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5 Ways Jennifer Lopez Has Given Back

Jennifer Lopez‘s birthday is today, Tuesday, July 24. In celebration, we wanted to show some of the ways in which the star has used her platform to give back.

Lopez Family Foundation

Jennifer, along with sister Lynda, co-founded the Lopez Family Foundation in 2009. The charity, which opened a telemedicine center in Puerto Rico, and partners with the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, is “dedicated to improving the health and well-being of women and children and increasing the medical care available to them.”

Helping the Children

Lopez’s work with, and for, children doesn’t end with the Lopez Foundation. She has given her time, money, and energy to organizations including UNICEF, ALAS, Children’s Health Fund, and the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club.

Hurricane Relief

Jennifer has also jumped into action in the wake of several natural disasters. She donated $1 million towards relief in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria and Irma, helped organize One Voice: Somos Live! A Concert for Disaster Relief (which raised over $30 million), and has also donated to Hurricanes Katrina, and Sandy.

LGBTQ Activism

Jennifer Lopez has received several awards from GLAAD, amfAR, and the Human Rights Campaign for her work. This includes standing up for LGBTQ rights (and producing the show “The Fosters”), and helping to raise millions for HIV/AIDS research. She also released a song with Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Love Make the World Go Round,” to benefit victims of the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting.

Women’s Rights

In 2007, Lopez was awarded Amnesty International’s Artists for Amnesty award for producing the film Bordertown, which focused on the femicide of hundreds of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She also worked with the organization to launch a bilingual website in memory of those murdered to “inspire activism and seek justice for those who have been abducted and murdered in Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico for more than a decade.”