Today’s blog post comes courtesy of friend and amazing author Laurie Halse Anderson. LHA has joined forces with The NOLA Tree, a teen volunteer group that aids in the restoration of Post-Katrina New Orleans. The NOLA Tree is in the running for a 50k grant from Pepsi to expand it’s service. Pepsi is using an online voting system to decide who gets the grant. Only the top ten vote getters are funded. The NOLA Tree needs your vote to push it up the ladder. Voting is hot, fast, cheap, and easy (free), and it will only take a moment of your time. Please follow this link and vote to support an incredible cause: The NOLA Tree not only helps the people of New Orleans, it teachers the teen volunteers how much average people can do when they put their minds–and their hammers–into it.

And please, feel free to spread the word. Our words are powerful when we lift our voices together.