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“A year ago you funded my desire to help refugees in Greece. Your inspiration encouraged me to volunteer more... Volunteering abroad has deeply enriched my life.” -Sarah Brown • • • Sarah was an LLA recipient who traveled to Greece to work with refugees. While we’ve shifted our focus this year to working on domestic projects to battle food insecurity, it’s always great to hear from our previous recipients and see what they’ve been up to since their trips! • • • Who else here feels that volunteering has enriched your life? Tell us about it in the comments! • • • If you’re interested in learning about our more recent projects, check out our website- link in the bio!

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Our Community Fruit Trees project is up and running, and we have the pics to prove it! • • • Not sure what a Community Fruit Tree is? These are trees on publicly owned property that anyone can pick from. This project is one of many to come out of our partnership with @robjgreenfield to combat food insecurity and promote permaculture. So far we have 110 trees planted in Orlando, Florida- if you live in the area and want to see a map of these trees, check out communityfruittrees.org. • • • Want to learn more? Check out the “projects” tab on our website, link in the bio! • • • #livelikeally #communityfruittrees #robgreenfield #permaculture #endhunger #nature #climatechange #savetheenvironment #nowaste #inspiration #photo #instagood

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"Think higher, feel deeper" was one of Ally's favorite quotes. The concept, as well as the context in which Elie Weisel wrote it, really inspired Ally to put others first. We should all aim to think a little higher and feel a little deeper! • • • What are some quotes that motivate you? Tell us in the comments, we may use them on our Instagram! • • • Photo credit goes to Ally herself 📸 • #livelikeally #elieweisel #quote #nature #pretty #beauty #inspiration #feelgood #dogood #photo #photography #travel #instagood #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #savetheenvironment #helppeople #doyourpart #strongertogether

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“I've undergone many lifestyle changes since my trip. Investing in reusable bags and water bottles, bringing a reusable cup to Starbucks... taking shorter showers, using fans over air conditioning, fluorescent lights bulbs, more natural light, recycling, reducing all kinds of trash and waste - In a world of billions, every person's actions truly do count!” -Serena, LLA recipient who traveled to the Galápagos Islands to study animal conservation. • • • Being kind to the Earth is a great way to Live Like Ally. Do you have any tips for easy, environmentally-friendly lifestyle changes? Let us know in the comments! • • • #livelikeally #nature #pretty #beauty #photo #photography #travel #instagood #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #savetheenvironment #doyourpart #strongertogether

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Marianne Wells Yoga School has been holding their 'Jimmy's Way' yoga retreats all summer and instead of charging a fee, they're asking for donations to support Live Like Ally (and another org). If you are in the Greenport, Long Island area, please look into attending this awesome 1-day retreat on Sept. 15th. Full details at mariannewells.com/jimmys-way-new-york. #yoga #mariannewellsyoga #mindfullness #livelikeally

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Lexi and Ally were best of friends and closely aligned in world view. We became aware of Rob Greenfield, our partner in permaculture, through Lexi after her epic bike journey with the Greenriders...Rob and his partner Cheryl coordinated and rode the 3700 mile trek that combined eco activism with a journey of self discovery. Live Like Ally helped Lexi make the trip a reality and it had a profound effect on her...Lexi and her partner (who she met on the ride!) ended up helping Rob get the Free Seed Project and other Live Like Ally/Rob Greenfield partnership projects going! Follow the link in our bio for more information! #livelikeally #robgreenfield @el_maker_bee #greenrider #permaculture #plantitforward

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3 months ago

One year ago today I descended Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park with my fellow Green Riders. To say the least, biking from New York to Oregon in the name of servitude with almost 50 other people was the most life enriching experience I have ever co-created. I left with more friends, more memories, and more conquered challenges than I ever thought I'd have in my lifetime. Best of all, I left with a new found love- my partner in this crazy life. The most compassionate, driven, giving, and adventurous human anyone could ever ask for, Tyler has helped me grow in aspects I was afraid to even acknowledge existed. We are together over a year later, still growing together and figuring out the biggest challenge of all- how to make our lasting legacy in this life. It is painfully exciting to work towards our goals together and navigate the waters of this grand adventure of life. I love you, Tyler! Thank you for choosing me as your human. 🤓 As for the Green Riders, I carry a piece of every one of you with me every day and on every adventure. Thank you for being my commrades. Here is to many more days full of biking, planting, eating, loving, and exploring, and to many many more miles together. . . . . . #biketouring #bikepacking #glaciernationalpark #adventure #volunteering #livelikeally #greenriders #deeplove #activism #vegan #vegancylists

