Caroline Parrone comes to Joyful Heart with eight years of development, special events and fundraising experience. She is a graduate of the College of Santa Fe where she received her degree in Arts and Entertainment Management. Caroline's experience with non-profit organizations throughout high school and college has fostered a sense of global responsibility and drives her commitment to her daily work to leave the world a better place than she found it.
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Are you planning to do any travel this year? Take some time to learn a new language for your trip using RosettaStone! Find the best deals for hotels and flights using GoodShop and you’ll travel knowing that your trip is benefiting Joyful Heart Foundation.
Tell us about your travel plans in the comments below.
We love the weekends here at Joyful Heart because that means it’s time for Self Care Saturday and Sunday. As you have read on our Facebook page, Twitter and the blog – we believe self care comes in many forms.
I love taking a stroll in the park on Saturday mornings. The fresh air is so revitalizing, I love people watching and its a great way for me to clear my head.
I also enjoy group fitness, massages, eating a great meal with friends, checking out a new museum, reading a great book (or listening to one), knitting and so many other decompressing activities. I find that “Daily Deal” sites have many opportunities for self care at discounted rates, and I love a great deal!
My favorite “daily deal” site is Groupon
I have gotten some great group fitness classes from Groupon’s daily email that I never would have tried without a discount, such fun self care! I have also found spa packages, discounted books, and so much more!
Plus, every time I purchase something on Groupon, 4% of my total is donated to Joyful Heart Foundation at no cost to me! I have the GoodShop toolbar and it makes the process automatic.
What great deals for self care have you found through daily deal sites?
Have you been practicing yoga or are you interested in trying it out? Yoga can be a great form of exercise, meditation and has great health benefits.
If you are in the market for any yoga accessories, check out… Yoga Accessories!
I really enjoy these fun yoga socks! Only $15 - plus you can find so much more AND support Joyful Heart Foundation at the same time! Every purchase on Yoga Accessories through GoodShop results in a 5% donation to Joyful Heart Foundation at no cost to you!
When did you try yoga for the first time? Tell us in the comments below!
Many of the Joyful Heart retreats involve the healing power of water. One of the most convenient bodies of water is sitting in your home! That’s right, your bathtub. A warm bath has many healing qualities; quieting the mind through relaxation, soothing aching muscles and providing an overall sense of cleansing the body.
Looking for ways to get even more out of your bath? Try dimming the lights or turning them off and lighting a candle (perhaps an aromatherapy candle), leave your phone in the other room on silent, play some soothing music and add your favorite bubble bath for a calming scent.
Our favorite bubble bath (shower gel and shampoo, too) is philosophy’s Joyful Heart peony and Heart of the Season cranberry scented bubble bath. So not only will your bath be relaxing but it will benefit Joyful Heart too. Each purchase results in a donation to JHF.
PLUS Philosophy participates with GoodShop.com, use it to buy your Joyful Heart, Heart of the Season, or any of philosophy’s other great products and 2.5% of your purchase is donated to JHF at no cost to you!
Were you inspired by last week’s People Giving Back? Are you interested in joining a organized sports team? Or are you already on one? Use GoodShop to order your equipment and make sure you are staying warm while its cold – protect yourself from the elements! I know the winter kickball league plays next to the East River, and it can get ICY out there!!
Tell us about your team, workout or activity in the comments below.
At Joyful Heart, we like to think of Valentine’s Day as a great opportunity for a self-care day. Who better to love than yourself?! No matter if you are encouraging someone else to practice self-care or pampering yourself, make sure to share the love!
Monday, that’s right, Monday is Valentine’s Day. Here are some great options for giving gifts to others or yourself on this special day.
For me, the Joyful Heart offices are always the most cheerful when we have fresh flowers around. So this may be one of my top self-care/Valentine’s Day wish list items. While I was checking out the endless options for flowers and gifts to order through GoodShop, I found a very cool online flower shop, Organic Bouquet. Not only do they have great flower arrangements, gift baskets and cookies, they also have an entire section of the site dedicated to “Flowers for Good” which allows you to choose an arrangement that supports your (second) favorite non-profit organization.
If you order through GoodShop, you can support two good causes with one purchase (6% for Joyful Heart through GoodShop and 5% for another charity through Organic Bouquet). Personally, I love the color of the Global Fund for Women’s Roses.
How cool would a Joyful Blooms arrangement be?
Looking for something to squeeze this Valentine’s Day? Snuggle up with a teddy bear from Vermont Teddy Bear. This shop offers very cute themed bears as well as pajama/teddy bear sets! My favorite is the combo with the Footy Pajamas for adults. Too cool and COZY! Use GoodShop and your purchase will result in a 4 – 5% donation to Joyful Heart with no additional cost to you!
Vintage Styles and Sweets
My style is retro/vintage all the way. I was thrilled to see that RetroPlanet works with GoodShop too! Get your Valentine something groovy. While I don’t encourage consuming massive amounts of candy, it can be a once-in-a-while self-care treat! Check out their collection of “Old School” candy. They donate 5 – 6.5% of your total to Joyful Heart.
A Heartwarming Laugh
Nothing relaxes me like a good hearty laughing fit. Check out JibJab to create personalized, email-able, and hilarious Valentines! I love these quick and easy ways to let someone know I am thinking about them. I signed up for JibJab and 25% of my total benefited Joyful Heart! (JibJab has many free options too).
No matter your favorite self care option or who your Valentine is, you can find the perfect something using GoodShop. Tell us your favorite finds in the comments below.
