World Water Week is right around the corner (I know you've already got it marked on your calendars, tight?), and as they have done since 2007, UNICEF is planning on celebrating by asking you for money.
Oh, but wait... Before you tune out, let me explain. UNICEF's Tap Project was started in New York City in 2007 as a way to collect money for a program that would bring clean drinking water to children around the world. In its first year, there were just 300 restaurants participating--collecting a one-dollar donation from customers drinking tap water that, normally, would be given away for free. This time around? There are 4000 volunteers and almost a thousand restaurants participating nationwide.
According to the UNICEF Tap Project website, "All money raised through the 2010 UNICEF Tap Project will once again be allocated to the countries and areas UNICEF has identified as among the most in need. Those countries include Togo, Central African Republic, Vietnam, Guatemala and, of course, Haiti. Nearly 900 million people worldwide lack access to safe, clean water--and nearly half of those people are children. Together we can work toward the day when that number is ZERO."
Want to help? It's simple. All you have to do is go out to eat at one of the 920 participating restaurants sometime between March 21-27. And when the server asks if you'd like to donate a dollar to the Tap Project in exchange for your nice, clean glass of Seattle tap water, say yes. That's all it takes.