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Our partnership with Rob Greenfield is bearing fruit...and a whole lot of other organic food for people like Jane H. Jane is one of 2,000 who received a bundle of seeds through the Free Seed Project. Her foray into gardening began as a way to improve her nutrition on a limited budget, with the added bonus that her home grown bounty 'tastes much much better than anything you can get in the grocery store.' Every year her harvest gets a little better. Jane says 'that's how gardening is, the more you do the better you get!' #permaculture #robgreenfield #livelikeally #organicgardening #freeseedproject #yarden #yardening

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Our foundation's guiding mission is based on the principles our daughter Ally so beautifully embodied in her life. She was compassionate beyond her years and regularly demonstrated a kindness that is all too rare these days. For instance, Ally regularly corresponded with John, a 'lifer' in a Texas penitentiary. The flower displayed in this post was hand-painted by John as the art for a birthday card that Ally never received. In the card John wrote 'your presence makes the world a better place, particularly my world.' When he learned of her passing, he wrote Ally's sister Emily, 'she reached out to me, a nobody; she gave me love and dignity when no one else would.' That was Ally. There are many organizations that can help you provide compassion and kindness to prisoner. A quick Google search will return dozens of options, including facilitators of prisoner correspondence. Follow the link in the bio to learn more, and please follow us! #livelikeally #compassion #kindness

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4 months ago

Sometime leaving good fingerprints means leaving no fingerprints....check out https://wildminimalist.com/blogs/news/9-easy-steps-towards-zero-waste-that-are-free for some easy tips toward the zero waste lifestyle...and check out the rest of their site for great products. #zerowaste #sustainableliving #livelikeally #permaculture

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5 months ago

#Repost @robjgreenfield with @get_repost ・・・ Over the last month my team and volunteers have planted 100 Community Fruit Trees in Orlando! A Community Fruit Tree is a publicly owned fruit tree that is easily accessible for anyone to pick from and enjoy. Each tree will have a sign inviting people to enjoy the fruit and will also be on an online map (coming soon). The 100 trees we planted are now at home in residential front yards and medians by the street, community gardens, public parks, community centers, schools and churches. These fruit trees are growing right where people walk every day with full accessibility. Through this program we are aiming to increase accessibility to fresh, locally grown food and help people take steps away from the industrial, globalized food system where most of us get our food today. But we also are taking it a step further and showing that food can be more than just locally purchased and grown- it can be abundantly growing for free all around us, simply by working with nature. My hopes is that these 100 Community Fruit Trees will serve as a foundation to creating 1,000’s of these trees across the nation. Learn more at: www.communityfruittrees.org Thank you to Live Like Ally Foundation @thelivelikeallyfoundation for your partnership in providing the funds for Community Fruit Trees! Photo credit: Live Wonderful Photography @danielle_werner www.livewonderful.com #CommunityFruitTrees #livelikeally

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Over the last month my team and volunteers have planted 100 Community Fruit Trees in Orlando! A Community Fruit Tree is a publicly owned fruit tree that is easily accessible for anyone to pick from and enjoy. Each tree will have a sign inviting people to enjoy the fruit and will also be on an online map (coming soon). The 100 trees we planted are now at home in residential front yards and medians by the street, community gardens, public parks, community centers, schools and churches. These fruit trees are growing right where people walk every day with full accessibility. Through this program we are aiming to increase accessibility to fresh, locally grown food and help people take steps away from the industrial, globalized food system where most of us get our food today. But we also are taking it a step further and showing that food can be more than just locally purchased and grown- it can be abundantly growing for free all around us, simply by working with nature. My hopes is that these 100 Community Fruit Trees will serve as a foundation to creating 1,000’s of these trees across the nation. Learn more at: www.communityfruittrees.org Thank you to Live Like Ally Foundation @thelivelikeallyfoundation for your partnership in providing the funds for Community Fruit Trees! Photo credit: Live Wonderful Photography @danielle_werner www.livewonderful.com #CommunityFruitTrees #livelikeally

