The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has teamed up with the Buy Local Santa Monica campaign to launch a website that makes it easier for people to support public schools while at the same time saving money and helping local businesses thrive. is an online shopping platform like that features local businesses who donate a portion of their proceeds to the ed foundation, a nonprofit that funds art programs, athletics and academics.

Seventy five businesses are featured on the site, each offering various discounts. For example, Rosti Tuscan Kitchen is offering their pizza at a 14 percent discount and will be donating an additional $2 to the ed foundation for every order they receive.

The website is expected to streamline fundraising efforts this year, ed foundation officials said.

— Daily Press


Helping boomers volunteer

The Santa Monica YWCA, with the help of the Commission on the Status of Women, has established a new partnership to train baby boomers so that they can serve as “high-level” volunteers with nonprofits and civic offices.

The Westside’s Women’s Partnership will include a series of learning weekends in private Westside homes that will help participants better communicate their life experiences and learn more about the issues facing Santa Monica.

“We saw a need with baby boomers who represent the largest number of women in history who are retiring,” said Julia Miele, executive director of the YWCA. “They are looking for something beyond retirement, something stimulating and that draws on their expertise or gives them an opportunity to refine a passion they have but may have put on hold because of their careers.”

With the recession, many organizations have had to lay off workers and are in need of qualified volunteers to help with the workload, Miele said. The YWCA had to let go of some staff and is relying on more volunteers, she said.

To register, visit Each session, $80. Sign up for all three, $200.

— DP

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