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Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll: Jenna von Oy

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

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I have only recently connected with Jenna von Oy. coque huawei She’s part of our ongoing work with Ronald McDonald House Charities, and right away she struck me as a vibrant, compassionate and straight-to-the-point woman. Jenna was ready to roll up her sleeves and help, she wanted her work to be meaningful and to make a difference in her community.

Jenna is full of optimism and care. She has a clear desire to leave the world better than she found it. In Jenna, I immediately recognized just the sort of generous compassion and commitment that sets change in motion. I was drawn to her smile and noticed too how she put others at ease. I heard in her voice authenticity and an earnest desire step up in real ways. She was determined to use her smarts and influence for good — I was impressed.

I was not that familiar with Blossom, the way some fans would be who knew more details about the cast, including Jenna. Basically, Jenna was a blank canvas to me. Needless to say – that changed quickly. Jenna has filled that same canvas with vibrant colors, rich textures and a budding relationship that I look forward to continuing. I am thrilled to introduce to you a remarkable woman, a dedicated mother, blogger, and author of the soon to be released new book, Situation Momedy. Say hello to Philanthropic Mom, Jenna von Oy.

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Jenna Von Oy with husband Brad Bratcher and children Gray and Marlowe. (Photo Credit Mimosa Arts)

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I’d like to think I’m no different than any other mom out there… I do my best to encourage my children to be kind, generous, and passionate. I teach them the difference between right and wrong, express my pride when they share, and reinforce the importance of simple gestures such as writing thank you notes. Coque huawei Outlet It all contributes to the bigger picture! I firmly believe we are all philanthropic moms in our own way. It just happens that my career has offered me a more public platform to voice my convictions.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

When I was about four-years-old, I recall going across the street to sing to a neighbor who was dying of cancer. That I was able to bring a smile to the woman’s face, despite her physical suffering, profoundly affected me. I was taught early on that there’s a tremendous amount of pride that comes from being generous with your heart.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My mom. I grew up on the East Coast, where the winters can be brutal. My mom used to pack brown bag lunches, complete with scarves and mittens, and leave them out for the homeless men and women in Grand Central train station. She would probably be uncomfortable with the fact that I’m talking about this openly, because her efforts have always been anonymous. I think there’s something very beautiful about that. We are big believers that philanthropy is a very private pursuit, and should never be done for recognition. Because of that, I feel a bit odd doing an interview on the subject. With that said, I am proud to be in a position to assist the Medela Recycles campaign by being their Ambassador, and I acknowledge that talking about it is the only way to get the word out there. If this interview encourages even one mom to donate her old, used Medela breastpump so that a new, multi-use pump can be given to the Ronald McDonald House, and benefit the mother of a NICU baby, it was well worth it

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

Watching my daughter follow suit. Even at two-years-old, she possesses a stunning amount of compassion and insight. She’s already trying to save the world, one hug at a time. It’s inspiring!

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

I hope I can do my part to remind other mothers that we are all in this together. When you’re a mom, it’s not about ego, social status, income, career path, or whether or not you used to be on a television show as a kid. It doesn’t matter what age our children are, how quickly they learned to walk and talk, or how long they were breastfed. Motherhood is the great equalizer. coque iphone en ligne That’s why I joined the Medela Recycles campaign. coques Samsung pas chères It is one small way we mommies can reach out to one another and connect on a level we all understand and appreciate.

What would your children say about all of this?

I firmly believe my girls will be committed to being caring, selfless, respectful, nurturing women. I hope someday they’ll look back and attribute some of their strength of character to the love my husband and I have shown… not just directly to them, but through helping those in need.

Philanthropic Friday – Philanthropic Moms Honor Roll: Jennie Lynn Johanson

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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I met Jennie so many years ago. She was a budding entrepreneur in the early stages of launching The Bumble Collection. She was committed and fiercely determined and at the same time, full of incredible grace and kindness. Coque pour Huawei Jennie’s smile and her talent were an amazing lure, as were her vision and her ability to see things clearly. She was just one of those people. The friendship that followed has been one of the most consistently positive partnerships I’ve had – it is one of a kind.

Jennie is a woman whose care and authenticity have no boundaries. She is as true and as open as they come – her creative process immediately syncs up to whatever others may have dreamed up. I am a big fan of the way in which Jennie is able to flexibly, intelligently collaborate – she immediately “gets it.” And this includes ways in which to care for others. Whenever I approach Jennie with a germ of an idea it is quickly met with enthusiasm and bigger, bolder ideas. Her partnership is incredibly valued.

Jennie is neither loud nor boastful – she cares deeply and lovingly teaches by example. Her loyalty is fierce as is her very real desire, and clear abilities to make a positive difference in the world. And make a difference she does. The list of organizations she supports is impressively large and continues to expand. She leaves her philanthropic footprint across an amazing landscape of children’s causes. And Jennie always takes the time to bring others into her work – showing the possibilities and igniting a spark.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to an extraordinary Philanthropic Mom – Jennie Lynn Johanson.

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Jennie Lynn Johanson with son Julian, 5. (Photo credit: Vinka Pasos-Ferrell).

What makes you a Philanthropic Mom?

I am humbled to be thought of as a Philanthropic Mom. I try my best to be a good role model for my two kids and teach them through example to be respectful to others and to themselves and to give back to others in need. We live in a society where it is very easy to get caught up in our own lives and the needs of others are placed secondary. I try to be involved both personally and professionally with philanthropic organizations. My husband being a physician makes me aware of too much pain and suffering online gambling that many have to endure. I feel it is my responsibility as a mother, wife, and a business owner that we need to give back and aim to assist where we can. offre Coque pour Huawei It is my motto that if we can make one person’s heart smile every day, then we are on a path to make a difference in the world.

What is an early or stand-out memory of community service, philanthropic commitment or another way in which you felt strongly connected to an issue in the bigger world?

About 20 years ago, I use to volunteer at a local children’s home where many of the children had been physically abused. It was heart breaking to say the least. coque silicone samsung a8 There was one girl who no one seemed to be able to make a connection to and therefore many just left her alone. Every week I would go, I would make little drawings on small cards with her name on them and leave them by her. This lasted over two months and finally one day she came over to me and said “I like your drawings. They make me smile”. Coque pour Huawei It warmed my heart and I think I warmed hers. It was then that I realized that one person could make a difference in someone’s lives. It’s the small things that could make a difference for someone.

Who was your biggest philanthropic influence?

My parents. I was raised where it was taught that it was important to give back and not just monetarily. It was important to give your time and efforts to others in need. That it would make you a better person and make our world a better place. I have always watched my parents be kind to others and to give back to others in need. If I can do the same for my kids, then I think that I have done well as a mom.

What about being a Philanthropic Mom makes you most proud?

That’s easy. coque samsung a8 2018 It’s knowing that I made a difference. It’s when I can look at my children and see them make decisions that have helped someone in need. When I see them take notice of something that they would have done differently. Our children are an extension of us and knowing that I am helping mold two young ones minds to be whatever they want to be is enough to make my heart smile and feel proud.

What is the legacy of change you want to leave behind?

That someone will be better off because of something I was involved in. I hope that my efforts from being involved in different children’s organizations would make one more child feel special and know that there are many people out there who care.