Christmas Cheer!

Hello Everyone. As the weather cools down the shopping season is heating up. This weekend my family and I began the “what do you want” questioneering process, only to find that we weren’t that into it.

Something has changed for us and, thanks to the brilliant and kind heart of my brother Spencer, we are foregoing all but the mightiest of gifts in favor of our favorite charities.

So, without further ado, I let him explain in his own words. The email I just received:

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Hey Everyone, Greetings and Happily Holidays to all.  I hope everyone is doing well and is looking forward to a great holiday and new year experience.  So this email is concerning all that time, energy, and money spent on finding gifts for that loved one.  This year I want our gifts to be simple, so I say we follow the ABC’s of giving.

A) ltruism: Donate money to a charity of your recipients choice.
B) uilds: Build, make, craft, design, or paint something for that loved one.
C) hange: Give change or other unwanted items to the homeless, organizations, etc.

Many well-thought out gifts can be rewarding and long lasting, yet instead of wasting money and time looking for excessive gifts and material items, we donate money to the charities of our choice.  This way the money we spend is going to something worthwhile and it has a connection to each and every person.  So if you really need something then that is fine, but otherwise donate to a good cause.  Here is a list of the people’s charity of preference and various charity organizations. Tis’ the season of giving and receiving to our loved ones everywhere!

Stevie:          American Farmland Trust, NPR, Wikipedia
Shawn:        The Salvation Army, Greenpeace, Toys for Tots
Spencer:      Heifer International, Kiva, Unicef,BUSODA
Mama:         ? need info
Papa:          ? need info
Krystal:       Busoda (Krystal’s Uganda Non-Profit), World Vision
Amy:          Atlas Corps, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association



Poverty &
Relief
Red Cross : the American Red Cross has been the nation’s premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters.
World Vision : The focus of the World Vision (WV) organization is divided into five major areas: emergency relief, education, health care, economic development, and promotion of justice.
The Salvation Army : is a prominent non-governmental relief agency and is usually among the first to arrive with help after natural or man-made disasters. They have worked to alleviate suffering and help people rebuild their lives. 83 cents to every dollar you donate goes directly to support social services around your area.
Habitat for Humanity : an international, Christian, non-governmental, non-profit organization devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing. Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit.
Doctors Without Borders : an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.
Care : a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.
Heifer International : provides gifts of livestock and plants, as well as education in sustainable agriculture, to financially-disadvantaged families around the world.
Oxfam International : works directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.
Kiva : world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.
Goodwill : helps people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities.
Alzheimer’s Association Our Mission: To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

Children
Busoda: A local non-profit human rights organization located in Uganda that holistically helps orphans and other vulnerable children by sponsoring the child: education, hunger relief, nutrition, HIV/AIDS education.
Toys for Tots : The principal Toys for Tots activity which takes place each year is the collection and distribution of toys in the communities in which a Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located.
Unicef : United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.
Save the Children : independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world.
Feed the Children : delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster.
Compassion : a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults.

Nature
American Farmland Trust : helps farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful communities.
Greenpeace : a non-governmental organization for the protection and conservation of the environment. Greenpeace uses direct action, lobbying and research to achieve its goals.
Friends of the Earth : focuses on clean energy and solutions to global warming, protecting people from toxic and new, potentially harmful technologies, and promoting smarter, low-pollution transportation alternatives.
Earth Island Institute : grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.
The Nature Conservancy : the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Rare Conservation : We train and support leaders from the world’s top environmental organizations, local grassroots groups, and governments – all of which are increasingly aware that failure to create support at the community level reduces the chance of conservation success.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation: Pollution and other harmful activities degrade the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) fights for strong and effective laws and regulations.

Miscellaneous
National Public Radio (NPR) : a privately and publicly funded non-profit membership media organization that serves as a national syndicator to 797 public radio stations in the United States.
Wikipedia : a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its name is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s 14 million articles (3.1 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site
KCRW : a community service of Santa Monica College, is Southern California’s leading National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate, featuring an eclectic mix of music, news and arts programming.
Atlas Corps: an international citizen sector organization that identifies mid-career CSO leaders from the global south to volunteer for one year in the US to learn best practices, share unique perspectives and return home to strengthen the global citizen sector.

