Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Marvin Jones, New York Jets Retired Football Player Mentoring Children

We are excited to announce Marvin Jones, New York Jets retired football player will be mentoring children (grades 6-12) of our single mother families attending BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Conference May 9, 2015. The first 25 families to enroll in BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Program will attend our conference for free, applications must be postmarked by March 30, 2015.

Marvin Jones is one of the finest linebackers in the history of college football. A stunning combination of speed, strength, and instinct, Marvin was such an intense competitor that opposing offenses all but conceded running in his direction. Marvin became the first Florida State University (FSU) player to capture two national awards in the same year when he earned both the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and the Lombardi Award as the nation's top linemen and went on to become a 3-time all American and Hesiman candidate while leading his team to an amazing record of 32-5.

Marvin was a first round draft choice in the NFL, it was the highest a FSU player had ever been selected in the NFL draft. He played 11 seasons with the New York Jets and started all 80 games of his last five seasons. Marvin ranks third in Jets’ history with 1,200 tackles (811 solo), notching eight 100-plus tackle seasons. For all his contributions on the field Marvin was recognized with several MVP awards and honored as team Captain and selected as a 1st team All Pro in 2000.

Most recently Marvin was inducted into the FSU Hall of Fame, selected to the ACC 50th Anniversary Football Team and the NFL presented Marvin with the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is unique among NFL honors. It is the only NFL award that recognizes a player for his community service activities as well as his excellence on the field.

For information about enrolling in BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring  Program please email info@thewarfordfoundation.org or call (301)  292-6034 and leave a message.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

One Billion Rising Global Campaign To End Violence Against Women

One Billion Rising Global Campaign To End Violence Against Women

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FIRST WOMEN #VETSRISING SET FOR WASHINGTON D.C. ON VDAY

Operation 2.2 Million Raises Awareness About Military Rape, Sexual Assault, Military Justice Improvement Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. --  An initiative titled, Operation 2.2 Million, signifying the nation’s more than 2 million women veterans at large, sets to bring attention to the military rape, sexual assault, and harassment epidemics plaguing military services, and service academies, with a #VetsRising 11a.m. Saturday, February 14 in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

Military sexual trauma, or MST, is the descriptor used to denote incidents of rape, sexual assault, harassment, and the impact of retaliation, isolation and stigmatization within military units, that often occurs after reporting the crimes to unit commanders. Victims report the aftermath is often more traumatizing, than the sexual trauma itself.

Outcry by men and women survivors has inspired reforms in recent years, including the introduction of the Military Justice Improvement act, by N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Veteran advocacy group VET USA, spawned this first #VetsRising initiative, as part of the One Billion Rising Global Campaign to end violence against women, reaching out to women veterans nationwide.

“Now is the time, for women veterans to join women around the world, across the U.S., and on college campuses, to stop violence against women,” said Ms. Colleen Bushnell, VET USA founder, and president, who herself was a victim of rape and sexual assault, while working at Lackland Air Force Base in 2004.

“We couldn’t be more optimistic about President Obama’s statement at the Grammy’s and the launching of the ‘Its On Us Campaign’ to end sexual violence on college campuses,” she said. “The #VetsRising clarion call is imperative because women veterans have been fighting for real reforms for decades. The conflict of interest that exists for victim and accused in local chains of command, are too significant to overcome. The MJIA takes the important step of taking the justice process out of not legally trained, local-unit commander’s hands.”

Ms. Veteran America Competition, Maryland non profits The Next Chapter Corporation, and The Warford Foundation, Inc joins the group, during the Break The Chain smart-mob dance, in front of the memorial, as well as several activists, authors, and national women-veteran lead service projects. 

“President Obama gave the DoD one year to significantly improve military culture, and response to these crimes. The deadline has passed, and the burden has not been met,” she said. Citing the most recent survey commissioned by the DoD, through the Rand Corporation, which indicated the number of prosecution of felony crimes has gone down, while the number of servicemembers who report fear of retaliation has increased.

Bushnell said the group remains committed to advocacy until Senator Gillibrand’s MJIA is passed into law. The MJIA’s fundamental component is requiring the DoD to handle reporting, investigation, adjudication and prosecution of most felony crimes outside of the local unit chain of command. The law garnered a majority vote in the Senate last year, but was filibustered by Senate Republicans lead by Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective is an intergenerational group of women the Washington D.C., and surrounding areas, who come together in the sisterhood of the drum. Founded in 2008, and led by Drumlady Kristen Arant, the BBRC performs tightly sewn compositions of polyrhythms on West African dun-un, and djembe drums, complete with exciting breaks, contagious songs, and dancing. The BBRC performs to celebrate unity and diversity, and to spread the joy and healing power of West African drumming to the community at-large.

