Everyone has Something to Give

We all have gifts to offer the world and at Rich Chicks we take the Live Rich mantra very seriously. There are so many projects that we help create in our membership that allow resources to be shared to benefit the person sitting next to you and the family across the globe.

Did you know that Rich Chicks uses its computers to help fight disease and find donor matches that will benefit the health of all people of the world?

We are part of a group of more than 500,000 people who have opted to be part of a Community Research Grid. When we are not using our computer’s memory, we allow researchers to use our processing power to run in-depth calculations that do some amazing things. As of today we have helped calculate:

  • 246 results for Muscular Dystrophy donors, AIDS research, childhood cancer, and Malaria and Dengue Fever Research.
  • That is about 1,800 hours of research time that we have gifted to research by just letting them use our computer downtime. That is the equivalent of handing over a 35 hour a week researcher.

Other Projects

  • Rich Chicks is part of Kiva, an international micro-lending program that has gifted over loans to women and families all over the globe.
  • We partner with a local restaurant to provide the working poor a Thanksgiving filled with dignity and make it an event to be remembered.
  • The annual project ELF surprises families coming out of a shelter with a house full of furniture, trimmings, and all their holiday wishes come true.
  • Did I mention the SuperChick Gala, where honor is paid to 12 women for being amazing.

Some people ask me why I love being a sustaining member of Rich Chicks and why I am willing to have a monthly bank draft taken from my checking account. It is because as a community we have a lot to offer and as a community we can change the world with just a few of our resources. I like being a resource to make the world a better place.

What is the gift you have to give?

Project Elf Update December 5

Note: You can drop off nonfurniture items or mail stuff contact info@richchicks.org for address BEFORE DECEMBER 15TH. Bring items to the Brain Spa Event, or the NW2 meetings.

Our delivery team is now up to 11 people! 

TOP Priority items: Tan loveseat that is a pullout bed, Table that seats 6, second Truck for December 24th, someone artsy to help us put together a huge wall mural made out of maps that we can adhere to kids bedroom wall.

Some items to keep your eyes peeled for or ask friends if they have any of these items on this list: Maps ( all kinds), magnifying glass, white crib and accessories, boy baby stuff- everything, LOTS OF simple one color shelf liner, modern style dining room table that seats 6 and chairs, RED tablecloth for that table, 2 Sleds, queen size comforter in neutral- browns , 1 CD player, 10 closet organization bins that match to put kids socks and stuff in, 1 small fry pan for eggs, over the door shoe rack, age 5-12 Children’s books on travel, space, exploration, animals, diapers for a child less that 1 year old, paper goods, cleaning products, 2 mops, 1 cleaning bucket, kitchen size garbage bags, paper towels, diaper wipes, building blocks like Legos, 3 flashlights of all sizes, books on CD for adults and kids, mittens kids size small Boy and Girl, holiday CD’s, mittens size med boy, snow pants girl size 5, snow pants boy size 10-12, snow pants boys size 6, Girls NEW underwear size 4-6, Boys NEW underwear size 5-7, baby supplies, bus card, target gift cards, size 16 young women’s clothes, dressy winter coat women’s size 16, boys shoes size 13, cupcake making supplies, kitchen drawer stuff, white laundry baskets, clothes hamper to fit in a closet, new/nearly new boys clothes 6-18 months, 4 packages of children’s hangers, 3 packages of adult hangers, kitchen shears, 1 kitchen timer, spices, baking supplies, cookbooks, strainer big and small, spatula ( both kinds), canned frosting and sprinkles, teething gel, Neosporin, Advil, Landry soap, dryer sheets, rolls of quarters for laundry, fabric sheets, laundry soap, Kleenex, size 5-6 boys clothes 2 outfits needed, size 10 boys clothes 2 outfits needed, 1 used laptop, back massager, small tool kit for an apartment, NEW 2 person tent / cabana that we can put Kissi’s bed inside of -must be 72 inches in length, 2 LONG adjustable curtain rods to hang a mural, Space themed mobile to hang from ceiling,

 

 

Project Elf 2011

Our favorite project of the year is BACK!  Are you in?

