Hey all!  Just wanted to say that I've see a new project:  Loving Hugs.  If you've got a lot of teddy bears that you want to give to a great cause, this is the project for you!
Also, I've added the ability to search projects based on which have team deductible components to them.  This may come in handy if this is an important factor in selecting a project.
That's all for now, but I'll post more as things come up!
 
Hey everyone!  Just making a quick blog post to let you know we've got a new project handpicked by Esther, the new Project Manager.  The project is Cell Phones for Soldiers, and it's a program run by the organization of the same name, and it recycles gently-used cell phones for money, which it uses to purchase calling cards for soldiers stationed abroad.  This helps the soldiers keep in touch with their loved ones, which might otherwise be expensive.  You can read more about the project and its success by visiting their About the Program webpage.

I'm very thankful to Esther, and I'm happy to see that she has already made a wonderful contribution.  Together, we look forward to bringing more projects to help you be the change you want to make!  In the meantime, browse around our existing projects and get started with one that sticks out to you.

Sincerely,
Alec Delaney
 
I've added two new projects: Half the Sky Movement and Kiva Loans.

Half the Sky Movement is a Facebook game that both educates users to the challenges face by women around the world, as well as enables them to help by both playing and donating to charitable organizations.  Items can also be purchased in game, and all that money is also distributed among the organizations, as well as the games upkeep.

Kiva Loans are a revolutionary way to enable microfinance for third world entrepreneurs, such as farmers and tailors, and those in need of money.  By loaning a multiple of $25, you help a real person rise above poverty and stand on their own two feet.  If all goes well, you'll get your $25 back, which you can either take back, invest in another loan, or donate to Kiva.

Looking forward to even more projects!
Alec Delaney
 
I'm happy to announce that there will be a new project coming out in late April, called "Bottles of Butts".  The project is organized by the organization Forget Tobacco, which helps fight the rising trend of smoking in young adults.  Don't worry, smokers - I'm not trying to change your ways.  The project is focused on cleaning the non-biodegradable cigarette butts from public areas.

Forget Tobacco updates from their Twitter account, as you can see from the feed below (click "Read More"):

 
I'm proud to announce that Relay for Life was a huge success for my team, Huskies for Hope, and that as of now, we've raised over $2000!  On behalf of the team, we relay do appreciate the support and contributions of all of those who have helped us reach this milestone.

As a team captain, I would like to thank all of the members of my team.  You've done a spectacular job, and your contributions were the key to our success.  Your hard work and dedication did not go unnoticed, and I am glad I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by such wonderful, caring people.

I will now be updating the Relay for Life project page with that of another Relay team soon, so please check back soon.

Take care, and keep up the good deeds!
Alec Delaney
 
I recently added a new project called Rice-A-Thon, which focuses on fixing world hunger.  You can find more information on the project page.  Check it out!

I've been talking to various restaurants and bars around the Northeastern campus about giving my Relay for Life team empty cans and bottles to recycle for money, but all of them seem to have contracts with the different bottling companies.  On the bright side, I did get some very helpful information about doing other fundraisers with these businesses, and I'm actively pursuing them before the Relay event.  There will be another post about that soon, once everything is set up.

There's also a few things in development, but it's not important right now.  The only change worth noting is that the sidebar is now disabled on the mobile version.  This will allow for better page viewing.

Have a good one!
Alec Delaney