So, real talk now, who is Change Heroes? You could say, “Change Heroes is social fundraising platform which enables you and 33 friends to make a difference in the world by giving your pocket change.” And if you did say that you’d be completely right. But I mean at our very basic essence; our core; who are we? I like to think of this organization as a flint. If you’ll bear with me for a moment, I’ll take you on a little journey through my mental map and show you how I came to identify Change Heroes this way…
Don’t stay in bed, just don’t. To be wildly ambitious you need to wake up and move. It’s good for your mind and body. Just go, sweat it out, do yoga, go for a run or join a local gym, it doesn’t matter what you do… just do it.
As We Day makes it’s way across the country, our youngest Heroes, Flynn and Ruby Kirwin, have been featured in numerous publications for their hard work. Kimberly Lochhead wrote a wonderful piece featuring Change Heroes that we would love to share with you.
Welcome to the Change Heroes in Eor Ewuaso, Kenya,community report!
Eor Ewuaso, a rural community located in the Narok South District of the Rift Valley Province in Kenya has a small population of approximately 1,400 people. Due to a severe wind disaster in 2000, many classrooms of the Eor Ewuaso primary school were destroyed and fixing them is a huge undertaking for a community that lacks funding.
Education is important for the Eor Ewuaso community, but due to lack of resources, the illiteracy rate for boys stands at 20% and 40% for girls since girls are expected to take part in early marriages, which hinders them from attending school and successfully pursuing an education. In addition to education issues, Eor Ewuaso also suffers from lack of access to health care facilities and clean water resources. The community lacks funding on all parts so often times, one latrine is shared among 40 individuals and during drought season, many children are malnourished because there are no trained health practitioners nearby in the village.
#WCW (#WomanCrushWednesday), we’re coming for you. We’re pretty crafty and sly so you won’t see or hear us coming, but before you know it, you are going to be taken over by a sneak attack. The name of this social media vigilante? #PCW. That’s right, #PhilanthropistCrushWednesday. We know what you’re thinking, it doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way. But we at Change Heroes have been harbouring some love for these philanthropists and their do-gooding ways that we need to get off of our chests.
It started with a question, a rather simple question: Why don’t people pay me for what I love doing? Why do I get paid to do ‘stuff’ I really don’t like?
The simple response, and the most commonly used is: well that’s just life. But it isn’t. That is not life. I’m here to show you why.
It’s our generation: Generation Y. Google us and you will discover a plethora of articles, posts and research that bombard with negative information regarding our generation. Research tells us that Generation Y is a bunch of lazy, narcissistic, special, and entitled group of persons aged 18-30. But lets be real, this is not who we are; there is so much more underneath the surface that must be explored.
This is my journey down the road less traveled. And to understand my story, first you need to understand where I come from. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Boston, as it’s a city thats very steeped in tradition. From the deep-rooted origins of our country, to our colleges and universities, to our sports teams — there’s history and tradition spread throughout almost every aspect of life in Boston.
For years, we’ve admired and looked up to Free The Children (FTC) like an adoring younger sibling. We’ve celebrated them in their many achievements, we’ve praised their holistic models, and today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve solidified our partnership with Free The Children in an effort to create EVEN MORE change in a revolutionary way.
And our first project together is…you guessed it…#MINGA
To be honest, we work with pretty kick-butt people. The Change Heroes office is always booming with positive vibes, hard work, and hilarious energy. Sure we may work in close proximity, but knowing we are working to change the world — one campaign at a time — gives us all the delight we will ever need and kicking each others tables really isn’t the worst thing. We have mastered the art of making everything delightful by working in an environment that allows us to do so. For all of you out there still wondering how to make everything delightful, here are 5 tips for everyday life to make it more delightful than it already is.
The first time I encountered Sam Zipursky from Beats for Change was the day after I started interning for Change Heroes back in June. It was the same day I met the entire team. The same day I was brought to a mingler. And the same day I was told to walk around and talk about Change Heroes as if I had been working there for years and not just one day!
About a month later, Sam Zipursky and cofounder Marvin Bruin released the mix they had produced specifically for Change Heroes. Once we heard the mix, it was only a matter of time before Sam was interviewed and the Beats for Change story emerged.