When I created a profile page on mySpace I was excited. But the first person I told about my new adventure replied, "mySpace is where kids and pedophiles hang out." I’m glad I didn’t listen to that person because I have built many great relationships with some wonderful people through online social sites.
The depth of some of these friendships has become even more apparent as I asked some of them for help promoting my latest fundraising effort for the Arthritis Foundation.
Here are some examples of responses I received:
- When I asked Dr.Mani if he would help promote the fundraiser, he responded "You don’t need to ask – the answer is always YES. Pls send details." What a response! You can read his blog post Social Networking for GOOD to read about doing good online.
- Beth Kanter also jumped in immediately to help. She discusses why she said "yes" in her blog post Spamming for Good is the Wrong Description of
What Dr. Mani, Roger Carr, Jen Lemens, and Other Good Personal
Fundraisers Really Do!
- Scott Couchenour jumped in with a blog post before I asked. Please read his blog post Opportunity To Help Eliminate Arthritis
- Martin Sabel is a good friend of mine. He responded with the blog post Help Stomp Out Arthritis
- My earliest and strongest friendship that started online is with David Perdew. He sent out an email to his subscriber list. It was not an email that came across as a form letter. He wrote it from the heart and encouraged his readers to donate to the cause.
- Christopher Scott is a young nonprofit leader and friend who is in the middle of multiple large projects. However, he still made time to support me. Be sure to read his blog post Great Causes
In addition to promoting the fundraiser, each of these friends made a personal donation as well.
These are all true friends that believe in giving back to help others. Each of them makes me a better person.
If you haven’t yet donated to my fundraiser, please consider following the example of those I mentioned and do it now. Click here to make your donation. Together we can make a difference in people’s lives.