BENEFITING: Ounce of Prevention Fund
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2012
Last year I grew a Decembeard to hide and have superficial conversations about it. The last year has been a long journey and I have been thinking about bringing it back, but it would have to be with a purpose. The genesis of Movember is really interesting and a lesson in passion, persistence, patience and believing in something and an excellent way to legitimize rocking a 'mo' (moustache).
I have a few projects and interests that I feel very strongly about and I want raise money for them.
1) Schenectady Free Health Clinic - I started volunteering there in the last couple of weeks. It help me get re-acquainted with why I became a doctor. No BS from anybody...from administrators or insurances. Just providing medical to very appreciative uninsured patient alongside many retired Docs.
2) AIDS Council of NE NY - They really do good work and have helped many of my HIV pts.
3) Team Rubicon - "Team Rubicon pioneered a new paradigm in disaster response while redefining the meaning of veteran reintegration into society."
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. They also provide job training to veterans.
I have never been to war, I will never understand what they have gone through. But I know we as country have not done right by them for 3 wars now. Parades are ok, but these guys need to be thanked and given opportunities to belong again. Many have been through multiple tours and skills that can be utilized with some retraining. That need to be done an a larger scale. In mean time there are organizations like Team Rubicon.
4) the Ounce of Prevention Fund -"Since 1982, the Ounce of Prevention Fund has persistently pursued a single goal: that all American children – particularly those born into poverty – have quality early childhood experiences in the crucial first five years of life."
I am hoping to do something similar in the future in this area, but in the mean time, this organization does it all. Health, Education, Advocacy all which are all part making community impact. They employ many of the positive qualities raised in a recent book called How Children Succeed.
Author Paul Tough discusses the traditional ways we measure ability and intelligence in American schools and focus on cognitive abilities and conventional "book smarts."
Paul Tough discusses how “non-cognitive skills” — qualities like tenacity, resilience, impulse control — are being viewed as increasingly vital in education with the latest research. This was presented in episode of This American Life
Thanks of reading and thinking about donating. This is tough time of year to have extra cash so think about donating some time to something of your choice.