California Non-Profit Organizations Launch Crowdfunding Site To Raise Money For Drought Relief Initiatives

Drought Relief
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A group of California non-profit organizations have joined with environmental philanthropists Tom Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor to create the crowdfunding site The California Drought Relief Fund (CDRF), in order to raise money to help those who are being hit the hardest by the worst drought the state has seen in a very long time. Coordinated by the Climate Relief Fund, the CDRF also seeks to assist firefighters and other rescue agencies.

The goal of the fundraising campaign is to raise money to help communities hardest hit by the California drought and catastrophic wildfires, while making the connection to climate change. We’re supporting people in poor communities of the Central Valley whose taps have run dry, they are living on bottled water. We’re also supporting firefighters, their families and they serve in the face of the wildfires raging across the state.

Donations to CDRF can be made through their website, where they guarantee that 100% of money raised will go to one of three relief organizations – Self-Help Enterprises (SHE), The Environmental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW) and The California Fire Foundation (CFF).

Every Last Drop Promise: 100% of funds raised will go to these to local, on-the-ground groups who know best what their communities need.

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image via Drought Monitor

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KQED took a closer look at the drought earlier this year.


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Postmodern Jukebox & Idol Finalist Joey Cook Perform a Vintage Cover of the Plain White T’s Song ‘Hey There Delilah’

Pop music cover band Postmodern Jukebox and talented musical artist Joey Cook, who was a finalist on season 14 of American Idol, recently teamed up to perform a vintage 1918World’s Fair” style cover of the Plain White T’s song “Hey There Delilah“. The new cover is available to purchase online from iTunes.

Joey actually gave Postmodern Jukebox a great shout out on national television during her Idol run. They, in turn, felt that she was a perfect fit so they invited Cook to join the band. Fans of Joey’s amazing music skills can help support her journey to make a “big girl album” on Indiegogo.

The original song for comparison:

Tesla Watch, An Elegant Steampunk-Styled Analog Watch That Features Two Light-Up Vacuum Tubes on Top

Tesla Watch

The Tesla Watch is an elegant steampunk-styled analog watch from ThinkGeek that features a “weathered-brass look on metal findings, a leather strap, and two light-up vacuum tube LEDs on top”. The Nikola Tesla-themed watch is available to purchase online.

Tesla came up with all sorts of inventions and has sort of become the poster scientist for awesomeness now. Sure he wasn’t perfect. Sure he was a bit crazy. But he was always on time for his appointments. (Ed. note: We made that up.) And now you can be, too, with the new Tesla Watch.

The Tesla Watch goes with your steampunk aesthetic. With a weathered-brass look on all the metal parts, this analog watch features a leather strap. The highlights of this design, however, are the two faux vacuum tubes with red LEDs inside that you can turn on and off with the flick of a switch. Everybody will want to ask you what time it is so they can see your watch. Just remember to follow the answer with, “… 1875.”

Tesla Watch

Tesla Watch

Tesla Watch

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