Project Elf is a Holiday surprise to families that have recently moved out of the homeless shelter.  We pull together a team of Elves to gather supplies and gifts and then to sneak (with the families permission) into their house on Christmas Eve and make a very special holiday delivery. This is no smallprocess because often we are moving in furniture, hanging curtains, setting up beds, filling closets with new outfits, stuffing stockings, and filling  cupboards.  Our Elf team has just six hours to get everything done and get out of the house before the family returns. It is a magical experience for the family to come home to a BIG surprise while they were out Christmas Eve day.

We need your help before the actual day to gather items (listed below) from friends and family. The actual day we need a crew to load, unload, set up, clean and organize, and people to manage the delivery stuff as it gets assembled. LET US KNOW WHAT ELF PART YOU WANT TO PLAY! We will keep you updated with a weekly ELF Update as the gathering happens

Our Families this year

We have a unique situation this year because we actually have two locations one in Bloomington and one in Hopkins. Both families have moved out of the homeless shelter in the last 30 days. Both have “some” furniture, but we definitely have our work cut out for us this year.  We will need garage space to store the incoming gifts, and two team leaders for that day or work out a drop schedule. We will be delivering on Christmas Eve and we have just 6 hours to deliver, set up, clean, and get out.

The Families

The families we are helping are clients of PICA’s Project Secure. You can read about PICA and its programs here.

Anthony–Bloomington
Anthony and Anthony are a father and son duo. The father is recovering from a terrible work accident that damaged both knees and left him unable to work. Anthony has done primarily warehouse management. He is now working through a re-injury on one of his knees. This is a rough recovery on top of parenting a young child.  His five-year old son Anthony is adorable and loves to explore. He loves maps and is an astronomy fanatic—he loves stars. Dad has a few nice pieces of furniture that he has collected and is very emotionally connected to. His existing theme of darker woods like cherry and mahogany are what we are looking for. This is a one bedroom apartment and the bedroom belongs to the child, so dad is sleeping on the floor of the living room. A pull-out sofa no bigger that a loveseat size would be perfect.
Anthony is striving to get out of survival mentality and he struggles to find new friends and new spaces that he can connect to.  We will need a team to work on the Bloomington drop.

  • Wish list so far
  •  Tan loveseat, pullout, or futon for Dad to sleep on- primary goal
  •  Bus cards- primary goal
  •  Flat screen TV
  •  Kid’s books
  •  Maps, guidebooks, BIG magnifying glass
  •  Storage containers
  •  Shoe storage
  •  Bathroom stuff: Shower curtain, shower hooks, bath mat, towels, wash cloths
  •  Small waste basket (really small)
  •  Soft BIG pillows to sleep on
  •  Warm cozy masculine looking blankets/bedding
  •  Bikes for both dad and son -they have only public transportation for the foreseeable future
  •  Dad needs clothes that are not t-shirts and jeans, and he also needs t-shirts and jeans and shoes.Size men’s large
  •  Dining table round, small dark wood
  •  Closet organization – rack
  •  Little boy room dresser
  •  Narrow bookshelf
  •  Nice  men’s dark winter coat size large for wearing to job interviews
  •  Men’s gloves, hat, scarf- job interviews
  •  TV and stand (must be flat screen—no room for any other kind!)
  •  Child size 13 shoe, boy’s clothes size 5T-7T
  •  Children’s twin sheets – Boys room
  •  Nice dishes that serve 6- masculine
  •  Paper, cleaning and laundry products

Carmita–Hopkins

Our second family is Carmita and her three children, Kisi, 11 (boy), Quan Yin, 4 (girl), and Christian, 6 months (boyl).  Her story is amazing and we are so glad to be able to help her in this time of great need. Carmita is a young woman who is determined to leave the streets behind her and build a life for her children. She has been working hard for the last two years to build a new direction and has recently completed her GED. She is currently working as a temp at a bank.  She is full of life, and has a great outlook on her future and is ready to tackle going to night school and raising her family. The house has a theme of mint green and white and we are using all silver accents to bring a little shine into the space. We need it to sparkle as much as Carmita does. We are going to do the children’s room as not gender specific, but make the beds very personal.  Kisi loves sports and stuff to do on his bed like reading or playing hand-held games. He just loves to sit in his new bed alone without siblings.

