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In this season of giving, I’d like to take the time to talk about that piece of ourselves which is sometimes the hardest to give: our time. It’s no secret that volunteering is a beneficial activity for anyone, both mentally and physically. Not to mention the fact that there are always others who will benefit from you donating some of your time. I have only recently made volunteering a part of my routine. After graduating college and moving to New York, I was feeling a little lost—I needed to find a way to integrate myself into the city and meet some new people. Read More
There are currently an estimated 27 million people who have been trafficked into sexual and manual labor. Only 1-2% of these victims are ever rescued. These facts are pulled straight from the A21 Campaign, which is an organization that seeks to end human trafficking and slavery. As large as that number is, statistics are impersonal and often numbing. We connect and sympathize with individual stories that we can match to a face, and that’s what the A21 Campaign does. Read More
I got to talking to my friend C.C., of the Actress Model Whatever podcast, last night about stuff and shit and we got around to discussing worthwhile things to do this Summer that didn't involve debauchery. I had to admit that I hadn't planned a single thing this Summer that didn't involve catering to some selfish whim or another.  She mentioned Zeno Mountain Farm, an organization that runs camps in Venice Beach, Vermont, Guatemala and Florida. They're set up to foster life-long relationships between creatives of varying physical and mental abilities. Read More
It’s been a week since Hurricane Sandy started making her way up the Northeast, and despite the valiant efforts of police, firefighters, and good old-fashioned volunteers, there is an unbelievable amount of clean-up and reconstruction that needs to be done. This short film by fashion photographer and director Poppy de Villeneuve gives a sobering view of conditions in the Rockaways, a beach community in Queens (and one of my favorite places in New York): There are so many neighborhoods that need our help, and sadly, so many impediments to getting there. Read More