Devote Yourself to creating something that gives you purpose . . .

"So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning."

Tuesdays with Morrie, author Mitch Albom

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Fundraising Campaign - May through August

3 Degrees Connected LLC,

Founded in 2009 is a non-profit women’s network created to support women-owned, women operated businesses in West Michigan. We holds 3 events a year with the mission of stimulating the local economy, building relationships, and providing resourceful information that helps women succeed in running small businesses. We support women both locally and abroad. We have formed a KIVA lending group that contributes loans to women run businesses in other parts of the world, and now are beginning a lakeshore fundraising initiative to support educating girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan through the program called “Pennies for Peace”.

This group has grown from one person to nearly 290 women in less than a year. To learn more about our organization 866 587-2963 or email:

Visit us on the web at:

Pennies for Peace,
A program of the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, Central Asia Institute, founded by Greg Mortenson. Greg is the co-founder and executive director of Central Asia Institute, and co-author of the #1 NY Times Best-sellers, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School At A Time.

The Pennies for Peace service-learning program began at Westside Elementary School in River Fall, WI in 1994, when students, through their own initiative, raised 62,340 pennies to help Greg build his first school in Pakistan. Greg came to Westside at the invitation of his mother, Jerene Mortenson, who was the principal at Westside. This initial fundraising event, children filled two 40 gallon trash cans with pennies. While a penny is virtually worthless, in impoverished countries a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.

Learn more about this program at:

Look for our canisters at local West Michigan businesses.  We are pleased with the great response to participate with us on this fundraising effort.  100% of the proceeds will go to the pennies for peace program.  Area students and girl scout troops will contribute their time to helping us count the pennies we collect.

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