I’ve been actively apart of social media for two years. I joined Facebook to connect with my friends and family, I began a public blog to share my experiences as a mom of two young children in a big city, and I joined Twitter to extend those conversations taking place on the internet and form new relationships.
There is no end to the benefits that I have seen as a result of delving into the waters of social media, and I only see it continuing to grow. The discussions are poignant, the topics are relevant, and the impact is real. I am in this for the long haul, as it has changed my life in the most incredible ways.
The impact of social media on our society today is not only great, but it is changing every single day. Companies are getting involved in philanthropic campaigns more and more because they know that we will respond-and the impact of our voices has been resounding. One of the most effective and residual initiatives thus far has been the ONE Moms Campaign.
ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.
This campaign involved a group of my fellow mom bloggers, many of whom I am lucky to call my friends. These bloggers went to Kenya with ONE to personally witness the poverty and level of disease amongst the families in the “Ground Zero” for infectious disease. Their coverage impacted me more than I had even expected-their photos, personal stories and accounts working with children in these areas positively gripped me (read Karen Walrond’s posts here).
As a part of the ONE Moms campaign, I was asked to participate in filming a spot sharing how all mothers can change the world starting in their own homes and communities. I couldn’t be more honored to have been a part of this with so many of my friends.
ONE Moms is a movement of moms everywhere using their extraordinary power to spread awareness for the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease. These moms are leading a movement to promote education, engagement and activism on behalf of the world’s poorest.
There are several ways that you can participate, make a difference, and get involved right now.
Sign Up to become a ONE Mom to help in the fight against extreme poverty.
Tweet at the White House in a Call to Action Against AIDS
Send the following tweet, right now: “.@whitehouse Beginning of the #endofAIDS starts w you. Lead a global plan to treat & prevent HIV @ONECampaign @joinred http://bit.ly/p2xkHL”
Sign a Petition to break the cycle of famine in Somalia.
Follow the ONE partner blogs and #ONEMOMS hashtag on Twitter.
These are the times when I feel especially, hugely proud to be a part of this online community and personally witnessing how social media is revolutionizing the world. We can, and do make a difference.
I was not compensated in any way for this post.