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