V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls, is hands down my favorite charity.
I have been a volunteer activist for V-Day since 2002 when I co-organized my first college campaign for SUNY Cortland. What does that mean? For us, that meant putting on a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues, and using the proceeds from ticket sales to benefit the local YWCA Aid to Victims of Violence Unit.
I love theatre. I love activism. V-Day enables me to put those two passions together into one explosive social change rainbow firework.
In 2003, 2004 & 2005, I co-organized Community Campaigns for Buffalo by co-directing and producing The Vagina Monologues and using the proceeds to benefit Crisis Services Advocate Program.
In 2006, my third year of law school, I organized the first ever University at Buffalo Law School campaign to benefit Crisis Services Advocate Program.
In 2007 I actually relocated to Las Vegas for a job opportunity one week before my V-Day Community Campaign for Buffalo was to open and flew back and forth to make sure that the campaign was a success.
Between 2008 and 2012, I financially supported existing V-Day campaigns in my area. I missed the high pressure and stress that producing a benefit show can conjure. I began to feel like I didn’t know who I was anymore. Working for Judges during this time period left me feeling stiff like plastic. I longed to show my rebel side. I am radical.
The past 2 years, 2013 and 2014, I have joined V-Day’s One Billion Rising campaign and have participated (with my husband and son!) in flash mobs to break the chain and stop violence against women through DANCE!
How does that work? Well, I went to the One Billion Rising website (click here), I clicked Events and then Find an Event, and then I was brought to a page where I could find a flash mob in my area to join. There is a link to a YouTube video tutorial teaching you how to complete the dance steps so you can practice at home and then just show up at the proper time to dance in a flash mob–super fun!!!
In 2015 I am trying something radically different, an online fundraiser. Please check out my official One Billion Rising campaign page by clicking here.
Between today and February 14, 2015 my campaign to benefit www.vday.org will be available to support.
Please join in the FaceBook party by clicking here. Basically, you can purchase your favorite Chloe + Isabel jewelry and Jamberry Nails and pat yourself on the back knowing that 15% of the total sale proceeds will be used to benefit www.vday.org.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Speaking of support, have you head that I won a major award?!
- Thank the person who gave you this award.
- Include a link to their blog.
- Select 15 blogs that are truly excellent and nominate them for the Versatile Blogger Award.
- List 7 things about yourself.
Once again, big THANK YOU to Ally of My Little Piece of Quiet for the Versatile Blogger Award!
I would like to officially nominate the following blogs for the Versatile Blog Award:
- My Little Piece of Quiet
- Midnight Blues
- Uncomfortably Honest & Honestly Uncomfortable
- INFJ Ramblings
- Things of Joy
- Of Means and Ends
- A Small Act of Kindness
- Taking the Mask Off
- Basically Beyond Basic
- Creating Your Life Journey
- Robin, Rach & Joe
- Kindness Blog
- Sensitive New World
- Art of Receiving
- Allowing Myself
- I am a lawyer
- I am a survivor of PTSD
- I am in the middle of an online Screenwriting Course
- I am in the middle of Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
- I eat chocolate every single day
- Dirty Dancing is my all time favorite movie
- I hug myself every day.