Wear Green to be Seen on May 31


Wear Green to be Seen on May 31

It’s that time again when we take out our green to show the world we care. Join us on Friday, May 31, when we wear green to be seen. It’s our sixth annual event to bring awareness to the family caregiver experience.

You can wear a green t-shirt you already own. Or, you can purchase one of our “Superpower” t-shirts. Thanks to @yolanda, we’ve got a great slogan for our Wear Green t-shirt: “I’m a Family Caregiver, What’s Your Superpower?” Yolanda won our 2015 Wear Green slogan contest.

Our “Wear Green” t-shirts cost $15 each plus $5 for shipping and handling. The proceeds of the t-shirt sales will go toward helping family caregivers attend our Fourth Annual National Caregiving Conference. I’m using a website called Custom Ink to print and ship our t-shirts; you’ll purchase your t-shirt directly through Custom Ink on our Wear Green page. Last day to buy your t-shirt is May 6.

Use your green as a conversation starter. If you see a colleague or stranger or co-worker wearing green on May 31, strike up a conversation. “We’re both wearing green today,” you can say. “I’m wearing green because I care for my (insert your relationship to your caree) and am creating awareness about the caregiving experience. How about you?”

Maybe they’re wearing green because they just love the color. Or, maybe, they too care for a family member.

Our event can connect you to family caregivers in your community and online. Be sure to tell us about your experiences and share your photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; use #caregreen as your hashtag. If you connect with a stranger wearing green who turns out to be a family caregiver, take a photo. And, we love selfies so be sure to share one.

On May 31, we hope to:

  • Help you start a conversation about your caregiving experience.

  • Connect you with other family caregivers.

  • Help you share support with other family caregivers.

  • Lessen the loneliness of the caregiving experience.

I selected the color green for a few reasons. Hopefully, we’ll be enjoying spring green on May 31. I also hope you already have green in your closet. Most important, I chose green because of Donna Baldwin, a 1999 winner of our Caregiver of the Year contest. Before Donna cared for her mom, she had plastic plants in her home; she couldn’t keep a plant alive. As she cared for her mom, she developed a green thumb, eventually replacing most of her plastic plants for live ones. Caregiving can be such a difficult situation. It also can be an experience that fosters growth. Let’s be sure to talk about that, too, on May 31.

Help us spread the word about “Because You Care, Wear Green on May 31”:

1. Share this post on your social network (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest).

2. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper. In your letter, share about your caregiving experience, what challenges you face as a family caregiver and your wish that others wear green on May 31. Feel free to include a link to this post.

3. Post our Wear Green Flyer wherever appropriate in your community or workplace. (Be sure to ask before you post.) I’ve attached the flyer as a Word document so you can edit and revise the flyer as you see fit.

I look forward to seeing you in green on May 31.

Buy your Wear Green to be Seen t-shirt via the widget, below.

(Be sure to also tie ribbons of care.)

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