Thursday, September 15, 2011

Do Good:
How Facebook Makes It Easy

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Thanks to Walgreens for sponsoring my writing today. Help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote.

I think an integral part of giving yourself a fresh start is getting back to what is most important to you.

One thing that is very important to me is finding ways to "do good" and help other people.  Doing good was the main focus of my career as a social worker.  Even though I can't participate in that career any more due to chronic illnesses, there are still things I can do to make a difference.

In my pursuit to "do good" despite living a life with chronic illnesses, I've discovered virtual volunteering, which I have shared with you before here.

Today I want to focus on how many companies are turning giving into a digital affair by bringing charitable campaigns to Facebook.

I first got involved with giving through Facebook with the Causes application.  In 2009, I set out to raise money for The Gerald Keerbs Memorial Fund that I set up through the Alzheimer's Foundation website. In tandum with this site, I also created a donation portal on Facebook using the Causes app.  Then created a birthday wish for donations to be made in lieu of presents.  I promoted both sites, encouraging people to make micro-donations, letting them know that even $1 could make a difference.

Between the two sites, I raised $140 dollars for Alzheimer's research and programs.  Not a bad effort considering the tough economic times (there is a 12% jobless rate in my home state alone!)

Since then, I have stumbled upon many different charitable campaigns that include Facebook tie-ins, like the Pepsi Refresh Project, the Vivint.GivesBack Project, Chase Community Giving and StandUp2Cancer.

Recently Walgreens has started their own Facebook giving campaign.  They are asking us to "Like" their Facbook page and then vote to donate flu shot vouchers to one of five different charitable organizations.  The flu shot vouchers will be given to people who are unable to afford a flu shot because of a lack of health insurance or income.

The organizations include the American Diabetes Association, the National Urban League, Americares, Feeding America and the League of  United Latin American Citizens.  The good news is that all these charities will benefit from this campaign--votes help decide how many flu shot vouchers go to each organization.

As a person living with diabetes, I can really get behind this charitable effort.  Flu shots are an important way to prevent getting the seasonal flu virus and reduce complications that often arise when a person with diabetes gets sick with the flu.  So I'll be voting to give the most vouchers to the American Diabetes Association. 

Won't you join me? You'll need to act quickly! Voting runs from 9/08/11 through 10/8/11.

Don't forget to help Walgreens help others! Visit their Facebook page here to learn about their charitable partners and decide which cause Walgreens will donate to with a quick vote. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

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