|Posted by Kathleen on October 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Today marked the end of Monterey Ridge Elementary School’s 3rd annual We Care Bear Drive. It was, as always, a remarkable showing of compassion and sharing from these students. MRES is where the We Care Bear Project really got its start and the support of the teachers and staff over the years has been remarkable.
Today Mr. Olander surprised Jessica with a Certificate of Reorganization from the California State Legislator.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support.
|Posted by Kathleen on October 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM||comments (1)|
A big shout out to Ms. Ramirez and THANK YOU to Morning Creek Elementary School. They did such a great job of collecting bears that they barely fit into the bear mobile.
Thank you so much for supporting We Care Bears your donations are headed to the San Diego Police Department to comfort scared or injured children.
|Posted by Kathleen on October 16, 2013 at 7:50 PM||comments (0)|
One of the most common questions we are asked is “how can I help?”…..NOW you have a very easy way to support We Care Bears and it won’t cost you anything but a minute of your time.
The Post-it® Dreams for Good Contest is looking to change the world for the better, and the We Care Bear Project needs your vote!
Post-it® asked people to send in their Dreams for Good. Jessica’s project made it to one of the 15 finalists and YOU can vote on who you think deserves a $25,000 Possibility Grant to help bring their idea to life. We hope you’ll vote for We Care Bears.
Help Post-it® change the world for the better — sign up and vote today at www.facebook.com/postit once you enter the voting simply search “bag of bears” and you’ll find Jessica’s project.
We hope you’ll take a moment to vote and help We Care Bears WIN!!
|Posted by Kathleen on October 6, 2013 at 11:20 AM||comments (0)|
Are you ready for some GREAT NEWS? Really big, happy tears kinda of news?
We are thrilled to announce that Jessica is one of ten winners of the inaugural Peace First Prize!! This is huge, not just for her project but for her personal growth as well.
Peace First exists to create the next generation of peacemakers. To do so, the organization teaches young people to work effectively with others to resolve conflicts, solve community problems, communicate ideas effectively, and form positive social relationships.
Peace First believes in young people and their ability to create positive change around them.
Young people are natural problem-solvers and creative thinkers, and Peace First invests in their ability to see themselves as leaders.
Peace First launched the inaugural Peace First Prize in January to recognize and invest in young people leading change in their schools and communities – and to share their stories with the nation.
Winners were chosen based on 3 criteria for their work: courage, compassion and the ability to lead collaborative change.
Each of the 10 winners receives $50,000 over two years to support their peacemaking work and invest in their leadership.
Prize money can either support an ongoing peacemaking project with a registered nonprofit organization or be used toward winners' education.
The Prize has been in development for 3 years, and is open to people between 8-22 years old.
They received nearly 700 applicants. The young people and their peacemaking projects were evaluated on the following selection criteria: compassion, courage and collaborative change.
The Prize is their way of sparking national attention and respect for young people as true assets in our society. Their work has impact and shows tremendous determination to create peace and justice.
They seek to develop these young leaders into national spokespeople for peace and to inspire other youth to become peacemakers.
Jessica is taking this responsibility very seriously and we as family couldn’t be more proud of this amazing honor given to her.
|Posted by Kathleen on October 2, 2013 at 8:25 PM||comments (1)|
If you are in San Diego's North County feel free to join us for Make A Difference Day.
For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others. Join us on October 26, 2013.
This year the We Care Bear Project is holding a bear sorting, tagging and bagging event at Monterey Ridge Elementary School from 10 - 11:30am or 12:30 - 2pm. Work one or both shifts. This event is designed to get kids excitted about volunteering and making a difference in the lives of kids who are scared or injured.
Space is limited for this event so be sure to RSVP right away to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you there.
|Posted by Kathleen on September 30, 2013 at 1:20 AM||comments (0)|
A huge thank you to Tierra Bonita Elementary School for your donation of bears. The bears that your students collected will provide comfort to so many scared children.
Tierra Bonita did a low key bear drive with simple collection boxes set up around campus - if you'd like information on holding a bear drive please contact us and we'll get you all set up.
|Posted by Kathleen on September 18, 2013 at 12:25 PM||comments (0)|
Jessica has run into a couple of stumbling blocks with her Make A Difference Day project. Two big ones were not having any bags and being charged $200 to use the multipurpose room at her school.