We have had so many people interested in involving their sports team in fundraising for Joyful Heart Foundation, and we could not be more thrilled! Below, you’ll hear from a representative from WAKA (World Adult Kickball Association) who works with New York based leagues. They incorporated many different types of fundraisers into their season and we hope you can use some of their ideas for your team!
“Hi Joyful Hearts!
My name is Maggie and I am the Senior Customer Service Representative for the World Adult Kickball Association in NYC. We are a social organization that, in addition to playing kickball as adults, also chooses a non-profit organization for which we raise funds each season.
Members of our board meet and present different charitable organizations prior to the start of each season and for the past few years, Joyful Heart Foundation has been unanimously voted as the cause to which we dedicate our efforts. The mission and vision ring true to our men and women alike and we are proud to say that this past season alone, we were able to raise over $5,000 for JHF!
Having played and been involved with WAKA since the spring of 2005, I have seen a variety of fundraising ideas attempted. Some did not work as well as we would have liked but others were great successes. Not shocking is that competitive fundraisers work wonders for competitive people. So we keep trying new things, and if you’re fundraising for a cause, I’d suggest you try to think outside the box and experiment with creative new ideas.
In addition to regular raffles, suggested donations, etc., our leagues have tried to add twists to conventional money-making efforts. For example, bake sales are time-honored traditional fundraisers. We decided to add a spin by giving teams points in proportion to the amount of money spent. Who would have thought that in a league with approximately 200 people, $700+ would have been raised by delicious treats in only a few hours?!
Penny Wars! This involves teams interacting with each other and collecting money that all goes to your charity. Change (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, silver dollars) and checks made out to JHF by non-kickballers count as positive points for your team. Paper cash (dollar bills in any amount) are put in your team container by opposing/competing teams and count as negative points. Example for scoring – Team A collects $43.74 in change (4374 points), one player has a co-worker hand him a check for $10 (1000 points) and at the field, other teams contribute $25 in paper bills to Team A’s penny war jug (-2500 points). Team A’s point total for week 1 is 2874 but the amount they raised for Joyful Heart is $78.74. And that’s only one of 8 – 16 teams. The contest continues through the next 7 weeks of the season. (This works best when players have cars to help them lug around the jars.) As prizes for the winning team (even more incentive than just being the best at fundraising), the charity chair, league representative and/or players approach local businesses for contributions. Sporting goods stores, restaurants, etc. are great places to check out for donated goods/services.
Most people have been involved with or at least heard of date auctions. Our spin with these is that our participants auction off different services such as cleaning the winner’s apartment, shoveling snow (a much needed service this winter), grocery shopping, etc. These auctions go off quite well as the people who are spending their money not only know that 100% of the proceeds support a great cause, they also come away with a practical prize. Who wouldn’t love to have their weekly chores done by someone else?! Especially if that someone else was on a team that beat your team the week before on the kickball field… Another optional twist is tallying how much each team raises and/or spends and offering a prize to the team that raised the most as well as the team that spent the most.
We also ran a charity poker tournament. We got the space donated from a local bar and the “kitty” or “pot” was split 45% JHF, 35% 1st place winner, 15% to the runner up and 5% to third place. We followed Texas Hold’em rules, and each player bought in at $25. We allowed for “re-buys” for which we charged $35, with $10 going directly to the charity and the rest going into the pot to be split like all the other money. We had a number of poker enthusiasts loan us their poker chips and cards so we didn’t have to pay for anything. (Luckily everyone had different chips so they were easy to split up at the end.)
For our playoff’s, we tried something called “Pledge for Runs.” It worked like this:Each team specified a dollar amount that they agreed to pay for every run the team scored during their playoff games. For example, if the team pledged $10 per run and scored 10 runs during the play offs, the team collected $100 to donate to the charity. (For teams as large as most of ours, 26 people, this amounted to about $4 per person.)However, to make it interesting, not only did the team pledge an amount for their own runs, but they also chose a team to bet against! For example, my team could decide that we didn’t think our opposing team will make as many runs as us, so we will pledged $20 for each of their runs.We encouraged all our teams to dig deep and give big by awarding a “Philanthropy Award” that came with a prize. Every dollar the team donated at any of our fundraisers went to their season total and at our End of Season Party we announced the winner. This season it was OBFY, pictured below.
If you are not sure where to start, look for recreational sports leagues with a charitable focus in your area. WAKA is not limited to NYC. As the word “world” denotes, we are probably in a city near you! So find and join a league, take on the role of charity chairperson and start helping others learn about and support our Joyful Heart Foundation.”
These are such great ideas! We will be posting how-tos and other tips and ideas on our new Get Involved page of the JHF website, we will be sure to post an update on the blog and Facebook to keep you in the know!
BIG THANKS to WAKA and the NY STAR league for their incredible generosity and their very joyful hearts.
Do you play sports? How have you raised awareness or funds through your sports team? Tell us in the comments below.
Did you know that February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? Are you wondering how you, your kids, your friends, your nieces and nephews or the kid down the street can do something to start a conversation, share information and get involved?!
We have been so impressed with the great information and tool kits that our partner organizations have available that we wanted to share them with you.
TeenDVMonth.org is a collaborative effort to promote February as Teen DV Month by serving as a clearing-house for all related activities. Many organizations joined in to create this website and they are adding to it all the time!
Check out their section on things you can do, ways to get your school involved, and how to get your elected officials involved. Don’t forget, these are suggestions and jumping off points. you can change, add to or completely come up with your own ideas! Be creative, do what feels right to you.
I love that they offer a sample letter to send to your principal about getting teen dating violence prevention curricula in your school and plays you can put on for your school. Too cool!
What did you do, or plan to do to raise awareness for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month? Tell us in the comments below.