Vote Daily to Help Common Roots Initiative!

Today’s guest blog comes from Kesha Green, Vice President at Common Roots Initiative! 

Investing your money, time, and energy into furthering a youth’s education or supporting a teacher is truly a gift that keeps giving.

Common Roots Initiative (CRI) is an independent, 501(c)(3) charity that provides $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates and innovative teachers, particularly in the west suburbs of Chicago. We aim to not only raise money in the coming months, but also increase our visibility in the Chicagoland area. We’re looking for scholarship applicants as well as new CRI members.

With those goals in mind, we entered Brickfish’s “Tell Your Story… and Make a Difference” contest in late November for a chance to win a $50,000 social media campaign. Votes from our supporters helped CRI reach the second round of the competition! All we need now is more votes.

Can you help “the little charity that could” by voting daily at, then ask friends and family to do the same? The nonprofit that receives enough votes to become one of the Top 5 vote getters by December 30 will be in the final consideration pool for winning the contest. You can spread the word easily through Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and other avenues. Also, you can use the options under the page’s “Share This Entry” section.

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We used “Common Roots” in our name because we’re friends with a desire to help our community. We have first-hand knowledge of the challenges in local school systems. In 15 years, we saw that nothing had changed for students and teachers. Students are still struggling to get financial support for a secondary education, while teachers continue to pay out-of-pocket for classroom projects. We want to make an impact will improve this situation on both sides of the desk!

The public voting period for the second round of Brickfish’s “Tell Your Story… and Make a Difference” contest ends on Friday, December 30, 2011. A vote a day could mean a win for CRI is on its way!

Thanks for your support,
Kesha Green
Vice President of Common Roots Initiative


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