This Sunday is a very special day for us here at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. It’s World Humanitarian Day–a day that honors humanitarian workers around the world, created in memory of the 22 UN staff members who died in the 2003 bombing of UN headquarters in Iraq. But WHD is also a day to honor all people who help others. And that’s where everyone can get involved. In the spirit of this special day, the UN and Beyoncé (yes, that Beyoncé), along with other global organizations, are asking everyone to do two things: Do something good for someone somewhere, and inspire the world to do the same.
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When UNICEF USA agreed to take part in One Day on Earth – the 24 hour event taking place worldwide on 11/11/11 – it seemed like a great opportunity to advocate for children to be front and center in this moving picture of the earth in one day. But then, as I began to review the videos and images sent in for last year’s event on 10/10/10, I realized that children are by nature front and center on the earth on any given day.
Less than three years from its founding and with over $1 million raised,
UNICEF’s Next Generation is taking its message to the world.
UNICEF’s Next Generation is a diverse group of young professionals, ages 21 to
40, who share a commitment to UNICEF’s future and a belief in Zero.
We realize that UNICEF’s mandate depends on the engagement of every
new generation. We recognize that it will take financial resources, as
well as education, engagement and advocacy to reduce the number of
daily preventable child deaths from 22,000 every day, to zero. Because of
this we are spreading the vision of UNICEF’s Next Generation to our peers
across the world through Social Media. Led by a Social Media
Committee that includes John Kluge, Manish Vora, Elise Jordan, Danielle
Abraham, Nell Diamond and Erin Lieber (see below for more information),
Next Gen will educate, engage and advocate through various social outlets
including Facebook & Twitter.
Jenner Pascua is a Production Officer for UNICEF USA.
You might think it’s a little early to start thinking about Halloween, but here at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF we’re gearing up for the 60th Anniversary of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
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|Our Marketing Coordinator, Lauren is ready to join the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online community.|
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing news and special promotions celebrating 60 years of kids helping kids! If you like what you see, share with your friends. If you have suggestions, let us know. We want to hear from YOU!
Here are a few ways you can join in on the discussion online:
- For breaking news and updates, ‘like’ our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter;
- Trick-or-Tweet for UNICEF on Twitter, and be sure to use the hashtag; #tot4unicef or mention us @unicefusa so we can join in on the conversation;
- Upload your photos to the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Flickr Group;
- Watch out for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF videos on our YouTube Channel;
- Also coming soon, we’ll have brand new iPhone and Facebook apps so stay tuned!
Get involved anyway you can, every little bit helps. It may not seem like a big deal every time you ‘like’ or ‘retweet’ a post, but in reality you’re helping spread the word and participating in a discussion that helps save children’s lives. So we hope you’ll join us and help celebrate 60 years of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!
|Light a virtual candle on Facebook for the victims in Haiti. $5 proceeds go to UNICEF and the relief efforts in Haiti|
The outpouring of support that we’ve received is tremendous. Many have been asking about other ways to help support UNICEFs relief efforts in Haiti, so here’s some information:
If you’re in New York City, join us in honoring U.N. workers and thousands of other victims from the earthquake that struck Haiti this week, during a candlelight vigil taking place today, January 15. Click here to view the event on Facebook. For those of you not able to attend, join us in spirit:
Light a virtual candle on Facebook for the victims in Haiti. $5 proceeds go to UNICEF and the relief efforts in Haiti
- Donate: This is by far the best way to help support our efforts.100% of your donation will go to fund relief efforts in Haiti. Visit unicefusa.org/haitiquake to donate today! No amount is too small.
- Mobile Giving: Text GIVE to UNICEF to make a $5 donation. Visit unicefusa.org/mobile for more information.
- Spread the word: Join our online community on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Share our updates and videos with everyone in your network and ask them to join you in supporting UNICEF’s relief efforts in Haiti.
- Dedicate your status on Facebook to UNICEF. Copy and paste this message into your profile: Support UNICEF USA and their relief efforts in Haiti. Visit http://bit.ly/6gp6AP to donate now!
- On Twitter, tweet the following to show your support: Help Haiti! Support @unicefusa donate now http://bit.ly/6gp6AP
- Create a personal online donation page and invite friends and family to help you raise funds. Part of a school, group or company? Create a team page and share your page with everyone in your network to collect donations. www.unicefusa.org/ert
- Stay informed: Sign up for our emails and receive up to date information on our efforts to support the people of Haiti.
- Add our banner to your personal or company website or blog.
- Join our Cause on Facebook.
- Matching Gifts: To find out if your company or employer will match your donation, visit www.matchinggift.com/unicefusa
UNICEF is there before, after and during an emergency to provide aid, especially to the most vulnerable victims
When we started our social media efforts, we knew it would provide us with a great way to communicate with like-minded individuals interested in UNICEF’s work. It has been a wonderful channel to speak directly with our volunteers and inform the masses of the work that’s being done for the world’s children.
However, nothing could prepare us for the overwhelming response we’ve received over the past few days. The generosity of the community coming together to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti is nothing short of incredible.
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