Tag: social good

Blogger Outreach: An Insider's Perspective

Blogger Outreach: An Insider's Perspective
As a Chicago Now blogger, I’m finding myself in a middle of a popularity contest: between helping friends with their efforts, getting requests from media and organizations to profile them, and creating real-time topics…I am never at a loss for topics that make great posts. However, I also recognize that many nonprofit, community and other mission-driven... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services
  (Special thanks to Joy Decker of Esperanza Community Services for her time and insights) “Community” often gets used in a variety of contexts without understanding the full meaning of the word. In social media circles, “community” is often used to describe followers without necessarily any context other than a given brand. In Chicago neighborhoods,... Read more »

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving
Last week, I crashed hard. Between marketing an immigration rights fundraiser and being dragged into a crisis involving a former volunteer gig, I’ve spent most of the past few days relaxing. Losing two assignments have resulted in a more diligent search for freelance work, but my mother’s health issues have meant an increase in caregiving... Read more »
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The Thrill of It All: Five Years of Blogging

I’ll be honest, I’ve been so involved in the thrill of it all, I missed celebrating an important milestone: five years ago in August, I posted for the first time on this blog. When I started co-writing Chicago Now’s Job Stalker blog, I saw it as a way to build upon my personal blog. I... Read more »

One Decision With A Big Impact

One Decision With A Big Impact
One of the benefits of being a Chicago Now blogger is participating in Blogapalooz-Hour, where various bloggers write on the same topic. However, tonight’s topic hits a little too close to home. Earlier, we were asked to “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.” Of course,... Read more »

Balancing Freelancing & Caretaking

Balancing Freelancing & Caretaking
Three months ago, I moved out of my apartment into my mom’s place in Beverly to help take care of her. (She’s had health issues, and is currently in rehab for a recent amputation). Since I’ve been transitioning into freelancing (with actual paid work!), I thought caretaking my mother would be easier. After all, didn’t... Read more »
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Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters

Open Letter To Donald Trump Supporters
First, let me make this clear – this isn’t a blog post about why you shouldn’t vote for Donald Trump for president. By now, you are locked into your decision, and nothing I say will convince you otherwise. Despite overwhelming evidence of Trump’s inability to act professionally, he is choosing to remain in the race and... Read more »

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago
Serving the homeless in Chicago can be a challenge for many organizations. Identifying and counting an exact number can be challenging due to the inexact nature of homelessness in Chicago. Many nonprofits make strong efforts to provide services to this population, but one nonprofit – Care For Friends – takes a very unique, compassionate perspective... Read more »

My (Not-So) Secret Life in Tobacco Prevention

Yesterday, a new-ish colleague and I were having a conversation. You know, the good, old-fashioned get-to-know-you conversations that people tend to have. One of the topics that came up – and which surprised my new colleague – was my background in tobacco prevention. Granted, it happened in St. Louis (rather than Chicago), but in looking... Read more »
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Chicago Charity Challenge Returns To The Big Leagues

Chicago Charity Challenge Returns To The Big Leagues
As many of this blog’s readers know, we love hearing – and highlighting – great initiatives that drive social change, social benefit, and social impact in Chicago. One of those initiatives involves corporate philanthropy – companies partnering with nonprofits and other mission-driven organizations to make a definite impact. Many readers are also aware that we’ve highlighted the... Read more »