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Fantastic Philanthropy: Speedway Children’s Charities

Hey y’all! It has been awhile since I spotlighted a charity that I love.  This specific charity holds a spot near and dear to my heart.  I worked for them several years ago and I can tell you the people (volunteers and employees) are some of the most fantastic people you will EVER meet.

If you remember, one of my new years resolutions is to volunteer more and I am excited to say that I am going to help spearhead a Young Professionals group for the local Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

Why do I love SCC? Here is a little about the organization straight from their website.

The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals it was founded upon in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives.

Since 1997, Speedway Children’s Charities at Texas Motor Speedway has distributed more than $10.2  million in funding to non-profit organizations in North Texas supporting children in need. The funds distributed by Speedway Children’s Charities are raised through special events held throughout the year. Most of Speedway Children’s Charities events are geared around the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.

Speedway Children’s Charities could fill the grandstands at Texas Motor Speedway 16 times with the number of children we have helped since 1997.  Our reach is far, and the dollars we raise go to directly helping children in our community.

Children’s organizations in Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties are eligible to apply for the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual Founders and Partner Grants. Qualified applicants must directly fulfill needs of children in our area and be a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

 

This group has raised money that TREMENDOUSLY helps the local Texas community and specifically KIDS! I love the cause and I love the people!

Want to get involved? Check out the sign up HERE!

Just a couple fun memories below of times with SCC!

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You might recognize one of my favorite bloggers CASEY on the far right in Victory Lane with me.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropy: It’s all about the YMCA

I think it is about time to outline another Fantastic Philanthropy! The YMCA has grown close to my heart over the last year.  My husband sits on the local board for one of the branches and I started working out there about a year ago.  We are involved specifically with the Westside and Benbrook YMCA’s.

The YMCA gives scholarships and youth program opportunities. Persons who wish to utilize the services of the Y, but cannot afford them, are given assistance based on their needs. This allows the YMCA to say “Yes!” to those who otherwise would not be able to participate. The YMCA offers a complete continuum of services for all ages.

Here is a great video of Cheryl who has benefitted from a YMCA scholarship:

Beyond the great things they do for the community the staff is great! I am greeted by my name everyday and asked how I am.  The group fitness instructors recognize you and also are very friendly and knowledgeable sources.

I think that goes to show how great the YMCA is not only for individuals but for the community.  Whether you are there to get fit, have children that play sports or are looking for a great philanthropy the YMCA serves all of those and much, much more!

Below are just a few pictures from my YMCA adventures:IMG_3296

Visit the YMCA for more info on how to volunteer, donate or join the gym!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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Fantastic Philanthropies: Arthritis Foundation

Hi everyone! One of my goals of this year to is to incorporate more philanthropy into my blog.  So I have decide to spotlight outstanding organizations! This first organization is near and dear to my heart; The Arthritis Foundation.

Arthritis has affected so many family members and friends of mine that I wanted to get involved to help find a cure. So over the last 2 years I have sat on the Jingle Bell Run Committee and the Walk to Cure Arthritis committee as part of the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas.

Did you know that Arthritis is not just a disease of old age. Two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65, including 300,000 children?! The Foundation not only holds events to help raise awareness and money to find a cure but the website and staff are full of information for those who are affected.  They help give health information health information, information for families of those affected and event camps for children who have JA.

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Here is a great overall description of what Arthritis Foundation does and how to get involved:

The Arthritis Foundation is committed to raising awareness and reducing the unacceptable impact of arthritis, a disease which must be taken as seriously as other chronic diseases because of its devastating consequences.We are leading the way to conquer the nation’s leading cause of disability through increased education, outreach, research, advocacy and other vital programs and services.

Our goal is to reduce by 20 percent the number of people suffering from arthritis-related physical activity limitations by 2030.

Make Arthritis Unacceptable: We build involvement in the cause via advocacy, events, fundraising appeals, media relations and consumer information.Provide access to the information and resources needed to minimize the impact of arthritis: We mobilize funds and capacity to create broader reach and meaningful engagement that helps people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

Drive a strategic research agenda: We mobilize public and private funding as well as societal alignment around goals and strategies that offer major benefits for people with arthritis.

Influence policies and strategies to produce better outcomes for people with arthritis: We mobilize support for public and private policies that support arthritis prevention, innovation and access to quality care.

Reduce arthritis-related disparities in health and health care: We create greater capacity to assist underserved populations that have a significant arthritis burden.

What YOU Can Do

PARTICIPATE: Join an Arthritis Foundation program and improve your pain. Our fitness programs are designed to help you live better with arthritis. Moving is the best medicine.

ADVOCATE: Help change policies to improve the lives of people with arthritis and make treatments more effective and affordable.

VOLUNTEER: Find your local Arthritis Foundation office and get involved.

JOIN: Get numerous benefits by becoming a member of the Arthritis Foundation. Also, look for an Arthritis Walk, Jingle Bell Run/Walk or other event near you and raise money to support our work.

DONATE: For every dollar donated to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 75 cents goes directly to fund research and interventions for people with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation meets the strict qualifications of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, ensuring your tax-deductible gift is spent in ways that will best help people with arthritis.

