Jan 25,2017: Murchison Road Community Farmers Market

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Jan 22,2017: Elisium

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Jan 21,2017: Scleroderma Support Group

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: Parrots for Patriots Helps Veterans

Polly want a cracker? How about Polly want a loving home with a veteran?

Parrots for Patriots is an organization that works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to match veterans with parrots and other birds up for adoption. A parrot can be a wonderful companion. They do not require as much effort to care for as a dog (you don’t have to walk them) and they can talk back!

Christoper Driggins founded Parrots for Patriots in 2015 to help veterans find healing and hope. Parrots and other pets can bring smiles and solace to those in pain or brighten up a dreary day. The organization is not unusual or the first. Birds and bird song have been used to calm and quiet the mind and reduce anxiety and stress. In Los Angeles, the West LA VA Medical Center started a successful therapy program that includes learning to care for birds.

Driggins says “birds are helpful because they provide routine and responsibility some veterans—especially those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—feel they lack after leaving the service.”

The veterans are not the only ones who benefit. Some of the birds come from sanctuaries with their own scars to heal and can form a bond with their masters on the road to recovery.

Parrots for Patriots is working to attract more sponsors as well as volunteers, so they can help more veterans as well as help defray the costs of purchasing a bird along with all the necessary supplies. They are currently working with the Northwest Bird Rescue of Vancouver, Washington to find the right bird for each veteran, with a particular focus on helping homebound and disabled veterans, but any veteran can apply. They are also looking for individuals who would like to sponsor a veteran as well as retailers willing to offer discounts.

Do you know someone who started an organization that helps veterans? Nominate them for next weeks AmericanTown’s Heroes.

Article source: http://www.americantowns.com/wa/vancouver/news/americantowns-heroes-parrots-for-patriots-helps-veterans-27915165

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Jan 19,2017: Bereavement Support Group

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Jan 20,2017: Artificial Brain

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Jan 17,2017: Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

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AmericanTown’s Heroes: It’s Polar Bear Plunge Season!

What do polar bears have to do with fundraising? Nothing, unless the polar bears are really people who brave the frigid ocean waters to raise money for charity.

Polar bear plunges are a tradition in parts of the world, like in Canada, The Netherlands and the UK where it is one way people celebrate New Year’s Day. No doubt it helps shake off any sluggishness from the night before.

In the United States, polar bear plunges are typically held in the winter months in places like Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Oregon as fundraisers for charitable organizations. In Seattle, Washington they have been holding an annual event since 1993. When added all together, it is estimated tens of thousands of people race into the ocean alongside kindred spirits at plunges across the country.

Thanks to the yearly turnout, the Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood, New Jersey is able to help more than 25,000 athletes engaged with Special Olympics with various efforts over the course of the year, including making more programs available to more children. And you don’t even have to get wet! Most clubs will gladly accept your donations or let you purchase commemorative gear to contribute to the effort. Impress your friends or keep them guessing about whether you really made the plunge or just bought the shirt!

Do you know someone or a group of people who go to extraordinary measures to make fundraising a fun and stimulating experience? Nominate them for next week’s AmericanTown’s Heroes.

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Jan 19,2017: NICU Parent Support Group

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Earth Talk: The Trump presidency and the environment

Dear EarthTalk: What are environmentalists doing to prepare for a Trump presidency? — R.E.

Many different interest groups are worried about what Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House will mean for their causes, but perhaps none are as concerned as environmental and climate activists. The new administration has vowed to gut the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cancel the carbon-busting Clean Power Plan, and pull out of the landmark Paris climate accord. And environmentalists are bracing for attempts by the new White House to lift off-shore oil and gas drilling moratoria and re-start the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects across the nation’s heartland.

 

In the face of these likely assaults, what are plans to counteract Trump’s anti-green moves? The Sierra Club kicked things off in December by projecting a huge image of rising seas and the words “Don’t Trump the planet” onto the side of the Trump Building on Wall Street in New York City. The group has attracted more donors in the weeks since Trump’s election than in the previous four years, and is focusing in the short term on derailing Scott Pruitt as Trump’s pick to head the EPA.

 

The Sierra Club has also kicked its Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign into high gear, given Trump’s hints that he would try to green light more oil and gas development projects. Sierra Club activists have helped organize and staff protest camps along the proposed route of the Sabal Trail Transmission, an oil and gas pipeline slated to cross through sensitive natural habitats in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

 

Meanwhile, 350.org, an advocacy group committed to building a global grassroots climate movement, has pledged to spend January fighting to derail Trump’s anti-environment cabinet picks. The group organized a “national day of action” on January 9, targeting key Senators who say they recognize the threat of climate change, but haven’t yet come out against Trump’s EPA nominee Scott Pruitt and other climate change deniers in the cabinet. 350.org is also delivering petitions to the Trump transition team signed by tens of thousands of Americans opposing Pruitt as well as Exxon’s Rex Tillerson, Trump’s Secretary of State nominee. Come spring, 350.org hopes to turn out even more sympathizers at the People’s Climate Mobilization, a march on Washington, DC scheduled for April 29, 2017.

 

Another way activists are rallying support for the environment is by ramping up efforts to get universities across the country to divest from fossil fuel investments. The Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network is organizing student walkouts at college campuses across the country on January 23 “to resist and reject the climate denial” of the incoming Trump administration.

 

Indeed, Trump’s very antipathy towards environmental regulations might be just the kind of spur needed to get people excited about environmental and climate activism. Let’s not forget that memberships, funding and influence swelled for green groups when another conservative Republican, George W. Bush, moved into the White House in 2000; groups like the Sierra Club leveraged this backlash to successfully lead the charge against the development of dozens of new emissions-spewing coal-fired power plants at the time, sparing the nation a huge carbon burden down the line. Activists hope to build on this type strategy in leveraging the support of the vast majority of Americans for increased environmental protections and greenhouse gas emissions cuts to convince the Trump administration to do the right thing.

 

CONTACTS: Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org; 350.org, www.350.org; Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network, www.studentsdivest.org.

 

 

 

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