Dave Hartman, Save the Children, Internet Marketing and Communications Specialist
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!
Save the Children wants to send a most sincere thank you to all of our supporters, donors, child sponsors, corporate partners, charity partners, volunteers, retweeters, bloggers, and everyone else that we work with around the globe! You are all helping us to bring lasting change to children in need around the world and in the US.
Enjoy this special day of Thanksgiving and remember that we could not do this work without your continued support. You rock! 🙂
Cindy LaBlanc, Save the Children, Senior Specialist, Internet Marketing and Communications
Friday, October 22, 2010
I’ve been told I have the “dream” job. I manage the social media for a cool organization that does amazing things to help children all over the world, including the US. Well, this month was no exception to living an exciting life while doing good.
I was invited to attend and do “live” social updates at a star-studded Bingo Night Haiti benefit in Hollywood right on the famous CBS studio lot.
The goal was to raise $100,000 to build a new Save the Children-supported school in Haiti. The school will have six classrooms and Save the Children will ensure it has skilled teachers and quality teaching materials so the children can learn and have a better future. Save the Children has served the needs of some of Haiti’s poorest children and families since 1978, including their Haiti emergency response after the earthquake in January 2010.
As I arrived at the Bingo Night event, I turned the corner onto New York Street (a full-scale “street set” within the CBS lot) and was struck with the breathtaking scene that stood before me; glittering garlands of white lights criss-crossed the street, along with bright red table coverings & gleaming white patio chairs. As I admired the scene I noticed that the guests were rapidly showing up.
Equipped with an iPhone and a back-up digital camera, I proceeded to seek out some of the prominent guests and other stars in order to share with Save the Children’s Facebook & Twitter followers so that they too could feel a part of the evening.
As the guests arrived, they soon drifted over to the “silent” auction tables to see what interesting items were donated and up for auction. Auction items included guitars from Melissa Etheridge and Maroon 5, fabulous destination rentals and beauty treatments, among other fun things.
I introduced myself to many of the celebrity guests and asked if I could take their photos and share them with Save the Children’s followers on Twitter and Facebook. They were delighted to help and graciously stood steady while I snapped a photo with my iPhone. They hoped that by sharing the evening with our followers (and their friends) that it could help bring awareness to the needs of the children in Haiti and would encourage others to help, as well.
As I spoke with Garcelle Beauvais(NYPD Blue and The Jamie Foxx Show), she mentioned that this benefit to build a school was close to her heart because she was born in Haiti and feels a special kinship with helping children have a chance at a better future.
Another amazing star that I met was Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy). Besides being one of the nicest guys you could meet, he has already done so much to help Haiti’s children. Recently, Kevin partnered with Save the Children to do celebrity auctions on eBay Giving Works. In very little time, he exceeded his goal of raising over $5,500 to help children in Haiti; and he is committed to continuing his efforts in other ways. Stay tuned…
As I was snapping a photo of Fred Savage (Wonder Years), the Bingo caller announced that the first round of Bingo was about to begin. Everyone, including Fred, sprinted to the tables to start their first game. With the dazzling Bingo board lit up, the numbered balls started to bounce.
“Bingo!” was yelled out and people jumped up and claimed victory. Who knew the game could be so exciting. This was not my mom’s bingo, for sure! Glancing around I saw many celebrities and prominent guests including Matthew Perry, Kelli Bellows, Kevin McKidd, Hank Azaria, Rebecca McFarland and Anthony Lapaglia, smiling and laughing as they marked their numbers while exchanging banter amongst their table.
Next, came an auction led by the lively and vivacious Nicole Sullivan(MADtv and The King of Queens). Proceeds from this auction also went towards the new school in Haiti.
As the balmy, star-filled night came to an end, people slowly made their way out with smiles on their faces and a look of satisfaction that they were a part of helping children in Haiti get a new school and the chance for a better future.
I felt honored to be able to share this special evening with our fans and followers with the hope that they will continue the efforts of sharing, spreading awareness and helping the children in Haiti.
Dave Hartman, Save the Children, internet marketing and communications specialist
Friday, October 8, 2010
In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, it quickly became apparent that text messaging could be used by charities as a powerful fundraising tool. Save the Children, UNICEF and the Red Cross, among others, recieved significant donations to support our response to the crisis.
Well here at Save the Children, we've figured out a new way to harness the power of text messaging and mobile devices in order to empower those affected by a disaster. We’ve implemented a text-messaging response service in Pakistan to handle any issues that might arise with our aid distribution.
How does it work?
We set up “hubs” in Sindh, Punjab, Swat and DI Khan provinces, where people can call or text a suggestion or complaint about our health clinics and distribution centers. Once a comment is received, we circulate it to the relevant team who devise a way to implement the suggestion or address the complaint.
Every one of our Monitoring and Evaluations officers carries a cell phone dedicated solely to this suggestion/complaint hotline. (The Monitoring and Evaluations team make sure programs are running smoothly and efficiently.)
We also have a database set up where each and every complaint is filed so we know:
What the complaint was
How it was resolved
This revolutionary concept will allow us to ensure that our efforts have the greatest possible benefit for the flood-affected children of Pakistan. It also empowers Pakistanis to have input into the relief and rebuilding process, something that is crucial to getting those affected back to living normal lives.
Charles MacCormack, Save the Children president and CEO
Westport, Connecticut August 20, 2010
Sometimes it is those who have experienced hardship and loss themselves who are the ones who reach out to others in times of tragedy. This is definitely the case for the students of UNSYIAH Laboratory School, a model community school established in 2007 in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, designed to educate the students from the areas severely damaged by the 2004 earthquake and tsunami.
Following the news of the earthquake in Haiti, the students of the UNSYIAH Laboratory School held several events to raise funds for the victims in Haiti.
For two weeks in mid-January of this year, they prepared and sold food and beverages to their fellow classmates, organized a charity car and motorcycle wash, volunteered as parking lot attendants and set out collection boxes on the streets of Banda Aceh to raise money from area residents.
The school’s senior class presented the funds to Save the Children as their class gift during the graduation ceremony this year, requesting that the money be used to help school children impacted by the Haiti earthquake.
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