The last section to my series on prevention is on activism. Too often than not people cringe at the sound of this word….activism. Images that come to mind are protests, strikes, and petitions. Although these are very important, and have their place in the world of activism, most of the activism that people do, or are engaged in, is through volunteering and donating. Let’s be honest. We are busy and overwhelmed. We all have responsibilities and obligations, and at the end of the day the things that aren’t the most important to us get swept under the rug. The problem is we do this so often and forget that it’s the little things that really matter. They’re the things that add up and make the difference. So I want to remind you of the little ways to be an activist for a moment.
Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! It’s easy and fun. Get your family involved, your church, your girlfriends/guyfriends anyone. People make the difference. They make the impact. IF you don’t know where to start, “volunteer to do victim outreach or offer your professional services to a local anti-trafficking organization.” (U.S Dept. of State) It is a great way to get involved in an important issue. Another useful way to help out is by “organizing a fundraiser and donate the proceeds to an anti-trafficking organization.” (U.S Dept. of State) Since most of human trafficking organizations are nonprofit it is important to have the funds to sustain themselves and continue to raise awareness and make a difference in the world. You can be a part of that change.
On that note another great way to be an activist is to be a financial supporter. If you don’t have the time, maybe you have the money. By donating money to foundations and organizations you can help provide the funds to create volunteer opportunities and community outreach programs. Although you yourself may not be able to volunteer, donations can move mountains. They can provide needed goods to people in need, resources for future programs and education, and most importantly keep an organization alive.
Volunteering and donating are easy steps to take in the right direction. Activism is vital in all movements for change. If you’re not the not the type of person who wants or is able to be at the protests and rallies, never forget that you’re local, or maybe national, support is the stepping stone to growth. If you are looking for an organization to volunteer or donate to All We Want is LOVE is always welcoming activists to be on our team in the fight against human trafficking. If you are interested you can donate through our page or volunteer with us to get a hands on experience. If you have any questions or desire to get involved contact us through our page!