Comprehensive Charity Information
Top Rated Charities
Charity Guide
Philanthropy.com
America’s Charities
IRS Tax Deductible Charities
Just Give
Charity Watch
Charity Navigator

General Information
World Health Organization
United Nations
World Bank
International Monetary Fund
World Trade Organization
Food and Agriculture Org
NATO
CIA World Factbook
INTERPOL

Summer Celebration At Eastwinds

Summer Party at Eastwinds

We are throwing a party!

Come on over to Eastwinds for some food, friends, music, and good times. This event is going to be an exciting fun filled evening with music, door prizes, raffle giveaways and more. It’s the perfect way to spend your Sunday evening.

This is a charity event with a donation of $25. Your donation is tax deductible and gets free food, door prizes, and wine. The food will be some of the most popular dishes in Orange County created by Ned Sheng owner of EastWinds:

  • Twin Season Shrimp
  • Avocado Wontons
  • Mongolian Beef
  • Egg Foo Young

Ned will also be offering drink specials on some of his best drinks like the

  • Pink Geisha
  • Plum Sake
  • East Winds Iced Tea
  • Hawaiian Sake Punch
  • Chocolate Buttercup
  • Sake Sling

Details

The party will be at Eastwinds Asian Cuisine in Huntington Beach on Sunday July 12 from 5-8pm. Reservations are required.

Location:

  • 7114 Edinger Avenue – Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (google maps)
  • From LA: take the 405 to exit 18 for Golden W St/Bolsa Ave – go 2 blocks – turn left just past Edinger
  • From SD: take the 405 – exit onto Beach Blvd/CA-39 – turn right on Edinger – go two blocks – turn into the shopping center

Fun

  • Door Prizes/Raffle
  • Local Recycled Art on Display
  • Free Asian Fusion Food
  • Amazing Drink Specials
  • Friends, Family and Good Times!

Reservations

To reserve your spot please RSVP using PayPal below. The charity event is $25 per person. This includes food, drink specials, door prizes, and a tax deductible donation.


Sponsorships

We are looking for sponsors for our event to contribute at the Green ($100) and Super Green ($250) levels. To donate please contact us at (steve@acleanlife.org) (202-683-8675).

Guest List & Sponsors

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  2. Scott McKimmey
  3. Jessica Liston
  4. Ian Hornstein
  5. Matt Johnston
  6. Steven J. Mandzik
  7. Shawn MandzikPicture 1
  8. Steven A. Mandzik
  9. Eric Zuercher
  10. Amy Senger
  11. Krystal Burnett
  12. Elliott Ho
  13. Daniel Morgan
  14. Sarah Ward
  15. Daniel Queiroz
  16. Nick Calvert
  17. Melissa Calvert
  18. Erica Liston
  19. Scott Freyman
  20. Nicky Lundstrom
  21. Chris Powell
  22. Spencer Mandzik
  23. Susan Mandzik

Launch Party at Tattoo in Washington DC

A Clean Life Launch Party

Party Flier

The charity event turned out to be a real party!

Thanks for everyone for coming including our over 100 guests, Kate Michael (kstreetkate), Robyn Mincher (washington post express), Sarah Cannon (videographer), and all of our fantastic sponsors.

Press

Details

The charity event was held on May 21, 2009 at Tattoo Bar in Washington DC in a partnership with Amy Senger of 1X57. Doors opened at 7pm with free drinks from our sponsors, Absolut and Fuze, for the first hour. Stay later and the bar was open again at 10pm for free Absolut Fuze drinks.

At the door we had have raffle prizes and champagne. You can find Tattoo Bar in downtown DC:

  • 1413 K St NW, Washington DC, 20005 (google maps)
  • Metro: one block away from McPherson Sq (serves blue, orange lines)
  • Parking: street parking is available but limited

Sponsors

Our sponsors were fantastic! We had donations of excellent raffle prizes. Our top sponsors, listed below, contributed at our  “Green” ($100) and “Super Green” ($250) levels.

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Donations

There are so many talented artists out there! Thanks to Mark Routt, Christiane Routt, Jenna McAlister, & Tom Hedrick. Your donations and new friendships mean a lot.

