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ACT NOW: Ask The Senate To Pass Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Bill Through 2018

Hello –

I received this action alert asking advocates like you and I to urge the Senate to pass the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME bill (S. 1557). The bill would extend funding through 2018 according to the alert released by the team at Speak Now For Kids. Below is the action alert:

Thank you for your recent help to successfully urge the Senate to pass the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) bill (S. 1557), extending the program’s funding through 2018. Your help was invaluable, and made a big difference. Now, it’s the House’s turn to act on this important legislation.

We are so close to this important benefit for pediatric health reaching President Obama’s desk for signature into law. This is the final step in what has been a two-year process for reauthorizing the CHGME program.

Please help us fight for access to pediatric specialty care by contacting your Member of Congress NOW.

Why is the CHGME program important? For more than a decade, the CHGME national program has helped children’s hospitals across the country train more than 6,000 pediatricians and pediatric specialists to care for kids with critical health needs.

How can you Act Now for Kids?

Send a letter to your Member of Congress NOW.

Learn more about the issues on our website.

Join our community of champions and start participating in the conversation.

 Thank you again for continuing to support children’s hospitals and taking action to protect the future of our kids’ health.

-The Speak Now for Kids Team

Visit: speaknowforkids.org for more!

Visit: speaknowforkids.org for more!

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Reflect Now: Equity Crowdfunding Good or Bad?

Davis Jones' Equity Crowdfunding Eco Map

Davis Jones’ Equity Crowdfunding Eco Map

Is Equity Crowdfunding the future of small business! Or is it another idea good in theory? What is Equity Crowdfunding? Per Sarah N. Lynch’s article from Reuters:

Equity crowdfunding lets small companies raise money by pooling together tiny investments from people around the country in exchange for a potential financial return.”

“Many believe that, if structured appropriately, crowdfunding can bring great benefits to our economy,” said SEC Democratic Commissioner Luis Aguilar.

This has the potential to really create a market for grassroots consumer empowered investment, and give small businesses that do not meet the criteria for traditional funding sources a chance.

Take a moment to view the video below to learn more about Equity Crowdfunding: The Secrets of the Crowdfund Investment Revealed by Davis Jones.

Does it sound like a good idea? On balance, there are some who feel differently. According to an Entrepreneur.com opinion piece entitled Why Equity Crowdfunding Is a Terrible Idea:

Equity crowdfunding proposes a fair shot for all, but as with most things in a capitalist structure, only the strong will survive. There will be adverse selection. Good entrepreneurs will not go to crowdfunding sites as they can raise capital the traditional way. Good investors are not going to crowdfund because they do not struggle to connect with good entrepreneurs. Thus, equity crowdfunding sites will be left with entrepreneurs who couldn’t raise capital and investors who couldn’t get into deals.

What do you think?

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ACT NOW: Support Stephen McDow’s Efforts To Raise Money For Ride For Food

Stephen McDow

Stephen McDow

Can you believe it? I’m helping Open Table raise money for our program by participating in Ride For Food on September 15, 2013. All money raised will help Open Table better serve their guests who are experiencing hardship. Any donation you can make will be appreciated. I have set a goal of $1,000.

Thanks to a generous financial backer I will join Team Open Table at 7:30 am on the campus of the Noble and Greenough School. I’ve personally committed to 12 miles.

Your support is encouraged and appreciated in advance. Together, we can make an impact in the lives of individuals in need of food relief.

According to a report by Massachusetts based Project Bread and data collected from the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture):

“The food insecurity rate in Massachusetts has grown by over 43 percent since the start of the recession in 2008. This is the highest rate recorded in the Commonwealth since this data was first collected in 1995.”

In an article published recently by the Associated Press:

“Poverty is spreading at record levels across many groups, from underemployed workers and suburban families to the poorest poor. More discouraged workers are giving up on the job market, leaving them vulnerable as unemployment aid begins to run out. Suburbs are seeing increases in poverty [too].”

Dr. Cornell West of The Poverty Tour says, “You can’t lead people unless you love people and you can’t save people unless you serve people.”

What is the depth of your love and quality of your service for people, specifically poor people? Show your love and donate today by clicking the link below.

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Sincerely,

Stephen McDow

ACT NOW: Learn How WE Can Solve Hunger Through Edible Tourism & Impact Local Business

Pam Warhurst, Co-Founder of Incredible Edible, United Kingdom

Pam Warhurst, Co-Founder of Incredible Edible, United Kingdom

Pam Warhurst’s efforts in Britain with increasing sources of good food while impacting the local environment and sustaining business is an expression of grassroots activism at its best. Ms. Warhurst is encouraging community activism without bureaucracy. She believes, “We are all part of the local food jigsaw; we are all part of the solution!”

Please view her Ted Talk video below: How we can eat our landscapes.

About Pam Warhurst

Pam Warhurst is the Chair of the Board of the Forestry Commission, which advises on and implements forestry policy in Great Britain. She also co-founded Incredible Edible Todmorden, a local food partnership that encourages community engagement through local growing. Incredible Edible started small, with the planting of a few community herb gardens in Todmorden, and today has spin-offs in the U.S. and Japan. The community has started projects like Every Egg Matters, which educates people on keeping chickens and encourages them to sell eggs to neighbors, and uses a ‘Chicken Map’ to connect consumers and farmers. Incredible Edible Todmorden empowers ordinary people to take control of their communities through active civic engagement.


Pam Warhurst:How we can eat our landscapes.

