Our Superbowl PhilanthroParty had something for everyone. There was the game, of course. And for the non-football-fans, we set up Valentines Card-Making table and scored 1,736 love notes for Meals On Wheels to deliver to house-bound seniors on Valentines Day.
This is Nicholas. He has been a LemonAID Warriors superstar volunteer since he was 7 years old. He is now 14 and we are proud to announce that he has launched his own service project, Friends Helping Others. Through PhilanthroParty events and donation booths at Whole Foods and corporate fund matching, he has raised over $5,000.00 so far for an orphanage in Tijuana. We partnered with him on his latest trip to visit the orphanage and it was such a joy to return the support he has shown us over the years. Check out the video below of our most recent trip and here's a video of our first trip.
PEANUT BUTTER PHILANTHROPARTY EVENT
An Army of Lemon:AID Warriors kicked off the year with a Paintball for Peanut Butter PhilanthroParty Event. Admission to the party was a simple jar of peanut butter. At the end of the party the Warriors collected a total of 64 jars of peanut butter that was donated to a local homeless shelter! This is one way you can fight to end hunger!
Did you know that one of the most requested items from the homeless is a pair of jeans? Lemon:AID Warriors teamed up with the non-profit organization Do Something for their Teens for Jeans drive. Young people from around the US held drives and PhilanthroParty events to collect jeans for the homeless. One of our Warriors Emma was able to collect 195 jeans for the drive! Warriors in Canada met for coffee and brought in a pair of jeans. PhilanthroParty activities can be this simple! At the end of the drive Lemon:AID Warriors was able to collect over 800 pair of jeans for the homeless.
LemonAID Warriors teamed up with the grassroots organization Blood:Water for World Water Day on March 22nd. Blood:Water works to bring clean water to villages in Rwanda. It costs around $25,000 to bring clean and safe water to the village. Seems complicated right? It's not, when communities work together and spread awareness. On March 22nd, LemonAID Warriors gave up one type of drink, and only drank water. The money they would have spent on the other type of beverages was donated to Blood:Water's cause. If you'd like to join Blood:Water on their mission to bring clean water to Africa you can visit their link below. Let's save a drink and save a life, together.
BRING BACK OUR GIRLS
200 Girls was started by Lemon:AID Warriors who care about the fate of over 200 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls and 58 million children who don't have access to safe education. The Lemon:AID Warriors joined the march at the Federal Building in Los Angeles, California on April 14th to bring awareness to safe education and to ensure that the tragedy of the Chibok schoolgirls is not forgotten. Take action for education. Demand change.
ROCK THE ROXY: JOIN THE BAND
Lemon:AID Warriors teamed up with Join the Band and made some noise for education, with their biggest and LOUDEST PhilanthroParty Concert of the year: Rock the Roxy. 30 kid rock bands in 2 days rocked the Roxy to raise money and bring awareness to building schools in Nepal. 100% of the donations went to Room To Read. Room To Read has built over 1,000 schools in Nepal and are leading efforts to reconstruct schools that were damaged by the earthquakes that destroyed over 32,000 classrooms. We look forward to rocking the Roxy in 2016!
Thank you Los Angeles Magazine for choosing me as one of 5 "women" Action Heros of Los Angeles. Please click here so you can read about the other four inspiring, incredible women. I'm so honored to be included among them.
You asked for it, so here it is! A step by step guide to holding your very own LemonAID Week just like me and my 6th grade class did. I made this short video for Blood:Water Mission to teach everyone how to get your local businesses involved in raising money to build wells in Africa. Order your kit here bloodwatermission.com/lemonaid Ask me for help and I will give you even more tips to make your LemonAID Week a huge success. Send me your photos, too!
The amazing staff at Blood:Water Mission screened this video at their Well:Done Celebration in Nashville on May 10th. They reached their goal to build 1000 wells in Africa and they had an amazing concert to celebrate. I was invited to talk on stage about LemonAID Warrior's work. Jars of Clay, the founders, performed with Hanson, Derek Webb Sandra McCracken, and Eric Wainaina to raise over $100,000.00.
But the real stars of the show were the leaders from Africa who came all this way to let us know that our work matters. Michele from Rwanda told me that they are filled with joy that we care about them, even though they are strangers who live half a world away. He wanted me to say THANK YOU to all the lemonaid warriors!
LemonAID Warriors was started to spread the word that kids have the power to change the world on our own, our own way. Thank you, Blood:Water Missions, for helping me spread that message to my generation by supporting us and making us feel our work is important.
Inspired by Jars of Clay, who combine music and fundraising for Blood:Water Mission, LemonAID Warriors took action for Japan. We joined John Mazenko fromJoin The Band, to help him produce 3 concerts atHarpers and The Federal. 32 bands, with musicians aged 7 to 57 raised $4,000.00 at our Red Cross Relief Concert. At the concert, my band debuted an original song, Remedy, written by our lead singer Lauren Owens.
Here's our official video!
This event made me realize the two most important rules of successful fundraising.
#1. Surround yourself with the right people. John from Join the Band is cool and laid back and works really hard. My good friends Lily and Lucy are wacky and fun and they keep my energy going hour after hour. Kessa, our 3rd grade LemonAID Warrior has a huge heart, and came up with the best idea ever... she sold Japanese erasers at the door and it was a huge success!
#2. Do what you love. Music is my passion. Fundraising is my passion. Put them all together and you can't loose.