Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BloggersUnite Partners With Patch Adams

BloggersUniteBloggersUnite.org, together with Dr. Patch Adams, BlogCatalog, FriedEggs, Broowaha, Liquid [Hip], Copywrite, Ink., and thousands of bloggers will launch an International Day of Compassion on May 15.

The goal of the event is to bring attention to the need for compassion around the world and ask for the United Nations and countries to issue a proclamation for May 15 to become an International Day of Compassion, which will inspire people around the world to commit to one act of compassion every year.

“These acts of compassion can be big or small,” said Antony Berkman, president of BlogCatalog.com, and founder of BloggersUnite.org. “The goal is to ask questions and change our thinking to become more compassionate with Dr. Patch Adams serving as the ultimate role model — a man who has helped change the world with nothing more than compassion.”

While the name Patch Adams is most associated with the film about a funny, loving doctor who sometimes played the clown, the real Dr. Adams graduated from medical school and opened the Gesundheit Institute with a group of twenty friends, including three doctors.

Their vision was to move into a six-bedroom home in West Virginia and open a free hospital. The hospital was open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all manner of medical problems, from birth to death. Since, Dr. Adams has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to a global outreach effort that not only delivers medical aid and supplies to people in need, but also exports compassion and humor from United States while wearing what has become a “red badge of courage” — a bright red clown’s nose.

Everybody Can Do Something No Matter How Great Or Small.

“We’re not asking anyone to duplicate the tremendous work of Dr. Patch Adams… although we would welcome more people to try,” said Berkman. “But we are asking everyone to observe May 15 as the day they make a commitment to be more compassionate, whether that means something as simple as keeping a journal to reflect on the compassion you share on a daily basis or demonstrating a tender lovingness for another human being.”

To jumpstart the International Day of Compassion, Berkman and thousands of bloggers and social network members are joining together to write posts, share stories, update networks, and share tweets about how they have demonstrated compassion on May 15 or how they will commit to being more compassionate in the year ahead.

“I was very fortunate to connect with Dr. Adams after watching his speech at the Mayo Clinic and offered to help him in any way possible” said Berkman. “He suggested that friendship is the best medicine, which is the bond we created in the days that followed and the result of this bond is the creation of the International Day of Compassion.”

Berkman is no stranger to causes. BloggersUnite.org evolved from an initiative into a member-driven social network where anyone can promote social awareness and nonprofit events from all over the world. Since 2007, BloggersUnite.org has also teamed with organizations such as Amnesty International, AIDS.gov, Heifer International, and March of Dimes to promote causes and calls to action that have included the establishment of an International Day For Human Rights, increasing the number of people who volunteer to be tested for AIDS, and bringing awareness to March Of Dimes and its effort to reduce premature birth.

This year, Berkman said he was inspired to promote the International Day of Compassion because it represents the very foundation of every past effort the site and more than 250,000 members of BlogCatalog.com have been working toward since the very beginning. We all wish for and want a more compassionate world, he said.

Berkman said each blogger or social network member will be choosing their own topics about compassion, but BloggersUnite.org has a dedicated page that provides suggestions and other resources.

Berkman said he hopes bloggers and social networks call on the United Nations to proclaim May 15 as the International Day For Compassion. And, optionally, bring awareness to the Patch Adams Teaching Center and Clinic that will eventually provide a desirable model for health care. Any contributions made to the Gesundheit Institute will be used exclusively for the capital campaign.

A Littler History About Bloggers Unite.

Since 2007, BlogCatalog’s Bloggers Unite campaign has evolved from the first blogger-driven social awareness campaign initiative into a self-sustaining social awareness network. More than 250,000 bloggers interact on BlogCatalog.com every day and provide the foundation for BloggersUnite.org. This campaign is not limited to blogs. Members of any social network may participate.

In addition to BloggersUnite.org and Dr. Adams, the campaign is supported by the generous efforts of the executives, staff, and members of BlogCatalog.com, FriedEggs.com, Broowaha.com, LiquidHip.com, and Copywrite, Ink. For more campaign information, visit BloggersUnite.org

Awareness is one of the most relevant and meaning forms that individuals and small businesses can support, especially when those ideas are tied to tangible results. The International Day Of Compassion is an excellent example of such a goal.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Companies Partner For Gulf Coast Fishing Families

On Aug. 25, Citizen Effect has slated a national day of action to help raise funds for educational programs designed to help fishing families impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf Coast. More than a dozen different companies and organizations have already committed to the cause.

The campaign is focused on social media and live events in more than 13 cities (and counting) around the United States, including Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. The events will have New Orleans themes with live jazz, blues, or Zydeco music.

Event hosts, many of them organized by the Social Media Club, will ask for a $10 donation. All proceeds being donated to Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Other Ways To Help Fishing Families In The Gulf.

• Direct Donations To Citizen Effect CitizenGulf.
• Vote For Gulf Coast Benefit on Pepsi Refresh.
• Join BloggersUnite.org and help raise awareness.

The CitizenGulf National Day of Action is currently a living case study on how online and offline partnerships can work in tandem to help increase awareness, enhance attendance, and raise funds for worthwhile causes. To learn more, visit the link above or alternative review site Liquid [Hip].

Liquid [Hip] has also become a primary vehicle for bringing awareness to various causes close to our hearts. NBCB will be updated from time to time, but Liquid [Hip] will be our primary site to generate direct support for nonprofit organizations under the Good Will section, about once a month.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Starbucks Partners To Protect Forests

Arlington, Va. - In the battle to sustain natural resources, one area of focus remains offsetting carbon dioxide by replenishing forests. And recently, Starbucks and Conservation International (CI) partnered to help protect the forests, which naturally consume and offset carbon dioxide. This program began on Mar. 9 and will run through the end of the year.

This program partnership works by allowing customers to initiate a green program when they purchase any Starbucks products with the new CI Starbucks card. Starbucks will automatically donates five cents of each purchase to CI. The CI Starbucks card can be used as a gift card or for personal use.

“We have long shared our customers’ commitment to the environment,” said Ben Packard, vice president of Starbucks Global Responsibility. “Partnering with organizations like Conservation International allows Starbucks to give our customers an opportunity to make simple, sustainable decisions that collectively make a big difference.”

Upon receiving the donations from Starbucks, CI will allocate the money raised to protect and restore forests. Part of CI’s mission is to secure a globally stable climate.

“The involvement of Starbucks and their customers provides a tremendous boost to global forest conservation and climate solutions,” said Justin Ward, vice president of Business Practices at Conservation International. “We value our long term relationship with Starbucks and we are pleased that support raised from the Preservation Card will benefit sustainable management of the world’s natural resources.”

The program is another excellent example of how partnerships can successfully attain the common goal that enriches the community while allowing people to participate in a personal, local, and global way.

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