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The Power of Giving (And How BlogTalkRadio Hosts Can Help)

Today, JD Lasica, strategist, marketer,  journalist, and blogger, launched his show on BlogTalkRadio, with special guest, Pamela Hawley, fougivingnder of Universal Giving.  JD is the founder of top social media blog Socialmedia.biz, and Socialbrite.org, which focuses on social tools for the social good, and online philathropy.

In this timely interview, given the dire situation pamin Haiti, Pamela talks about the Universal Giving website, which allows people to give and volunteer with the top performing projects all over the world, and takes no cut of the donations.  Pamela also shares what she views as the best ways to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, as well as ways her site helps similar relief efforts year-round.

In addition, JD and Pamela touch on some of the corporations that are focusing on making a positive impact with their corporate social responsibility efforts.  Check out the chat, and keep an eye out for JD’s occasional shows that will spotlight  topics of interest to the social cause community.

If you, as a BlogTalkRadio host or listener, are looking for ways to get involved in the Haiti relief efforts, here are a few ways you can contribute and raise awareness with your show:

-Encourage listeners to contribute to one of the active text message donation systems:

Text “HAITI” to the number 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross
Text “YELE” to 501501 to donate $5 to Wyclef Jean’s foundation
Text “SAVE” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children

-Post a “Ways to Help” list on your show profile’s blog and mention it to listeners during your show.

-Visit Universal Giving and research organizations that speak to you.  Some groups providing healthcare include Partners in Health, and Doctors Without Borders.

-Leverage these lists of resources that have been published by other media outlets, and stay updated on how you can help:
CNN
USA Today
NPR
The Huffington Post

Leave us a comment telling us ways you’ve gotten involved with the effort in Haiti, and ways you are using your BlogTalkRadio show to get the word out.

Yes, Romi, that WAS a Quake! ‘Hannah Montana’ Star Shaken Up While Live on BlogTalkRadio

Quick – someone get Romi Dames a scale!

A Richter scale, that is.

Shaken up by L.A. quake.

Romi: Shaken up by L.A. quake.

Because the Hannah Montana star may need it the next time she’s on BlogTalkRadio.

While chatting with Olivia Wilder Times host Olivia Wilder last night, the actress – who plays Traci Van Horn opposite Miley Cyrus on the hit Disney Channel show – suddenly felt her building shake.

“Oh, my gosh!  There’s an earthquake! Ah, I think so. Was that an earthquake?” she said live on-air.

Moments later – having asked a nearby pal what happened – Romi added, “Oh, apparently it was just someone on the roof.  Never mind.”

But moments after that, she was once again skeptical.

“I’m not convinced . . . There might have been an earthquake. Will someone tell me if there was an earthquake in L.A.?”

Miley (left) with Romi on “Hannah Montana.”

The trouble with Traci: Miley (left) with Romi on “Hannah Montana.”

Though the issue was never settled on-air, Olivia – who podcasts from her home in Scottdale, Ariz. – later checked with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The verdict?

Romi’s fears were right:  The shock that shook her up was indeed a quake.

“The magnitude 4.5 event occurred 2 miles SSW of San Bernardino, Calif.,” the USGS said.

To hear Romi’s interview, click here.