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Andrew & Kelly Hughes were foster parents who took in 7 different foster children over a period of time. Two of those children ended up needing a forever home and they adopted them in 2015.
It was overwhelming for foster kids to arrive with almost nothing or a few items stuffed in a trash bag. So Kelly set out to change that reality for as many kids as she could. She put together a placement bag drive in November of 2014 with the goal of having 300 bags donated that would be filled with new pajamas, a blanket, stuffed animal, book, socks, soap & toothbrush/toothpaste. These were essentials that would make the transition a little easier for both foster kids on such as hard day as well as give some tangible help to foster families who often receive these children with only a few hours notice. Thankfully, Pittsburgh caught the vision of this project and over 1,300 filled bags were donated during the 5 week drive! 2015 brought a second drive in which 1,800 bags were donated and were able to be distributed to over 20 agencies in 10 counties in Western PA.
As the burden on their hearts and awareness of needs has continued to grow to help ease transitions during the very hard process of foster care, they have continued to move forward in further developing the Foster Love Project. It is now registered as a 501c3 nonprofit and the current goal is to open a full time resource center that will be available with free donations for kids in foster care. Come work with us and gain valuable experience while making a difference in the lives of some of the vulnerable in our community!
Our internship will involve helping with support in getting items to foster kids in need, helping secure and move to a full time facility, writing grants to receive funding, maintaining communication with foster agencies, and best of all, getting to interact with some awesome kids!
Please contact Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or for more information about this position.
Environment America runs campaigns to tackle global warming, stop fracking and protect the places we love. And we’re hiring.
Spring application deadline – March 1
Apply at jobs.environmentamerica.org
Right now, we’re hiring entry-level staff looking to kick start their career in environmental action and advocacy through our fellowship program and for people to help run our digital campaigns.
We take pride in being strategic and disciplined—and in hiring a team with the grit it takes to get things done.
That’s how we approach each of our campaigns, whether we’re defending President Obama’s Clean Power Plan against coal industry attacks or convincing more communities and companies to go solar.
BE AN ENVIRONMENT AMERICA FELLOW
Imagine yourself organizing a town hall meeting on solar power. Or imagine releasing a hard-hitting research report on power plant pollution. Or picture yourself building a community coalition around clean water or fracking. Imagine building the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and so on—that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.
All of this is what you do as an Environment America fellow. Because this is how we build the support it takes to reduce global warming pollution, create more solar and wind power, spare our parks and forests from fracking, keep our beaches, rivers and streams clean, and protect our wildlife and wild places. Is it easy? No, we’re up against some wily opponents who are incredibly well-funded. Is it rewarding? Absolutely. And given global warming, fracking and all of the tough problems we’re facing right now, can you imagine doing anything more urgent and meaningful?
BE A DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER
Work with one of our campaign teams to run a powerful digital campaign to help solve global warming, expand solar energy or protect clean water.
You’ll write emails and campaign actions that you’ll send to hundreds of thousands of supporters; design and curate content for social media, and engage with our national community; coordinate with our field team of five to nine campaign organizers, and back them up with emails, web pages and digital strategy; develop partnerships and creative online tactics to build our audience and raise money; analyze the results of your work, and report on successes and failures; and keep your projects on track, hold people accountable to their deliverables, and communicate regularly with your team.
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Environment America is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.