How are you giving back to your community?

Posted April 5, 2021 in
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Connor DeLaney

"If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original."

I've set a priority over the next 10 weeks to give back more and I could use some inspiration! 

➡️  How are you giving back? 
➡️  What charitable organizations are you working with? 
➡️  Where should I be looking for opportunities? 

It doesn't have to be anything huge, I just want to find a way to do more for others, and perhaps it'll push others to do the same. 

Share some of your favorite ways to give back down below and hopefully I can join in as well! 😄
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Michael McGreevy
I've been leveraging my paid clients to do videos on location at local businesses and restaurants (at no charge to that business).   Basically a local business highlight video done by a real estate agent.  
Connor DeLaney
That's such a great initiative,  Michael McGreevy ! Those videos can go a long way and build great relationships :) Thanks so much for the share!
Kaitlyn Pintarich
We financially support many organizations, but we also sponsor a Kindness Rocks garden in our town and facilitate painting and placement of the rocks twice a year. And our biggest charity is Boston Children's Hospital. We sponsor a Halloween costume drive each year (this will be our 15th) and we dress the entire hospital plus treats, books, etc. and usually have enough to distribute to some satellite locations also. :-) It's a HUGE passion project for us.
Connor DeLaney
That's huge! Seems like an event the whole company can rally around. While I'm sure it's a lot of work, what a great way to get people involved. Love it,  Kaitlyn Pintarich  
Ken Carson
We give back with our videographer.  We loan him to customers to create recruitment videos for their 911 centers.  911 centers across the US are very understaffed.  It is our hope that this will help them keep people in the seats without burning them out with massive overtime.  One center doubled their resumes coming in after one month of using the recruitment video correctly.  

Personally, I have been on the National Ski Patrol as a volunteer for 30 years or so. Lots of medical training and you have to be in shape, but it sure is nice to help out.  
Connor DeLaney
Ken Carson  what a unique and amazing idea! Was this something your videographer was passionate about as well? Plus, the return it got with 2X resumes is super impressive. Thanks so much for sharing :) 
Liz Moorehead
  1. For many years, I gave back as a member of the Junior League (I was in the Annapolis chapter). Although some folks who have heard of it may have preconceived notions of what it is, it's a volunteer organization that gets involved in community causes, provides volunteers for local nonprofits and initiatives, partners with local, community-based organizations, and trains other volunteers. I'm no longer a member of JL through Annapolis, but I highly recommend it to community-minded women looking for great ways to give back.

  2. Often, I put my money where my mouth is. I have recurring donations to local SCPA chapters, so I know the money is going into the community SCPA not just the national org. I'm also SUPER passionate about public radio, so I donate to NPR and WYPR (which is the Baltimore NPR station). Again, many don't realize how important it is to donate at that local level. I lean heavily on this because my schedule is so packed and I don't want to overextend myself.

  3.  Also, this is more advice. But for those who like to do soup kitchen shifts or things like that, DO NOT do it at holiday season. Most soup kitchens have to turn people away around the holidays when EVERYONE is feeling giving. It's other times of years where they need help filling shifts. So if you donate your time that way, avoid times when EVERYONE is doing it, because 'tis the season.

  4. Additionally, call local shelters and soup kitchens and ask them what they really need. Often they'll have a VERY specific gap in donations that gets overlooked. For instance, battered women's shelters struggle to get donations for products like tampons, pads, and so on. Socks are one of the top items needed at homeless shelters... and on and on. So, call your local shelter, ASK what they are actually really needing, facilitate a drive on their behalf (so they don't have to do the work), and then deliver what they really need. (We did a lot of this at Junior League, and it's genuinely super helpful.)
Connor DeLaney
This is fantastic  Liz Moorehead , thanks so much for sharing :) Great points on seeing what they need, not just showing up. Makes a greater impact.

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