From the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to the Fuego volcano in Guatemala, it seems that June is kicking off with some pretty hard-core lava-splosions. So, fellow-worldchangers – let’s dive into some freaking amazing disaster response.
Best part? This disaster response project makes us all transform into She-Ra.
So, I grew up loving Shera. With her incredibly fantastic costume and the fact that she was undeniably more awesome than He-Man, she was my personal hero from ages 4-11 (or, maybe she still actually is). And since I’m kind of married to He-Man (those of you that know him know what I’m talking about – think buff military officer), it’s occasionally nice to put on those leather boots.
Enter Team Rubicon.
This week our project is stupidly easy to begin – which is just the way we like them. Because often we feel just like The Flash when we see the disasters going on around us – feeling like we’re not up to the task, that while we might be able to do something to help – we just don’t know where to begin. So this week we’re going to channel Batman (in our Shera costume) and echo his words “Just save one. Then you’ll know what to do.”
- Your bad-ass attitude
- Maybe a water bottle (optional)[/one_half_last]
Go to Team Rubicon. Check out how incredibly awesome they are (or keep reading for the synopsis)
Check out their volunteer page and -as they say – punch some disasters in the face. Sign up to be a bad-ass disaster responder. That’s it. When disaster strikes anywhere around the world, Team Rubicon will contact you – and if you can go, go. If not, there are so many ways to support from home. This might be one of our favorite organizations just because they make it so easy to be a shero (or a hero, for you dudes out there). And that, in the end, is who we are all called to be.
YOUR ISSUE: Disaster Response
Now that you know what to do, let’s talk a bit about why this project is so important. Here are a few fast facts on disaster relief around the world:
Sooo, disasters don’t discriminate in where they hit – in fact, they often hit in some of the most dangerous places (as in, there might be bullets) worldwide. Yet disasters are here to stay – 2017 was another record-setting year for disasters, with 16 disasters that cost more than $1 billion in the United States alone. And these disasters can be WAY more than $1 billion – in fact, the tsunami and nuclear meltdown at Fukushima cost Japan more than $325 billion alone. An epic disaster can cost more than just disaster response funds – Puerto Rico experienced the longest blackout in history after Hurricane Maria. But never fear (seriously – we fight fear here at Aina) because now you can dive in and help.
YOUR ORGANIZATION: Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. This is called TR Nation. Team Rubicon defines TR Nation as “The prodigious, good-looking, and service-minded team of volunteers and supporters fueling the relief machine that is Team Rubicon (TR). Some members of TR Nation are inked and bearded. Some, white-collared and tech-savvy. Several are svelte and nimble, while others have never owned a garment without an “XL” on the tag.”
Team Rubicon was “started with the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, where hundreds of thousands were killed and nearly one million Haitians became homeless in a matter of moments. Essential services, medical care, government agencies, clean water, were all disrupted. Images of the aftermath, of the tent cities, of the overflowing medical clinics, of the food lines, were broadcast across the world. Two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, knew they could help. Together with six other veterans and first responders, they gathered funds and medical supplies from friends and family and flew into the Dominican Republic. They rented a truck, loaded their gear, and headed west to Haiti. There they treated thousands of patients, traveling to camps deemed “too dangerous” by other aid organizations. They ventured outside the traditional scale of disaster response, focusing on those who would be overlooked, untreated.” Thus was born Team Rubicon.
MEET YOUR MAKER: She-Ra
Ok, this week we don’t have a guest crafter because, well, no crafting is required for this one. Soooo…I’d like us to all take a minute to embrace our inner She-Ra (and have a moment of levity). Born as Princess Adora, She-Ra was originally accidentally evil (she was kidnapped and raised by the bad guys), and only realized her awesomeness when she was granted the Sword of Protection. Time to grab your Sword of Protection, ladies – no red leotard required ;).
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Carmen Westbrook is the CEO and co-founder of Aina Giving, a female-led company that transforms women into world changers. Join the movement of DIY World Change and get our accredited projects, leadership coaching, and nonprofit consulting – email us and tell us how you want to change the world. We’ll help you get there.