One In An ARMY is proud to announce the September 2019 campaign to support Hug It Forward in honour of Namjoon's birthday! The donation period officially began at 11:00 pm KST on September 2nd, 2019. Donations will aid Hug It Forward build bottle classrooms in Guatemala. Everything listed in steps 3-5 under our individual giving instructions is optional, but extremely helpful for us to track donation amounts as we have no other way to see how much ARMY has donated (see our FAQ for a full explanation). Our hashtag for the month is #BuildBricksWithNamjoon and the hashtag for the Bonus Mission is #RecycleWithNamjoon. The minimum donation amount $1.00 USD.
For the 2019/2020 birthday season, One In An ARMY is also running #WePurpleEarth: a special, 48-hour flash donation project for all seven members. Find out more about We Purple Earth here.
how to donate
Step 1: Visit the special ARMY donation page. Please note that this page is best viewed on computer
step 2: Donate $1.00 USD (or more) using your credit card or PayPal
step 3: Take a screenshot of your donation and watermark with your twitter @. Please make sure donation amount is VISIBLE but strike out any personal information (see example screenshot below)
step 4: Submit this form
step 5: Quote-tweet our pinned tweet or write your own tweet about the campaign using #BuildBricksWithNamjoon. Make sure you check out our September Bonus Mission #RecycleWithNamjoon!
With A Friend
If you can't afford the minimum donation amount, pair up with an ARMY friend from your country to meet the minimum donation amount and submit your form! Don't forget to check out our September Bonus Mission #RecycleWithNamjoon!
With A Fanbase
If you can’t find an ARMY friend to donate with, you can try reaching out to a local fanbase to see if they’re willing to run a collection pool for your region/country.
Please be advised that One In An ARMY has no way to monitor donations collected through fanbases; donors do so at their own risk. We recommend you only reach out to a base you trust and ask them to provide you with a screenshot that verifies they donated to the campaign. Please contact us if you made a donation through a fanbase and you have reason to believe the money was not donated to the non-profit.
If you don’t want to take the risk of donating to a third-party, save your money for a future campaign and check out the ways you can get involved without donating by visiting our Bonus Missions page or participating in our September Bonus Mission #RecycleWithNamjoon!
About hug it forward
From Hug It Forward's website:
"Hug It Forward is a multicultural organization operating at the grassroots level in the region of Latin America, with an emphasis in Guatemala. We facilitate education and awareness around improved trash management methods via the construction of bottle classrooms. Bottle classrooms are constructed using eco-bricks, which are plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. During the project process, entire communities come together to build a more environmentally responsible educational space for their future."
HIF raises awareness about the importance of community empowerment as a driving force towards long-term ownership of every bottle classroom project, proper trash management and the reduction of inorganic waste that plagues communities. Raising awareness is as much a priority to HIF as facilitating community-led bottle classroom constructions."
Visit their website to learn more about this great organization!
Each classroom costs $7,000 USD to build. ARMY recently raised $9,298 USD in 48 hours for our We Purple Earth campaign (an special OT7 birthday project. We're excited to see if ARMY can fund one whole classroom over the month of September!
Bonus Mission: Recycle With Namjoon
For this month's Bonus Mission, we're challenging ARMY to up their recycling game. Pay extra close attention to the items you're discarding this month and recycle everything you can. It takes on average 66 days to change your behaviour. If you make special effort to be conscious of your recycling for the month of September, you're almost halfway towards making that behaviour automatic!
Another way you can divert waste from landfills or the ocean is by upcycling. Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value. Here are a couple of ideas of ways you can upcylce:
Turn old jeans into bags or tool belts
Create birdhouses, wall art, or jewelry holders out of wine corks
T-shirts don't fit anymore? Turn them into a quilt
Make milk jugs and other plastic bottles into planters and desk organizers
Turn k-cups into miniature lanterns
If you're a knitter, why not try making crafts out of plarn
You can find more ideas on Pinterest or Google. Let us know what you've recycled or upcycled using #RecycleWithNamjoon on social media.
But we can't recycle our way out of the plastics problem. Recycling is only one part of the solution. One In An ARMY has created an environmental advocacy backgrounder that you can read here.