How Inspire is Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

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In honor of Giving Tuesday, Inspire is making a donation on behalf of each person on our team to an organization of their choice. Inspire was built with the vision to not only do good work, but to do good things in our community. We are proud to inspire good through supporting causes we are passionate about and organizations that are causing positive change in our local communities.

Our team shared a bit more about where their donations are going and why.

Hinda Mitchell

  • My Cause: Gahanna Bands
  • My Why: The bands had a large impact on my son, Nick, and his life.

Hana Bieliauskas

  • My Cause: Girls on the Run of WNC, the Western North Carolina chapter of Girls on the Run International
  • My Why: Girls on the Run empowers girls in grades 3-5 to be joyful, healthy and confident through running. As a coach and a board member, I have seen the incredible impact the program has on helping girls learn how to deal with issues like bullying, gossip and peer pressure, and how running helps them process their emotions in a healthy way.

Sarah Miller

  • My Cause: Strecker Cancer Center in Marietta, Ohio
  • My Why: Three of my grandparents passed away from cancer and were treated at Strecker. They each received tremendous care and support from the doctors, nurses and staff there during a difficult time in their lives. My donation is in memory of my grandparents, Dave and Nancy Pyles and Louie Huck.

Amanda Ensinger

  • My Cause: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
  • My Why: I know several people who have had very seriously ill children, and this organization does amazing things to support families. RMH offers kids and families a home environment to live in while they are in and out of the hospital. The support system they provide is amazing. I did a project with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Cincinnati and was truly inspired by this organization. As a mom, I cannot imagine what these families and children are going through and want to help in any way I can.

Katie Lundy

  • My Cause: Hydrocephalus Association
  • My Why: We almost lost my nephew, Gage, to this condition when he was a baby, and he has had to undergo numerous brain surgeries that have been hard on him as well as the entire family. Gage unfortunately now suffers from eyesight issues and has limited mobility on one side of his body.  His days are filled with physical therapy appointments, but he is a little trooper and such a special kid.

Emily Hanhart

  • My Cause: The Reach out and Read program at Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • My Why: The Reach out and Read program equips clinicians with the resources and training they need to use reading as a mechanism for gauging developmental milestones for children from birth to age three - a period of critical brain development. This program also provides books to underserved families who may not have any books at home and educates them on the many benefits of reading together as a family.

Marissa Mullen

  • My Cause: She Has A Name, an anti-human trafficking organization in Columbus, Ohio
  • My Why: I had the opportunity to work with them and many of their partnering organizations in college, and it was honestly a life-changing experience. It was incredible to see firsthand how this organization is genuinely saving lives. The work they are doing, not only to support and transform women who were coerced and trapped in the world of human trafficking, but also educating the public about what human-trafficking really looks like, especially in our own backyard, is truly inspiring.

Diane Hurd

  • My Cause: The Butterfly Guild at Nationwide Children's Hospital, which is dedicated to raising funds for central Ohio’s only pediatric hospice and palliative care programs
  • My Why: The Hospice Program at Nationwide Children’s serves to provide children with life-limiting illnesses the opportunities to play, laugh, learn and remain home where they may be surrounded by family and friends. Offered to children and families either inpatient or living at home, the goal of the hospital’s Palliative Care Program is to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life.

Shelby Bradford

  • My Cause: Lutheran Social Services' (LSS) Network of Hope
  • My Why: LSS does incredible work year-round for the central Ohio community. They offer several services to central Ohioans, including a homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter, food pantries, a fully functioning health center, and much more. I feel passionately about the work the LSS team does because it is so important to our communities.

Marisa Long

  • My Cause: Ronald McDonald House
  • My Why: I am supporting this cause in memory of my nephew, Cooper. My sister and brother-in-law benefited from RMH when my nephew was sick, and it allowed them to spend their time with him and not worry about how they would get back and forth from the hospital. This is such an important charity that helps families stay together during very difficult times.

Jess Ensley

  • My Cause: BalletMet
  • My Why: I did ballet for 15 years growing up and it shaped me into who am I today by teaching me discipline, creativity and self-expression. BalletMet's dance academy impacts more than 1,500 students each year and their performances reach nearly 125,000 audience members annually through local performances at home, touring shows, academy classes and extensive outreach.

Susie Dunlea

  • My Cause: The Paws Cause Rescue
  • My Why: I recently adopted my cat from this incredible rescue outside of Cincinnati. “Many hands with one heart for the animals” and “We rescue from the heart” are how Paws Cause spends its time and efforts. The foster-based rescue puts extensive effort into the health and adoptions of the animals they care for.

Michelle Leitzy

  • My Cause: JDRF of Central Ohio
  • My Why: JDRF funds critical research to treat, prevent and ultimately cure Type 1 diabetes. A mission that I've become invested in over the past few years, Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 10 percent of the more that 420 million global cases of diabetes and is neither preventable nor curable, yet!

Logan Trautman

  • My Cause: Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
  • My Why: The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center helps survivors of rape and sexual abuse, promotes healing and prevention, and advocates for social change in Cleveland and its surrounding areas. A friend of mine works for the Center and has opened my eyes to how many individuals face sexual violence each year. The Center works to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse in local communities through counseling services, victim assistance in the justice system, and training and educational programs, and is working to eliminate sexual violence through prevention programs.

At Inspire, we frequently volunteer, both collectively as a firm and as individuals, to make the places we call home better. We recently held a drive for the Westerville Area Resource Ministry, where our team donated more than 100 items for those in need for the holidays. Through our Inspiring Good grant program, we look forward to supporting Garrett Recovery Housing, which offers safe, secure and supportive sober living for women recovering from addiction in central Ohio.