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Taiwan earthquake: First volunteers from Chinese mainland leave for rescue efforts  

The first volunteer rescue team from the Chinese mainland has set off for Taiwan from Hangzhou city following the M6.7 earthquake that shook southern Taiwan early Saturday.

Liao Wei and Liao Xinming from Hangzhou’s Ramunion Outdoor Sports League are scheduled to fly on an evening flight from Shanghai to Taipei, before heading to south Taiwan to participate in the rescue work.

According to china.org.cn, another 12 members from the league will join the rescue team. They are currently applying for entry permits to Taiwan.

The epicenter of the 6.7-magnitude earthquake has been pinned to the city of Kaohsiung.  So far, at least eleven people have died in neighboring Tainan city.

China’s Red Cross Society has offered 2 million yuan (around 304,000 US dollars) for  the relief efforts, while the mainland’s Taiwan Affairs Office has also promised to offer any assistance, if needed.

Community Coupons: Do good things, get good things.

Philanthropy and the spirit of volunteerism have been built into Onetribe from day one. I believe businesses have a responsibility to the community they call home. Over the years, we have donated to various local and national food rights organizations, provided paid time for employees to volunteer at local organizations, made our studio space available to local non-profit organizations for meetings and events, aided in sustainable agriculture planning and training for farmers in Bali, Indonesia, and even co-founded a 501c3 non-profit (Renew Richmond) to combat health issues and lack of healthy food access in food desert communities here in Richmond, Virginia.

I have been thinking about the role of business in society, and how we can balance being a (hopefully) profitable business with building stronger communities and helping those in need. I’ve come to an intriguing solution - an experiment, really - that involves you and your place: Community Coupons.

I don’t have the ability to organize and make things happen in your community, but you do.

I know that many of our customers share our passion for community and have dedicated countless hours to non-profit initiatives dear to their own hearts. We are proud of, and humbled by, the efforts of our customers and the wider body modification community to care for the environment and those in need, and address important social issues.

I would like to thank you for your support of positive non-profit initiatives by offering you a discount coupon worth 20% off products on our website or 15% off custom jewelry.

Do work in your community anywhere in the world - volunteer at a food pantry, do work for an organization helping women and children, advocate on behalf of the homeless, help refugees, volunteer with an organization helping at-risk LGBT youth, save your local watershed. Do anything you feel strongly about that helps the community and is done solely for non-profit purposes, tell us who it was for and why it’s important to you, send a photo of you working that we can share with our other customers, and I will give you a discount on your next purchase.

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On the drive to Fairview Cemetery in the Boston neighborhood of Hyde Park, six seniors from Roxbury Latin boys’ school sit in silent reflection. Mike Pojman, the school’s assistant headmaster and senior adviser, says the trip is a massive contrast to the rest of their school day, and to their lives as a whole right now.

Today the teens have volunteered to be pallbearers for a man who died alone in September, and for whom no next of kin was found. He’s being buried in a grave with no tombstone, in a city cemetery.

“To reflect on the fact that there are people, like this gentleman, who probably knew hundreds or thousands of people through his life, and at the end of it there’s nobody there — I think that gets to all of them,” Pojman says. “Some have said, ‘I just gotta make sure that never happens to me.’”

'Today We Are His Family’: Teen Volunteers Mourn Those Who Died Alone

Photos: Kayana Szymczak for NPR

Artists Needed for Animation Project

What is Wolf?

Wolf is a traditionally animated movie currently in production.

Who is making this movie?

Everyone and anyone! We’re internet-based, so we have volunteers from all over the world helping us. Our goal is help interested ones interested in animation get real world experience in the field. So you don’t even have to have a resume! If you have the skills, you can work for us!

Why are you making this movie?

It is part of our mission to promote wolves in a more natural and positive light. Wolves have rarely been given a positive role in films, literature, and art, and we hope to have the opportunity to fill that gap. Seriously, how many movies can you name where the wolves were not the bad guys?

Lastly, we want to keep traditional animation alive. Our goal for the animation style of this film is to go back to the ‘roots’ of American animation. We believe the heart of animation is in the story.

I have family/work/school so I can’t help you

So do we! Many of us have other obligations ourselves. So we totally understand! As volunteers, we understand that not everyone can work on this all day every day 365 days a year. We will never ask you to put Wolf before your family and personal life. School and work always come first!

Do you have any completed clips you can share?

Yes! Check out our Youtube page or here on our Tumblr.

How can I help / What do you need?

We need animators, effects animators, background and layout artists most of all, but we can always use inkers and colorists! To learn more about how to apply for these positions and what they are, please go here

I can’t draw very well but I still want to help, so how can I do that?

By spreading the word about us, first and foremost! We also sell some merchandise to help cover the cost of our website hosting. The link for that is here. We have also released a prequel of sorts in the form of a paperback book, which you can gladly order off of Amazon. 

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! If we don’t have artists the project cannot continue and will take even longer to make. So please reblog this and spread the word!

“Childhood homelessness is Orange County’s best-kept secret”. Project Hope Alliance is a non-profit in Costa Mesa, Orange County that strives to put an end to childhood homelessness by providing hope through housing and education. I shadowed a member of their team and was impressed with the devotion and passion they have to help the future generation. I think what sets them apart from others is that they are committed to helping the children through their high school graduation and be a support system throughout that time. They offer many ways to get involved which include donating, internships, and volunteering. For more information on how to help the kids visit http://www.projecthopealliance.org

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