how i give back.

I started by volunteering at a local community center teaching retirees how to use the internet during the summer of 2009. I developed a simple course that the center could teach and implement. After relocating to Madison, Wisconsin, I painted fingernails at a local care facility.

After purchasing a home (with a yard!), I dove headfirst into volunteering with a local dog rescue. Over the course of two years I fostered, rehabilitated and rehomed 14 dogs.  I then spent a year as a volunteer at The Crisis Nursery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, providing temporary relief care for at-risk children. 

I believe in the power of small, direct acts of kindness and generosity, and in the ability for each of us to be the change we want to see in the world.

Over the past two years I've shifted my focus to how my business can give back in a bigger way, and how I can personally impact the lives of those around me through direct action, education, donations and, most importantly, divesting my earnings back to marginalized communities.

Devastated  by the lack of climate action and racial justice, I cleared my schedule in the summer of 2020 and dedicated four months to organize my community and campaign to get Donald Trump out of office.

I got over 1000 people to join a private Facebook group, where we completed an online training program in community organizing, and then got to work to get out the vote in key battleground states.

The day after the election, I got involved in an effort to register Georgia voters living abroad to help secure the two Georgia Senate Seats in the run-off election.

As we gear up for the midterms in 2022 I'll once again be volunteering my time to work toward progressive change in American politics. 

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Shoes for Activists

It's no secret that I love Rothy's shoes. I've worn them for years because they're cute...and functional! But...the real reason I love them? They're made from recycled plastic bottles and help clean up our oceans. Each pair removes nearly 100 bottles from our planet's waterways!

Plus...they last forever and can be machine washed on cold and air dried so that they always look brand spankin' new. When you purchase a pair using my link you give me a $20 credit toward a new pair. I have all I need...so for the past year I've donated the Rothy's I earn to activists, folks doing good in their community, and people in need.

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protecting water

$2.00 from each sale "Drink Some Water" tee is donated to Save The Boundary Waters.

planting trees

Each purchase of The Daily Page Planner plants one tree through One Tree Planted

My Personal Pledge

My Personal Pledge is a monthly donation that I give directly to an organization, person, or family in need.  Since beginning the pledge in 2018 I have been able to increase the amount each year, and will continue to do so as the business grows. I rely on a network of activists and clergy to connect me with those needing help.

Donation recipients and their stories are always anonymous. Below is a log of donations to date, with names and details removed. I keep this log as a form of accountability to those who support my business and its efforts. You helped do this, too. Thank you for helping make each one of these actions possible.

The Giving Log

4/20/18 | $75 | Monetary donation for wig for s.p

6/11/18 | $75 | Donation for k&m's go fund me

8/27/18 | $100 | Helping H. family pay their rent

10/12/18 | $25 | brain tumor association donation in honor of g.s.

11/26/18 | $25 | E.D. Raising money for a friend in bad situation

12/5/18 | $40 | A. Wilson for rent to help stay in school

12/22/18 | $50 | to l.b. to help with living costs

1/14/2019 | $50 | helping the h, family with rent

1/14/19 | $25 | donation to help r. with therapy for black women + girls

2/1/19 | $100 | black history month reparations - lunch project

2/3/19 | $115 | 4 cans of formula for baby g.

