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Jessica Peace-Urgelles is the Outreach Director for Miss A. She first and foremost, a mom to a very handsome and intelligent little boy and a frenchie named Escobar. She is addicted to social good and connecting people to charitable causes.

She grew up in the hills of southeastern Kentucky, and loves all things related to the Bluegrass State. They take pride in horses, basketball, and bourbon, but she likes porch swings and sweet tea too! She is torn between her love of cowboy boots and designer heels, and is always wearing at least one strand of pearls. Her heart is equally content enjoying a night out in the city or a weekend away getting dirty on the farm. She has a thick southern accent and is notorious for using it to her advantage. Her competing interests led her to write her blog, Blog of a Bluegrass Belle about growing up Southern, people dear to herheart, and herlove of various causes.

She is a member of the Bluegrass Junior Womans Club. BJWC is a non-profit whose focus is helping underprivileged women, children, and families in central Kentucky. Her work with BJWC led her to the United Nations Foundation Shot@Life campaign where she became a Champion and passionate advocate. She believes every child deserves a shot at a healthy life through global vaccine access.

Johnson & Johnson’s Donate A Photo App

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Calling all instagrammers, photographers, and everyone in between who occasionally takes photos. Runners have been doing their charity work with Charity Miles, now you can do philanthropy with photography.  How often do you snap photos of your coffee, pets, or children?  Did you know that just with a few clicks of a button you could donate a $1 to several charitable organizations? Johnson & Johnson created the Donate a Photo application which is available in the Apple app store or Google Play.  Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 each day that you share a photo or photos, and dedicate it to a cause.

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The donations go to a wide variety of trusted charities.  These include the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association, mothers2mothers, Save the Children, Safe Kids Worldwide, and Keep America Beautiful.  The photos go into an online gallery for Donate a Photo, but will not be used in conjunction with product advertisements.  The app is to help raise money for those charities but it also helps create awareness.  When you share you photo and choose your charity, you can let your friends and followers know about an organization they may have never heard of.  It is advocacy through photography.

There have been over 10,000 photos donated so far.  You can track the number of photos which have been donated to each organization.  Why do you have to choose just one?  You can alternate your choices and help several worthwhile causes.  You can help send someone to nursing school,protect the environment, and provide healthcare knowledge to a pregnant mother that could save the life of her baby.  Donating a photo is as quick as snapping a photo, choosing a charity, and sharing it with the world.  You can download the app to your smartphone, and start using photography for philanthropy today.

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