Why are you doing this?
The Hunger Games as a social commentary—on poverty, the media, war, and so much more—touched us. Like the other millions of fans, we were excited to see the movie adaptations and how they would handle these themes.
But these bigger messages seem to have gotten lost in the hype surrounding the films. Instead of being encouraged to help the 1 out of 6 Americans who suffer from hunger, we spend our time admiring Effie's outrageous outfits on Capitol Couture and trying to emulate her looks by buying Hunger Games-inspired CoverGirl beauty products.
When we saw how much the first movie made in theaters alone—$408,010,692 domestically—we thought, “Imagine how much real hunger could have been stopped with that much money.”
We no longer want to simply imagine. We hope you feel the same.
What's behind the name you chose?
“I volunteer as tribute!” Katniss cries, officially taking her sister’s place as District 12’s tribute in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
We co-opted this line instead to mean “I volunteer a little bit of time and money to fight hunger, in tribute to my love of The Hunger Games.”
Yeah, it’s cheesy. It also makes for a good hashtag to rally behind: #IVolunteeredasTribute (which you should totally be using so more fans can find out about this).
Why do all the charities you chose focus on the United States?
Because The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future of the USA, and we're from the USA. But if you would like to make a donation to a charity of your own choosing that supports another region of the world, we fully support that decision!
Who’s this “we”?
It’s a royal we. Ashley McDonnell, an Editorial Curation Assistant at Scribd.com, came up with the idea for I Volunteer As Tribute around Christmas 2013. When she’s not obsessing over The Hunger Games or, you know, working, she's probably making Podigious (a Digimon podcast), playing with her cat, reading (duh!), playing ice hockey, or sleeping.