You can make a lasting and significant impact in the lives of vulnerable and victimized kids in your city, and you can do it from the comforts of your own home.
iEmpathize is founded on the principle that issues of child exploitation are not just criminal problems to be solved by law enforcement and legislators, but rather that they are also cultural problems that require engagement by all of us. That’s why we believe that the home space is one of the most fundamentally important places to stage a community intervention. The home, after all, is the place where we spend so much of our time nurturing our families and getting to know our friends. Using our tools, you can engage the people in your life to learn to recognize and respond to issues of child exploitation. From your home, you can create ripple effects of change that can profoundly impact your city.
We asked Keely Cormier (pictured in the photo above) – the Client Services Director of a digital marketing and social media agency – to share how she used her home space to make an impact in the lives of kids:
Our passion and interest for iEmpathize started the moment we heard about the issue of child sex trafficking. We have known the founder [Brad Riley] of iE for many years. He is a good friend and a compassionate and honorable hero. We wanted to do whatever we could to partner with Brad and other “empathizers” to make a difference, no matter how small, in this issue. Obviously, hosting a home event was an easy entry point for us (and for anyone). We were excited to open our home for a cocktail event with our closest friends and to share our hearts and our passion for being advocates for the victims of trafficking. We felt it was important to share the reality that trafficking is happening right in our own town and to invite people to get involved with us. This was just the beginning of the many ways that we have chosen to be involved with iEmpathize. But there is nothing [so valuable as] just educating people on the issue and inviting them to get involved at whatever level they can.
And one of the most important ways we can combat any destructive issue in our lives is to educate ourselves. We cannot stop what we do not even know is happening. Hosting the home event gave us an opportunity to share this important information with our friends and neighbors. Even if the movement just stops there, it is better than where we were before. But usually it doesn’t. Thankfully, many of our friends were inspired to get involved at a deeper level: Some of them have been inspired to give financially on a regular basis. Some have been inspired to contribute their talents to efforts like video production. Some have been advocates and have hosted events of their own.
You don’t have to be an expert on the issue of human trafficking to make a difference in the charge to eradicate it. All you need is empathy. Learn how to host your own home event here.
-By Candace Joice, Denver Hub and Keely Cormier, guest writer