I have always believed in power to make the world a better place for all by private actions. Yes, the government should be taking care of it but instead of expecting them to do it, I say: Why don't WE do something about it?
My friends know that I truly live by those words. Being vegetarian and refusing plastic straws on beverages are small choices that everyone can make on a daily basis.
How about we take it a step further? In my case, being an artist has allowed to use my gift for the greater good. Sometimes it may be a series or works to help bring light to a matter in need, sometimes it is a fundraiser to support the causes I believe in, and simply donating part of my profits to benefit others.
One of my most fond memories as a kid was taking gifts and personally handing them over to the homeless people in Sao Paulo on Christmas Eve with my mom. In my late twenties, I spent 4 years as a full-time volunteer. Now I am a mom and I can't afford the extra time so I have figured out other ways to help.
Apart from all of the fundraisers I donate art to, I have personal projects I am doing for the benefit of others. My current projects are:
I have also recently signed up with Ecologi and for every $30 spent on my shop, I send funds to plant a tree through their program.
SOME FUNDRAISERS I CONTRIBUTE TO ARE:
Make a Wish Foundation
Charleston Mom Prom and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Charleston Legal Access
Billion Oyster Project
Habitat for Humanity | Charleston
Lowcountry Orphan Relief
ACMF Anchor Awards
Artists for Feed the Need
Nick Price Foundation