I'm a big believer that social media can affect social good. I also believe that it takes more than just "waiting on the world to change" in order to make it happen. Here are my list of favorite tweeps that are working on changing the world, in no particular order of preference. I've included links to their volunteer pages, you can affect postive change without donating!
I've been a member of ACLU since I joined the club in high school and am a firm supporter in everyone exercising their civil rights. They tweet links to their blog that keeps you up to date on civil rights in America. Here how to fight for your rights....to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness: ACLU's Action Center!
Amnesty International was the other club I joined so that I can do as much as I could to help protect everyone's human rights worldwide. With tweets like: "I saw 2 soldiers throw a woman to the ground & publicly rape her. I was afraid. #Guinea#womenhttp://ow.ly/t1CW" How can you not pay attention?!? Here's how you can help!
RAWA (Revolutionary Association for the Women of Afghanistan) has been near and dear to my heart since I started volunteering for them in 1998. I had read an email that shocked me to the core how women and children were so mistreated.
They tweet on what's current with their cause and Afghan civil rights issues as well as UN reports. Here's how to join me and help RAWA!
Invisible Children is a new cause that I've joined up with to fight against the LRA and more specifically Joseph Cody who kidnaps and brainwashes/tortures children as young as 3 into being his own personal child army.
War Child UK is a small charity that focuses on providing for and protecting the children who are in the most dire situations because of war, conflicts, and/or social exclusion- children living and working on the streets, child soldiers and children in prison. They work in Iraq, Afghanistan, DRC and Uganda. I love that they focus on the most dire situations and use music to help kids find their strength!
They tweet about new music that helps their cause as well as news throughout the regions most affected and ways you can help! Here's how to get involved: http://www.warchild.org.uk/take_action
This one is dear to my heart since one of my BFFs was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at the young age of 27, she has a young child and life is an uphill battle but, she's fighting. If I can help her and others like her find a cure while indulging in my love of wine, that's so cool!
Their bio says it all: 13 like-minded organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty and injustice. They work on everything from Climate Change to Conflicts and Emergencies to Education and Health to Trade and Agriculture.
UNICEF is another amazing UN program that's been working to protect children's rights since 1946. They focus mostly on: Child survival and development, basic education and gender equality, HIV/Aids and children, and child protection.
"Camfed works to break the cycle of poverty and disease in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in economic and leadership opportunities for young women." There has been evidence that the more you empower girls and women, the survival/success rate of a culture increases dramatically.
I love how they tweet about ways in which I can help to make that happen as well as keep me updated on interesting news articles and facts as well! Here's how you can help: http://us.camfed.org/get-involved/
"Designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center, City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases." I love the fact that they focus on all life-threatening diseases.
Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity that helps over 25 million Americans a year. They have a Backpack Program and Kids Cafe that helps to feed kids when they're not in school, Disaster Relief, and National Produce Program to distribute fresh produce.
Patricia is the Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation which grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. One of their kids wanted to go to Green Day with my cousin, who volunteers at a summer camp for kids with HIV/AIDS and voila- they got to meet Billy Joe and had front row seats!
Save the Children is the largest independent organization working towards lasting change for kids worldwide. Their programs help women entrepreneurs in developing countries, education, emergency relief for kids, child protection, health, hunger and malnutrition, as well as literacy and nutrition programs for US kids.
As they say in their bio, saving us and the planet one tweet at a time. They help build awareness of what's going on with the climate change worldwide and to save biodiversity by reducing human's impact on the envrionment.
Babs and Sunny are Abundant Water which works on creating cost effective and simple filters to provide the world with clean water. They don't tweet as often as the others but, when they do it's updates on how they're helping to provide clean water. Here's how you can help: http://www.abundantwater.org/abundant/?page_id=40