The We Care Bear Project has been 100% funded by the generous donations of goods and services and anything else that is needed our family purchases. That shoestring budget means that the recent setbacks seemed the demise of the project.
UNTIL now. Jessica met with Dr. Collins, the superintendent of PUSD, and talked to him about her project. He was so kind and gracious and waived the $200 fee for the room. Not only that but he is also having a bear drive at the district office and will come to the Make A Difference Day event and invited her to speak to the Board about her project.
AND thanks to the generous donation of bags by ClearBags.com and Sprouts we have bags for this event. Several local schools and businesses have also agreed to hold bear drives. Jessica has put herself and her project in front of every person she could think of to make this even happen and it has worked!!
We will publish a complete list of sponsors after the event - it is extensive and we are humbled by such amazing support.
|Posted by Kathleen on September 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM||comments (0)|
We have cleared a couple of the recent heardles and while we still have no idea how we will pay the $200 required for the room we are moving full steam ahead with Make A Difference Day.
If your school or civic organization is interested in holding a bear drive we'd WELCOME your participation.
Another exciting way for your students to Make a Difference is by participating in the We Care Bear Make a Difference Day bagging tagging event at Monterey Ridge Elementary School on Saturday, October 26th. Space is limited to 60 volunteers in one of two shifts 10am – 11:30 and 12:30 – 2pm. Student volunteers will work to sort, tag and bag bears in preparation for donation. All volunteers need to RSVP by October 18th and will be given the opportunity to purchase a limited edition We Care Bear / Make a Difference Day t-shirt for just $10 (youth / $14 adult). Click HERE to order your shirts today. There are several exciting door prizes available including gift certificates to Pei Wei and Gepetto's and cupcakes from Sprinkles.
I really hope you’ll consider this exciting opportunity to get directly involved in making a difference. We Care Bears is really, at the core, about kids helping kids and improving the community we live in a small but tangible way.
Thanks for considering having a bear drive. I look forward to hearing from you and scheduling your bear drive!!
|Posted by Kathleen on August 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
As many of you know Jessica has been planning a big Make A Difference Day bear drive and bagging event. Her goal is to get 500 bags of bears tagged and bagged on October 26, this would put a bag of We Care Bears in every police car in San Diego.
Unfortunately the last week has brought a couple of road blocks. The biggest is that the company that has been donating all the bags for the project is no longer making them. Jessica has been generously blessed by all the adorable bags donated and we are so grateful to West Coast Fundraising for everything they have done to support Jessica and the We Care Bear Project. BUT we are on the hunt for bags again. So my friends if you know of anyone who can donate bags to Jessica’s project please spread the word of her need. OR, if your church, school or civic organization feels like they would like to help the We Care Bear Project having a Bag Drive instead of a bear drive is a GREAT solution. Just ask for donations of reusable shopping bags – they pack flat and would be much easier to ship than bears.
The other and perhaps biggest roadblock is where the event is going to be held. Before the end of school last year Jessica spoke to her school principal about using the school’s multi-purpose room. He approved it, they reserved it and he even offered to be at the event from start to finish so that no one extra would be needed to open and close the school. Sadly, last week the principal was informed that the school district wants to charge Jessica $200 to use the room. This has us spinning as to alternative sites that might let her use a large room. The We Care Bear Project is truly just a 10 year old’s project – it is not a 501(c)(3), it has no funding mechanism, it is just Jessica trying to make a difference the best way she knows how at her age. I did send an e-mail to the Superintendent of Poway schools and request a meeting so that Jessica could explain her project to him and ask him to speak at to the kids at the event so maybe if she has a chance to meet him she can ask him about the $200 but meanwhile we need a back up.
I have to say I have been stunned at how well Jessica has brainstormed how to overcome these things – the Bag Drive was her idea – I think it’s a pretty good one:D We have a button on this website under How You Can Help that allows you to send a donation for a bear, she had the idea to add a button to buy a bag so I’ll get that done as well. We are still trying to figure out location alternatives – if anyone has any ideas we are all ears!!
Feel free to share this post with everyone you know and ask them to do the same. The one thing both Jessica and I have learned from this project is that people are so generous and together we can all make this happen.
|Posted by Kathleen on August 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM||comments (0)|