Helping Refugees Through Blue Key, and Your Chance to Win

If you’ve read this blog over the last year or so, you know that social good is near and dear to my heart. I think that when we’ve been given much, it’s our responsibility to help others. That’s being a good steward of what we’ve been given. And one of the things that I love about social good, is sometimes we feel particularly called to help in a particular area. For some, it’s a local food bank. For others, it’s a pet shelter. Others feel called to help overseas.

The thing is, it’s all important. And I think it’s pretty crucial that we’re all called to different things. Because that means that many causes benefit, and no one is completely neglected. And because of this blog, and all of you that read it, I like to help make you aware of causes that you may feel called to. It’s one of the things I feel called to do. 🙂 (Got all that?)

This week I was introduced to the Blue Key campaign by a woman I admire greatly, Shonali Burke. Among all of her incredible accomplishments, Shonali was until very recently the editor of the Women Grow Business blog, which is one that I think many women in direct selling can benefit greatly from.

So let me tell you a bit about Blue Key. Right now, more than 43 million refugees are displaced by war, violence or persecution. That’s nearly the combined populations of New York and Texas. UNHCR – The United Nations Refugee Agency – (www.unhcr.org) is the lead agency working to address the international refugee crisis. At UNHCR , more than 6,000 staffers around the world help open doors for refugees worldwide and have been doing so since 1951.

From the Blue Key Campaign Website:

No one chooses to be a refugee, forced from home, family and everything they have ever known. Yet 43.7 million people around the world—nearly the combined populations of Colombia or South Korea, or of Scandinavia and Sri Lanka combined—find themselves in this exact position. Everyday doors have been closed to them.

Forced to depend on others, refugees need water, food and shelter. Some spend years, even decades, in displacement camps. Many are traumatized by sexual violence, torture and aggression. While living in camps, these survivors need some semblance of normalcy—a school, a health clinic, a shelter to call their own. We launched the Blue Key campaign to give these refugees a voice. More than 6,000 UNHCR staffers worldwide give them the food, shelter and care that they need, opening doors to a new life; the doors that, unexpectedly, and through no fault of their own, were closed.

In December 2011, UNHCR will commemorate 60 years of working to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees and internally displaced people.  Our goal is for 6,000 U.S. residents – thoughtful, caring people like you — to get a Blue Key. By doing so, you’ll tell the millions of refugees worldwide that they’re not invisible, and our staff that their live-saving work does not go unnoticed.

Will you be one of them? What I’d like to invite you to do is get a Blue Key of your own. It’s a pendant or a pin that you can wear to spark conversations about refugees. To encourage others to help. And it’s only $5. I’ve actually ordered two – one for myself and one for my daughter to wear. I’m looking forward to using it as a way to teach my daughter about helping others, and generating awareness.

Your Chance to Win an Hour of Social Media Consulting with Me

And to thank you for considering it, here’s what I’m going to offer. Once you’ve bought your blue key, post here that you have. I will choose one commenter at random who will receive one full free hour of social media consulting over the phone with me. This is something that companies pay a lot of money for. And something that I never have time to offer to individual direct sellers anymore. But one of you will get an hour to talk about any part of your social media that you like.

So I hope that you’ll consider getting a blue key, and becoming a supporter of this often invisible cause. And then post in the comments that you have.

If you want to tweet about it, and encourage your friends to get their key, be sure to use the Twitter hashtag #BlueKey

Thank you! Will you pass it on?

image credit: UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran

33 Responses to Helping Refugees Through Blue Key, and Your Chance to Win
  1. Leila
    September 28, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    I didn’t realize you were doing a “giveaway” as a promotion to purchasing a blue key until just now, but I bought my key when I received your email the other day. My thoughts are that if I were in that situation, I would want people to help me. AND, I am in a more fortunate circumstance than they are so why not help where I can! =0)

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:19 pm

      Thanks so much for participating Leila! I great appreciate it! I love your thoughts, and I agree!

  2. Angie Rogers
    September 28, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    Thank you for raising awareness!! I will wear mine at my shows! Thanks.

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:19 pm

      GREAT idea Angie! Thank you so much for participating.

  3. Dorothy Huey
    September 28, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    Hi Jennifer
    Thanks for doing this. I purchased 3.
    🙂
    Dorothy

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 2:01 pm

      Awesome! Thanks Dorothy!

  4. Élan
    September 27, 2011 | 9:51 am

    It’s great that you’re getting the word out with this post! I just purchased a key pin and a key pendant. 🙂 I work in the immigration services department of an agency that assists refugees (resettlement, job training, etc). This cause is very close to my heart.

