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My Monthly Charity July 2012

Filed in: Charity,My Monthly Charity,Olympics,Sports

United States Olympic Committee

In the spirit of the 2012 London Olympic games the organization that I’ve selected is the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The USOC holds a variety of responsibilities for U.S. Olympic teams including funding, training, and more for the Olympics, Paralympics, Youth Olympics, Pan American and Parapan American Games.

To support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and to preserve the Olympic Ideals, thereby inspiring all Americans. – MISSION STATEMENT via teamusa.org

The USOC is the all around support for athletes on and off the field which includes health insurance, tuition grants, media and marketing opportunities, career services, sports medicine, physiology and nutrition assistance, performance technology and much more. In addition to the support for Olympic athletes they are also a steward for the Olympic Movement for the country.

Every two years whether it’s the Summer or Winter Olympics I get into sports like swimming and speed skating to root for the good old U.S. of A. There is an excitement that is unmatched as you watch the best athletes in the world compete for gold and you cheer for your country in any sport that they compete in, it doesn’t matter. History is being made and the 2012 London Olympics so far is no exception while I just watched Michael Phelps become the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time with 19 medals and he’s not even done yet. The USOC makes it all happen and you can learn more about the USOC at teamusa.org or make a donation to support Team USA and the Olympics at http://www.teamusa.org/Donate.aspx.

GO TEAM USA!!

07/31/2012 Comments (0)

LockerPulse is Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Filed in: Design,HTML5,LockerPulse,Responsive Design

In the end of May we launched a revamped LockerPulse with a fresh new look and a bunch of improvements. New features and improvements include better fantasy player tracking, video highlights, additional soccer coverage, improved site speed, and the list continues. You can visit the LockerPulse Product Blog for the complete list of improvements and features.

LockerPulse Homepage - More Sports. Less Time.

On the design side of things we also implemented HTML5 and responsive design to take advantage of the most up to date techniques to build the new and improved LockerPulse. We ran into new and unique obstacles on our way to the final design, but in the end we came out with a fully responsive design that works across all devices with a modern browser. For details how we used HTML5 and responsive design please see Making HTML5 and Responsive Design Work for Web Apps Like LockerPulse post that goes through everything in in depth details. For more information you can also check out my post about HTML5 and responsive design when we redesigned the Pure Adapt site.

Adam also guest posted on the popular design site SpeckyBoy.com explaining “Why We Chose HTML5 Over Native Apps“.

I personally think responsive design is the bomb diggity because it just makes sense to be able to build one site that works across different devices. Like the HTML5 slogan says “I’ve seen the FUTURE It’s in my BROWSER”. They even have t-shirts for it and Adam and I both have one.

HTML5 t-shirts

Go check out the new LockerPulse for yourself and feel the power!

07/20/2012 Comments (0)

My Monthly Charity June 2012

Filed in: Charity,My Monthly Charity

Charity Navigator

The organization that I have selected for this month is Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator is here to help you make informed decisions on where you donate your money to, by providing ratings and relevant information on charitable organizations.

Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. We help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over five thousand charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. We ensure our evaluations are widely used by making them easy to understand and available to the public free of charge. By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s most persistent challenges. – Charity Navigator Mission

They impact as much as $10 billion in charitable donations, making it the most influential charity rating service available and it’s free. Their site is jam packed with information for you browse with categories, top 10 lists, tips and resources, and much more. Through the site you can see how they are a valuable giving resource to visit before making a donation. You always want the money you donate to be used efficiently and effectively and Charity Navigator can help you do that.

It is actually Charity Navigator’s 10 year anniversary and they need your help to expand their efforts to cover more charities to help people donate with peace of mind.

Check out Charity Navigator to learn more about other charitable organizations or learn how you can help them achieve their goals in helping others donate at http://www.charitynavigator.org/.

06/30/2012 Comments (0)

My Monthly Charity May 2012

Filed in: Charity,My Monthly Charity

Wounded Warrior Project

Happy Memorial Day and please take the time to remember those who’ve fought for our freedom in the past and present. The organization that I’ve selected this month is the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) that honors those who’ve been injured while serving our country.

Mission
To honor and empower wounded warriors.

Vision
To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.

Purpose

  • To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
  • To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
  • To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

~ via http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission.aspx

The WWP has been honoring and empowering wounded warriors after the events of September 11th. Soldiers are not only enduring physical wounds, but they are also enduring mental wounds like post-traumatic stress syndrome and the WWP is there to help them adjust to a different normal. Whatever the injury may be the WWP is there to help.

Want to see how you can help, there are a variety of ways you can support the WWP including:

Show some support and do what you can for those who have served our country. For more information please visit the Wounded Warrior Project website at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.

05/28/2012 Comments (0)

Introducing the NESL

Filed in: Product Design,Start Ups

NESL Desk Organizer

Check out this fun and innovative desk organizer project on Kickstarter that my brother and some fellow classmates of Cleveland Institute of Art started. It’s simple, functional and versatile and that’s why it works. Use the NESL for a variety different things from a phone holder to cable management. See this cool desk organizer in action in the video below.

If you like the NESL you can support their project through the 5/23/2012 8:05 PM on Kickstarter.com.

The NESL has also been nominated to be a finalist in the William McShane Fund with Buckyballs and Brookstone contest for a chance to receive $25,000 in start up cash and a nationalwide Brookstone product launch. If you like the NESL, vote for the NESL in the competition. You can vote once a day. The first round ends on May 23, 2012 and the top 6 will proceed to the next round when voting ends 5/31/2012. VOTE NOW >>



05/15/2012 Comments (0)

My Monthly Charity April 2012

Filed in: Charity,Green,My Monthly Charity

Earth Day

Earth Day just past about a week ago and I’m going to dig into the archives to feature all the eco-friendly green charities that I’ve posted about in the past.

Also check out all my other posts related to being more green and thinking about our wonderful Mother Earth. Let’s strive to be more eco-friendly and make the norm.

04/30/2012 Comments (0)

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