How Inspire Gave Back in 2017

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Respect. Caring. Making a difference. Working with passion, curiosity and commitment. These are among the core values of our Inspire PR Group team. While we work to live those values every day in our work and our engagement with our clients, we also are fortunate to be able to put them to good use by doing more to benefit others in our communities.

The holidays are a great time to reflect on the many organizations that make contributions both big and small to help those in need. Our Inspire team is honored to have supported several organizations doing great things in 2017. We wanted to take a moment to tell our clients and friends a little more about each cause we’ve been honored to assist, either through pro bono work, nonprofit fee discounts, or a combination of both.

LSS CHOICES provides counseling, shelter, crisis intervention, education, community and legal support and advocacy to Central Ohio residents facing domestic violence. LSS CHOICES is the only domestic violence shelter in Franklin County.

Double Comfort Foods restaurant opened in Columbus in 2014 to raise money for local food pantries. Although the restaurant is no longer open, all profits from Double Comfort Foods Hot Sauces and Spice Blends support hunger-relief charities. Their motto is: Small batch, high quality, helping others.

Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) is a faith-based organization serving the Westerville community. The client-choice food pantry provides a supply of food for each family member for up to six days.

Founded in 2010, Fashion Week Columbus is a non-profit organization serving as a platform to showcase local and emerging fashion designers, while providing scholarships to fashion design students. This week-long event brings the community together and promotes up-and-coming fashion designers in the Columbus area.

A THREAD of Hope partners with Sam’s Fans for an annual Fashion Presentation with live bands and local bites. A THREAD of Hope has supported Flying Horse Farms and the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio, as well as funding for an art therapy program at the Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center BMT unit. Sam’s Fans was founded by Nikki & Dan McCarthy in memory of their daughter, Samantha, with the mission of providing therapeutic music and art interventions to children with life-threatening illnesses.

Over the past 20 years, A Kid Again has helped to restore a sense of normal for families thrust into the situation of having to care for a child with a life-threatening illness. Year-round events support families and provide them with everlasting memories.

Breast cancer survivor Nicole J. Phillips is an advocate for choosing kindness in life. Author of Kindness is Contagious, Phillips is a writer and a speaker and the wife of Ohio University men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips.

Girls on the Run Western North Carolina is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade that teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games and culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

We are also privileged to work with clients who share our commitment to helping those in need. This year, we’ve supported the Ohio Poultry Association’s annual PJs and Eggs event by donating new pajamas to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. We honored a long-time client who is retiring with a donation to an organization that is important to him, NPKUA, which supports research toward a cure for an uncommon, inherited metabolic disorder. In addition, we supported Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in providing hurricane relief, and donated to their internal fundraising to help the company’s own associates affected by hurricanes.

Because so much of our work revolves around food(!), we also have supported client contributions related to hunger relief over the past year, including food donations in both Ohio and Iowa. Finally, we also are pleased to help organizations that matter to our profession and to our team – and we continue to give both financial resources and our volunteer time to make things happen for many groups that are near and dear to our associates.

We have some exciting plans for 2018 that will allow us to do even more to make a difference – watch our blog for more information in the coming months.

On behalf of our team, happy holidays and best wishes for a happy New Year full of giving back and doing more.