The Hemp Connection + [women]

Sometimes, in helping others, you find ways to help yourself — please support these nonprofits!

We believe strongly at inCYST, that one of the most important things you can do to gain a healthy perspective about any situation you might be in, is to step outside of that situation and give a little bit of yourself to others. Of course, because I run a nonprofit, I have something to gain from you acting on that in this direction. But there is far more to it than that. Nonprofits do a lot of the work that falls between the business and legislative cracks. They are about making the world a better place. In that spirit, I'd like to share the work of some other nonprofits inCYST has associations with that I'd like you to consider supporting.

Share Our Strength This national organization is devoted to fighting childhood hunger. In this country, 1 in 5 children goes to bed hungry. At inCYST, we deal with hunger in several ways. Many of you have found yourselves in places where the economy has seriously affected your food budget. Others reading this may be fine today, but their eating issues are haunted by past food insecurity. We believe it is important to support any effort that is about helping someone to eat better, regardless of what"better" may mean for them.

My friend Julie Zagars is one of the organizers of Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation event, which will be held in Scottsdale on May 18. One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the cause. I am donating a consultation/kitchen makeover session…so come bid!

There are many other Taste of the Nation Events coming to other cities; if you'd like to participate, here is the schedule. As busy as Julie is with this fundraiser, she has always been immensely helpful with inCYST, introducing me to people who might be able to help us achieve our goals. I'd really like to see some of us support her in return, either here in town or elsewhere. Thanks in advance!


Our latest newsletter is a sneak peek at inCYST's fall fundraiser, to be held at the Children's Museum of Phoenix. We will be co-hosting this with several other startups focused on women's well-being. We'll have details in future newsletters and here on the blog, for now we'd like you to save Monday, October 22, for something really fun. And in the meantime, get to know our co-hosts, Don't Be a Chump, Check for a Lump, and Attagirl, Inc.

Don't Be A Chump, by the way, has another really fun fundraiser coming up, called Wig Out. It will be on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 pm, at the Secret Garden, 2501 E. Baseline. This group seriously knows how to have fun while working hard for a cause! Check their website for more information.


Finally, Power Up for PCOS, which you hear a lot about here, has scheduled their second annual fundraiser event, a 5k walk, for Sunday, September 29. For more information visit their website.

I don't do much political commentary on this blog, but I do have to say the one thing that has really helped keep my head in the right place about women's health in my home state of Arizona these days…as been working with so many great women and organizations who are filling important needs. If you'd like to support them, as it's not easy to accomplish to do some of this work in our state, I'd really love it if you either spread the word, volunteered, or donated to one of the organizations if they caught your attention.

Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your week!