We will need a team to work on the Hopkins drop.

Wish list so far

  •  Laptop for the family
  •  Diapers
  •  Kisi needs a bike- he is age 11 and has never has one – primary goal
  •  Quan Yin wants a bike too, but not as much as she wants Fairy everything- we’ve already gotten her a Tinkerbelle stocking. She is totally crazy about Tinkerbelle and Princesses.  We need wings, wand, and tinkerfluff.  She is less-but-still-totally-obsessed with Barbie and drags around a plastic bag of them everywhere she goes.
  •  Small desk lamp
  •  Bigger side table lamp
  •  Boy’s baby clothes 9 – 18 mos
  •  Girl’s clothes (very girlie) size 4T-6T
  •  SMALL Computer desk that will fit in a closet
  •  Gas cards
  •  Work clothes for a banking situation women’s size 16
  •  Cd player- kids love stories on CD!
  •  Table that seats 6
  •  Wheeled hamper (Laundromat)
  •  Full length mirror
  •  Bathroom stuff: Shower curtain, shower hooks, bath mat, towels, wash cloths
  •  Children’s books
  •  Queen/full size bed
  •  Kid’s dresser that is small enough to slip into a closet
  •  LONG panels of cloth to use as a room divider
  •  Nice salad bowl and tongs
  •  Table cloth and table decoration
  •  Target gift cards
  •  Girly stuff for mom-lotions, ect
  •  Paper, cleaning and laundry products

Free Fancy Thanksgiving Dinner for Those in Need

 

Hello friends we are doing it again! A Fancy Thanksgiving for those who could use a little love. Here is the official press:

Thanksgiving dinner is a tradition that can really stress out an already stressed budget. We all know friends, neighbors, coworkers, or family members that are going through tough times and are struggling to make ends meet, and it’s time that they got some uplifting news. CRAVE Restaurants,and local community service organizations are partnering to provide an exciting opportunity for working families this Thanksgiving.  The owners and staff of CRAVE have generously offered to feed a complimentary Thanksgiving dinner to those who are going through tough times but would really appreciate a great meal on Thanksgiving in an outstanding restaurant.

We are choosing to work with our community partners who also hold a prosperity belief that offering people tools to lift themselves to a better place is the best way to help those who are trying to keep their heads above water. Today our tool is a random act of kindness for a family that could sure enjoy a FUN experience.

What we are looking to do is have your agency locate the people that would benefit from this experience and pass this information along to them. Please work with them to assure they will be attending, and help us give them and their entire family a fine dining experience to lift their spirits.  CALL TO MAKE A RESERVATION: 952.933.6500

Thanksgiving Day: November 24, 2011

CRAVE will be serving 500 guests in two shifts:
11:00am-1:00pm (250 people)
and
1:00pm-3:00pm (250 people)

Location:
CRAVE in the Shops at West End
1603 West End Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

 CALL TO MAKE A RESERVATION: 952.933.6500

*reservations will be first come first serve
If your agency would like to make group reservations on behalf of your constituents, or if you want an indivdual/family reservation,  please let us know the following information:

-How many are in the family, and the amount of adults/children
-Time slot they want attend

All reservations must be made at least one week before the holiday.
Do you need fliers for this event to hand out? – email info@richchicks.org and we  will have some dropped off-  or contact info@richchicks.org for more information. The virtual fliers will be ready Tuesday, which we can email to you–just let us know.

YES  you can: Pass this on to those you know and organizations that serve the public.

WHO  is a fit: People on a fixed income, elderly, disability, unemployment, students of all types, people who ran out of unemployment, anyone using social service agencies, under served youth, foster care, military, low income, underemployed, ect…  This is for the WHOLE family to enjoy.

If this reservation is for YOU and you feel weird about taking a gift like this: Don’t be afraid to come and enjoy a great event.

Rich Chicks will will be there all day and we are including agency staff to come with their people. It is such a wonderful event and one of very few that both staff and clients can just relax and have a great day. Dress up and have a great day.

