Yellow Envelope Project: California

If you are participating in our 29 Giving Challenge, today’s Yellow Envelope Project is just what the doctor ordered.  It’s the perfect chance to give the gift of your time and appreciation.  If you don’t know what I mean by 29 Day Giving Challenge then click here.  Otherwise, read below to find out more about the Yellow Envelope Project.

The Yellow Envelope Project is our commitment to generating as much shine in this world as this growing body of loyal followers can manage.  

Our tactic is simple.  Catch at least one person a week in the act of doing something right.  

Focus on everyday people whose efforts will never win them an award or earn them a seat across from Matt Lauer on the Today Show.  Tune into the House of Shine each Saturday to discover that week’s winner and then prepare to flood his/her mailbox with our signature yellow envelopes (or white envelopes decorated with yellow stickers or markers).

Inside your yellow envelope should be a short note thanking that week’s winner for going the extra mile and making his/her corner of the world a better place.  And, for additional mystery, place the words “Yellow Envelope Project” in the return address.  Commit to mailing your yellow envelope no later than the following Saturday and then pat yourself on the back for doing your part to make the world a better, brighter place. 

So simple, it makes you want to tell a friend.

Read on to learn more about this week’s winner, Karina.

“I nominate Karina, because to me she represents what it means to shine.  She saw something happening in her community that she didn’t agree with and she took the time to do something about it.  All too many times, people feel taken advantage or complain, but then do nothing about it.  A politician in California recently spent one year teaching one class in her former high school and then published a book, titled, Mount Pleasant.  The book did not show Mount Pleasant in a favorable light, making many derogatory statements about the quality of students who attend the school and nicknaming it Mount Pregnant.  Karina, a graduate of Mount Pleasant and Berkley, and a successful person, organized a a rally to take place outside the bookstore where the aspiring politician was hosting his first book signing.  She used facebook and other forms of social media to mobilize generations of Mount Pleasant graduates, if for no other reason than to allow students and alumnae to share the other side of the story told in his book.”

Please join me this week in thanking Karina for inspiring people to be active members of their communities – not merely disgruntled passive participants.  Agree or disagree with the premise of the book or with the political agenda is of the author.  Fine.  But, I hope we can all acknowledge that our communities are stronger when we choose civil disobedience over apathy or violence.

Karina deserves a yellow envelope.  I hope you will join me in flooding her mailbox.

3261 Padilla Way
San Jose, CA 95148 

Shining off until Monday….

One more thing, speaking of active community members who shine.  Please take a second to click on the Yellow Envelope Project and to complete a nomination form someone who you think shines.  The whole thing should take a couple of minutes and it will help to keep our Project going.  No names, no project.

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 4/3/10 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Uncategorized,Yellow Envelope Project

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