Week OneOrganization: Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation Type: Non-profit Dog Rescue Location: Calgary, AB Volunteer Commitment: As little or as much as you have to offer Why: Because every dog deserves a second chance
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi
After an inspirational conference at Unleash the Power Within with Tony Robbins, I decided it was time for a change. I have always been in and out of volunteerism throughout the community but it is often easy to get lost in your day-to-day life and forget to leave time to serve others. Thus the creation of Volunteer 30 came about.
30 Volunteer Gigs
I plan on posting about different non-profits and documenting my volunteer experience, giving you guys the scoop on what each organization stands for and what you can do to make a difference as well. If you have any ideas on volunteer opportunities or places that you love to contribute your own time please send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
I also encourage you to join me on this challenge #30gigs you’ll be surprised at how good you feel when you do good for others. It may quite possibly change your outlook on life.
With the fast-growing electronic empire, companies are consistently improving their innovation and techniques to have the highest quality products and cutting edge technology. I will be the first to admit that I love Apple products. From iPhones, iPads, iPods I own them all. I know Apple employees who absolutely love their job and the company they work for. Apple has an incredible corporate culture and Steve Jobs has truly changed the world of computers, tablets, music and mobile phones.
The information that is often lost from the moment these products are manufactured to when it hits the shelves at your local store is that someone, somewhere, paid a high price to get that iPhone that you’re reading this on into your very own hands. And that someone is a factory worker and that somewhere is China.
After viewing this video I began a search on Apple’s contracted factories such as Foxconn and Pegatron. It turns out, there have been numerous articles reporting on the working conditions in these factories. Facing public scrutiny, many of these factories have been investigated by labor activists such as China Labor Watch as well as the FLA (Fair Labor Association).While improvement in working conditions have been made there is still much work to be done. The important thing to remember as you think about the lack of overtime pay, lack of worker compensation and safe working environment is that these things are preventable.
As a business student, the one thing that has been ingrained in my mind is that businesses are designed for one thing: to make a profit. If a business is not profitable, then it would no longer be a business – it would be a charity or a non-profit and that is clearly not what Apple is. The only way that you, as a consumer, can create change is by economic pressure. It is unrealistic for me to ask you to start hurling away your smart phones hoping that the electronic manufacturing giants will hear your cries. What is more realistic is to raise awareness for this issue and consider the possibility of paying a little extra for that shiny new phone of yours.
The new iPhone 6 is due to come out this fall, just in time for you and I to ask Apple to improve the working conditions in these factories and in the production of their products. If you would like to read more on the issue, do your own internet research. From Forbes, the Guardian, NY Times there are numerous articles on the subject. This one includes some alarming photos: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2103798/Revealed-Inside-Apples-Chinese-sweatshop-factory-workers-paid-just-1-12-hour.html
I urge you to share this video with your fellow Apple consumers and ask yourself what you’re willing to pay for the betterment of these workers lives.
Mr. Wright is not only an amazing physics teacher but an amazing dad. From his goofy humor to his exciting experiments he keeps students intrigued in the world of science. But it is his story that is truly enlightening. He is truly an individual who cares enough about students to help them succeed not only in school but in life. And it is here that he tells them of his challenges in becoming a dad.
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
― T.S. Eliot
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