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When Project Me launched in 2013 I envisioned a bigger picture of ‘Mothers Helping Mothers’ with a portion of all profits going to assist vulnerable women in some shape or form. Let’s face it, ours are very much ‘first world problems’.

Overwhelm, never-ending to-do lists, meal planning, food shopping, chauffeuring kids everywhere, homework and bedtime battles etc etc.   There are plenty of women who’d swap their problems for ours any day. Some don’t have food to feed their kids. or are escaping from domestic violence with only the clothes on their backs.

Rather than feeling guilty about this, let’s embrace our ability to be proactive problem solvers who figure out solutions and move forward. The smoother your life runs, the happier you feel – and that gives you more energy to give to others.

So I got an idea.

What if every woman who invests in their own happiness by buying the Project Me book or doing a workshop, an online course or one-on-one mentoring is at the same time investing in the happiness of someone else less fortunate than them?

Project Me is about empowerment – so how can we best support the most disempowered women?

I’ve been donating to Every Mother Counts, a U.S. non-profit organisation dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. But I’d like input from you on who else to support. And I’ve found a great solution!

I had a meeting with Tiia Sammallahti, CEO of the wonderful new platform whatCharity which she created to make doing good less complicated. whatCharity is a platform that aims to give all charities an equal opportunity to share their missions, projects and achievements. It’s the place for anyone looking for charities and causes to support, volunteer and donate to.

We all want more transparency and most of us would donate more if we were given more information on how money is being spent by charities and the impact they are making. whatCharity are doing just that.

Tiia and I discussed how to align Project Me with charities that support and empower vulnerable women / families. She and her team wasted no time in researching many charities and we have narrowed it down to three.

Now it’s your turn to vote!

You Make It is a holistic, self-empowerment programme for young marginalised, unemployed and underemployed women to enable them to become active in cultural, social and economic life.

  • 82% of their graduates to date are now in paid employment, working on their own start ups or have gained places in formal education.
  • Only 5% of women were continuing to receive benefits after graduating from You Make It, compared to 82% at the start.
  • Working with women in such a holistic rounded way gives them skills, tools, and networks to really lift themselves out of poverty.

 

The Circle was founded by singer songwriter and activist Annie Lennox in 2008. They believe that women and girls should feel empowered, independent and able to realise their human rights as well as influence the decisions that affect their lives. They support some of the most disempowered women and girls in the world as they challenge the injustice of inequality.

  • 1 in 3 women globally will be victims of physical abuse and/or sexual assault in their lifetime. Less than 40% of women will seek help after an assault. Marital rape is a criminal offence in only 52 countries. 70% of human trafficking victims are women and girls.
  • They provide victim support services that will enable women to overcome physical and mental trauma and to put their lives back on track after suffering violence.
  • They inspire and connect women by bringing them together: to share experiences, harness their skills, draw on their resources and influence lasting change. Ultimately to support some of the most disempowered women and girls in the world as they challenge the injustice of inequality.

Family Action aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged families by providing the practical, emotional and financial support needed to overcome the complex issues facing families today – including domestic abuse, mental health problems and being a young carer. They provide a platform for parents and carers to get immediate support from the comfort of their home.

  • Immediate support for parents & carers through trained virtual volunteers.
  • Regular, emotional and listening support through virtual volunteer befrienders.
  • Helping parents with practical information, guidance and support from their home.

 

It’s time to officially cast your vote via whatCharity.

Click here or on the logo below and follow the instructions.

Once you’re logged in, search for You Make It, The Circle, or Family Action. By clicking ‘favourite’ on that charity’s page, your vote will be registered and tracked back to Project Me.

VOTING IS NOW CLOSED AND I CAN REVEAL THAT THE CHARITY THAT RECEIVED THE MOST VOTES WAS…… 

Thank you for having a say in which charity Project Me will support this year. When you invest in yourself (by purchasing my book, a workshop, online courses, private mentoring), you are automatically helping the charity.

 

Click here if you’d like to read my article for whatCharity about my experience of volunteering in a soup kitchen once a week – and the huge impact it had on my son.