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6 months ago

Today I delivered 1,000 free seed packs to the post office (by bike and trailer) to be shipped to people in all 50 states across the USA to grow their own healthy, organic food! This brings the total up to 2,000 seed packs sent, all to people who requested them. In their request, they committed to plant the seeds and share some of their harvest with their community. Our focus is on helping beginner gardeners or experienced gardeners who will use the seeds to help others grow their own food. The Free Seed Project is on a mission to strengthen the "grow your own" movement and expand the culture of sharing and caring for our communities. As well as give people the ability to take steps away from the industrial, globalized food system and take power back from Big Ag and put the power into their own hands and their communities. These 2,000 packs took over 500+ hours of work to put together through the help of 100+ volunteers. It truly would not have been possible without people coming together in the name of a better world. I am so grateful for all people taking action to improve themselves, their communities and the earth. It's now time to watch thousands of gardens grow across the nation. I'm confident that the 2.5 MILLION seeds that we sent out will spread positive ripples far and wide. Some will come back to us and bring us joy, but most of it, we will never see. But that's not what important. It's the thousands of home grown meals, the first ever bites of garden fresh veggies for people that only knew food to come from the store, the countless bees and butterflies that will feed off the nectar from the flowers, the diverse life that will replace monocrop lawns, the habitat created for our fellow species, the fossil fuels saved by growing locally, and all the happiness, health and sustainability that will come as a result of time well spent outdoors. That's what makes all this work well worth it! These seed packs are only the beginning of many beautiful journeys. Learn more at www.FreeSeedProject.org #freeseedproject #livelikeally The Free Seed Project is made possible through a grant from @thelivelikeallyfoundation

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I've been talking a lot lately about metaphorically planting seeds of hope and healing. Today I planted literal seeds from The Free Seed Project and @thelivelikeallyfoundation. I'm excited to watch them grow! I planted #chives #basil #carrots #lettuce #cucumber #tomato #dill and bee feed mix. I will give the rest to my neighbor for his garden. Thanks to the always inspiring @robjgreenfield 💓 . . . #freeseedproject #plantingseeds #sandiego #northpark #hope #healing #growyourownfood #universityheightssd #normalheights #sandiegohealth #livelikeally #growyourownfood #gardening #gardenformentalhealth #medicalintuitive #sandiegogarden

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Three years ago, I completed my ninth and final NZ Great Walk. In completing one challenge, I knew the doors were opening to the next, and my appetite for the great outdoors was well and truly whetted. But. The day I got back into civilisation, my heart broke. While I’d been enjoying the comfort and safety of a Great Walk, with the well formed tracks and careful advice from DOC hut wardens (who held us back a day due to flooding rivers), Otago Uni international student Ally Willen lost her life on a nearby track, when the rivers flooded and she was separated from her fellow hikers. Ally’s tragedy has stuck with me, ever since reading her own personal writing, and hearing about her heroism and her dedication to improving the lives of those around her. This kid was destined for great things, and now the world is all the poorer without her. Though I never met her, Ally’s lessons stick with me, and remind me daily to think higher, to feel deeper, and to leave good fingerprints. The world would be a better place if we all lived like Ally. So, if you haven’t heard her story before, thanks for reading, and I’d love it if you take a minute every now and then to try and #livelikeally . - Ed.

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Sometimes ya gotta move three dozen steel buckets from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore or pick up five bails of straw from the side of the road. Anything is possible (within 300 lbs) with this amazing Bikes At Work trailer. This trailer has been a blessing, and such a breeze. So grateful! 🚴‍♀️ . Peep my blog (link in my bio) to read about what I am doing with @robjgreenfield and @thelivelikeallyfoundation to make the world a brighter, greener place! New blog post coming soon. :) . . . . #bikesatwork #gardensforsinglemoms #community #communitycompost #communityfruittrees #permaculture #environmentalism #livelikeally #livelikeallyfoundation #crushmode #gettinitdone #urbanpermaculture #urbanfarming #urbangardening

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Ok so I did just post about having too many seeds. But these are special seeds from from the #freeseedproject . We will be planting these and sharing what grows with our friends, family and community. We are also going to let some go to seed, save the seeds and pass them on to others. (But first, we need some snow to melt so we can get in the garden) Go to www.freeseedproject.org and get your free seeds! They will mail you seeds, and you can join a FB group and check out their website for information on how to grow your own garden. . #seedsavers #growyourownfood #growthegood #gardening #gardeningwithkids #livelikeally @thelivelikeallyfoundation @robjgreenfield

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Sending out 1000 free seed garden starter packs across the nation is no small task. Yet, we've already sent out 478 packs to eager recipients who are planning to start their own garden!! Our seed starter packs are full of veggie, herb and flower seeds 🌺🐝🌱🥒🍅 Thanks to the help of @thelivelikeallyfoundation and @robjgreenfield , our team is able to make some garden dreams come true! #freeseedproject #livelikeally #growfoodnotlawns

