MOBILIZE: WEEK 1
This week is dedicated to starting, including helping you discover your "why," setting up fundraising pages, and guiding you on how to create awareness.
Week two of the LBD.Project focuses on using our circles of influence and reach to help bring freedom to modern slaves.
This week takes a closer look at ourselves and how we can be part of bringing freedom to modern slaves by reducing demand and looking at our lifestyles.
During our last week of the project we focus on wrapping up our efforts, concluding fundraising well, and working through how we can continue being advocates for freedom moving on.
After March and through April we will celebrate this year's LBD.Project with our final fundraising count, wins, and stories from this year's challenge. We are better together!
The very first part of the LBD.Project is wrapping your head around why you are even doing it. Sure, you don't like human trafficking, but why not? What would you want to be different? Is there a certain type of modern slavery that bothers you more than another type? If you could dream big for a world with freedom, what would that look like?
If you aren't sure if you want to fundraise, you aren't alone! It isn't unusual for participants to choose not to fundraise, but before you make that decision, we really encourage you to think through what is keeping you from doing this.
Even your ten dollars, and four of your friends' ten dollars can mean the difference between a survivor having that counseling appointment where she has a breakthrough, and where she doesn't. You may not realize the difference your fundraising can make. But some of our partner organizations literally have no money unless firestarters like us bring it to them. Without us, they can't bring freedom to the modern slaves they are working with.
Your $50 might seem minimal. But combined with mine, hers, and his, we've raised tens of thousands. Even more surprisingly, it isn't unusual for those who actively try to fundraise to hit the $500, if not the $1000 mark. You don't have to be afraid; you aren't alone. We will guide you!
HOW TO SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE:
There is no "right" way to share about what you are doing with the LBD.Project, but this is always one of our participants' greatest concerns.
We share about the LBD.Project in hopes to start a fire of growing awareness of modern slavery. Because of this, trafficking cases have been recognized and prevention has happened--just from our everyday normal lives! Once you begin to recognize what human trafficking looks like, and where and how it occurs, you too might begin realizing how valuable this knowledge is!
HOW TO SHARE:
Another thing to remember is that when we are sharing, we always want to start with and come back to our why over and over. If we lose sight of this why when we are sharing, it usually comes out sounding soulless or demanding and bitter. We might not feel prepared to make a case about human trafficking, which is okay. But we don't have to defend our why, this belief of ours that people should have a chance to be free. Read this post by our founder about leading with your why: How To Create Human Trafficking Awareness That Actually Compels.
One of the most difficult things for participants every year is knowing how to share what they are doing without sounding, well, too crazy. Last year, we interviewed a couple of the introverts on our team to get a feel for how people who don't like to be "all out there" worked through their feelings about sharing and what they did. Check this post out if you relate: Introverts United to End Modern Slavery.
WHERE TO SHARE:
But I'm not on social media!
That is okay. Here is a short video with our founder about how to make the LBD.Project worth it even when you're not on social media.
What's the blurb for?
We highly recommend starting a note on your phone in a place you can easily copy and paste from. Include your why (or just use the LBD.Project's: "Everyone deserves a chance to be free"), your fundraising website link, and hashtags like the following:
Having this note handy will make it easier for you when you post on social media everyday.
Social Media Post Checklist:
Day 1 of bringing freedom to modern slaves through the LBD.Project 2018 (the year of the firestarter 🔥). I am realizing more and more that my action--or lack of action--means something as I do this project. I am really inspired by the org I am supporting this year ( @thewellpath ) as they get started caring for survivors. Join with me in wearing black with the @LBD.Project or donate $10 at my link in profile: https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/lbdproject-2018-for-the-well-path _____________________________ This quote has been really resonating with what I am beginning to believe: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke ______________________________
#lbdproject2018 #humantrafficking http://www.thelbdproject.org
Was all that information super overwhelming for you? It was for us! That is why we have a whole week dedicated to mobilizing. It can take a while to get into the groove and figure out what you are doing with this LBD.Project thing!
To simplify everything above, we put all of it into a list for you. So if you want to go all the way and do all the things (like a right proper firestarter) you can use the following checklist to make sure all your duckies are in a row. (Full disclosure: even we on the LBD.Project Team haven't checked all of these yet! Sometimes it is challenging enough to just put on your black item to remember modern slaves.)