Clay Aiken – UNICEF Volunteer

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.



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15 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – UNICEF Volunteer

  1. It is so nice to know how much the Tap Project brought in for Unicef’s Water and Sanitation Projects. Must have been a lot of people heard these Unicef the volunteers who helped spread the word. Bravo to them all!!

    I love those video’s. I especially liked the one with Clay and the children..and the little boy in the front can hardly wait for Clay to count to three so he can say UNICEF! Adorable. I hope Clay can go on another Unicef trip in the future.

  2. What a great project! Water is something we take for granted every day and it is unthinkable that children all over the world do not have access to clean water! The work Clay and UNICEF does is so important and comes straight from the heart!

  3. Not only does Clay Aiken do good work, but he inspires so many others to do the same. This is such a worthy project, and more people can and should get involved.

  4. Such a simple idea, paying $1 for a glass of water. It’s something everyone can afford and something that makes such a huge difference to people around the world.

    Thanks to Clay Aiken & UNICEF for their continued efforts on behalf of children on a global basis.

    Thanks CANN for the great blog and great reminder.

  5. I’ve been a regular monthly contributor to Unicef for decades. How wonderful that you (Musicfan) volunteered for TAP and thanks for the article about the project.

    • UNICEF is such a wonderful organization for helping children.

      I was fun when some of the restaurants that I contacted actually signed up for the program!!

  6. Clay is an amazing man!! He has done so much to make a difference in the world.

    Cool that you volunteered for the project. What did you do??

    I admit that I would not know about the Tap Project if it wasn’t for Clay.

  7. Thanks! I am interested to know though what exactly you did when you where a volunteer because Im interested in participating.

    Clay is such an amazing role model.

    • After talking and interviewing with the area co-ordinator, I was given a packet of information. Together, we decided what area I would work in and I contacted restaurants about getting involved in the project. It really was fun and I got introduced to a lot of new restaurants.

  8. Thanks for the info. I need to make sure I dont miss the project this year. I am going to keep checking the site. Is it always a certain time of year?

  9. I remember seeing the videos before, but it was lovely to see them again.

    Perhaps you can remind us when the Tap Project fund-raiser starts in 2010. It certainly is a worthy cause.

    So many have stepped up because of Clay. He “walks the walk”

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