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Tuesday, October 04, 2005 1:22 PM
Making Your Work Count
Kevin Salwen on Making a Difference

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have shown how remarkably generous individuals can be, as well as how connected many companies can be. We've posted in the past about the ways companies have been stepping up, but now two others have come across my radar screen that impress with their creativity and caring:

-- Profits in Progress, an Atlanta firm, www.profitsinprogress.com/katrina, is gathering together with a hundreds of clients and friends to send 5,000 Thank You notes to volunteers. 'One of our most basic human needs is to feel valued and appreciated,' says Vanessa Lowry, owner of Profits in Progress. 'A handwritten note is a simple way to show our appreciation to the thousands of volunteers that are helping the victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita.' (Handwritten business notes are the company's lifeblood, btw.) That project will happen Oct. 15.

-- And eWomen Network, a Dallas-based company of women's networking groups, is using the power of its network to focus on the long-term needs of refugees. Noting that much of the help so far has been for short-term aid, the eWomenNetwork Foundation (www.ewomennetwork.com) will begin to adopt families (preferably single-mom, women business owners) who have lost everything and have been forced to relocate. Participating eWomenNetwork chapters will leverage their local resources to provide housing, furniture and employment assistance, as well as electrical/gas support, groceries and school supplies for their children. And, possibly most valuable, notes founder Sandra Yancey, 'We further commit to 'femtoring' and tracking the progress of these adopted families on a regular basis.' That steady connection is what so many people need.

Heard any great stories around where you are?


Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/5/2005 5:42:04 PM

This is more information on how the Internation Coaching Federation is getting involved.
As quoted from a posting on the forum...
'If you've been on the front lines volunteering with Katrina, we'd love to hear from you. The Katrina Co-Active Initiative is planning a special event for you. We'd love to know who you are so that we can extend to you an invitation.

Just reply to this posting or e-mail Heather at heatherheathercummings.com.

With gratitude for your service,
Heather Cummings and Jeremy Stover'

Living la vida fearless,Jan, www.tobeyourbest.net
Nick - 10/5/2005 7:33:36 AM
Nice blog.I like this.
Mary J. - 10/5/2005 12:19:32 AM
I love the idea of using the power of mentoring to help these needy women hop back on the train -- or choose another one. I have considered joining a networking group, so now I guess I'll have to do it! Go for it ladies....
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 10/4/2005 2:32:56 PM
The International Coaching Federation based in California has been involved from day one. There were coaches in the area affected by this tragedy. They were able to pull together a team of leaders very quickly to identify the needs of the people and the volunteers. The rest of the coaching community has added their help on an as needed, as requested basis. There is also a plan in place to help coach people there who will need it due to the transition period. Not therapy, not counselling but moving on through coaching. The work I have seen come out of this community has been amazing and exciting. Let's see what others come up with! Living la vida fearless, Jan


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