Thursday, April 26, 2012

Flaunt Your Cause!

Community service has been a huge part of my life. When I was young, I was exposed to so many service-related events. Fundraisers for the arts, serving meals in a soup kitchen on holidays, and just finding activities that interested us that helped others. Sometimes, I was doing community service without even realizing it. One example was that my dad organized for my sister and I to gather some friends to sing at a retirement home, just for fun. We got to do something we loved, and it happened to bring some adorable strangers a lot of joy. BAM. That's community service!

As I got older, it be came very apparent to me that while I didn't have oodles of money to give to various non-profit organizations and charities, I could always give my time. This greatly affected my college experience and choosing my major (B.A. Urban Studies & Planning). I had plans to apply for the Peace Corps straight out of college, but personal matters kept me in the United States, so I applied for an AmeriCorps program called City Year. Essentially, I did two years of service work in under-resourced schools and neighborhoods of New York City and Los Angeles while living on a stipend. (That was quite a feat!) Afterward, I joined the normal working culture but yearned for another volunteer opportunity, one that would be another long-term commitment. When the time was right, I applied to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a child in the foster care system through Voices For Children.

And now here I am in the blogging community where it's so easy to find people with similar interests. To my great fortune, I met my Blog BFF, Emily @ Emmy June {Born In May}, in February.

We have a lot in common which explains our bond and ability to chatter on Skype for much longer than a first date should be. For starters:
  • SoCal roots
  • vegetarianism
  • Dreamy older/wiser husbands
  • love of weird/creepy TLC shows
  • big, toothy smiles
  • uprooting our lives at exactly the same time
Do yourself a favor and check her out. She's awesome at life (and a total prankster)!

Emily and I have a deep interest in how others donate their time and money, and we want to hear from you!

On Thursday, May 17, 2012 (three weeks from today), Emily and I invite YOU to show the blogging community which charity you support. This is your opportunity to flaunt your cause, inspire other bloggers, and maybe even make some new friends. All you have to do is follow both of our blogs, post a button anywhere on your blog, and create a post (or vlog) answering the following questions. You'll only have to link up on one of the hosts' blogs, as our link-ups will be connected. We really hope you join us. You can grab the button below to put on your blog and start spreading the word to your friends! Let's spread the inspiration!

Flaunt Your Cause Link-Up
Tell us about your favorite charity.
What inspires you about the cause?
How do you donate your time or money to help?

Are you excited to join in? We thought so!

To make you even more excited...there's an incentive to participate. After the link-up, we'll use a random number generator to select the link-up number of a participant. The lucky winner will have $50 donated to the cause they featured! Let me repeat, Emily and I will be donating 50 hard-earned dollars to one lucky charity! Now help us spread the word! It's time to get inspired, people!

Flaunt Your Cause


Jenna // The Life of the Wife said...

That is SO GREAT..I really really love that!! You girls are making me think I NEED to have a cause!!! I've been slacking lately!

Unknown said...

This is so up my alley!!!
Cant wait to participate!!


Kerrie Williams said...

Love it :) You know I'll be participating!

Holly said...

What a wonderful idea! Volunteering has been something I've always wanted to do but keep putting off. I had to do come community service in college and I loved it. I would love to get involved again!

Meg O. said...

What a great idea! My husband is a Court Appointed Child Advocate for Child Advocates in Houston! Just told you that on instagram... Lol. Anyway, it's such an amazing cause and he is so good at this. I am technically a Child Advocates volunteer but haven't been able to do much with it yet. I am passionate about this cause and I will definitely participate in this link up!

Courtney said...

This is sooooo awesome!

Kati - Incorporating Color said...

How do you connect your link-ups?

Allie said...

That's so amazing how volunteering has always been such a large part of your life. I wish I had a cause that I was passionate about but I just haven't found it yet. But I think with you sharing your volunteering experiences and others sharing theirs will really inspire me to do something great with my time, especially at this point in my life when I still have plenty of time to give. And even if I don't I think it's always a good thing to make time to give to others. So I'm pretty excited about this link-up!

Emily @ Emmy June said...

So excited to be doing this with you, bbff :)
I'm feeling inspired ALREADY!

Clare said...

I think this is so amazing! I love that y'all are doing this :) You girls are so wonderful!

jessica said...

I love that you girls are doing this!! I've been feeling alone in my volunteering world but this has already inspired me to keep it going! Can't wait for the link-up :)

Anonymous said...

Yay!! Is it ok if I flaunt a family members cause that I financially support (because I'm going to do that anyways ;-) )