How climate change impacts children

"Go Green" has become a popular catch-phrase over the last few years, with campaigns encouraging everything from recycling to driving electric cars to eating organic chickens. We all know that reducing our carbon footprint is important for future generations. What you may not know is that climate change is about more than just ensuring the future of the planet's resources

Are you ready to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF?

Our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson and UNICEF Ambassador, Selena Gomez, created this video to inspire us all to GET READY to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!

Join Selena's "Selena and friends Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" fundraising page and help her team reach their $1 million fundraising goal! As a token of her appreciation, the top three fundraisers on the team will receive*:

  • A personal phone call from Selena
  • An official autographed picture
  • An official UNICEF certificate of appreciation

Visit to order collection boxes, download materials or to register your Halloween party!

Get ready now, Halloween is only 17 days away!

*For this incentive, the cut off date for donation submissions is November 30, 2009. However, all Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations are welcome until January 1, 2010.

Halloween resources for teachers

Developing responsible, compassionate students is one of an educator's most important and difficult jobs. Participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one way to help children around the world"and have fun at the same time.

This year, TeachUNICEF is offering a "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Teacher's Kit" with reproducibles and other resources to bring this beloved campaign into the classroom.

Check it out today and let the teachers in your lives know about it too!

Resolve and hope in Indonesia

We got a note this morning from Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative in Indonesia, who's just returned from the earthquake zone, and I wanted to share a few of her words and a picture that demonstrate--for me, at least--the incredible spirit of children, and the incredible resolve of UNICEF:

9 million at risk in Asia

Situation reports have been coming in from UNICEF's field staff across Asia-Pacific and the numbers are devastating--all told, 7 million children have been affected by last week's natural disasters.

People across the country have demonstrated incredible generosity (we're so thankful that the $500,000 challenge issued last week by an anonymous donor for the Philippines has been been met), and continued support will be needed for UNICEF to continue its lifesaving work for children whose lives have been turned upside down.

If you would like to support UNICEF's relief efforts in the region, you can make a donation here. (Or click here if you're interested in supporting work in a particular country.)

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Inspiration

Vintage Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF photographs

This Spring, we lost a beloved member of the UNICEF family. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF founder, Reverend Clyde M. Allison, died in Lowell, Indiana at the age of 91.

Barely four years after UNICEF was founded, Reverend Allison organized the first Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection, just outside of Philadelphia. His three children dressed in costumes on Halloween evening, but instead of asking for candy, they carried empty milk cartons and asked for donations of spare change, to help UNICEF.

Generation after generation of American schoolchildren had their first philanthropic experience through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, forming an emotional attachment to not only our brand, but to our mission of saving children.

Monday UNICEF pic: Indonesia

The earthquake that struck Indonesia's West Sumatra province last week left hundreds dead, hundreds of thousands of families and children without homes. "Every one of those children is acutely vulnerable to potential disease, lack of shelter, disruption to education, and the traumatic effects of living through such an experience," said UNICEF Country Representative in Indonesia, Angela Kearney. This is one of those children, in Padang:

Protecting children in the DRC

Remaining pockets of violence, millions of Internally Displaced Peoples, massive human rights violations and a lack of basic social services severely hinder the efforts of Gill and other aid workers. "Humanitarian access is limited," said Gill, "because there is virtually no infrastructurea wooden bicycle used to transfer goods to market is about as advanced as it gets." Gill and her colleagues also face a constant security risk and must take daily precautions against attacks