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Reflect Now: The Corporation for National and Community Service Sends Stephen McDow A Note Of Thanks

Stephen McDow With Fellow Volunteers At Open Table

Stephen McDow With Fellow Volunteers At Open Table

The Corporation for National and Community Service sent Stephen McDow a thank you note regarding his commitment to service:

Hi Stephen,

Thanks so much for your message and for sharing your volunteer experiences with us. We’re glad to hear you’re at 555 hours and counting! It’s always wonderful to hear from volunteers who are doing amazing work in their communities and making service a part of their lives. Have a wonderful week and thank you for serving!

Stephen is humbled that the Corporation for National and Community Service took the time to thank him for his commitment to service. He also view’s their note as motivation to seek greater opportunities to help people.

Visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov to learn how YOU can make an impact!

Visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov to learn how YOU can make an impact!

Reflect Now: At Age 15 I Worked With Abused & Neglected Children

Stephen McDow, age 15, working at camp for abused and neglected children.

Stephen McDow, age 15, working at camp for abused and neglected children.

In the summer of 1992, at age 15, I was hired by the department of child and family services (Washington, DC) to work as a camp counselor. The camp allowed abused and neglected children from Washington, DC an opportunity to get out of “dodge” and visit the Prince William County Forrest for a little fun and relaxation. These children came from broken homes and had trauma resulting from physical, mental and sexual abuse, as well as chronic neglect. I remember some of the stories my campers told me during their stay. The horror was real…and I could relate to some of their stories on a personal level. If you have a camp for abused children in your area I encourage you to go and work…the experience is worth having. I wrote an article that was published in the Ellington Express, the school paper at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. I took many pictures during that experience. Please take a moment to view a few pictures below.

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Special Projects

Special Projects

Delilah W. Pierce Collection

Delilah W. Pierce Collection

Website Implementation, Content Research & Management, Social Media Strategy

Implemented and edited the design to the collections specifications. I also spent time rediscovering the history of Delilah W. Pierce providing context and relevance as it pertained to the greater social and political movements of her time. I also composed all of the copy. Created a Facebook page including introducing an outreach and social media strategy.

Delilah W. Pierce Home Page

Delilah W. Pierce Home Page

Delilah W. Pierce Facebook

Delilah W. Pierce Facebook

Also see: http://delilahwpierce.com and https://www.facebook.com/DelilahWPierce


Wanda Spence, Actress

Wanda Spence, Actress

Website Content Management, Social Media Strategy, Outreach Strategy

Implemented and edited the design to Wanda’s specifications. I also spent time researching her film clips, composing the copy and her acting credits. Took her existing Facebook page and helped create consistent branding and message. Introduced an outreach and social media strategy.

Wanda Spence Home Page

Wanda Spence Home Page

Wanda Spence Facebook

Wanda Spence Facebook

Also see: http://wandaspence.com and https://www.facebook.com/wsmcdow


Open Table

Open Table

Website Content Management, Social Media Strategy, Outreach Strategy

In coordination with Open Table’s president, Peter Hilton, incoming president Jeanine Calabria, the board-of-directors, and the development and communications committee, I implemented an outreach and social media strategy to help bring awareness to the organization and increase its impact on the communities they serve. Our efforts, for example, resulted in 2,700lbs in food donations collected from the Postal Services “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Our efforts have also raised awareness in the community and we are now serving more house-holds each week than when we first started our expanded efforts.

Open Table Home Page

Open Table Home Page

Open Table Facebook Page

Open Table Facebook Page

Also see: http://www.opentable.org and https://www.facebook.com/opentablema


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Reflect Now: Stephen McDow Volunteers 555 Hours At Open Table

Stephen McDow Volunteers 555 Hours At Open Table

Stephen McDow Volunteers 555 Hours At Open Table

Life is a journey that has twists and turns. As many of you know I found Open Table in order to give back to society. I’m pleased to say that I’ve volunteered 555 hours at Open Table and have no plans on stopping. Serving those in need in Massachusetts has been a spiritually rewarding experience.

 Dr. Cornell West of The Poverty Tour says:

You can’t lead people unless you love people and you can’t save people unless you serve people.

What is the depth of your love and quality of your service for people, specifically poor people?

My love for people is deep…its been that way my entire life. I’m honored that Open Table’s president, Peter Hilton, allowed me the opportunity to come and make an impact on those individuals experiencing a time of need.

I pledged 500 hours to the National Day of Service…and plan to pledge another 500 hours, totaling 1,000 hours since September 2012.

Will you join me? No matter where you are in the world find a local food bank and invest your time in helping to bring a smile to those in need.

Reflect Now: Juicing Will Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents. Childhood obesity has many immediate and long-term health effects. The solution? Well…part of the solution is juicing!

If you make sure your child gets proper exercise, eliminate junk food and increase your raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, and beans you will see a difference in attitude, energy, and BMI. Besides, parents may want to think about building a good eating foundation from birth to 16. Why you may ask? That way from 16 to adulthood your child will only crave the GOOD food. If you start following an increased raw diet, eliminate the junk food and have beef, sweets, and the occasional visit (once every 3 to 6 months) to your favorite restaurant to splurge on the calories, you will also see a difference in your child’s cravings. No longer will they crave a dose of cheese fries and fried chicken fingers or chips and dip…you will find they will go into the refrigerator and start picking out their kale, beets, carrots, strawberry’s and apples themselves. Isn’t that a parents dream? Well…it can’t be said enough: Start Juicing!

Consult your doctor for sure if you have any health risks and concerns and Start Juicing!

Note: I also filed this on CNN iReport: Stephen McDow