Idea Fountain bannder Month of giving back, stacks of school supplies

Moving Up and Helping Out!

And just like the Jeffersons, we are MOVIN’ ON UP! We are officially moved into our new office and warehouse, and we’re settling in nicely. Texas weather seemed to be celebrating with us and shedding some much needed tears of joy during the move. Throughout the move we have been remarkably busy and stayed socially active during the transition!

Each month the Richardson Young Professionals host a networking happy hour. Last month they paired our casino tables with a diaper drive as well. It was one of the biggest turn-outs they have had for an event. If you want to learn more about this group of young professionals check them out via the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

Their diaper drive kicked off a month of giving for our clients! This month we have helped our clients donate military care packages, backpacks, canned food items, and bicycles to deserving charities all over the metroplex.

  • 3000 pounds of food to Minnie’s Food Pantry
  • $3,000 cash donation to the DAV41
  • $5,000 Cash donation for the SPCA
  • 24 Backpacks filled to the max with school supplies
  • 20 Military care packages
  • 25 Children’s bikes
  • Over 10 different organizations helped, people fed, and children smiling = PRICELESS!

Richardson Young Professionals
bikes for veterans, 2 bike under a DAV Banner

Moving into our new office has  uncover some “oldies but goodies” when it comes to team building programs. With the space to spread out we have had the chance to be creative and the new programs keep coming.

You don’t have to be a team of 50 to be able to make a difference in your community. If you’re a smaller group of 10-20 people there are still simple and effective ways to give back. Here are just a few ways a little group can make a big impact.

  • Collect toiletries for the homeless in your community.
  • Encourage small groups to forgo meeting for a week and volunteer together.
  • Sell coffee and goodies at morning meetings to raise money to donate.
  • Wrap and deliver Christmas presents for underprivileged kids with an Angel Tree.
  • Offer students looking for work experience internships or job shadowing opportunities.
  • Hold a competition in your office to raise donations for a food pantry.
  • Commit to being greener in your office through recycling or energy saving measures.
  • Visit a nursing or retirement home together as a team.
  • Make cards for soldiers overseas.
  • Post a link to a nonprofit on your website or newsletter.
Bike impossible 5, girl with a bike

Cesar Chavez, a founding member of the National Farm Workers Association and activist awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, may have said it best: “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”