Everyone benefits when you “do good” for someone. First of all, the person you are “doing good” for benefits. Next, you generally feel good about it. Finally, by telling the story of what just happened, you inspire others.
And sometimes, your actions can help change someone’s life.
Let me tell you a story…
A few years ago, I attended Summer Brand Camp for the very first time. This “conference” changed my life in so many ways, but the biggest impact it has had on me is my passion for helping an initiative called No Kid Hungry (and telling people about it). You see, this conference started with a service event. I had never really done much service work, especially with a big group of strangers. I met some great people while doing good for others. That group of people all had a common cause they were passionate about which was ending childhood hunger in America.
Fast forward a bit. I meet this great guy Dwane Lay. I participate in a field hockey fund raiser last year for SHRM. This year? Dwane has cooked up something AWESOME. On Sunday, June 16th, Dovetail Software (where Dwane works) and Dice will be sponsoring SHRM Kickball 2013 to benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign. We will be playing in Grant Park in Chicago, and have an all-star list of social media personalities making up the rosters.
We have a target of $5,000. I’ve helped many people in reaching their fund raising goals, so I have no problem asking for your help (because who wouldn’t want to end childhood hunger in America, right?) Could you help with a few bucks at my fundraising page?
No Kid Hungry connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. This year, more than 16 million children in America will face hunger. That’s one in five. NKH is working to connect hungry kids with the food they need to grow and thrive.
Every dollar you donate will make a huge impact for kids. In fact, just $1 can help connect a child with 10 meals. Our goal of $5,000, while lofty, is reachable, and will have a tremendous impact!
There are other ways you can get involved as well. Here are two great resources from No Kid Hungry you can check out:
No Kid Hungry Action Center: In conjunction with the release of the documentary, A Place At The Table, NKH has developed a national Action Center where you can find ways to make an immediate impact in your communities. Their founder and Executive Director, Billy Shore, and National Spokesman Jeff Bridges are both featured in A Place At The Table, and the Action Center is a how they help supporters who are ready to act. If you’re passionate about ending hunger like we are, I hope you’ll see the film with some friends, and find actions to take in your area.
Crowdsourced School Breakfast Map: NKH recently released a study showing that kids who eat school breakfast miss less school, do better on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate from high school. They have created a Breakfast Changes Lives infographic that shows the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. But far too few schools are offering breakfast programs that effectively reach kids who need them. So they have created a map of 115,000 public, private and charter schools across the U.S. and are looking for our supporters to call their local school and help map an unprecedented look at school breakfast in America. They reached their goal of mapping 10,000 schools by March 31, and we have 20,000 schools in our sights. Please consider calling your local school and writing about your findings and experience.
Thank YOU. You are Awesome for helping AND passing this on.
P.S. – Here are some other people inspired to write about their stories.
No Kid Hungry SHRM13 Kickball Blogs
These are posts written to support the SHRM13 No Kid Hungry Kickball game sponsored by Dovetail Software and Dice
According to No Kid Hungry, 16 million kids in America live in households that struggle to put on the table. This equates to 1 out of every 5 kids, which would fill over 845 basketball arenas. 22% of kids under the age of 18 live in poverty. Simply put, this is alarming.
Personal Fundraising: Dovetail, Dice and SHRM13 Kickball Fundraiser - NO KID HUNGRY | Share Our Strength
This is the site where you can help us reach our goal of 50,000 meals for hungry kids.
SHRM National is fast approaching, bringing with it SHRM Kickball! Dovetail Software and Dice are sponsoring the game on Sunday, June 16th at 7pmin Grant Park, with proceeds benefiting No Kid Hungry.
Kickball, HR and child hunger… One of these just isn’t cool. (No, I’m not talking about HR!)
Everyone benefits when you "do good" for someone. First of all, the person you are "doing good" for benefits. Next, you generally feel good about it. Finally, by telling the story of what just happened, you inspire others. And sometimes, your actions can help change someone's life.
Food insecurity - the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food - exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children. And that's just today... We never knew how hungry we could have been.
There is, deeply embedded into our collective psyche, the drive to do good. Specifically, good for others, for those who can't do for themselves. And good in a way that can change someone's life. Last June, at the SHRM Annual conference in Atlanta, Dovetail sponsored a small hockey game in the park.
