April 2015 Update

Hello CAN blog readers, it is time for our first quarter review and update:

Community Angel Network has officially become a nonprofit organization in the state of Florida and we are currently working on becoming a 501(c)(3) charity. We are now able to sign off for community service hours for the projects managed in association with us. This is very exciting news and opens up many possibilities for the future of CAN!

The first project of 2015 and our fifth project to date, running from December 20th to January 20th was Grandparents Gone Wired, a project by dosomething.org. The goal of this project was for teens to teach an older adult how to download and use 8 or more smartphone apps that can make their daily lives easier, for a chance to win a scholarship. We had several reports of participation and wish luck to everyone who entered to win.

From January, and continuing until June, we will be continuing to support the project Reesie’s Pieces of Love, run by Remi Laufer, benefiting Kibblez of Love, a pet food bank dedicated to keeping pets and their families together during rough financial situations. If you would like to know about this wonderful charity opportunity, check out www.kibblezoflove.org.

The seventh CAN project It Would Be a Waste to Waste Your Waste, was run by Daniel Brassloff from February 14th to March 31st to benefit local Palm Beach County food shelters in association with Palm Beach Compost. Palm Beach Compost sets out to divert community waste through composting, use said compost as fertilizer in growing organic produce for the less fortunate, and promote community environmentalism, through the aid of student volunteers. To find out more about this project, or to learn how to start your own compost bin or garden, you can visit www.palmbeachcompost.com. I even set up our own garden at my house with a vertical planter on my fence.

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Our current CAN project is Reading is a Gift… Share It, run by Suncoast student Rujul Bharadwaj. This is still going on! Donate books today at several drop off locations, including 11 schools, and earn community service hours. Books collected will be distributed among several organizations in Palm Beach County, as well as our troops overseas. Take a look at the project page here.

In April, my friend Remi and I volunteered at Roger Dean Stadium to support Alliance For Kids, an organization that provides fun activities to keep children busy during hospital stays. We sold raffle tickets for a “50/50” raffle, meaning that half of the money from ticket purchases went directly to Alliance For Kids, and the other half went to the winner of the raffle. It was a lot of fun to work with such great, kindhearted people! If you are interested in helping Alliance For Kids, you can view their website here.

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The next project for the month of May will benefit Grandma’s Place, and is managed by Brianna Scott, a Suncoast student. We will be collecting supplies for the shelter, and they will give two hours of community service per donation. For more information, contact info@pbccan.org.

We are always looking for more projects to start. If you would like help starting a project, please send an email to info@pbccan.org. We would be more than happy to help you. It will look great on college applications too! 🙂