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Using Social Media to Support Your Cause

“Too Young to Die is a long-term documentary photography project, now in its fifth year, which seeks to enlighten the public about the effects of youth violence on young victims, their families, and society as a whole.

It is an effort to shake the country’s conscience in a way that most mainstream media, hyper-commercialized, and celebrity obsessed…no longer do.”

Carlos Javier Ortiz is the Chicago based photographer behind this project, whose emotional images moved me to support his cause and share his work.

I watched how he used social media as a photographer on a mission for spreading awareness and encouraging positive actions, by doing the following:

1. He created a Facebook fan page for his project with pictures and videos.

2. Poll questions were added to the page for friends and followers to engage in conversation.

3. Connections were created to similar pages and other charities.

4. His cause was promoted on other social sites like Kickstarter.

5. Visitors were informed and educated on the issues surrounding youth violence.

6. Content was regularly updated and people who donated got special gifts and recognition.

This shows how social media can really enhance any grass root efforts, by building stronger relationships, and broadening the reach of supporters for your cause.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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Teaching Children to Give, Share and Care

Summer is coming to an end and the children are back in school.  As a teacher, I wanted to start the new year with teaching my students about giving and charity in a fun learning environment, so we discovered a site called freerice.com

This is a site where you can feed your mind and feed the hungry at the same time.  Every time you click on the correct definition of a word, the sponsors donate grains of rice through the World Food Program.

This is one of most ingenious creations that combines education, entertainment, and a way to change the world.

Be sure to come back, tell your friends, and click regularly!

Embracing the Spirit of Giving,

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Click to Give

Supporting this cause is personal for me, as a sponsor, but more for a dear friend that lost the battle to breast cancer, this year.

The annual walks, yoga, donations and check ups have become a natural part of my life.  Now our clicking efforts on this site helps fund mammograms for low income women around the world.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation has partnered with Click to Give@The Breast Cancer Site to show how your clicks add up to give help and hope.

Click to Give also has five more sites, where you can click to support a cause…Hunger, Child Health, Literacy, Rainforest, and Animal Rescue.

Be sure to come back, tell your friends, and click everyday.

Embracing the Spirit of Giving.

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