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?