What keeps me inspired and involved in a Love146 Volunteer Team is my hope for change. I have read and heard many tragic and heartbreaking stories, but the children that have fought for and gotten their lives back are far more INSPIRING.
— Love146 Volunteer Team Member
When most people hear about child trafficking and exploitation they are gutted – and want to do something about it. But the issue is daunting, and for some paralyzing: the exploitation of children is unfortunately entrenched in every corner of the world. Even thinking about what you can do tangibly to make a difference is vexing. We get it.
We want you to know that engaging with a grassroots movement in your community, such as a Love146 Volunteer Team, is one of the most powerful and impactful actions anyone can take towards making a safer world for children.
WE SPREAD THE WORD.
For example, the Central Florida Volunteer Team spread out across their region and distributed posters to motels, hotels, and public areas such as truck stops. The posters promote the Human Trafficking Hotline and give tips on how to spot signs of trafficking.
WE INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN US
Love146 Volunteer Teams also support anti-trafficking efforts by organizing events that raise awareness and funding for Love146 programs in the US and the Philippines. When we host races or table at events, we’re doing more that raising awareness — we’re offering solutions, inspiring friends, family, and community members to think about child trafficking, and how they can become involved in fighting it.
OUR EFFORTS SPARK CONVERSATIONS
When we visit hotels and truck stops with our awareness posters, we’re connecting with other people who may be in the position to recognize and report child trafficking. It’s an opportunity for us to address common myths and stereotypes around trafficking.
GRASSROOTS EFFORTS ARE INSPIRING AND REMIND PEOPLE TO HAVE HOPE
Volunteer Teams show that we can take action together to make meaningful impact. This work is not possible without the volunteers across the nation and the globe choosing to remain hopeful and continuing to care, to hope, to love, together.
If we are going to end modern day slavery, governments, non-government organizations, law enforcement, service providers, communities of faith, businesses and corporations, individuals, all have to work together. The reality is traffickers make up such a small fraction of the human race. Then there are the rest of us.
— Rob Morris, President and Co-founder, Love146
Almost every single person I have encountered in my journey has cared about this issue… has had the gut wrench reaction to children being bought and sold. Spreading awareness in its simplest form, for us, has been easy. — Love146 Volunteer Team Member