Welcome to a BAD day–Blog Action Day, that is.
I normally blog about connecting opportunities and various social networking tips and tools. As I reflected on what I wanted to blog about for Blog Action Day 2008 I knew I wanted it to be meaningful and most importantly, connection-oriented. While Blog Action Day is one day of the year, it doesn’t mean that the good-deed doing it encourages should last the same amount of time. My eyes have been opened to the poverty crisis – and not just the poverty in the United States, but all over the world.
We are each united by a common thread–we are human. Staying true to our social media roots, and to the connectedness I constantly preach, you can help end poverty and MAKE A DIFFERENCE by becoming a VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER! That’s right. Make a difference from your computer.
Did you know? More than 30 million children in the world are not immunized against treatable or preventable diseases? Or that 134 millions children between the ages of 7 to 18 have never been to school?
The CARE Children and Poverty Campaign tackles underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient. Recognizing that women and children suffer disproportionately from poverty, CARE places special emphasis on working with women to create permanent social change. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives.
BE A VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER! As a virtual volunteer with CARE Corps Online, you can create your own, personal space on the Web to let others know about CARE’s lifesaving work. From your site, you can generate interest and support for CARE’s mission and encourage friends, family — virtually everyone you know — to help you help CARE. Click here to find out more about CARE Corps Online.
How else can you help? You DO NOT need to contribute money to make a difference (although it never hurts). There are other ways to help CARE, like donating your cell phone. OR tell you legislator that you want him or her to take action.
Watch CARE’s video on the power of women and gender equality, then join thousands of others in the call to end extreme poverty by 2015.
CARE Action Network Toolkit
- CARE Action Network Brochure
- CARE Action Network Presentation
- CARE’s Video Gallery
- Policy Brief: Our Emissions, Our Problem: Time for the United States to Accept Its Share of Responsibility for Global Warming
- Policy Brief: Solutions for the New Era of Global Hunger
- Policy Brief: Putting an End to Gender-Based Violence
- Policy Brief: Maximizing HIV Prevention: Building the Case for Social and Economic Vaccines
- Fact Sheet: The U.S. Budget and Humanitarian Aid
- Fact Sheet: Why Foreign Aid Counts
- Fact Sheet: Ending Poverty – Why Empower Women and Girls?
- Fact Sheet: PEPFAR and the Fight against Global AIDS
- In-District Meeting Request Letter
CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. We place special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. Women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives. Click here for answers to some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).