Stand For The Silent

Did you know that every seven seconds a child is bullied? Seven seconds! I couldn’t believe that statistic. This is something that needs to stop, and you, yes YOU can be a part of something great to help. Want to know more? Keep reading.

The Stand for the Silent was founded in 2010 and has made a huge impact in its five years

We have been spreading our message that bullying and youth suicide must stop far and wide for over five years now. We hand out thousands of “I am somebody” wrist bands all over the world and have personally handed them to President Obama and first lady Obama, Lady Gaga, Oprah, and dozens of notable celebrities, but…the most gratifying is to hand one to a child that has been told that they don’t matter and to see them slowly realize that …they do.

On July 1, 2010 the Oklahoma state University-Oklahoma City upward bounds students decided to take a stand against bullying. They were inspired by Ty Field-Smalley’s story and wanted to do something for Ty and his family. Kirk Smalley, Ty’s dad came to speak to the students and that was the beginning of the movement. On July 11th, 2010 stand for the silent Facebook page was launched. As of today there are over 46,000 members. August 17th 2010 SFTS held a rally at Western Heights high school. Then on august 24th 2010, SFTS held a rally at the Oklahoma state capitol and around the world. There were at least 19 rallies in the U.S. 1 in Ireland, 1 in Spain, 1 in Africa and 2 in Australia. We went global with our message. SFTS is about students teaching students not to bully. It takes all of us teaching that bullying hurts and changes lives forever. 68 upward bounds students and a handful of adults decided to make a difference, to make a change, and to be a part of the solution. As of today we have presented to over 1,100 schools worldwide and spoken to over 1,120,000 kids.

The purpose of our organization is to raise awareness about the devastating effects that bullying and youth suicide has on kids and families. We have touched over a million kids and countless adults so far. We receive messages every day from kids telling us that we have saved their lives, and that their “I am somebody” wristband has not been taken off of their wrist since we gave it to them!

How can YOU get involved?

Anyone can start a chapter of SFTS in their area, spread our message, raise awareness! The information on how to start a chapter is near the bottom of our homepage on our website. Donations to help us continue are also always much needed and greatly appreciated!   http://www.standforthesilent.org

Dean Smith from Creative Promotional Products was kind enough to reach out to his client so they could share their story. Thank you, Dean!

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Brotherhood Ride

Our organization consists of Firefighters, Police Officers and EMS personnel who ride bicycles to honor emergency responders who died in the line of duty.  Our mission is to provide emotional and financial support to their families on or near the anniversary of their death.

Over the past seven years we have honored the memory and sacrifice of a total of 468 First Responders which includes; firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency medical personnel.  Our team has traveled on bicycles over 5,700 miles, through sixteen states and have been hosted and assisted by over forty Elks Lodges nationwide.

Through year-round fundraising efforts, the Brotherhood Ride has been able to honor the memory of fallen heroes and provide emotional and financial support to their families.  Past Brotherhood Rides include cycling to Charleston, SC in 2008; Florida in 2009; Houston, TX in 2010; New York City (Ground Zero) in 2011; Florida in 2012; Tennessee in 2013 and Florida & Texas in 2014.  In the past seven years we are very proud to have donated over $248,000.00 to the families left behind.

The Brotherhood Ride is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity organization. Other than the cost of conducting the rides, all donated proceeds go directly to the beneficiaries designated.  No one is compensated for their time in order to maximize the impact of donations.

Let’s get connected!

http://www.brotherhoodride.com

http://www.facebook.com/brotherhoodride

Not only do we sell our wristbands for donations, we also give them to the families of who we are honoring and the firefighters and police officers who escort us safely during the rides.

Here’s an example of one of the many stories that have touched so many: During our 2012 Ride, one of our escorts from Broward County Florida took our wristband and placed it around the gas cap of his department motorcycle.  Later that year Deputy Schaub was struck and killed while responding to a call.  His co-workers collected his motorcycle and returned it to the Sheriff’s Office.  They removed the wristband from the gas cap and delivered it to his son, who is also a deputy on the same department.  Deputy Schaub’s son knew this meant a lot to his father and then contacted me about ordering more for the family to have.  The next day we drove from Naples to Broward County to make sure the Schaub Family as well as the department had the wristbands.  We did attend the funeral a few days later and noticed that the whole motorcycle unit had the wristbands on their gas caps.  During our 2013 Ride we honored Deputy Schaub.

