Lara’s post about our weekend in NOLA reminds me that Sheila, Our Grande Dame of Donational Doings, has lately been feeding me her own tales of altruism in action, and they’re well worth a recap. It’s great to be able to give deserving causes some much-needed help and to make smiles grow as fundamental part of doing business. After all, companies and individuals who fail to give something back to the communities that make their successes possible really can’t be considered a success at all. With that in mind…
We recently gave $2,000 to Bike Recycle Vermont This organization collects old bikes, trains disadvantaged teenagers and adults to repair and restore them,
and then gives the finished result away to people in need along with a helmet and a lock. It’s a win-win-win: Bikes are recycled to conserve resources, save landfill space, and prevent waste. People who need job skills get some they can use elsewhere. And people who need bikes but can’t afford them get one they can ride to work and other places.
It’s an amazing program run by incredible people, and it’s done a lot to make things a lot better here in our own home community.
On another front, we’re helping purchase a boat for the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival, which will take place this August (come visit!). The event is sponsored by Dragonheart Vermont, a dragon boat group composed of breast cancer survivors and their supporters, families, friends, and fellow paddlers. Dragonheart Vermont is dedicated to supporting breast cancer survivors and programs that help them. This year’s event will benefit the organization itself and the Hospice of the Champlain Valley and Vermont Respite House, our state’s only home for the terminally ill.