Guest List & Sponsors

  1. Amy Senger
  2. Steven Mandzik
  3. John-Michael Scott
  4. Kirby Plessas
  5. Matthew Paige
  6. Michelle Giluso
  7. Katie Tobin
  8. Andrea Baker
  9. Garrett Strzok
  10. Matt Nahlik
  11. Lauren Lee
  12. Michelle Hilaire
  13. Amanda Sena
  14. Chris Rasmussen
  15. Spencer Mandzik
  16. Susan Mandzik
  17. Kelly Ann Collins
  18. Cathryn Sitterding
  19. Jenson Daniel
  20. Daniel Cramer
  21. Andrea Van Dell
  22. Jamie Hess
  23. Joanna Baden-Mayer
  24. Harold Bennett
  25. Matt Rogers
  26. Joanna Alexis
  27. Sean Wohltman
  28. Catherine Barker
  29. Shana Glickfield
  30. Maxine Teller
  31. Georgie English
  32. Marni Cohen
  33. Reese Gardner
  34. Anna Tant
  35. Moe Alrob
  36. Michael Romeo
  37. Fletcher Gill
  38. Michael Mossoba
  39. Erin Uyttewaal
  40. Kendall Richardson
  41. Mark Jacobson
  42. Jennifer Eyrich
  43. Lena Lee
  44. Dan Flatla
  45. Nydia Clayton
  46. Ron Mecredy
  47. Javan Sher
  48. Stevens C. Berry
  49. Jay Faires
  50. John Lauttamus
  51. Mark Klupt
  52. Raymond Embry
  53. Kate Michael
  54. Eric Burka
  55. Kristin Burka
  56. Mandeep Mehram
  57. Justin Franks
  58. Makeda Saggau-Sackey
  59. Lewis Shepherd
  60. Loren Herrington Teague
  61. Adam Korobow
  62. Mark Drapeau
  63. Teka Thomas
  64. Blair Milligan
  65. Melissa Vallejo
  66. Christiane Routt
  67. Mark Routt
  68. Jenna McAlister
  69. Sean Dennehy
  70. Tom Hedrick
  71. Joshua Marcuse
  72. Becca Thompson
  73. Margot Miller
  74. Alexandra Pryor
  75. Pia Carla
  76. Sana Pervaiz
  77. Andrea Leigh
  78. Julie Eaton
  79. Joanna Lee
  80. Mathew L. Hebert
  81. John Burns
  82. Jason Moore
  83. Ellen Grantham
  84. Yudha Permana
  85. Viq Hussain
  86. Britta Lindgren
  87. Matias Bernstein
  88. Benjamin Maiorino
  89. Samira Kristina Azzam
  90. Trena Elise Woods
  91. David Fraley
  92. Alexandra Robinson
  93. Andrew Reese
  94. Joanna Hatzis
  95. Jelena Eaj
  96. Tara Lewis
  97. Caitlin Rundle
  98. Lauren Massad
  99. Christina Holden
  100. Lisa Rambo
  101. Abeer Abdallah
  102. Erika Miller

And more, but my wrist is tired! :)

We are now a 501(c)3

To All Fans and Supporters,

Yesterday, I submitted a tank of papers to the IRS to make our little operation official. The bulk of which was IRS form 1023, an application for tax exempt status under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. This establishes us an applicant for public charity status as a tax exempt corporation.

Meaning that we can now accept tax deductible donations. Anyone who donates money to us will receive an official receipt allowing them to claim the amount as a tax deduction.

We do have to wait a little bit to get started, though. Our tax year is set to start on May 1.

In the next few days we will be finalizing our start-up plans. Some items in the hopper are social mixers in DC and CA, online donations, and a drive to recycle old stuff (donate old stuff that we can sell online).

This is an exciting time for all of us and we hope to share that excitement with you a we get the business operations started.

Throughout all of this we are also committing ourselves to professionalism and corporate responsibility. Two of the tenets that fulfill those goals, as outlined in our operating ByLaws below, are a commitment to transparency and zero waste.

To that end, we plan on sharing with the public all that we can. Our first move is to share our corporate organizing documents.

The Organizing Documents of A Clean Life

Thanks for all the support from everyone. This is a very important milestone and we are very excited!

Steve