Calling all college students!

Did you know that 89 million Americans volunteer?

Better yet, did you know that 46% of 18-24 year olds volunteer 3 or 4 hours a week?

It's true! This shows a dedication to volunteerism and political action beyond what students are generally known for.

This age group is the incoming generation of voters, policy makers and future leaders of America, and absolutely vital to the continuing success of volunteer service in their communities.

S.A.V.E. (Support American Volunteer Efforts) currently has a bill before Congress that if passed would grant up to $2,000 in a tax rebate to people who volunteer for nonprofit organizations.

The only way to pass this bill is to let Congress know that Americans support it!

Go to the S.A.V.E. website and vote for the S.A.V.E. bill! You could win a case of Annie's Macaroni and Cheese and also help make the S.A.V.E. bill a reality.

Win a case of Annies Mac and Cheese!

Win a case of Annie’s Mac and Cheese

The person or organization that sends the most voters to S.A.V.E. each week wins a free case of Annies Macaroni and Cheese!

Andrew Martin, founding chairman and former president and CEO of Annies Macaroni and Cheese, is the author of the S.A.V.E. bill. This is his way of thanking you for supporting S.A.V.E!

Send your family and friends to vote at the S.A.V.E. website now!

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AHA e-cards

Hello! Since the heartwalk is getting closer - hopefully I will have more info to post here soon!

For now, the AHA has greetings that you can send all year to either 1) help you raise $ for the walk, or just to raise awareness to friends or 2) just send a note or a cute way to start a walking group or send reminders for that. Its Heart to Heart e-cards - HERE

Introducing S.A.V.E

S.A.V.E (Support American Volunteer Efforts) is a nonprofit organization campaigning to pass bill HR4387, which is currently under review in the Ways & Means Committee of Congress.

If the bill were to be passed it would offer up to $2,000 per year in a tax rebate to every volunteer.

Volunteers are two a half times more likely to donate back to non-profits where they volunteer, and their communities. Rather than giving tax breaks to the wealthiest 1% of society this would help to put money back where it is sorely needed.

SAVE is a grass-roots organization. Our office is staffed by volunteers who believe in our cause. We're in the midst of a nation wide press release, selling the idea of SAVE to the media, non-profit and volunteer agencies around the country.

The only way to pass this bill is to let congress know that Americans support it! The easiest way to do this is to vote for SAVE at our website.

Please check out our website: SAVE - Support American Volunteer Efforts

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World Aids Day - Aids Awareness

World AIDS Day - the international day of action on HIV and AIDS which takes place every year on 1 December. World AIDS Day is about wearing the Red Ribbon, as a sign of support for people living with HIV and a symbol of hope for the future.

You can click on the button below to find out ways to get involved or get your own virtual red ribbon.

Support World AIDS Day

**Also - today's a great day to give blood if you're able! SUCH an easy way to help out and doesn't cost anything but time. Go to for more info.

I gave blood today, did you?
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Purpose/Forming a team! Chicago area

So - the purpose of this community is to provide a forum for a group to meet and communicate easily about walking and raising funds for the American Heart Association.

The walk is scheduled for September 23rd 2005 starting from Grant Park. Yes - that's a Friday.....and I'm bummed too. But I think this is an important enough cause to take the day off.

Why am I doing this?

My mom has had a stroke (not heart related) and then last year she had a heart attack resulting in 3 heart surgeries.........I just think that this is a really important cause and a lot of folks don't realize that it can happen to them - even if they are NOT overweight - and even if they DO eat well! My mom is not overweight and she was a raw vegetarian before her heart attack........but still - plaque build-up around her arteries caused the problem. Awareness and research are key to finding cures and less invasive treatments for this.....

Join our team!!! Reply to this post if you have any questions. The website is on the info page and our team name is Pink Hearts!
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