    To people who saw this post and are interested in refugees: local organizations that work with refugees are always looking for volunteers. Many places have something like a “befriend a refugee” or “mentor a refugee” program. It’s a great way to help out and meet someone from another culture. Committing just a few hours can make a big difference to a refugee’s new life in the US.
    Élan recently posted..Missing your Partner: How to Handle LDR Loneliness

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:20 pm

      Thank you Elan! And I love your information about how people can continue to help refugees in their local area. Thank you for participating!

  5. @Nakeva Corothers
    September 26, 2011 | 5:36 pm

    Jennifer, thank you for your post sharing #BlueKey with your readers! I have learned more than I knew about refugees prior to being part of this campaign with USA for UNHCR. Refugees are everywhere and several families come to the U.S. and make a better life. So glad to have you part of the initiative to help others through social good.
    @Nakeva Corothers recently posted..Add Your Google +1 To Any Website – Official Button

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:21 pm

      Thanks so much for being a Blue Key champion Nakeva, and for your comments. Together we can make a difference!

  6. Michelle@eatwellwithmichelle
    September 24, 2011 | 9:02 pm

    I bought 2 keys! Thanks for bringing this to my attention. The keys will be great conversation starters and a good way to teach my kids about social awareness. I thought I posted a comment yesterday but it didn’t seem to go through so I am trying again today.

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:22 pm

      Thank you Michelle! I greatly appreciate your participation. It’s fantastic that you’re also using to teach your kids. These real life scenarios can make such a big impact on our kids. Cheers to you!

  7. Kim Mmurden, Willow House
    September 23, 2011 | 10:42 pm

    I purchased a pin. Thank you for bring this organization to my attention.

    Kim

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 28, 2011 | 4:22 pm

      Thank you so much for participating Kim! You rock!

  8. Michelle@eatwellwithmichelle
    September 23, 2011 | 10:12 pm

    Jennifer, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I purchased 2 keys and will also use it as an opportunity to teach my kids about social awareness.
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  9. Charlene Phillips
    September 23, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Hi Jennifer, I too got a key. Very important cause with so many innocent victims. I’m happy to learn of this campaign, thanks for sharing.

    Charlene

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 5:08 pm

      Thank you Charlene! You’re the best! I appreciate your help in spreading the word!

  10. Constance McCarthy
    September 23, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    Hi Jen, Just had to get my key. I think it is a great cause that most people have never heard of. Glad I could help!! Constance

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 4:28 pm

      Thanks so much for helping Constance! I appreciate you!

  11. denise kelly
    September 23, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    Jennifer, thank you for addressing a cause that has always been close to my heart. No one chooses to be a refugee. Got two keys!

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 2:44 pm

      Great news Denise! Thanks so much for supporting the cause. Truly appreciate your participation!

  12. Carleen
    September 23, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Thanks for the arm twist, Jennifer. I purchased a pin so I can attach it to my Scentsy bag (that I carry *every* day/*everywhere*).

    PS I purchased via paypal (yay for that option) from my beginswithme account. 🙂

    ~~carleen

    • Carleen
      September 23, 2011 | 2:29 pm

      OH! You’ll (maybe) see that I tweeted the link to this blog as well. 🙂
      hth!

      ~~carleen

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 2:31 pm

      woo hoo! Thanks for supporting Carleen! You rock!

  13. Rheda Wilson-Duff
    September 23, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    I am honored to share in this campaign! Thank you Jennifer for making it so easy with your set up and links. Posted on my facebook profile and page, tweeted and of course got my Blue Keys!
    Warmest Blessings,
    Rheda

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 2:31 pm

      You are fantastic Rheda! Thanks so much for participating, and helping to spread the word! It’s appreciated!

  14. Lauren || Blue Key for Refugee Awareness
    September 23, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    Jennifer, thank you so much for supporting the Blue Key and even offering up an hour of your valuable social media consulting to encourage others to do the same!

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 2:31 pm

      It’s a pleasure to be a part of such important work!

  15. Jennifer Raybaud
    September 23, 2011 | 10:59 am

    Happy to have obtained a couple “Blue Keys” for my daughter and myself and hoping your efforts add to the numbers of folks willing to help out. 🙂
    Jennifer Raybaud recently posted..Happy to have supported this charitable campaign and thanking Jennifer Fong, Dir…

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 2:32 pm

      Fantastic Jennifer! Thanks so much for jumping in and helping to spread the word. You are appreciated!

  16. Shonali Burke
    September 23, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Jen – thanks so much for the kind words and your support of the Blue Key campaign – you’re terrific! Of course, I hope you get FLOODED with relevant comments for this particular post… 🙂 Thank you again for all you do!
    Shonali Burke recently posted..Baring My Gut… Literally

    • Jennifer Fong
      September 23, 2011 | 10:29 am

      Fingers crossed Shonali! 🙂

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