Our Motto: Individually we are all powerful. Together we can change the world. We believe in the power of collective action to help others and believe in ourselves to make this world a better place for our children and the world’s children.
Global Team of 200 Member: Tiffany Washko
Tiffany Washko and I am a blogger of eight years who is always striving for health, happiness, adventure, creativity, beauty and intention. One of my foremost concerns is the state of the environment and making sure that my family and I live with a light ecological footprint. We try to maintain a sustainable home with green products that have minimal impact on Mother Earth. I also feel it is important to encourage my children to care about the lives and situations of the people with which we share our planet and to serve the greater good for the benefit of us all, not just the privileged few.
Global Team of 200 Member: Ruth Caruthers
Mother to a three year old rambunctious boy named Colton and an angel in heaven named Corbin. After passing a law in her state of WV in honor of Corbin that requires all newborns to be screening for heart defects, Ruth spends her spare time advocating for pulse ox, heart defects, and newborn screening. She hopes that by educating parents about pulse ox that no newborns will ever go home with undetected heart defects.
Global Team of 200 Member: Brandi Mendenhall
Fair trade fashionista and mama. I believe in educating consumers and encouraging them to play a more active role in their consumption choices.
Global Team of 200 Member: Jessica Kobrin Bernstein
Jessica Kobrin Bernstein is a born and bred New Yorker. An overeducated former teacher, she is now the full time mom of two small children, as well as the founder of peek a baby, a parenting blog. Jessica is also a freelance writer at Momtrends and New York Family Magazine among others. When she’s not writing or running after her kids, she tweets from @peekababy, shares minutia on Facebook and does her part to save the world as part of the Global Team of 200.
Using social media for social good means helping more people. While we may not think or realize the difference a few words like “Good Morning” can make to someone online or offline, using social media gives us the option to change the lives of more people for the better.
We are all one person who can make a difference with our social media influence but with a group of people (200) sharing positiveness with their influence will make a difference in the world that is even greater.
Global Team of 200 Member: Lauren Happel
Lauren is a blogger, a couponer, mom of 3, and wife. Her whole life she wanted to be a teacher, until she got her AA in Education 2009 and it did not feel like the classroom was the right direction for her. She took on her blog MidgetMomma.com full time and is still able to do what she always dreamed of, teaching and helping others by using the blog to help people save money by using coupons. Lauren also helps people by sharing her parenting stories, and helping other moms realize that the craziness in their life is normal and sometimes moms make mistakes but that is part of being a mom. She enjoys inspiring people to help others and to make a difference in whatever way they can.
Social media is indeed a powerful tool to get involved and influence the participation of other people.
I feel equipped now that I am part of this great cause which can help change lives around the world. I was never wrong when I joined Moms for Social Good, because of this, my little voice can be heard and my presence online can be a way to inform others. It is also an effective way to help build awareness about causes that need utmost attention which can certainly make a significant difference.
It is the little things that matter, that add up in the end and make the big things possible.
"Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.” - Mother Teresa
Global Team of 200 Member: Carmela “Icar” Maghirang
Blog: My Charmed Mom
Icar is a wife to her church’s music ministry bassist and currently a stay at home mom to a 21-month old daughter. She has previously worked in the customer service industry and later on became an online English tutor. She loves interacting with people and engaging in special causes and activities.
She is a breastfeeding advocate and was proud that she has breastfed her daughter for 19 whole months, not much to some but it is indeed a big accomplishment to her as a mom. She is now based in San Jose, CA but is still a pure Filipino at heart. In fact, she wholeheartedly supports and promotes an organic product brand in the Philippines that is made and sourced locally and is helping farmers earn a living.
For Icar, life is made up of small pleasures and happiness is made up of tiny successes. She dreams of a simple life and believes that everyday is always a new day-to be thankful for, to make a difference and be a blessing to others. .
I believe that using social media for social good is about telling stories - using my online presence to remind others that every single “cause” has a “face” behind it. Changing the world, after all, always begins and ends with individual people. Mother Teresa reiterated time and time again that we ought to strive to love our families and neighbors first, but then to also be merciful to anyone who is sick, hungry, naked, or lonely.
My goal is the same both on and offline: to love my family well, to show kindness to friends, and to extend compassion to strangers. Treading softly and courageously, I want to shine a light in dark places. Put simply, I want to love more.
Global Team of 200 Member: Stephanie Sheaffer
Stephanie Sheaffer loves to write.
Her passion for the written word led her to pursue a B.A. in English, an M.A. in Educational Counseling, and a career in Communications. She later dipped her foot in the digital world, starting MetropolitanMama.net (“products for at home and abroad”) in 2006.
Featured on ABC News, KVOA News, Disneyed, and 5 Minutes for Mom, Stephanie is an active freelancer and contributor to numerous blogs.
In 2011, she and her family took a year off to travel around the USA in an RV with the intent purpose of helping people. They volunteered for 150 consecutive days and interviewed 40+ nonprofit executive directors. Her husband Tim wrote about their experience at: http://giveeveryday.com.
In her free time, you’ll likely find her hiking the canyons of Arizona, running in a 5K, playing outdoors with her three young daughters, dreaming up business ventures with her husband, or with her nose in a book.
Stephanie is well-known as an advocate for literacy, loving little ones, and living with less. Causes of particular interest to her include: education, strengthening families, promoting the holistic welfare of children, and breastfeeding as a public health issue.
At the end of her life, she hopes to be remembered as a woman who used her life and her words to consistently point others to the love of Jesus Christ.
I believe in incorporating charity and social good into your everyday life by making small changes to bring bright results. Something as small as a smile to a stranger could make a positive change in that person’s day. One of my favorite quotes is from one of my favorite people - The Dalai Lama. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
While I have volunteered my time and efforts in many projects over the years, I am so happy to now be in a position to make a difference using my social media and online influence.
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive." - Dalai Lama
Global Team of 200: Jeana Shandraw
Blog: Surf and Sunshine
Jeana usually writes about travel, food and wine, entertainment and weddings. When she’s not busy being supermom, she enjoys inventing more ways to create space where there was previously none. On occasion, you can also find her crocheting cute things to hide in Ben’s underwear drawer.
Global Team off 200 Member: Tess Moody
Blog: Six Feet Under
Tess Moody is an author, photographer and blogger who enjoys the perks of being an entrepreneur, like being able to spend time with family and giving back to the community.
Global Team of 200 Member: Mayra Rodriguez
Blog: Emilio Familiar
A mom of two who likes to write about her homeschooling adventures, education and family in her personal blog Estilo Familiar. Spreads her gastronomic culture writing Latin Caribbean recipes and articles in Cocina Latina in About.com. Originally from Puerto Rico, Mayra is currently living in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two boys.