Because of Clay Aiken, I was a volunteer worker for The Tap Project in 2009. It was one of the best things I have done in years. I didn’t have to be smart; I didn’t need to be pretty; I didn’t need a lot of extra money; I just needed to be hard working and sincere about the cause. I am ready to volunteer again next year.
On August 7th, I received an e-mail from UNICEF. It was just a mass mailing, sent out to all the volunteers throughout the world. But, it still made me proud.
Thanks to the generous volunteer support, corporate donations, and the support of the tens of thousands of diners who donated $1 for the tap water they usually enjoy for free, the 2009 Tap Project raised $819,223 for UNICEF’s Water and Sanitation programs!
The funds will be designated towards the construction of boreholes, wells, water systems and sanitation facilities as well as provide emergency water and sanitation supplies to those who have been displaced from their homes in the Central African Republic, Haiti, Sudan, and Togo. In addition, the Tap Project recorded more than 1.5 billion media impressions and $1.75 million in donated volunteer time!
We couldn’t have done it without you! Once again, thank you for your hard work and dedication in making the 2009 Tap Project a great success.
Clay made a public service announcement about the Tap Project while he was in Africa, When he returned home, he was interviewed by Entertainment Tonight and had the opportunity to tell all us all about the need for clean water in the world. I have included both of these videos in this blog.
And next year, when UNICEF needs volunteers for this worthy project, find out if you can join the team. Clay would be proud and you will feel good that you made even a little difference in the world.