Hi everyone! Welcome to my first blog post about an really exciting trip that I have coming up in a few weeks. I have been invited to participate in an expedition with the nonprofit organization Effect.org. This year, Effect.org will take a group of volunteers from Salesforce (as well at other leading tech companies) to Greece, on a seven day expedition. We’ll learn about the Syrian refugee crisis first-hand, working with nonprofits, community leaders and locals to understand their biggest challenges. Then, we’ll develop solutions and build innovative tools to create change during a Hackathon!
Why the refugee crisis?
Worldwide, we’re facing the biggest refugee crisis of our time. Over 3 million people are fleeing Syria as a result of violent civil war in the country. 6.5 million individuals, families, women and children have been displaced inside of Syria, with millions seeking refuge across Europe.
In 2016, over 123,000 people arrived in Greece, and the country has accepted just over 57,000 refugees. This isn’t a problem for Europe and the Middle East, it is a global issue that impacts all of us. To address this issue, Effect.org is encouraging volunteers to work together to create change.
How can you help?
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My goal is to raise $5,000 to help fund Effect.org for my volunteer time in-country. Donations will fund grants to Greek nonprofits we work with. They can also be used to support other programs that Effect.org is working on. I’m paying for my lodging and travel during this trip.
Every dollar we raise will make a difference to families affected by the refugee crisis.
Can’t donate? Share this effort on social media! More awareness means more action.
All donations are 501(c)3 tax deductible by Effect.org.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
Will you update me?
Yes! I will post regular updates on Instagram , Facebook & LinkedIn .
Be sure to follow @effect_org as well to see the progress of my group and others traveling throughout Greece, India, and Nepal.
Thank you for helping to create change!
Image courtesy of Ahmad Berajekly via This American Life.