Giving Tuesday: How We Give
03 December 2019
The holiday season can seem like a whirlwind. Every time you look at your TV or phone, there’s another big holiday sale that you cannot miss. With all of the chaos surrounding the season, it’s easy to forget what it’s really all about — giving.
That’s why In Good Company is a huge supporter of Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving fueled by both social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, the day provides a much-needed shift from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to a time for charitable giving. One of the best ways to get involved is by starting within your own community.
In celebration of the holiday, our staff is sharing their favorite non-profits, why they believe it’s important to give back and how you can get involved.
Jenni, Director of Research & Product Management, supports the MSPCA and their mission to protect animals, relieve their suffering and prevent cruelty.
“I love dogs — they give so much love and can be your best friend. So many animals need a home and they are unable to care for themselves,” says Jenni. If you also have a love for helping animals, but don’t have the funds to donate, a great way to get involved is by volunteering at your local shelter and walking the dogs.
Rafi, our resident CFP®, supports Project Airtime — a nonprofit that takes paraplegic and disabled people paragliding. This organization has discovered it’s truly the only time disabled people can feel free of their disability since they are able to maneuver independently in the air.
“People are not aware of how much joy paragliding brings to the disabled,” says Rafi. “People forget how important it is to regain your sense of independence, even if only for an hour.”
If you are unable to volunteer, you can get involved simply by spreading the world that this organization exists to someone you know who is disabled and may emotionally benefit from paragliding.
Angie, our Project Manager, supports On The Rise in Cambridge who provides a safe haven for women who are experiencing homelessness, domestic abuse and addiction.
“They have quite a few programs that help women find stability and independence,” says Angie. “What stands out from other programs, is that they never turn anyone away. It’s a judgment free zone.”
A quick and easy way to get involved is by dropping off a healthy, home-cooked meal.
Kym, our Head of Business Development, supports these four non-profits that not only provide meals and/or shelter to those in need, but they are local to the Greater Boston community.
“Each of these nonprofits hold a special place for me, but I love knowing I’m making an impact on families within the Greater Boston area,” says Kym. “I make sure that my children participate in serving our community as I want them to grow up knowing they can make a difference.”
Give back to your local community by finding a shelter or soup kitchen near you and helping prepare meals or donating food or clothing.
Kayt, our Director of Marketing & Communications, supports Generation Citizen — an organization that works to ensure every student in the U.S. receives an effective action civics education. They provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to take part in our democracy as active citizens.
“I give to Generation Citizen to ensure that every young person has a better understanding of how they can drive change in their own local community,” says Kayt. “Everyone has a voice and should be empowered to use it — Generation Citizen teaches just that.”
You can get involved by volunteering at your local Civics Day or any of Generation Citizen’s events.
Gina, our Office Manager, donates to the Boston Children’s Hospital whose mission is to improve and advance the health of children around the world through its work in clinical care, biomed research, medical education and community engagement.
“My niece underwent heart surgery at age six and our family had an extraordinary experience with the staff,” says Gina. “Their care and attention is unparalleled. What they do for underprivileged children and the community is truly inspiring. They saved my niece’s life and for that we owe them so much.”
One of the most impactful ways you can donate is by donating blood. One pint can help up to four children in need.
Stephanie, our Copywriter, supports the non-profit Cradles to Crayons which provides children living in homeless or low-income situations with everyday essentials they need to thrive at home and school.
“This charity is particularly special to me as I used to work with children in both Boston and Philadelphia schools and have seen how important it is for kids to have access to all these resources,” says Stephanie. “Being properly dressed for the weather and having all the tools to get started with at school can make an enormous difference in a person’s experience and approach to learning.”
There are lots of great ways to help out — whether donating a monetary gift or bringing like-new or newly purchased items to a local drop off.
Keith, our Director of Financial Wellness Education, supports the Boys & Girls Club. They provide a world-class Club Experience assuring success be within reach of every young member that walks through their doors. They strive to have all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and living a healthy lifestyle.
“This organization made a difference with my nephews and other young children in my home city of Brockton,” says Keith. “They offer a safe environment in which children can learn from adults with diverse backgrounds.”
If you want to get involved, but can’t donate money — donate your time. The children in these programs are commonly looking for role models. By volunteering you can have a profound impact on their lives.
General animal/children non-profits
Haley, our Copywriter and Brand Strategist, supports any non-profit organizations that helps animals or kids in need.
“I feel very passionately about giving a voice to those who cannot express the help they need,” says Haley. “Anything I can do to help those who might not have a place to call home or feel safe is the least I can do.”
If you don’t have the means to donate, you can show other ways of support by volunteering, donating clothes, furniture, supplies or food. Getting involved goes well beyond just donating money.
Giving back is a part of our culture here at In Good Company. We choose to prioritize our values in our day-to-day lives. It’s important to give back to those organizations you believe are making a positive impact in our communities and in the world.