‘Tis the season to spread good cheer, particularly to those less fortunate than yourself. Of course there are endless opportunities to get involved, but on a recent evening out we bumped into actress Ahna O’Reilly and got to chatting about a cause close to her heart: UNICEF. Here, discover her volunteer role with the organization, and how you can get involved.
"Recent estimates show that there are 30 million children are on the run today, more than at any other time since World War II. Support UNICEF’s work to protect children, enable aid to reach those who need it, help children heal and continue their education - giving them some semblance of a normal childhood in the midst of this crisis."
"Every Halloween when I was little, I trick-or-treated for UNICEF, so I aware of the organization's work to save and protect children around the globe. A couple of years ago, I was asked to be on the host committee for the first annual UNICEF Black + White Masquerade Ball. I was thrilled to be able to engage with the organization in a new way, as an adult. I had so much fun at the event and then wanted to get more involved, so I joined the UNICEF Next Generation Los Angeles steering committee. The Next Generation committee is a group of young leaders who come together to support UNICEF’s work in their local area and it exists across the country."
How To Get Involved
"Get involved by joining a member of UNICEF Next Generation—it’s so easy and it makes a huge impact. When you become a member you're not just saving and improving children's lives, you'll also join an amazing community of diverse young people from all different professions that care about putting children first. We study issues that affect children in developing countries and choose UNICEF projects to support. Together, we host activities in the Los Angeles-area (other NextGen committees host meet ups and events around the country) to spread awareness and educate our communities and ourselves about these issues. We also advocate for children's rights and host fundraisers - I love that we can do good while having fun!"
Donating to UNICEF is a way that everyone can make a difference, no matter where you live. Just $25 a month can supply 50 children with notebooks to help transform their lives. That’s just a few trips to Starbucks, which could make a world of a difference for children's education.