Monday, May 11, 2009

20-Somethings Get Wet!

You’re a twenty-something blogger. That makes you a trendsetter. No, seriously…you’re a trendsetter. Maybe you didn’t realize that, but it takes guts to put your thoughts and experiences in front of your readers, day in and day out, and your readers respect you for it. When we created 20 Something Bloggers, we wanted you to have a place to find people like you. What she didn’t realize at the time was that our community would become so much more than just a meeting place.

This year will be a big year for 20SB. We are hard at work behind the scenes to upgrade our network and to turn our burgeoning community into the best place for twenty-something bloggers to get together. You know what really makes 20SB awesome, though? It’s the incredible stuff you guys are doing all over the world.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with HandsIn, the world’s first fully interactive twenty-something’s charitable community founded by 20SB Featured Blogger Nicole Antoinette, to take our first collective action to create real change.

Starting today, we’re pledging to raise $5,000 for charity: water - the cost of building a clean water well in a developing country. Did you know that 1.1 billion people on the planet don't have access to safe, clean drinking water? That's one in six of us. Imagine if a thousand 20SBers didn’t have clean water.

Can you even imagine what your life would be like without clean water? Water is such an integral part of our lifestyle, from showering to laundry, washing dishes to brewing coffee, brushing our teeth to just having a glass of water when we’re thirsty - and there are over a billion people in the world who can’t do those things.

This is where charity: water comes in. charity: water is a 501(c)3 organization with private funding, and they use 100% of donated money for water projects around the world. They’ve harnessed the power of the internet to show donors exactly what their money is creating. Twelve months after we’ve reached our goal, we'll receive GPS coordinates and photographs of the completed water project we funded. Think about that; twenty-somethings will have changed a third world community forever. And donating is just a click away!

Here’s the thing: we don’t want you to break the bank. We want lots of you to donate a little. We want you to show the strength of your numbers; if 1000 of us skip a latte or dessert just once, and throw $5 towards the cause, we will have made a statement. Twenty-somethings care and we’re willing to prove it.

There’s more! The fantastic people at Brita (responsible for the FilterForGood campaign to reduce bottled water consumption) are sponsoring a prize giveaway for donors! So get wet with us by donating whatever you can to our charity: water fundraiser, and then head over to HandsIn be entered to win a Brita pitcher and 2 reusable water bottles!

For more information (and tips on how to get others involved), check out our fundraising resource page. Make sure to grab a badge after donating, and then help us spread the word! Again, the goal here is lots of little donations!

Let’s do this! Let’s build a world-changing twenty-something fresh water well and bring clean, safe water to an entire town in need!

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