Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Highlight on another great international cause- International Justice Mission

Over the years I have been involved with a lot of different organizations and non-profits. Each of which supported different causes and reached people in different ways to raise awareness about their individual missions. I have learned that it is necessary to ask a few questions when you hear a non-profit asking you to support their cause. What is it they do that I am passionate about? What drives them to do what they do? Who do they support? Who supports them? There are great tools online (Charity Navigator is one) that can help you make responsible decisions on how to spend your time and money. I have also found myself getting in involved with organizations because a close friend or source that I trust has told me about the great work being done by great people. One such organization I am involved with is International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is an agency dedicated to protecting human rights and securing justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. I have come to be a supporter of the work they do through a previous co-worker’s passion to ending human trafficking. She is now working for IJM in Washington D.C. She says one of the main reasons she loves working for IJM is their ability to address the major needs to create lasting change while at the same time not forgetting about the individuals that they serve. Her dedication and self-sacrifice for her cause was what brought me to be a part of International Justice Mission’s purpose. As the Outreach Coordinator at Plant With Purpose I see the necessity of building relationships between non-profit organizations. As Plant With Purpose works to keep subsistence level farmers from being forced to seek economic opportunity in urban slums because their land is no longer producing, IJM works to bring justice to the oppressed who oftentimes become involved in human trafficking for lack of economic opportunity. So while Plant With Purpose works with rural farmers and International Justice Mission works with sex-trafficked slaves, each of these organizations work wholeheartedly to be the best at what they do. I have seen each of them firsthand as they work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world. Here at Plant With Purpose we support IJM because in the long run it will take both of our organizations and many others doing what they do best in order to reach the poorest of the poor, comfort the oppressed, and bring justice to those who have been wronged. Take this opportunity to join us in support of another worthy cause through something as simple as purchasing coffee. In the month of May, Storyville Coffee Company is supporting IJM with 100% of their revenues from sales of their incredible coffee in their Give it all away in May pledge. Here at our office in San Diego, we are proudly brewing fresh Storyville Coffee through the month of May, endorsing the great work that IJM does in 12 countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. All places that we hold dear to our own hearts. Who is it that you are supporting? And who do they support? Let us know; we’d love to hear from you. Corbyn Small Outreach Coordinator

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