[NETWORKING FOR INTROVERTS] Social Networking for Social Good

                     Get Water, the game

Although the holiday season is a wonderful time, full of friends, family, food, gifts and get-togethers, it’s also an important time to reflect on how fortunate we are and how we can help those who are less fortunate. If you feel like you want to help, but you’re not sure how, here are a few ideas on how to use social networking for social good:

1. Start a virtual food drive. Sign up a group of your Facebook friends and create teams to promote friendly competition while feeding the hungry.

2. Donate to Heifer International. Start a challenge on your blog and offer to match the donations your readers pledge. For $120 you can buy a goat, providing a family with milk, butter and cheese.

3. Call your local homeless shelter and ask what they need. (Jackets? Blankets? A new microwave?) Email your friends to donate goods. Challenge your Twitter followers to donate funds.

4. Download socially conscious smart phone apps, like Get Water! and My Life as a Refugee. Have fun while helping to fund clean water projects in countries in need. Learn what it’s like to be a refugee. Then take action by donating blankets, kitchen sets, and tents to displaced families.

5. Check out TwitChange, a social media auction house that allows you to buy a retweet from a star, with proceeds going to charity.

6. Perform an online random act of kindness through Random Acts.

 

I’d love to hear about the causes you and other people you know are supporting through social media. Which celebrities are the best at promoting social causes online? Which companies are known for their social consciousness?

 

Happy Holidays! I'll see you in two weeks.

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Comment by Sara Campos on December 13, 2013 at 2:09pm

Yes, please keep in the loop. Do you mostly need toiletries? How about some hotel-lotions and the like? Thanks again for doing this!!! 

Comment by Meghan Ward on December 13, 2013 at 1:55pm
You're welcome, Julie!
Comment by Meghan Ward on December 13, 2013 at 1:54pm
Sara - I'll be collecting donations soon for the Berkeley Women's Shelter if you would like to contribute. I make gift bags for them full of stuff they need (shampoo, toothbrushes, soap, etc.) as well as some chocolates and a card.) I'll keep you in the loop.
Comment by Meghan Ward on December 13, 2013 at 1:53pm
Yes, Kiva's great, too, MaryBeth!
Comment by Sara Campos on December 12, 2013 at 4:40pm

Thanks for this post, Meghan. I've been meaning to do some of these and your blogpost was a good reminder.

Comment by Marybeth Holleman on December 12, 2013 at 2:23pm

Check out Kiva.

Comment by Julie Luek on December 12, 2013 at 2:16pm

Oh thank you for these suggestions! 

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