If you have a shut-in list let us know info@richchicks.org  in advance so we can work some of our magic.  We have a little room for delivery but it works best to have you deliver to your own shut-in list. We still have to add reservations for shut-ins but I have to that. Not the phone reservation line. FYI If there is a snowstorm that day- volunteers will not deliver.

BONUS: we are adding FREE holiday photos so you can have a picture taken that you can download to use in your holiday cards.

Wealth

Is money what you think of when you think about wealth? Money is tangible–you can touch it, save it, spend it, put it in your pocket. What about the intangibles that are not measured or counted into your “net worth?”

There are so many things that make our lives richer that are not money. What if you started to become consciously aware of all the abundance, wealth, and prosperity that are in your life? What would you find? What is already in your life that you can’t deposit in the bank or spend, but that would make you feel poorer if it wasn’t there?

I invite you to put a value on things like friends, family, favors, love that come to you every day by acknowledging them. You might not be able to come up with a dollar amount, but these all add value to your life in big ways.  Give it a try–count your blessings and make them a part of your “net worth.” You might be surprised at how wealthy you really are—and how much more prosperous you become just by paying attention.

Here are a couple of ways to keep track of the “invisible” but priceless wealth in your life.

One page 7 day gratitude journal  RC Gratitude Journal  First page is the instructions for folding. Journal is the second page.

Ecourse: Accounting Your Blessings

Interview with Rich Chicks’ Executive Director

A member of the RIch Chicks Development Board recently interviewed Karen Karsten, RIch Chicks’ Executive Director as she celebrated her first year on the job.

RCB: What led you to Rich Chicks?

K3: The Rich Chicks philosophy of prosperity in all aspects of life really resonates with my own core values. Also, their involvement in the community is very unusual for a small business. I love that part of it. I guess it is part of my soul purpose: helping women recognize and use their own power to take care of themselves in every way.

 RCB: You talk a lot about prosperity. What does that mean to you, personally?

K3: The greatest prosperity we have is not money. It is the power of choice. Not just to have a lot of choices available to us, but to create choices for ourselves—even when there doesn’t appear to be one.   

RCB: Great name, Rich Chicks. What is a Rich Chick anyway?

K3: Rich Chicks is a fun name for a serious company. Being a Rich Chick is really about knowing your values and creating your life by making decisions according to those values. Being a Rich Chick is timeless—it is a state of mind and encompasses all stages and ages.

 RCB: What was the most exciting thing to happen during your first year?

K3: The 2010 Gala was fantastic. We honored twelve amazing women who have added incredible richness to their own lives and the lives of others. Being able to recognize these women in a very public way enriches us all.

 RCB: What’s the most important thing about Rich Chicks?

K3: Without a doubt, it is our education—and the fact that it is serious stuff, but we make it fun. Our core classes Wealth 101, Wealth 102, Monetary Identity and Gray Market Income all help women understand wealth in a completely different way. It’s not about money, although we do teach the basics, it’s about knowing what is important to you as a person and applying those values to how you actually live your life.

 RCB: You seem like a pretty calm person. What really bugs you?

K3: Right now, the situation in Wisconsin really hits me in a deep place. It reminds me that a lot of the rights women have gained in the past are legislation that can be unlegislated. But don’t get me started on that, I could go on for hours.

 RCB: I heard you mention in a meeting that you don’t think most people actually lead their lives. What does that mean?

K3: Just that—people let their lives lead them and then wonder how the heck they got where they are when life didn’t turn out the way they had hoped. You have to know what you want—what you really want. Then you can make plans and create a map to get where you want to go.   

 RCB: What’s next?

K3: We are developing teleclasses and other ways of delivering our education. We love in-person classes and the community they create, but we realize that not everyone who needs the education Rich Chicks offers can come to us. So we’re planning on coming to you!

 RCB: Any last words?

K3: I want to thank my marvelous Business Development Board—all volunteers, for their help and support. Nothing could happen without them. You will love this video they made for me—aren’t we just way fun?   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-Ny6yaXaa8