmkickball

Jun 11, 2013 - blog.list.ly - 982
Using List.ly to Help end Childhood Hunger in America | UGC list creation, content curation & crowdsourcing.

A group of HR professionals that leverage social media and blogging are all coming togetherSunday, June 16th to play a friendly game of kickball. Why? It's the start of the annual conference for SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and what better way to start a conference than with some fun, some networking, and most importantly making a change.

Jun 11, 2013 - blogtalkradio.com - 1277
Crystal Miller at Lunch with DriveThruHR

Crystal Miller at Lunch with DriveThruHR @TheOneCrystal visits with @bryanwempen@williamtincup & @thehrbuddy about what is keeping them up at night. DriveThruHR was designed to be a captivating and easy-to-digest lunch discourse that covers topics relevant to HR professionals. Each 30-minute episode features a guest speaker who shares her or his knowledge and experience in human resources.

Jun 11, 2013 by Rachelle Lowry Falls - corporatehrgirl.com - 1123
Sliding Into Home Plate...To Help End Child Hunger

In a few days, I'll be joining many of my fellow HR colleagues in Chicago at the #SHRM13 conference... to play kickball. Yes, I said it. Kickball. I know, I know....you'll need video documentation to prove I was actually on the field...but I assure you, I'll be there.

Jun 13, 2013 by Robin Schooling - hrschoolhouse.com - 1305
Kick It!! #SHRMkickball #shrm13

If you are anywhere in the vicinity of human resource ladies and/or SHRM then you know that we are nearing the summer solstice - when the earth does a massive axis tilt, CFOs breathe a sigh of relief (because all the HR people have left the building), and 15,000 SHRM members descend upon a convention city NEAR YOU to drink cosmopolitans, cart home obscene amounts of tchotchkes from the Exhibit Hall and, presumably, cram their brains full of HR knowledge.

Jun 25, 2013 by Dwane Lay - leanhrblog.com - 1010
SHRM Kickball Wrap-Up

By now, you've hopefully seen all the posts and tweets about the kickball game at SHRM13. We couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished. Huge thanks to our sponsors, Dovetail Software and Dice, for helping us make it a reality.

 

Would You Pay $5 to Browse?

Saw this story on Business Insider about a specialty food store in Brisbane, Australia, and thought it worth sharing.

The fee exists to stop people from “showrooming” — which occurs when a customer looks at items in a physical store, then makes the purchase online.

The sign assures that you’ll have the five dollars deducted from the final purchase price, so you’ll get your money back if you buy something.

Well that’s one to do it, I suppose.

Let’s think about this from the storekeeper’s side.  There is a cost associated with maintaining a storefront and paying the employees.  In this setup, the only ones paying a surcharge are those who don’t buy anything.  Of course, that also means you have to make up your mind in one trip, I imagine.  And woe upon those who need to go back to the car for something, I guess.  No word on if there is a bouncer at the door checking IDs.

When we talk about culture change and incentives, we have to think about unintended consequences.  Where might this action lead?  Less traffic, the ire of people around the world (who aren’t likely to shop there, honestly), and the loss of goodwill from consumers.

But what else might happen?  Loads of people talking about your store online?  Check.  Reduced traffic, letting the shopkeeper focus on the real customers so as to give them exceptional service and attention?  Yup.  The establishment of a personal relationship, which is likely to grant “friend of the store” status at some point so the regulars don’t pay the surcharge and are made to feel extra-special?  Indeed.

Yes, it’s an untraditional approach.  That doesn’t make it wrong.  Let’s be honest, those most offended by this are the least likely to buy something in the store to begin with.  So the question that must be asked is whether the cost of alienating those shoppers is greater than the value of better service to the “real” customers walking through the door.  And apparently the answer here is no.

Just because people don’t like the approach doesn’t make it wrong.  If anything, it makes it brave.  And that, on some level, should be commended.

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