Heather Barmore is a blogger and avid watcher of C-SPAN. Her personal blog, No Pasa Nada chronicles her life as a recent college graduate and first impression of adulthood. Seven years later, she is yet to be convinced that she is a ‘real’ adult. She’s working on it. She also writes about public policy, current events and the intersection of women and politics at Poliogue: The Art of Political Dialogue. She has been a speaker at BlogHer, Blogalicious, the AMP Summit and Mom 2.0 covering everything from being a ‘digital diarist’, the relationship between PR companies and bloggers of color and, of course, political engagement. She is currently a lobbyist living in her hometown of Albany, NY just five miles from her parents. It’s awesome, except when it’s not.
I was such a selfish child. Actually most children are selfish but I feel like I had a particular brand of selfishness unheard of because if something is mine then it is ALL MINE. Thankfully as I got older my parents instilled in me a sense of community and that it isn’t the Heather Party 24/7 and now you have the socially aware, semi-adult in front of you.
I’m now big on giving. I like to give my time and my funds to causes that I believe in. Right now I’m participating in a challenge by the World Food Program USA and I’m genuinely enjoying it. Last month I encouraged readers to comment just so I could give to the March of Dimes. I especially believe in giving back locally. I live in a small town where everyone knows everyone else and I enjoy that sense of community that we have in Albany which fosters and supports small businesses so that we all can thrive.
Below are my favorite organizations to give to. This is a small portion and I actually forgot to add Planned Parenthood and NARAL to the list. Yes, I give to them both and yes, I am very well aware of what they do but I believe in giving time and funds to organizations that share your beliefs.
Who do you give to?
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Running Start's mission:
To get more young women in political office; create leadership positions and mentor opportunitiesfor young women; encourage and plant the seed for young women to run for office early; and to educate women to prepare them to lead
Why I support them:
I was encouraged by my parents and eventually by mentors to get into politics which helped me start my career (and eventual world domination) early. Every young woman who aspires to be in politics should have that opportunity. I am also a graduate of their program and on the advisory committee.
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