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Using Influence to Incite Change | The Hurricane Harvey Edition

Monday, September 4, 2017


I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back. No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful. - Ron Conway
As an Influencer, there is so much power I have to "influence" people and the way they think as well as their purchasing habits. Being an Influencer also allows me to shed light on things going on in the world that many people might not be privy to. One of these things is Hurricane Harvey which as been dubbed "one of the worst natural disasters in U.S history" with extreme flooding damage. Harvey has claimed the lives of over 38 people, have displaced thousands if not millions of people, damaged infrastructure and uprooted several businesses. Let's just stop for a minute and really think about what it means for individuals affected by the Hurricane -- it means distress and loss. HUGE LOSS! If you are an outsider looking in and would like to help, there are numerous ways you can without breaking the bank. Yes, there are celebrities like Beyonce and the Kardashians who have given millions, but here are a few ways you can give back.


Houston Food BankFILLING PANTRIES, FILLING LIVES



This helps to provide meals for individuals who have been affected by emergencies throughout the year. You can give as little as a dollar which according to the website provides 3 meals. That's less than a Starbucks Coffee -- could you make the sacrifice? I like that the website gives a breakdown of the prices of how many meals you can provide by donating. Visit the link below to give today.

 http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/


American Red Cross | We Are The American Red Cross - Sleeves Up. Hearts Open. All In.



The American Red Cross is one of those organizations that work around the clock to always help those in time of need. You can help in two ways -- you can volunteer your time and services or you can give a donation. The amount you give is completely up to you ... just ensure it's coming from the heart.

http://www.redcross.org/index.jsp

Did you know? 90% of the Red Cross workforce are volunteers!


Paypal Giving Fund | Support a Charity on Paypal



As an Influencer I use Paypal quite often and I was happy to see that they found a way to include us and the rest of the world in this plight. When you sign into Paypal, you will see a graphic prompting you to donate. When you click the "donate" button (as seen above) it will take you to several charities that you can donate to. I chose Save the Children as so many children have been displaced and they could use all the help they can get! Here, donations start at $25 and goes all the way up to $150 or you can submit another amount. Any causes that has to do with children I'm all for as I truly believe they are the future.



About Save The Children



The Save the Children Fund, commonly known as Save the Children, is an international non-governmental organization that promotes children's rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries.

The people of the world have been affected by various disasters and though the world is large it gets so much smaller if we all come together and help as much as we can. No matter your profession whether Influencer or not, you can use your power to incite change today.

If you are looking to raise funds for a cause or event, visit the Eventbrite nonprofit fundraising page by clicking HERE.

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