So many of us love to pay it forward & give back, to our communities, to the world, and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts. With countless ways to get involved, today I wanted to share how you can participate and get your hands dirty! I also wanted to share some of my favorite organizations and what I love about them!
As a child, I was very involved in giving back to my community. My mother owned a dance studio, and we regularly performed at nursing homes for the residents. I remember this so vividly, because the residents were always so happy after our performances. Music and dance brought so much joy into their lives, and it was so much fun to bring that light into their day. I remember participating in all kinds of activities as a kid, so giving back or paying it forward has always been something I strongly identify with.
As a grown woman, wife, and mother, things haven't changed much in this arena for me... as my passion for helping others grows more each day. I feel very strongly about particular organizations, and make sure that I do what I can to both raise awareness, and give regularly. Social media has made this even easier for us, since we can share about a cause and our community will see it. Let me share with you which causes speak to my soul.
OUR Rescue exists to rescue children from sex trafficking by utilizing some of the world’s experts in extraction operations and anti-child trafficking efforts. OUR Rescue’s Jump Team, consisting of former CIA, Navy SEALs, and Special Ops operatives, lead coordinated identification and extraction efforts to rescue children being trafficked for sex. To ensure perpetuity and sustainability of these extraction efforts, OUR Rescue works with law enforcement in the countries where they rescue children to ensure that everything is done legally and with the support of the local authorities. The children rescued from these extraction efforts are then rehabilitated by OUR Rescue’s aftercare program, and the perpetrators are arrested, tried, and convicted to ensure that they don’t traffic children again.
Days for Girls was founded in 2008 to create a more dignified, free, and educated world through access to lasting feminine hygiene solutions. They seek to help women and girls discover their potential and self-worth. Women and girls in the program are taught that they are equal participants and agents of social change and are given opportunities to thrive, grow, and contribute to their communities’ betterment while ensuring quality, sustainable feminine hygiene. Days for Girls works to provide every girl in the world the education, safety, and dignity that they deserve through direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits; by partnering with nonprofits, groups, and organizations; by raising awareness; and by helping communities around the world start their own programs. Thanks to a global grassroots network of thousands of volunteers and supporters on six continents, Days for Girls has reached women and girls in over 100 countries. Donate to Days for Girls
War Horse Creek is a comprehensive retraining program using equestrian therapy to help veterans transition from the military to the civilian world. Our program will provide life skills training, education and career guidance with a focus on post-traumatic growth. It will reframe the military experience to be more beneficial in civilian life. The immersive program is unlike any other. It will enable their clinicians to identify those at greatest risk - many of whom aren't aware they're experiencing symptoms of Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic brain injury (TBI) - and to provide guidance as they reintegrate back into the world.They meet the veteran on their terms, and offer them a way to process their military experiences among peers who understand them.
Having experienced the life-enriching power of essential oils, a group of health-care and business professionals collaborated with a common goal of creating a new standard of essential oils that would influence individuals and communities around the world. In the spring of 2008, their vision became a reality and doTERRA, meaning “gift of the Earth,” was founded. Since the company’s beginning, high-quality essential oils sourced and distributed by doTERRA have spread throughout the globe, enhancing many lives. In addition to sharing essential oils with the world, doTERRA aspired to serve people and communities with the resources they had. Initially, this meant donating to charities, fundraisers, and community projects, but it eventually grew to be much more. The doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation was created in June 2012 as an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The foundation is one of the ways doTERRA reaches out and serves communities in need. They do this by partnering with organizations and doTERRA Wellness Advocates to offer hope to millions around the world. Through the foundation’s efforts, lives are freed of disease and poverty, and communities are empowered with the tools needed to become self-reliant.
Founded on May 15, 1851, Alpha Delta Pi is the oldest secret society for college women in the world. Established at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, the first college chartered to grant degrees to women in the world, the story of Alpha Delta Pi is a remarkable one and it all began with a young girl’s dream. Eugenia Tucker was just sixteen years old when she left her family home in Laurens County, Georgia, to enter Wesleyan College. Before the end of her first year she would establish the first sorority in the world. The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation was established in 1983 and helps to provide emergency grants to members in crisis, leadership training for collegiate and alumnae sisters, resources to fight hazing and sexual assault, funding for the preservation of monuments and memorials unique to our history, and so much more!
Ways to get Involved & Take Action
Let's talk about some simple and practical ways for you to get involved today with your charities of choice! Below, you will find a handful of ideas that you can roll with at any given moment that will help others, and bring on those high vibes the world so desperately needs!
This is probably the most obvious way to get involved, but of course I have to mention it! Sending in a donation to a charity has never been easier! Most organizations have donate buttons on their websites, and all over their social media. Some of them even have a recurring donation option, when you can choose an amount to donate every month! I love utilizing this feature to donate to the Healing Hands foundation, and also my Sorority's foundation as well!
If the organization you are wanting to support is in need of volunteers, this is an extremely meaningful way to get involved, spread awareness, and also have your friends join you. The sky is the limit with volunteering, as you can volunteer locally, or travel across the world to support your charity in a completely different country! More often than not, organizations are in constant need of volunteers to keep their organization running as well, so see this as an opportunity to stay involved regularly!
I feel like we all vaguely remember participating Elementary school fundraisers... or maybe you have kids that are participating in one right now! Regardless, fundraisers are not only a fab way to collect funds for your cause, but it is also fantastic to raise awareness of your cause too! Here you can find an awesome article that lays out 100 Unique Fundraising Ideas that Actually Work to get your wheels turning, and get a fundraiser off the ground and running!
It may seem simple, but what you wear on your body is a walking billboard for your cause. You can purchase merchandise from most charitable organizations, the proceeds are then donated to the cause, and you can raise awareness be sporting their swag. The great thing about this is that it really does start conversations, and can also connect you with people who support the organization as well. I got chased down at a Walmart one day when I was wearing my OUR Rescue shirt, just to be thanked and hugged for spreading awareness. You can make waves with a t-shirt, friend!
Go for a Run
If you do a quick google search, you can find 5k walks and runs in your area that are raising money for a charitable cause. If you can't find one nearby... then grab the bull by the horns and start your own! Not only is this a great way to stay active, but you are also encouraging other in your community to participate! Already signed up for one of these walks/runs? Blast it on your social media and have your friends join you! The more the merrier!
Donate your Birthday
Facebook has a super cool option for you to "Donate your Birthday" to a cause, encouraging your friends and family to donate and raise a certain amount for the organization of your choice. I have personally done this and found it to be so rewarding. As we get older, and we let go of expectations on how birthdays play out... this becomes something you can look forward to for so many other reasons! Celebrate how awesome you are by giving the spotlight to a cause you love!
As I said, there are countless ways to get involved, and this just scratches the surface! I hope you are motivated to get moving with some or all of these ideas, and we can help make the world a safer, kinder, more beautiful place for us all!
Which charities speak to you? What actions are you inspired to take today? What kind of fundraiser will you create? I always love hearing your feedback in the comments, so let me know!