In May 2012, the American Red Cross sent out 300 kits to storytellers around the country. Without the promise of fame or fortune and with a significant sacrifice of their time and privacy, hundreds of people bravely opened their hearts to share stories that are inspiring, tragic, uplifting and unbelievable but, above all, filled with moments that show humanity at its best.
My role for the Red Cross involved leading the campus blood drives, training & certification of the Disaster Action Team, and CPR & AED courses. To support this effort, my team launched an automated online scheduling system for 1700+ volunteer/donor appointments/year, helping to save the people in these stories (and many more)!
Cradles to Crayon's vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued. Through the Giving Factory, volunteers like my team (pictured above -- from UGBC, the Undergraduate Government of Boston College) provided clothes, shoes, books and school supplies to homeless and low-income children.
The PSA above was created to draw awareness about the critical issues -- high school dropout rate, childhood obesity, youth violence -- that put millions of America's kids, and the nation's future, at risk.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide high-impact, affordable programs, and caring adult mentorship to give kids an opportunity to learn and grow. Every day, Clubs around the world emphasize academic success, good character, citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
Directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard, the video features 21 notable B&G Club alumni including national co-spokespersons Denzel Washington and Jennifer Lopez, with music by Beyoncé.
My role was at the West End House, where I volunteered 300+ hours through BC PULSE, facilitating activity/event programming and tutoring sessions for over 1100+ club members. Also, I was actively involved in the promotion through club tours and initiatives similar to this 2008 TV spot.
NRDC and MLB team up to encourage recycling, conserve energy, reduce costs, and protect America's wild places. Green Teams around the nation collect recyclables during the game and inform fans how to conserve resources, both in and out of the ballpark.
In 2008 at Fenway Park (where I participated) for the Boston Red Sox, volunteers of the Poland Spring Green Team collected over 25 tons of plastics. My time accumulated to 21+ games/events (200+ innings), culminating in over 60+ hours of service.
Microfinance provides financial services to those without access to typical banking services. These people are capable of lifting themselves out of poverty, if given the right opportunity -- improving their well-being-both at the individual and household level. At TED, the co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude toward poverty has changed over time -- and how her organization has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day. Learn more about how Kiva works.
As of September 2014, my individual contributions have provided over $2,250 in funding (top 3%) for a total of 90 loans in 37 countries, not including the 17 loans made by referrals (Agriculture, Arts, Clothing, Construction, Education, Food, Housing, Manufacturing, Retail, Services, and Transportation) ... FYI: Kiva.org is one of the best-performing, most transparent non-profits in the world.
Together, volunteers (like me!) with Habitat for Humanity have helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses, serving more than 4 million people worldwide. Take an in-depth look (above) at the issue of poverty housing and the families it affects — and see what my team did to help address the need. We met with government/community leaders to understand the region's socio-economic challenges and fully built a home in High Point, North Carolina, where about 10.5% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line.
Many people have found unique ways to support The Greater Boston Food Bank (the largest hunger-relief organization in New England). Personally, I assisted in the acquisition, storage, organization, and distribution of food donations for delivery to local food pantries, community meal programs, homeless/residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and day-care centers -- helping to end hunger in Eastern Massachusetts, providing at least one meal a day to those in need.
Wikipedia is written collaboratively by a large group of Internet volunteers (like me!) -- no super-powers necessary. With the help of people like me and you, Wikipedia attracts 470 million unique visitors per month. There are more than 76,000 active contributors working on more than 31,000,000 articles in 285 languages. Join the movement.
During my brief stint as an analyst on Wall Street at J.P. Morgan, my team built momentum within the company to contribute to the global community as part of the Corporate Responsibility Grants and Technology for Social Good programs. 2012 stats (when I was there): the JPM Foundation gave more than $190 million to thousands of nonprofit organizations across 42 U.S. states and 37 countries around the world. More than 43,000 employees provided 468,000 hours of volunteer service.
Our initial focus was proposing a $500,000 grant for imagine1day -- founded by the same people who brought you Lululemon Athletica. Imagine1Day is a growing global community of people ensuring that all Ethiopians receive a quality education funded free of foreign aid by 2030. Thus far, they have collaborated with 226 partner schools -- 27 of them built by the imagine1day team from the ground up. 615 school clubs have been created, with girls leading half of them. 32,816 books, 77 science kits, and 100 sports sets have been provided to students. In total, 102,917 peoples' lives are transformed annually through education and training by the nonprofit.