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We all lead very busy lives and taking time for issues that matter to us can seem overwhelming. Where is that eighth day of the week when you need it? We can all be advocates for change for the issues we feel passionate about. Whether it is a community issue, battling a major company, or helping cure a disease, here are three ways you can be a social advocate to better things in your town, your country or the world.
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- Become a community activist – Do you have a cause or issue you are passionate about? If you have a strong need to give back, connect with a specific cause or organization or create your own by starting petitions, blogging, writing and forwarding emails, and organizing and attending events. If your cause garners the need for a demonstration, start grassroots planning. Some issues are just too big to tackle on your own—donating money, time, or inspiring others to do the same may be the best course of action. Sites like Echoing Green or Idealist can help you partner with a like-minded organization.
- Build awareness about your passion – Start by contacting newspapers and TV shows (start local). Most news websites have a Contact Us page where you can submit tips, events, and personal interest stories. Call your government officials to alert them about the issue. Write a compelling Letter to The Editor to alert others of your personal connection to the issue.
- Support issues from home – If you want to help others but feel more comfortable doing it in the comfort of your own home, you can still be a great social advocate. You can support the experts and organizations you are passionately by signing and sharing petitions or volunteering to make phone calls on the organization’s behalf. If you don’t have a cause, you are passionate about, check out an organization that is near and dear to my heart (pun attended), the American Heart Association. You can help advocate for state laws and local ordinances that impact heart disease and stroke risk factors as well as policies that protect survivors of heart disease and stroke. Register and start making a difference today. Some other resources to help you support issues from home are Crowdrise, GlobalGiving, Kickstarter, and Kiva.
What causes are you passionate about?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of American Heart Association and The bLink Marketing Network. The opinions and text are all mine.