Photo Credit SHRM National Conference 2013 is fast approaching and I must say, I am excited. As a member of this year's social media team, I am fortunate to have an opportunity to cover this fantastic conference and contribute to the very important cause of 'No Kid Hungry'.
Next week is SHRM Annual, the Super Bowl for HR nerds. Whether this is your first time attending, or you're a seasoned vet, SHRM is quite an experience. This year, I have the privilege of joining many of my HR colleagues in a charity kickball game to raise money for No Kid Hungry (you can check out the event page here).
I recently went to the store to buy groceries for my ever growing boys (there are three). The receipt, when finished, stretched from my mid torso to the floor. I almost tweeted the site and then embarrassed by my good fortune, decided not to.
One week from now I get the chance to attend the SHRM National Conference in Chicago !! It's an incredible event for professional development, networking and connecting with HR pros from around the globe !! It's also an opportunity to make a difference. I dig being active and visible in Social Media.
Tuesday, June 11th is a special day for us. Dovetail has partnered with Dice to sponsor SHRM Kickball on Sunday, June 16 th in Grant Park, Chicago. Tuesday is our tweetathon. Dovetail has offered $1 per tweet that day, up to $1000. Our friends at cFactorWorks offered to match that amount, doubling our impact.
Miami. To some, this town is full of glitz and glamor. After all, we've go South Beach, The Heat, fancy cars, nightclubs, and shopping. The locals? Well we see the real side of Miami. The crazy mix/clash of cultures, the rising home prices, the difficulty in finding jobs....
Help Us End Childhood Hunger #NOKIDHUNGRY #CONTEST
My company is running a Tweetstakes to help raise participation of Dovetail Software & Dice Tech Job's fantastic No Kid Hungry Tweetathon today.
THIS. IS. AWESOME. If you're on twitter? Please help. TODAY!
Dovetail's donating money for every tweet sent (details in the blog post). Branded Strategies will be giving away "One Night Out" for contest tweets through the next couple of days - read about details on both in the blog post.
Share this with your networks, please. We appreciate you & helping us help end childhood hunger in the US.
Check this out to see all the tweets and participate in the Tweetathon!
Miami. To some, this town is full of glitz and glamor. After all, we've got South Beach, The Heat, fancy cars, nightclubs, and shopping. The locals? Well we see the real side of Miami. The crazy mix/clash of cultures, the rising home prices, the difficulty in finding jobs....
A wrap up of the kickball game played 6/16/13 during SHRM Annual 2013 to benefit No Kid Hungry.
Using List.ly to Help end Childhood Hunger in America | UGC list creation, content curation & crowdsourcing.
A group of HR professionals that leverage social media and blogging are all coming togetherSunday, June 16th to play a friendly game of kickball. Why? It's the start of the annual conference for SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management) and what better way to start a conference than with some fun, some networking, and most importantly making a change.
Crystal Miller at Lunch with DriveThruHR @TheOneCrystal visits with @bryanwempen@williamtincup & @thehrbuddy about what is keeping them up at night. DriveThruHR was designed to be a captivating and easy-to-digest lunch discourse that covers topics relevant to HR professionals. Each 30-minute episode features a guest speaker who shares her or his knowledge and experience in human resources.
In a few days, I'll be joining many of my fellow HR colleagues in Chicago at the #SHRM13 conference... to play kickball. Yes, I said it. Kickball. I know, I know....you'll need video documentation to prove I was actually on the field...but I assure you, I'll be there.
If you are anywhere in the vicinity of human resource ladies and/or SHRM then you know that we are nearing the summer solstice - when the earth does a massive axis tilt, CFOs breathe a sigh of relief (because all the HR people have left the building), and 15,000 SHRM members descend upon a convention city NEAR YOU to drink cosmopolitans, cart home obscene amounts of tchotchkes from the Exhibit Hall and, presumably, cram their brains full of HR knowledge.
By now, you've hopefully seen all the posts and tweets about the kickball game at SHRM13. We couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished. Huge thanks to our sponsors, Dovetail Software and Dice, for helping us make it a reality.