On any given day, I’m a wife, mom, co-worker, pun maker, volunteer, microwaver (of the cooking variety, not the scientific researcher of how the contraption heats my food), and friend.
Today I’m also an activist.
Actually, I’d like to think that I’m an activist everyday. But today, I get to share some of my favorite ways we can all make a difference in honor of Blog Action Day 2008. Today thousands of bloggers unite to discuss a single issue - poverty. And today, you can join me and your fellow moms, friends, and tv dinner makers in making a difference in our world.
Moms Rising - working moms balance responsibilities like no one else. A full quarter of U.S. families with children less than six years old live in poverty, which makes this organization’s mission to advance workplace policies that support families even more important. As they say, two full-time working parents should be able to earn enough to adequately care for their family. We can work together to make sure that comes true.
Kiva - Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. As the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, you can have a direct hand in helping families improve their lives. The entrepeneur you choose to lend to repays their loan over time, and you can choose to reinvest in another entrepeneur or put your money back into your own bank at that time. From farmers to seamstresses, you can provide as little as a $25 loan and be repaid in more than just money.
Heifer International - I was just recently turned on to this charity by my mom. Heifer’s tagline is “Ending Hunger, Caring for the Earth” and they do that by giving children and families around the world training and animal gifts that help them become self-reliant. Heifer International purchases and transports food and income-producing animals, and also provides intensive training in animal husbandry; environmentally sound, sustainable farming; community development and global education.
Every dollar can make a difference in someone’s life. And, together, each of our single drops of water can turn into a flood that turns the tide for someone facing a life of poverty.