Preparing for Severe Weather Season: What You Need to Know

Preparing for Severe Weather Season: What You Need to Know

Whether you live on the East or West coast or somewhere in between, Mother Nature can hit hard during seasonal shifts. While severe weather is often expected during the spring and coming summer seasons, it’s important to be aware of the risks in your area. It’s also important to raise disaster awareness. While you may not personally be affected when these storms or droughts hit, others in your community may not be so fortunate. How can you help when a crisis occurs?

NobleCause Helps Volunteers Nurture Portland’s Nature

NobleCause Helps Volunteers Nurture Portland’s Nature

The Forest Park Conservancy is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the unparalleled urban forest nestled at the footsteps of the bustling city of Portland. One of the largest urban parks in the U.S., its 80-miles of hiking trails are set within an incredible 5,200 acres of land. Recently, the nonprofit received a $6500 NobleCause grant to foster volunteerism. FPC plans to use the funds to make big changes at the community level, engaging staff, volunteers, and visitors, to help protect the critical ecosystem of the Park.

9 Simple Ways to Protect the Environment on Earth Day

9 Simple Ways to Protect the Environment on Earth Day

Over one billion people in 192 countries are expected to participate in the 47th anniversary of Earth Day, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year, you can continue to help change the world by starting in your own neighborhood! Here are 9 simple ways you can take action with your friends, family, and neighbors on Earth Day or any day of the year to help protect our environment for future generations. 

Autism Empowerment Inspires Acts of Service

Autism Empowerment Inspires Acts of Service

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Empowerment serves all ages and abilities and promotes four Foundational Pillars of Positivity: Accept – Enrich – Inspire – Empower. NobleHour is proud to support their mission. Learn more about how the Autism Serves Kids Care Club is fostering volunteerism with our $6500 NobleCause grant. 

14 Tips for Students & Teachers to Celebrate RAK Week 2017

14 Tips for Students & Teachers to Celebrate RAK Week 2017

It’s been a long couple of months. The political climate, along with the winter season, has caused basic kindness to go into hibernation. It is in short supply. However, that’s all about to change when millions of people worldwide will participate in this week’s 17th annual Random Acts of Kindness Week.

$50,000 Grant Brings Teen Volunteerism to the Forefront

$50,000 Grant Brings Teen Volunteerism to the Forefront

As a $50,000 NobleCause grantee, learn how one teen volunteer program is providing the opportunity and support to make a difference in their community

9 Ways To Help Loved Ones Fighting Cancer

9 Ways To Help Loved Ones Fighting Cancer

World Cancer Day is February 4. While many organizations are advocating for more research funding, better access to new treatments, and better early screenings, today I'm advocating for those you know with cancer. Whether it’s your mom or dad, a sibling, grandparent, spouse, child, or close friend, here are a few simple things you can do for them today or any day - simple tasks that will make them smile and maybe, just for a few minutes, forget about cancer.

Super Bowl 51 - Support Your Team and Your Community!

Super Bowl 51  - Support Your Team and Your Community!

Over a 100 million people are expected to watch Super Bowl 51. It’s an economic win for the NFL, the host city, advertisers, restaurants, bars, snack and beverage distributors, etc., etc. So, if everyone else is benefitting from the big event, why can’t we enjoy it too by using it to spark a movement to help others? If you’re planning a Super Bowl party, why not encourage your guests to bring a couple of cans or boxes of non perishables to donate to your local food bank? Or ask them to bring gently used clothing, coats, hats, and gloves to donate to your local shelter. Just imagine what we could achieve if every one of the over 100 million viewers donated $10 to their local food bank or donated a can of food at their Super Bowl party!

Niagara University Program Helps Community In Crisis

Niagara University Program Helps Community In Crisis

Nearly 30% of the 50,000 people residing in Niagara Falls, NY, live below the national poverty line. Over 60% of Niagara Falls residents are considered overweight or obese, and over 10% struggle with diabetes. Health conditions continue to decline, and yet residents have minimal access to healthy, affordable food options. The Niagara Falls area is a community in crisis. In response to these alarming statistics and in an effort to address their community’s needs, Niagara University has created “Community Kitchen,” a program designed to give Niagara Falls residents access to delicious, nutritious food.

Ohio Nonprofit Helps Adults Gain Literacy Skills Needed to Thrive in Life

Ohio Nonprofit Helps Adults Gain Literacy Skills Needed to Thrive in Life

More than 35 million adults in the United States cannot read or write beyond a third grade level. Worldwide, that number rises to nearly 775 million illiterate adults and 123 million illiterate children and teens - about 15% of the total population. Illiteracy is often considered a problem of the past, but the reality is that it is still a roadblock for millions of people here in the U.S. and across the world. Seeds of Literacy in Ohio, is working to change those numbers by helping adult learners gain the literacy skills needed to thrive in life.

MLK Day of Service - A Starting Point to Serve Year Round

MLK Day of Service - A Starting Point to Serve Year Round

A New Year is upon us. Every January 1, I think about the resolutions I’ve made in the past and resolve to do again– eat better, exercise more, be more patient, get organized, etc., etc. While these are good resolutions, most of them really only affect my family and me. 

Volunteers Make the Season Bright with Holiday Food Drives

Volunteers Make the Season Bright with Holiday Food Drives

Food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens rely heavily on food and monetary donations. They cannot accomplish their goals alone. They need active volunteers of all ages to help in their mission. Holiday food drives are a great place to start.

Six Ways to Throw Holiday Parties with a Purpose

Six Ways to Throw Holiday Parties with a Purpose

It’s that time of year. Seems like there are multiple parties every week between now and New Year’s Day. Cookie exchanges, office parties, tree trimming parties, ugly holiday sweater parties, neighborhood get-togethers, family events, New Year’s Eve and don’t forget Festivus for the Rest of Us! This year, make a difference with your celebration!

Holiday Volunteering: A Great Time to Start a Lifelong Passion

Holiday Volunteering: A Great Time to Start a Lifelong Passion

The holiday season is a time for giving, and many of us take that to heart. We donate more money and seek out shelters, kitchens, and causes where we can volunteer our time. However, many programs and charities experience an influx of giving during this season of giving, sometimes almost more than they can handle. Don't worry, we've got some great options for you to put your generous nature to good use during the holidays and year round.

Surviving the Holidays with Your College Student

Surviving the Holidays with Your College Student

They’re BACK!  Our college students are home for a long winter break and they’ve brought a lot of baggage with them! Enjoy that first great big smile of recognition at the airport, followed by a wonderful hug and kiss. We've got some great ideas to keep everyone busy for a joyful and meaningful holiday season! 

World Kindness Day - Pay It Forward and Focus on the Good!

World Kindness Day - Pay It Forward and Focus on the Good!

 Random Acts of Kindness can make the world a better place. They can certainly change anyone's mood in a matter of seconds. Whether it's showing a stranger a simple kindness or being there for your friends and family, you can help create a better community, a better world. Start on World Kindness Day and keep it going! Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Six Ways to Honor Veterans

Six Ways to Honor Veterans

Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11. The federal holiday honors the service of all U.S. military veterans. In the military, “Got Your 6” means “I’ve Got Your Back.” This term emphasizes the way military members look out for each other. Now it’s our turn - on Veterans Day and year round, here are six ways you, your family, and your community can honor all who served in the United States Armed Forces.