Have you felt like you wanted to “do more” in your community, but didn’t quite know how to start? A new web series, “The Social Activist,” helps navigate the volunteer scene by shadowing the show’s host as she volunteers for a different Washington DC area non-profit organization each month.
The series highlights those who are doing good and affecting change every single day. During the 10-minute show, viewers become familiar with the organization, learn more about the disparity in which the non-profit focuses on and how they can get involved.
When President Barack Obama was campaigning for the White House in 2008, he stressed the importance of volunteerism and service. His efforts worked; in 2009, the volunteer rate increased from 26.4 percent in 2008 to 26.8 percent, the highest since 2005. And for African Americans, volunteerism increased from 18.2 percent in 2007 to 20.2 percent in 2009. However, in 2010 the volunteer rates began declining. The purpose of this upbeat series is to increase volunteerism among people of color.
“Watching the news, you get so inundated with the harsh realities of the economy and how so many people are suffering because of it,” said DeShuna Spencer, publisher of emPower and the show’s host. “I wanted to launch a web series that shows my readers the people behind the numerous DC non-profits that are helping those in need. These social activists are impacting thousands of lives each day.”
The inaugural episode follows The Greater Washington Urban League’s Young Professionals (Thursday Network) as they collect, sort and hand out toiletries and blankets to the homeless population in the District for their annual MLK Day of Service. You can watch the first episode here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiYLPiuiyHE.
The show will air the 4th Thursday of every month on emPowernewsmag.com and youtube.com/emPowermagazine.
“My ultimate hope is that these shows will spark the inner social activist in every one of us,” Spencer said. “While Congress is fighting over budget cuts and debating the validity of social programs, as citizens can’t wait for the government to take action. Whether it’s tutoring at an inner city school or spending once a month serving meals at a shelter, we can all do our part.”
About emPower magazine
emPower is an online publication that not only focuses on social, political, education, environmental, socio-economic and health issues affecting people of African descent, but also challenges readers to give back to their own communities. (www.empowernewsmag.com)