If you have a Nonprofit organization you think I should spotlight please let me know! I am also looking to spotlight up and coming Young Professionals!

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 69, 70, 71

I love my Celestial Green Tea it is definitely a great afternoon pick me up! Can’t help but love my animal print mug!

I also got to attend a fabulous YMCA breakfast event called the “Chairs Roundtable Breakfast” on behalf of the Westside YMCA. My husband is on the board but I love getting to support such a wonderful cause in our community!  They have some BIG things happening! Plus, the breakfast was AMAZING!

The other item I love and that makes me happy are thank you notes! I love giving and receiving them! I was just talking to my MIL (shout out to Bard she reads this :)) about how many people do not write these and how it makes us so angry sometimes! People don’t even acknowledge gifts these days! I try to take the time to quickly write them whether I receive a gift, go to a dinner or just want to send a quick thanks for a good deed! So many people who surround me go above and beyond what is expected and I want them to know I appreciate it.  I will get off my soap box now!

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#100daysofhappiness: 65, 66, 67, & 68

To help with an over abundance of pictures/post every so ofter I am going to do a mash up of pictures…. Love me some pic-stitch!

Over the week my Fitbit band broke but their staff was on it and sent me a replacement and were awesome!  I also went to Target and splurged on some colorful ones!

I found this Camelbak at TJ Maxx for $12.99…. Done and Done!

On Saturday I volunteered for the Walk to Cure Arthritis and raised money.  Click to donate if you want to find out more! Such a wonderful event and I was able to take pictures on the field at Globe Life Park in Arlington! I hate selfless but I just HAD to take one!

It got HOT this weekend in Texas so we ventured to Sonic and you can get Nerds in your slush now…. HOW AMAZING!!

Hope you all have a fabulous week! OOTD coming SOON!

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 60, 61, 62

Weekends seem to be so tough for me to keep up with this! I take pictures but never get the time to post!

So instead of back dating a zillion posts thanks to pic stitch here are my pics from over the weekend!

-We went to a great Agricultural charity event and this centerpiece made me laugh!

-The air show was happening this weekend and We enjoyed it from our own backyard!  LOVE the Blue Angels! Such a cool thing to watch!

-Finally at said charity event we bought [another] Yeti Cooler! We love them!  Also I love my Piggly Wiggly Koozie!

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Hope y’all had a great weekend!

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 53

Volunteering is one of my passions.  I love getting to help at fundraising events and giving back to great causes.  Last night I was asked to join in helping Cuisine for Healing Survivor’s in Style. A little about this great organization:

When someone is fighting a life-threatening disease, their body needs additional nutrition. Yet, at a time when it’s more important than ever to eat healthy, many cancer patients (and others fighting for their lives), simply do not have access to the kind of food they need, let alone the energy or ability to shop for and prepare healthy meals. 

Healthy, ready-made food needs to be available and easy to find. Cuisine for Healing was created out of this need and OUR MISSION is to make nutritious, delicious food readily available to people combating disease, while providing education about the power of healing food. Our driving VISION is a world where cancer and other related illnesses are prevented, treated and even eliminated through the power of healthy food! 

This event was so fun and they have a fashion show featuring survivors! I love getting the opportunity to give back!  The awesome banner below was donated by D & M Custom Signs… How great is that!

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 39

SO I am a little behind on some posts but I have lots of fun stuff to catch up on.  Over the end of the week and weekend I volunteered for Speedway Children’s Charities- Texas.  I was so excited to see hold co-workers and friends! Love their website and their mission!

 

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 33

Bogity, bogity, bogity… LET”S GO RACIN”!  For those of you following my blog, before my current job I worked for an amazing organization called Speedway Children’s Charities- Texas. They are the official charity of Texas Motor Speedway. They raise the majority of their money during events that surround the 3 race weekends in Texas.  Over the 2 years I worked there I made lifelong friends and it was so hard for me to leave.

However, they always are looking for volunteers for their SUPER fun events.  SOOOO I am so excited that I got my credentials and can go to the April events and help out!

If you live in DFW or in any other the cities with an SCC chapter (Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Sparta [KY}, Loudon [NH], and Sonoma]) you should get involved!

I am SO not the “typical” NASCAR fan. BUT I love learning about a new sport and there really is A LOT that goes on for a race to happen and that fascinates me!

Can’t wait to see my track family next week!

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 11

I have always had a passion for Non-profit work! Before working for my families business I worked in non-profit!  Since, changing jobs I still wanted to give back. One of the first places I became involved with was the Arthritis Foundation.

I have been working with them since I was in college (AOII’s Philanthropy is the Arthritis Foundation)! Check HERE for how AOII helps give back!

Several people in my family suffer from this debilitating disease.  My dad was struggling with its effects until a new drug became available and has worked wonders for him!  Thanks to the efforts of the Arthritis Foundation there is continued research into this disease!

One of the big events for North Texas (and nation) coming up this year is the Walk to Cure Arthritis! You should check it out!

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As you can see Arthritis doesn’t just happen to “old people”! What causes do you like to give back to?