Best links for info on the oil spill and volunteer opportunities

Here are some particularly good links I’ve found:


  • Mobile Bay National Estuary Program – Provide contact information to the MBNEP office by phone at 251- 431-6409 or by email to
  • Pascagoula River Audubon Center – “If you are interested in being trained to help wash oiled birds, please email the Center (contact us) with your Full Name and phone number. We are being inundated with phone calls for volunteer request, please use the contact link to submit your information.”
  • – An excellent site created by a couple in Ocean Springs, MS. Includes general information on the volunteer effort (not Mississippi-specific) that is constantly updated. Mississippi-specific information includes how to sign up to volunteer and training sessions.
  • Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana – Collecting volunteer information for Louisiana

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Happy Earth Day!

Hey, wanna join me in my new Earth Day tradition? Let’s commit to giving up something specific for Earth Day. Sort of like Lent, except permanently. Change one habit that’s hurting Mother.

I like to think I’m pretty green. Continue reading

Be healthy the au naturel way: April 10

No, this isn’t about nudist colonies (got your attention though, didn’t it?). It’s about healthcare. Waaaaay too complicated a topic for a single blog post. Suffice it to say I’m a big fan of holistic and alternative healthcare. This Saturday, the Gulf Coast Holistic Health Fair will give you an opportunity to learn about holistic heathcare options Continue reading

“…we are North Haiti.”

One of Eugene Walter’s most famous quotes about Mobile was his description of the city as, “a separate kingdom. We are not North America; we are North Haiti.” Send your prayers. Better yet, send your money.

(If you don’t know who Eugene Walter is, read the Monkeys tab above).

Nothing I love better than a good garage sale…

especially one that’s indoors and benefits our four-legged friends. This one benefits the Animal Rescue Fund. Plan to shop or if you already have too much stuff, you can donate items.

January 29th & 30th, 7:30-2:30pm

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Corner of Cody & Hitt Road (indoors!), Mobile

Drop off donations after noon on January 28th at the church or email Sherry (sherry at animalrescuemobile. org) to make arrangements.

ARF, ARF: Rescue Run 5K and Wiggle Waggle Walk

March 13, 2010, 8 am (runners, two-legged only), 9 am (walkers, two and four-legged).

USA’s Brookley Field

More information.

All proceeds go directly to the Animal Rescue Fund of Mobile.

YP Event Alert

I’m a little late on this one but it sounds like a fun way to meet other young professionals and find ways to give back to the community (too bad I don’t qualify as a young professional anymore…). Continue reading

Best Charities for Haiti Relief

The American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP),  a leading charity watchdog, rate charities (A+ to F) based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency.

The following charities involved in Haitian earthquake relief efforts received A+ ratings.

International Medical Corps

International Rescue Committee

Follow this link for a full list of top-rated charities involved in Haiti relief (B+ to A).