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Giving Back: The Marion-Polk Food Share

Around here we love giving back and supporting the community right here in Salem.

One organization we’ve been happy to partner with is the Marion-Polk Food Share. Each year they are able to distribute over 7.6 million pounds of food to those in need in the Willamette Valley. They run and facilitate several programs that help and support the community.  Some of their programs include a community kitchen where they provide cooking classes and serve meals to those in need. They provide support to children and senior citizens through various programs as well. Working with local prisons and jails, they grow gardens for food production.  This program helps provide food for the Food Share and agricultural skills to the inmates. These skills are often used to find future employment.

The last two years Bookbyte has held a companywide food drive during the month of November. As a company we were able to donate over 6,000 pounds of food each year! Knowing our donations help our neighbors and friends in need, make them more a little more special and meaningful.  We’re grateful to partner with the Marion-Polk Food Share and to join them in making a difference here in Oregon.

Below are some images from their warehouse.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/yourfoodshare

What local organizations and charities do you enjoy donating to and volunteering with? Let us know in the comments.

#Kony2012

If you’re on the internet at all or watch the news, you’ve likely already heard of Kony 2012. An effort put forth by the organization Invisible Children to bring war criminal Jospeph Kony to justice. For the last 26 years he’s kidnapped children and forced them into his Ugandan rebel army. The goal of the campaign is to use social media to make him famous and to help him be located and brought to justice.  To help keep his name and face in the public eye, they are utilizing social media, hash tags, videos, and interviews.

Invisible Children is a unique organization and they divide their efforts into 3 categories: Movies, The Movement, and The Mission. Their mission statement is listed on their website as:

INVISIBLE CHILDREN USES FILM, CREATIVITY AND SOCIAL ACTION TO END THE USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS IN JOSEPH KONY’S REBEL WAR AND RESTORE LRA-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN CENTRAL AFRICA TO PEACE AND PROSPERITY.

They have been extremely successful with getting the video shared, viewed, and talked about. In 3 days the video has already been viewed over 55 million times. They have conducted interviews on E! News, The Today Show, and Piers Morgan Tonight. They are also targeting 20 culture makers including Oprah, Angelina Jolie, Mark Zuckerberg and 12 policymakers like Condolezza Rice, Mitt Romney, and Bill Clinton. Within 24 hours several had already tweeted and made Facebook posts encouraging their followers and fans to watch the video and share. To stand up and use their voice.

Over the last few years we’ve seen time and time again how powerful social media is. Within just a few hours this story went viral and brought people together and united over a cause. I can’t think of a better reason to be a part of  social media then to let your voice be heard.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ve watched the video and what you thought.

All the links and ways to connect with Invisible Children and Kony 2012 are included below:

Twitter:

@invisible

Invisible Children founder Jason Russell  @jasonrussell

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/invisiblechildren

Kony 2012 website

Invisible Children website

Invisible Children tumblr

Invisible Children financials website

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