Heartful.ly’s 1st Birthday Bash!

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On November 29, Heartful.ly celebrated its first birthday in the most stylish way we know, by giving back. Over 125 D.C. influencers and friends of Heartful.ly spanning the events, tech, and nonprofit sectors gathered at The Loft at 600 F for an evening of fun festivities. Guests enjoyed (in no order of amazingness) a digital photo booth, home spun cotton candy, &pizza + chik-fil-a (omg, yes!), an ice cream sundae bar, and birthday themed libations. 

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In the spirit of our mission and the belief that life’s most important moments are a meaningful time to give back, the evening’s celebration benefitted Martha’s Table and their efforts in securing a brighter future for families across D.C.

Together, the Heartful.ly community was able to celebrate a milestone and champion an amazing cause. And now you can, too! Heartful.ly is no longer just a wedding registry. Celebrate your birthday with a wish list that gives back. Get started!

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A special thank you to our event sponsors: The Loft at 600 F, Ida Rose Events, GSP Consultants, Mission Man Media, Jason Martin Group, TD Bank, &pizza, Amavi Sweets, and Tickled Photo Booth and flowers by Stem and Thistle.

 

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Spread Democracy This Election Season

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This election season, we celebrate our ability to exercise our beliefs and vote for candidates of our choosing. The practice of participating in democratic elections is intuitive for us; the United States was founded upon the principles of democracy and we take pride in its ever-presence in our society.  However, democracy does not come as easily to many other nations. Even when peaceful transitions to democracy occur, if a culture around democracy is not established, many places remain democracies in name only.

In 2008, Bhutan’s system of government transitioned to a democracy; yet most of Bhutan’s people remain unaware of both their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Without education and engagement to give voice to all, but particularly those who have not traditionally participated in the process of participatory governance, Bhutan will remain a democracy in name only.

The Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy strives to nurture a culture of democracy by strengthening media, expanding public discourse, and providing essential education to the citizens whose votes will directly impact the future of the nation. The center reaches typically disengaged segments of society, particularly youth, by involving them in advocacy campaigns and educational outreach. It also produces print, audio, and visual materials on the democratic process, and distributes them to the furthest reaches of the country. Additionally, it organizes forums that bring together all types of Bhutan citizens, ranging from rural teachers to government officials. By ensuring that even the quietest voices in society are heard, the center aims to create a collaborative community within Bhutan that upholds the practice of democracy.

Learn more about the incredible organization here.

Engaged? Create a registry and help spread democracy!

 

 

 

 

Grow Your Greens and Eat Them Too!

 

img_0723_1-1When I learned that 16 percent of New Yorkers are food insecure and undernourished, my jaw dropped. Even in major metropolitan areas, there is limited access to affordable and healthy food. Lack of healthy food resources can lead to obesity and lifelong health complications, both of which are avoidable if cost effective, healthy food options are presented. In neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy, only 1 in 5 food stores sell fresh greens. Introducing fresh produce into these neighborhoods can shift health trajectories drastically.

Students for Service aims to change the startling statistics surrounding access to fresh and healthy food through urban farming initiative in schools of food insecure communities. The classroom greenhouse yields over 3,000 heads of leafy greens and vine crops yearly, which are distributed throughout the school community. In doing so, students learn hands-on life-science and their families are exposed to ongoing community outreach that empowers them to maintain healthy eating habits in the long-term.

Learn more about the incredible organization here.

Engaged? Create a registry and feed the future of America!

 

 

Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

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As a sophomore at Georgetown University, I know that my problems are trivial in comparison to the challenges other girls and young women across the world encounter everyday. I feel incredibly blessed to have access to higher education and know that I will be able to marry the person I choose.

Today, October 11th, marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to further global efforts to create a world of equal opportunity for young women and girls. Adolescent girls are a particularly vulnerable demographic and face significant social, economic, and political obstacles. Their ability to develop into leaders and thrive is often inhibited by factors such as forced child marriage, limited access to education, and gender-based violence.

Too Young To Wed strives to give child marriage survivors a voice in the fight to end the global practice of forced child marriage. Through the use of powerful portraits and short films of child brides, the organization connects girls’ stories to governments, policymakers, and the public. The organization’s workshops provide survivors and girls at risk of child marriage a chance to heal, tell their own stories, and return to their communities as leaders in the fight against child marriage.

Learn more about their work here.

Engaged? Create a registry and support Too Young to Wed’s important work!