Thanks for being a part of the Project Me global movement of women who are creating their own happiness – and spreading it out into the world for others too.

In the comments below, share your thoughts on this bigger picture vision for Project Me and / or if you’re involved with any charities, volunteering. 

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  1. Rachel James on March 26, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Kelly, this is so wonderful! I love this part of your Project Me vision, and such well deserving causes – very difficult to choose

    x

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on March 26, 2018 at 5:09 PM

      Thanks so much for your great words of support Rachel. I’m so excited about this bigger picture! 🙂 xx

  2. Amy on March 26, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    I love this idea of Project Me helping us wth our 1st world problems and that then helps raise funds for those with 3rd world problems. I sometimes catch myself having a moan about having too much to do or not having enough help around the house or too much traffic ETC ETC ETC and have to remind myself how good I actually have it. The Project Me tools have helped me so much – I loved learning Trello from your to do list video and feel much calmer and organised now. Great job Kelly. I’ll have to have a look at what else I can buy from you now that I have voted for which charity to support. xx

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on March 26, 2018 at 10:21 PM

      I’m so happy this resonates with you Amy!
      I’m working on creating my Productivity Bootcamp now and will add that to the Courses and Workshops page as soon as it’s ready. 🙂 Thanks for voting for the charity. xx

  3. Elizabeth on March 26, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    Hi Kelly. I’ve voted! Thanks for giving me the opportunity to give back. It’s wonderful that you’re doing that as part of ProjectMe. Involving my children in Charitable events has been one of the best things I’ve done as a Mum. Project Minime! Elizabeth

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on March 26, 2018 at 10:24 PM

      Wonderful Elizabeth! It’s deeply rewarding when our kids are involved too. It’s important for them to know what it feels like to extend kindness towards people and projects outside of their usual scope. It’s made a big impact on my son for sure. Thanks for voting! xx

  4. Jill on March 26, 2018 at 8:51 PM

    I L-O-V-E this Kelly!!! I just voted. I ran a non-profit after-school program in inner-city Boston before having kids. I’ve served on several non-profit boards, and currently sit on two. (The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum: http://www.maxcourage.org; Classics for Kids Foundation http://www.classicsforkids.org) xo

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on March 30, 2018 at 2:37 PM

      I LOVE your enthusiasm Jill! Great that you are so passionately involved – and thanks so much for casting your vote. 🙂 xx

  5. Trina Pecina on March 26, 2018 at 11:44 PM

    This is great! It was hard to choose but I did. I am very involved in 3 charities. As a member of Junior League, I am Co-chair for the Day off Giving committee. Numerous local charities benefitting women and children request trained JL volunteers to help 2 days out of the year. I not only volunteer but get to vet out the various charity requests. I love seeing what different resources there are out locally & recommending them to people I meet.
    I also am a weekly meal delivery person for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County. This is the favorite part of week!! My kids and husband tag along sometimes. Disabled & elderly homebound individuals are often a forgotten part of society. Daily checks & meals allow them to remain at home & provide autonomy.
    The third charity is very special to me. I am a medical mission volunteer to Guatemala with Faith in Practice. This once a year trip reminds me why I became a nurse- to provide competent & compassionate care to souls in need. It’s a calling & I will continue to answer it until my body & mind are spent. The years I have been unable to make it, I attend their fundraising events & donate to help support my many friends that do go.

    • Kelly Pietrangeli on March 27, 2018 at 8:44 AM

      Thanks so much for casting your vote Trina. Given how passionate your are about charity and volunteering I am SO keen to hear which one you decided on!

      Your activities sound so rewarding and I can read your passion for each of them through your written words.

      My amazing Grandma Millie drove for Meals on Wheels – even when many of the recipients were younger than her. It made a big impression on me. It makes me so sad to think of elderly people being alone and lonely.

      And you get to go to Guatemala once a year for this mission! This is a next step dream of mine. To do meaningful travel and work on projects abroad. Well done Trina! xx

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