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Mustaches for Kids 2009/2010: EVERYBODY get your GROW on!

Greetings Mustache Growers & Enthusiasts:
In the words of our intrepid M4K leader Mitch “Nurstache” Goldman, “Is your upper lip feeling charitable?” If your answer is “YES,” we want you AND your upper lip to help us rock students’ world this year as part of the 2009/2010 Mustaches for Kids Nationwide Challenge.
Mustaches for Kids?
Mustaches for Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to do good and have fun by growing Mustaches for children’s charities.  Similar to a charity walkathon, for which participants collect donations per mile, “Growers” raise pledges for every day they cultivate mustaches over one month.  Last year, hundreds of these Growers in 22 cities across the country engaged over 6,000 individuals to give over $320,000 in resources to students in high-need classrooms through DonorsChoose.org. Check out last year’s results.
It’s BACK!
What better way to stoke a mustache fire on the upper lip than a little old fashioned competition? DonorsChoose.org will again host an online competition between Mustaches for Kids chapters to see which city, company and college can grow the sweetest ‘staches and raise the most cash for students in need. The competition kicks off on November 5th with the New York City chapter’s Shaving Day, and the winning chapters will be crowned March 1st.
We had you at Mustache…
1.   Check out www.donorschoose.org/m4k and see if there’s a chapter in your city.
2.   If you see your city, create a Giving Page and join your city’s Giving Group. Then email m4k (at) donorschoose (dot) org and we will connect you with the chapter organizer so you can join in the weekly ‘stachenanigans.
3.  If you do NOT see your city, start a chapter. Email m4k (at) donorschoose (dot) org and we’ll help you get up and running. Also, check out the resources section below for a one-pager and starter kit, with lots more detail.
**If you’re more of a mustache-one-man show and want to Grow it alone, create a Giving Page and join the “Unaffiliated Growers Giving Group**

Remember, when you’re Growing for Kids, Grow like a champion.
The DonorsChoose.org ‘Stache Brigade
Email:  m4k (at) donorschoose (dot) org
Twitter: Follow Mitch “Nurstache” Goldman
Facebook: Join M4K Nationwide Challenge Group
 
Mustache Resources
Mustaches for Kids Nationwide Challenge One-Pager
Mustaches for Kids Grower Starter Kit (how to set up your Grower Page, start spreading the word)
Mustaches for Kids Grower Starter Kit – COLLEGE EDITION
Mustaches for Kids National One-Pager – COLLEGE EDITION

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