I support groups that help feed the hungry; spread the joy of books, reading and learning; nurture the environment; and lift the spirits and lives of those in need. Here are some of my favorites—I encourage you to learn more about them!
Drop In & Decorate is a simple concept: bake some cookies, invite friends or family (or neighbors, or co-workers) to stop in and help decorate, then donate your cookies to a local food pantry, emergency shelter, senior center, lunch program, or other community agency meeting the needs of food or shelter.
Heifer International empowers families by giving them a hand-up, not just a hand-out, and helps turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope.
Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
Reading Across Rhode Island, a project of the Rhode Island Center for the Book, exists to support literacy, involving all Rhode Islanders in a community dialogue focusing on books and reading.
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides food to people in need and promotes long-term solutions to the problem of hunger.
Save The Bay protects, restores and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, and fosters an ethic of environmental stewardship among people who live in or visit it.
Share Our Strength® is a national organization that works hard to make sure no kid in America grows up hungry.
Here are links to the websites of friends—writers, business owner, artists—listed alphabetically by last name. Check them out! (And visit this page often; more names are added all the time.)
Nancy Verde Barr, Cookbook Author and Novelist
Julia Edelman, MD, Physician, Author
Miata Edoga, Actress, Writer, Financial Advisor
Mary Ann Esposito, Cookbook Author, Cooking Show Host
Barbara Gee, Garden Writer
Michele Girasole, Fresh Connect
Lynn Hughes, Author, Pullman Porter Museum Founder
Robin Kall, Radio How Host, Reading with Robin
Bruce Newbury, Radio Show Host, Food Writer
Sandy Oliver, Cookbook Author, Food Historian
Chris Schlesinger, Cookbook Author, Restaurant Owner
John Schumann, MD, Physician, Writer
Russell Shippee, Life Coach
Naomi Zucker, Author