When we discuss social media the conversation often turns to how it allows us to network, exchange ideas, share information, and connect with one another. There is an important aspect of social media we in EMS don’t nearly discuss as much as we probably should be.
The empowerment of being able to do social good to effect a tangible change. Here is one recent example of what I am talking about:
Matthew Calderon, the 16 year old son of NYC EMT Enid Rodriguez and stepson of Paramedic Tito Rodriguez- died suddenly on Saturday. We are asking for your love, support and help at this time. Enid and Tito have helped thousands of people in their careers, now they need our help. Please this holiday season donate generously to this worthy cause. Thank you.
No parent should ever have to suffer the loss of their child, nor do parents ever plan for it. The financial and emotional support the family is receiving from the NYC EMS community will help with not only providing a proper burial but also coping with the tragic loss.
Another example of social media empowering the social good is in the case of Bryan Stow, the paramedic who suffered debilitating injuries in a vicious attack on opening day last year at Dodgers Stadium. Through the Support4BryanStow site his family has been able to not only organize fundraisers, but keep Bryan’s supporters up to date with his progress.
These are examples of effecting a positive change.
These are examples that are tangible although they originated in a world that is virtual.
These are examples of the sort of true power social media is capable of.
How would you harness it?