We know we didn't give you a first reason... but watch any episode of this season's "Jersey Shore" and you'll get the point. The girl's got heart. She's outspoken and stays true to herself. And we've got proof that behind that "no mess" exterior she actually cares about people. Our hearts melted when we saw this vid:
Seriously, who knew? Jenni used to nanny special needs kids? Now she's volunteering in Long Island and taking time out of the hot tub to discuss a cause she cares about. A very important cause at that. The CDC estimates that 1 in 110 American children have ASDs or Autism Spectrum Disorders. These disorders aren't always recognizable but can have debilitating effects on the people living with them--ranging from learning disabilities to trouble walking and talking.
Although the number of children diagnosed with ASDs is increasing, the medical world is still unsure what causes autism and what can cure it. Which makes Jenni's efforts, and really all of our efforts, even more important.
You don't have to be a doctor or special needs professional to help improve conditions for autistic youth. There are a few ways you can join JWOWW and help impact this cause. Start by learning more about autism, then check out our suggestions below to take your action to the next level.
Take action on Jenni's favorite causes (below), and be entered to win a dozen roses from Trey Songz on Valentine's Day! Read the sweeps details.
Autism Society's "action alerts" will send you notices when legislation meant to help autistic individuals needs your support.
If you have the passion, time, (and funds), check out these opportunities to serve autistic youth abroad.