It’s that time again; we are getting close to our second meeting of the year. The TNH ladies have been going for our goals and helping each other stay accountable. Part of that is in expressing and being active in philanthropy. During three out of our five meetings a year, TNH votes on a charity, proposed by one of our fabulous members, to donate our funds to. We are excited to share food blogger and photographer, Ragan Brooks’ favorite charity. Be sure to stay tuned for more and if you are inspired comment below and please support by sharing the blog or donating what you can!
When Georgia Smiled by Ragan Brooks https://www.whengeorgiasmiled.org
Five months ago, I landed an amazing job as the social media photojournalist for Robin McGraw Revelation and When Georgia Smiled: The Robin McGraw Revelation Foundation. My knowledge of Robin at the time was “Dr. Phil’s Wife.” I wasn’t really sure what I would be covering or what she was all about. In doing my preliminary research for the job, I could see that she was extremely active and accomplished in her own right. What I’ve learned about Robin McGraw since joining her team is what a dedicated, caring, genuine and heartfelt wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist and entrepreneur she actually is. Robin has become an inspiration to me in all areas of life.
Please allow me to introduce you to Robin McGraw, dedicated activist for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, child welfare advocate, motivational speaker, creator of the Aspire News app, national spokesperson for C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), National Celebrity Spokesperson for Girl Scouts of the USA, New York Times best selling author, television personality and entrepreneur.
For the purposes of The New Hollywood’s spring 2015 charitable donation, I will focus on Robin’s foundation, “When Georgia Smiled”. With the launch of her foundation, Robin set out to enact real change by creating and advancing programs that help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, live healthy, safe and joy-filled lives.
“When Georgia Smiled” launched in October 2013 with the introduction of its inaugural program, The Aspire Initiative, a domestic violence program that aims to reduce the level of intimate relationship violence in the US and instill the importance of bystander responsibility. The initiative includes a potentially life-saving free smartphone app, Aspire News, available in the iTunes store, through Google Play and at www.whengeorgiasmiled.org, that allows the user to create pre-written text or voice messages to be sent to designated numbers (911 or other chosen contacts) with just the tap of a button. Aspire News has already had more than 200,000 and was recognized on Capitol Hill by the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse as one of the two apps in 2014 most beneficial in the fight to end domestic violence. Robin also recently launched the #iAspire Campus Challenge to raise awareness of the issue of sexual assault on university campuses across the country and highlight student initiatives to prevent domestic violence.
“When Georgia Smiled” is funded, in large part, by the sale of select Robin McGraw Revelation products whose total net profits directly benefit the Foundation and its domestic violence programs. The “Avery Lasting Love” lip-gloss collection was the first of such product lines. The collection was named in honor of Robin’s granddaughter, Avery, and each individual color was named after an important woman in Robin’s family. Robin also created the “Light Of My Life” candle collection. Each of the four candles has a unique scent inspired by the men in Robin’s family: her husband (the Phillip), sons (the Jay and the Jordan) and grandson (the London).
The sales from these special lines directly resulted in the foundation awarding its first grant, in the amount of $50,000, to Laura’s House, a domestic violence shelter in Southern California. The grant will allow for the expansion of Laura’s House Legal Advocacy Program, which works to address a lack in continuity of legal services for victims of domestic violence and elder abuse in Orange County. In 2013, more than 4,000 individuals received assistance to file restraining order applications through the Domestic Violence Assistance Program (DVAP) office at the Orange County courthouse. No onsite legal advocacy services were in place to assist them after the application process, even though the needs of this population typically intensify and become more complex at this stage. Laura’s House Legal Advocacy Program is specifically designed to meet this challenge, by providing continuing legal advocacy following services from the DVAP.
For more information on how “When Georgia Smiled” and how the foundation was able to help one shelter, see links below:
When Georgia Smiled https://www.whengeorgiasmiled.org
Robin visited Laura’s House recently and received a tour detailing the process a family seeking safety goes through and the type of care they receive upon arriving in this safe zone.
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.