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Ways to get involved: OptionB.org and LeanIn.org

Nonprofits were inspired by Sheryl Sandberg's books

Sheryl Sandberg has formed two nonprofits, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org through the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, with the proceeds of her books going to the organizations.

The foundation's website says Lean In "empowers women to achieve their ambitions." Its programs "counter gender stereotypes and advance opportunities for all women." In more than 150 countries 34,000 women have joined Lean In Circles, small groups that meet regularly "to learn and grow together."

OptionB.Org "helps people build resilience and find meaning in the face of adversity," the website says. It has 466,000 members, with groups for grief and loss; health, illness and injury; abuse and sexual assault; divorce and family challenges; discrimination; incarceration; raising resilient kids; and resilience.

Ms. Sandberg also suggested local ways to get involved, including helping food banks. "There's real hunger in our area," she said. Research suggests that a local family of four making less than $80,000 a year, or one in 10 people, has "food insecurity."

"Administrators and teachers at our schools are recipients at the food bank," she said. "Economic insecurity is a very real thing here. We're surrounded by it."

And while her own local community provided her with support when she needed it, some may not have that same community to fall back on, Ms. Sandberg said.

Ms. Sandberg's family foundation has started the Dave Goldberg Scholarship Program to provide 15 graduates of KIPP charter schools with the type of support most local students have built in: a stipend for non-tuition school expenses, a mentor to provide advice and ongoing support, and a network of professionals to help students secure summer internships and jobs.

She also suggested that local residents donate to districts such as the Ravenswood City School District, which have many disadvantaged students yet much lower per-student funding.

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