Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. ~Edmund Burke
One of my favourite things in every career I’ve had (there have been a few..) is that I’ve had the ability to assist others in some respect. At one point I worked in not-for-profit and loved it. During my time in the music business, I organized fundraising events, concerts, food drives and other helpful things. Often, these were the “best” parts of my job.
As well as my media/marketing experience, I also have a background in Volunteer Management. I have both been a volunteer (Girl Guides, Scouts, etc) and organized volunteers. I enjoy the experience of helping others. Most of the time when I’ve ended up helping out, it’s because someone had to do it. It’s as simple as that. We need a parent to work the book fair.. well, someone has to.. I have the time and ability.. so sure. I’ve had a bunch of charitable experiences.. from sitting on volunteer boards and committees to being a Brownie leader.. to sponsoring a child in another country. My experience with volunteering, or with assisting anyone for that matter, is that you don’t do it with any expectation for yourself other than a genuine desire to help.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my Twitter friends, Jon Aston (@Jon_Aston on Twitter) was looking for “ten good people” to help out with The 12 for 12K Challenge. I had seen the logo on Twitter in various peoples’ profile photos and noticed it on their Twitter pages, but really didn’t know a heck of a lot about it, so I asked about it. And I asked Jon what he wanted these “ten good people” to “do”.
The 12 for 12K Challenge is the brainchild of Branding and Social Media Expert Danny Brown. The concept is very simple. Using social media the participants would raise $144,000 in 2009. Each month a different charity would be the recipient of the funds raised.
At this point, I’d just like to say that I’m not writing this with the intention of saying “Look at me! I’m so great!” (Hey, we all know I do that every day anyway…. plus, most of you already know how awesome I am since I tell you regularly, but I digress…)
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill
Here’s why I’m writing this: all I had to do was commit $10 a month. Seriously. $10. And of course, it would be nice if I could spread the word about the movement. So I said yes. I can do $10. Not hard to find. A few less Tim Horton’s coffees. A couple less beer, one less bottle of wine.. (ok, let’s not get ridiculous)…
The point I’m making is this. I’m unemployed at the moment. It’s $10. That’s all. If I can do it, so can you. Part of my reason for joining in is that I feel I haven’t done ENOUGH lately… and I figured I could use the good karma. But whatever the reason, it’s a simple thing to do. $10 once a month. Easy. It’s just a little bit… but if everyone does a little bit, it will be a LOT.
This month’s charity is UNICEF. So, what are you waiting for? Go now! I’m not joking. Click on the links! Donate! Honest, you’ll feel good. www.12for12K.org You can donate via credit card or by PayPal.
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not. ~Dr. SeussLife: Nothing to report other than I have already made my $10 donation! Love: See above. Pants: Lots of dog walking this week. Yay!