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7 months ago

Meet one of the project coordinators for the Gardens for Single Moms program! (And, no, I don't mean Toby the cat. Caught your attention though, didn't I?) 🐈 . Tyler @ableurself , Rob @robjgreenfield , Cheryl @cheryltdavies , and I have the pleasure of gifting front yard gardens (aka yardens) to some very deserving single moms in Orlando. Partnering with the @thelivelikeallyfoundation , we are able to provide abundant edible landscapes to these families, teach them how to grow and harvest their own food, and ultimately enrich their lives in many ways. 🌱 . Holding down this position in another city finally allows us to live in the van The Black Pearl full time! It has been really fun to figure out solutions to our needs in an unconventional setting. 🚐 Many thanks to Jen, one of our single moms, who is letting us park in her driveway full time! 🙏 . We have been amazingly busy tracking down the right amount of plants for this many gardens, ordering materials and tools, visiting nurseries, and organizing volunteer days. It satisfyingly leaves little time for social media browsing or posting. 😋 I'd like to post pictures of the yarden transformations, how we live life in the van, and other cool things like this awesome cat, so keep a look out! 🤓 . . . . #gardensforsinglemoms #lla #livelikeally #permaculture #yardens #permacultureparadise #permaculturedreams #vanlife #theblackpearl #wevegan #veganpermaculture #levelup #transformations in so many ways #nurserycat #cat #catsofinstagram #mylifeissuperswell #giving #lifeofgiving

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Day 41/365: Did she really just take a picture of a tree stump? Yes. Yes I did. I was reminded of a quote today that inspired this photo. “I’ve always liked trees because the rings build off of each other and each one strengthens the tree – sometimes so slowly that it’s hard to understand in the moment. That’s how I feel about life experiences too. Your experiences develop you into a stronger person even if it’s hard to understand. Each time you meet a person, you leave a mark on them (finger print) and we have a responsibility to leave only good marks, leave good impressions, and consciously put positive energy into the world.” - @thelivelikeallyfoundation. #day41 #instaxaday #tree #instaxmini #instax90 #photoaday #wordstoliveby #polaroidaday #livelikeally

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If this is the spirit of giving season, Calvin wins the award hands-down! Calvin is the true definition of kindness. At age15 instead of being cozy in his home on Christmas Day he traveled to Kenya. He is working with children who have been sold by their own parents and recovered by a fostering agency. These children need love and Calvin is showing up in a big way. #GivingLoveFillsYourHeart ❤️ #AllChildrenDeserveCare 👌 #WeAreAllInThisTogether 🙏 #LiveLikeAlly #LLAFoundation.com

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1 year ago

“When I first found out about live like Ally and started reading quotes from Ally, I was instantly amazed by her depth of understanding of this world. After just a few words, I could already sense her level of concern and insight into people and the environment.“ Annie traveled to the Dominican Republic to give back to others by building sustainable @thelivelikeallyfoundation housing. #lovingothersalways ❤️ #youcandoittoo 😉 #LiveLikeAlly #LLAFoundation.com

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Such wisdom from Justin age 16. "I realized that it doesn’t really matter what background you came from. It doesn’t matter if you’re from US living a suburban life, it doesn’t matter if you’re from Costa Rica living a simple life milling sugar canes, it doesn’t matter if you live in a big house in by the beach. I’ve also met a lot of people in my trip who come from different race, religion, class, culture. All of that didn’t matter because we were all there as one with the same purpose: to inspire and make the world a better place. #givingbackandlovingbig #LiveLikeAlly #LLaFoundation.com #Gla

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Justins Reflections;"On my first hike ever in my life. Me smiling after a 20 minute steep hike in the rain 🌳 Forest. This moment was very special to me. During my time in Costa Rica. We were always with groups. But this time we were given a chance to have a moment of peace alone. I remember laying there take it in the unfamiliar sounds of bizarre creatures, looking at the tall canopy trees, and appreciating every single blessing that led up to that moment of beingin Costa Rica living one with nature living pure". #AppreciatingAndLivingInUnisonWithOurWorld. #LiveLikeAlly #LLaFoundation.com

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It feels good putting a smile on your face by putting a smile on someone else's face. Olivia finding love and giving love in Ghana. #LiveLikeAlly #LLAfoundation.com

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