For additional information please contact:
VET USA President and Founder #VetsRising Creator Ms. Colleen Bushnell, U.S. Air Force, Staff Sgt. (Ret.), colleen.bushnell@gmail.com Cell: 832-706-5610

MST Advocacy Media

Helpful VET USA links:
Facebook

Website

Twitter

Monday, January 12, 2015

Carrie Lambert, Volunteer of the Year 2014

We are elated to announce that one of our own Carrie Lambert, Vice President for Special Events and Community Relations was selected by Black Celebrity Giving (BCG) as one of three finalist to compete for 2014 Volunteer of the Year! This is BCG 4th Annual Awards, as you may or may not remember we won Best Nonprofit in the Southeast Region for 2012.

Please take a few minutes to #VOTE for Carrie Lambert, Volunteer of the Year everyday until January 18, 2015 11:59pm PST.  Only one Vote a day is allowed per person, but if you Vote via Facebook click on Awards. (check the auto post button your Vote will count 5 times and let others know you Voted) If you don't have a Facebook account you can Vote via BCG website .

The Contest.Is platform has a spam block component which will prevent unverifiable votes. The social media Official Awards Hashtag for BCG 4th Annual Awards is #BCGAwards.

We have included the nomination that was submitted for Carrie to compete for BCG 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award:

"Carrie Lambert, Vice President Special Events and Community Relations, is a dedicated volunteer that consistently goes above and beyond on everything she places her hands on. This year she planned our first #BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Conference from Atlanta, arriving the morning of the conference in Maryland to execute it. It went of without any glitches, which is keeping with her stellar reputation for planning and executing top notch events.  

Carrie single handedly plans our annual coat drive we received 180 like new coats for children, women, and men in all sizes along with donation of $200; created 44 Easter Baskets for our adopted classroom in SE Washington, DC; planned and executed back to school supply drive for our adopted classroom in SE Washington, DC; created food drive to get fixings for the turkey baskets we give to the families of our adopted classroom, CEO and Founder purchased the turkeys. 

She is instrumental in getting the community involved in all our giving events, and our annual fundraising efforts and we always garner great support and donations of school supplies, Thanksgiving fixings, back to school supplies, and winter coat donations. 

Please consider this amazing young woman who is a volunteer with the title Vice President Special Events and Community Relations because you won't find anyone with her work ethic and refusal to take no for an answer. Carrie Lambert will always find a way to do the perceived impossible and is well deserving of this award."

We thank you in advance for Voting for Carrie to receive BCG 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stuart Scott, Dies of Cancer at 49

This story broke my heart, I cried today because just like Stuart Scott, I'm battling my several severe chronic illnesses with every ounce in my body for my two daughters, Moma and Dad.

Everyday I push myself to find away to help make a single mom family easier; I've been there and done that! God has shown me my purpose it is to give back purely to single mom families (including military widows), because you see, I've already beat every obstacle that was put in my path. The Warford Foundation, Inc stands to share my story and be the role model that being a single mom is NOT a bad thing and we aren't all living off the system. We have highly educated and successful children; heck we have Presidents that were raised by a single mom!! I give my own money to fund our programs, because I feel if I don't support my own vision who will?

Sending love and sincere condolences to the family of Stuart Scott especially his two daughters, who meant the world to him. God please wrap your loving arms around those two young ladies and help them heal, losing a parent can't be easy especially to cancer. In Jesus mighty name I pray those girls are able to cherish the good times they had with their Dad. 

Here's the full article from USA Today about Stuart Scott

Sunday, December 28, 2014

End of 2014 Fundraising Effort

End of 2014 Fundraising Effort

We are seeking End of 2014 donations to help fund our Project Impact Scholar and BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Programs as well as annual BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Conference.

Our CEO and Founder, Parthenia Warford has funded 98% of all activities since being founded in 2009 using her limited permanent disability income. She has often done without herself including almost losing her home to ensure single mother families were taken care of.  Parthenia suffers from severe rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, chronic pain, anemia, and major depression to name a few chronic diseases; yet she always puts single mother families in her forefront ensuring they needs are met above her own.

We have two amazing programs: Project Impact Scholars and BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Program that have a critical need of funding so we can provide eligible single mothers enrolled in nursing program $250 semester for textbooks and provide Free mentoring services to single mother families; as well as our annual BeautyBrainsBelief™ Mentoring Conference. 

Parthenia Warford is the point of contact fundraising for The Warford Foundation, Inc., parthenia@thewarfordfoundation.org