Don’t forget to read this letter from the President and Founder of The Brotherhood Ride, Jeff Morse.

Kimberly Ratcliff from Direct Effect Inc. was kind enough to reach out to her client, The Brotherhood Ride to help us share their story. Thank you, Kimberly!

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ARK Angel Network

  • ARK Angel knows education can unlock a better future for kids and the world around them. So, we directly support programs that help children get to school, learn and realize their potential. Because our world’s future depends on them.
  • Risking one kid’s education risks a lot more than you might think. It could cost the world an inspirational leader, a brilliant scientist, a caring minister—a chance at a better future for all of us.
  • When children grow up without acquiring basic literacy skills, their countries and families struggle.* Economies don’t develop and thrive. Social progress stalls. Poverty, war, hunger and suffering persist.
  • Right now, over 100 million children around the world don’t even attend primary school. Some don’t go because they were born girls, some because they’re the wrong ethnicity, and some because of religious discrimination. Others don’t have enough to eat, don’t have shoes to make the walk, or can’t safely travel to the nearest school.
  • Our vision is to create a volunteer community network of over 100,000 individual volunteers across the globe with a special interest in helping At Risk Kids fulfill their dreams and maximize their potential.

So basically…

  • There are millions of at risk kids in the world who lack parental guidance
  • Kids are the future of the Kingdom
  • Lack of effective government programs
  • Intervention needed at a younger age

Our Mission

The ARK Angel Network™ is a volunteer support network of committed organizations and individuals that raises money/donations/gifts in kind or simply volunteers its human resources for charities whose mission is to help At Risk Kids (ARK) worldwide.

The ARK Angels support qualified entities committed to developing a self sustaining model to serve at risk, needy, and underserved kids and their communities by providing life skills training, behavior modification programs, micro-financing, entrepreneurship and strategic planning training.

We are a 501c3 public charitable organization (EIN 26-4146712), so your donations to the very worthy causes and children we support are tax deductible.

Our Passion

Our aim is to ignite the spirit of Love and invoke a global awareness to empower all our ARK Angels, volunteers and children alike, to greatness, selfless service and giving. Our actions are based on the Christian principles of love and brotherhood for all humanity.

How can you get involved?

Go to http://www.arkangelnetwork.org/ and find out more information there. Your donations are tax deductible.

If you would like to know more information about the origins of ARK Angel Network, click here to hear from one of their co-founders, Brian Wagner. Thanks for sharing your Story Behind the Band, Brian!

 

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Silicone Wristbands: Standing up for a Cause

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Here’s a roundup of some cool news stories and creative uses involving wristbands:

  • Birchbank Public Elementary School rewarded its students’ good deeds with wristbands in its “Make a Difference” Campaign. 100 students received blue rubber bracelets for acts of kindness observed by staff and fellow students. “If you tell some people about being good… they tell other people to be good too.”
  • The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office introduced a free wristband program to help seniors. Seniors receive a black and gold wristband with the sheriff office phone number and registration number. “Should the senior become incapacitated or unable to communicate emergency personnel can contact the Sheriff to get the relevant information.”
  • Did you notice World Cup-winning Germany’s coach? Joachim Low was wearing wristbands throughout the Brazil matches. They weren’t for awareness or to make a statement, however… they were to protect him from mosquito bites.
  • University of Washington students have designed a wristband called Vive that would make it easier to connect and may also help with safety from sexual assault. They presented the design at Microsoft Research’s Design Expo.
  • Mike Porath wrote a beautiful blog post on being a father to a girl with a rare chromosomal disorder and what the wristband he wears means to him. “I have a sweet little 7-year-old girl with a rare chromosome disorder called Dup15q Syndrome, and it has really challenged me as a dad. When I look at this little blue bracelet, it reminds me to BELIEVE.”

Whether its designed to rally, to mourn, to raise awareness, to fundraise, to promote,  or to simply send a message out to the world, Browse25 is here to help you spread your wristband message.  With complete customizable designs and a friendly experienced staff, Browse25 is your one stop shop for promotional products

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