How Inspire is Giving Back this Holiday Season
'Tis the season for giving! Inspire PR Group is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting organizations and causes we care about. It is now an annual holiday tradition for Inspire that a donation be made in each team member's name to an organization of her choice.
Find out what organizations each of us chose to support this holiday season, and why they inspire us and the causes and populations they serve.
Hinda: Gahanna Bands and Montana de Luz
Hinda is supporting two organizations that have made a huge impact on the lives of her two children. Gahanna Bands, both the regular and jazz bands at Gahanna Lincoln High School, have given her son, Nick, so much joy and are helping him make lifelong friendships and grow his love of music and jazz. Her second donation is to Montana de Luz, or "Mountain of Light," located in Honduras. This is a special place for Hinda's daughter, Courtney, who has traveled twice to volunteer with the organization, which as only solidified her commitment to serving others. MDL takes in children living with HIV and was founded as a hospice for these children, but, thanks to new medicines, now can be a home where many of the children live to adulthood.
Diane: A Kid Again
Diane is a huge supporter of children's causes and has volunteered for and supported many organizations serving kids in Columbus. This year, her donation was made to A Kid Again, a non-profit children's charity with chapters in Cleveland, Dayton, Columbus and Cincinnati. Its mission is to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising kids with life-threatening illnesses through providing fun-filled events they call Adventures. A Kid Again strives to make life for families caring for a child with a life-threatening illness more like "life" again by helping them gain back moments of solace and a sense of control over their circumstances. They also give the families a time to connect and network with each other.
Hana: Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina
Hana recently joined the Board of Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina (GOTRWNC), a transformational program serving girls in 3rd-8th grade in 11 counties in Western North Carolina. GOTRWNC 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 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. Hana has coached and helped with marketing and PR efforts for Girls on the Run in Columbus and now in North Carolina and is passionate about the organization's mission.
Katie: Community Refugee and Immigration Services
At a time when the country is feeling very divided, Katie chose to support Community Refugee and Immigration Services (CRIS), whose mission is to help refugees and immigrants reach and sustain self-sufficiency and achieve successful integration into the Central Ohio community. Among local community-based organizations, CRIS is the largest agency providing services to immigrants in Central Ohio. Those services include immigration legal services and interpretation and translation.
Logan: Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio
Logan supports the RMHC of Central Ohio, which, for more than three decades, has been keeping families close at the Columbus Ronald McDonald House. The reality of having a child sick and in the hospital can be incredibly overwhelming to parents and siblings. The Ronald McDonald House is able to provide these families a bit of stability in the midst of unthinkable circumstances. When a child is hospitalized, the healing power of having family nearby is beyond measure. This year, more than 4,500 families stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Columbus.
Sam: The Nature Conservancy
"The great outdoors and the environment mean a great deal to me and are something that I hope future generations have the opportunity to enjoy," says Sam. The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Since 1951, they have protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide — and they operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. They impact conservation in 69 countries — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. They also address threats to conservation involving climate change, fresh water, oceans, and conservation lands.
Jamie: The Trevor Project
"The Trevor Project is a wonderful organization that helps tens of thousands of people every year, saves lives, and gives hope to kids who feel like they have nowhere else to turn," says Jamie. As the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, The Trevor Project runs a crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone lifeline, instant messaging service, and text line where LGBTQ youth can speak with trained volunteer counselors for support. It also has set up a free social networking community, so kids may connect with and talk to others going through similar problems, which helps build a sense of belonging and community. The organization also provides many different mental health and suicide prevention trainings/workshops to educators or others who work directly with kids.
Brooke: CHA Animal Shelter
A huge animal lover, Brooke is volunteering with CHA Animal Shelter, which provides safe, temporary shelter and care for abandoned or otherwise homeless cats and dogs and reduces pet overpopulation by means of spay and neuter, education, and community outreach.
Happy Holidays from the Inspire team, and we look forward to working with you in 2017!