5/10/19 | $10 | to buy lunch for l. after a difficult life experience

5/29/19 | $1800 | free workshop to raise money for brown family

7/17/19 | $20 | K. buying supplies for border detention centers

9/18/19 | $40 | To help the j.hart family with expenses

10/1/19 | $125 | shoes for e.d. for her activism

11/14/19 | $25 | pizza funds  to s. for trans awareness month

12/7/19 | $25 | funds to r. needham via e.d.'s post

12/7/19 | $50 | funds to e.d. to help anonymous person in need

12/7/19 | $10 | FUNDS TO HELP C. MONtGOMERY

2/22/20 | $100 | TO D.M FAMILY FOR DINNER and expenses

2/23/20 | $50 | TO C.B. TO HELP PAY FOR HER HOME BIRTH

2/23/20 | $100 | tO HELP FUND L'S TOP SURGERY

2/20/20 | $100 | TO m. FAMILY FOR GROCERIES

3/3/20 | $45 | Donation for student who couldn't afford class trip

3/12/20 | $150 | TO M. FAMILY FOR FOOD + EXPENSES

4/23/20 | $200 | TO M. FAMILY FOR FOOD + EXPENSES

6/20/18 | $20 | RAICES to help t.k with immigration work

3/20/19 | $10 | to e.d. raising money for lutheran ministries

4/17/29 | $15 | Donation to Trans Lifelines for M.C.'s Bday

3/16/20 | $10 | SONG PROJECT TO BENEFIT FEEDINg AMERICA

4/25/20 | $50 | TO R.e. TO HELP WITH FOOD + EXPENSES AFTER SURGERY

4/23/20 | $200 | TO M. FAMILY FOR FOOD + EXPENSES

4/25/20 | $50 | TO R.e. TO HELP WITH FOOD + EXPENSES AFTER SURGERY

5/19/20 | $30 | to e.d for continued education

5/27/20 | $30 | to c.a. for self-care

5/28/20 | $150 | TO M.W. FOR STUDENT SUPPORT

5/29/20 | $150 | TO K.B. FOR MPLS PROTEST SUPPLIES

6/3/20 | $200 | TO M. FAMILY FOR FOOD + EXPENSES

6/4/20 | $50 | TO black visions collective

6/4/20 | $75 | TO j. family for dinner + rest

6/25/20 | $50 | TO A. Gomez for MPLS Relief drive

6/29/20 | $25 | TO R.E. for self-care

7/10/20 | $500 | TO M. family for groceries and expenses

7/13/20 | $75 | TO e.m. for self care after death of cat

8/12/20 | $300 | TO D.m. TO HELP WITH EXPENSES

8/13/20 | $200 | TO m. FAMILY FOR SCHOOL CLOTHES

8/28/20 | $600 | TO m FAMILY TO HELP WITH EXPENSES

9/07/20 | $100 | TO JOE BIDEN CAMPAIGN

9/19/20 | $100 | TO amy mcgrath campaign

9/20/20 | $150 | TO M. family for groceries

10/01/20 | $1000 | TO M. family to help with expenses

10/23/20 | $50 | TO T.V. to help with rent

10/25/20 | $50 | TO act blue to help key senate races

11/01/20 | $1000 | TO M. family to help with expenses

11/06/20 | $100 | TO E.D Family to help with expenses

11/23/20 | $20 | TO Trans Racial Adoption Cares Gift Drive

11/24/20 | $60 | TO 5K for Austin

11/25/20 | $100 | TO D.M. Family for thanksgiving

11/25/20 | $40 | TO T.S. for food

12/01/20 | $1000 | TO M. Family to help with expenses

12/01/20 | $100 | TO E.D. Family to help with expenses

12/24/20 | $50 | TO T.L. for holidays/expenses

01/01/21 | $1000 | TO M. Family to help with expenses

01/01/21 | $100 | TO e.d. family to help with expenses

12/13/20 | $75 | TO E.D. to help with relocation

01/18/21 | $50 | TO t.v. for gas to help with donation efforts

01/30/21 | $25 | TO tra cares fund

02/01/21 | $100 | TO e.d. family to help with expenses

02/01/21 | $1100 | TO M. Family to help with expenses

02/22/21 | $50 | Water for texas

03/01/21 | $100 | TO e.d. family to help with expenses

03/01/21 | $1600 | TO M. Family to help with expenses

04/01/21 | $100 | TO E.D. Family to help with expenses

05/01/21 | $100 | TO E.D. Family to help with expenses

05/01/21 | $100 | TO E.D. Family to help with expenses

05/25/21 | $25 | to shw for funeral travel expenses

04/25/21 | $50 | TO support trans-owned business

06/01/21 | $100 | to e.d. family to help with expenses

07/01/21 | $100 | TO E.D. FAMILY TO HELP WITH EXPENSES

Course Scholarships

I want to build a business that supports marginalized communities and ensures everyone has access to basic information about hydration.

There are scholarships available for my online course, The Hydration Checklist, for anyone experiencing financial hardship. I will always strive to keep the costs of my courses accessible because I personally know that no amount is trivial. Research shows that dehydration-related illnesses are most prevalent in low-income communities that are more likely to lack access to safe water.

To receive a course scholarship please reach out to me via the Contact Page to be added to the course free of charge. You do not need to provide any information other than your name, email address, and state that you are interested in free access to the course.