Charles Noble's bog is promoting an excellent idea that I'm reprinting here:
Peggy Swafford, former OSO violist and indefatigable champion of music education, has set up a project through the Music Education Assistance Project (a program of Local 99, American Federation of Musicians) to provide $25,000 to get much needed instruments for instrumental music instructors in the Portland Public Schools. The programs are chosen by popular vote on Pepsi’s Refresh Everything website, which allows for people to set up projects online and use social media to rally people to their cause. This is one case where the need is dire – please click over to Peggy’s project page and get her closer to her worth goal of providing Portland children with a musical education. You can vote more than once, so keep clicking and spread the word!