Giving is a priceless experience and one that our employees are very familiar with through their own donations. But Mitchell has created an additional, and quite unique, approach to charitable giving called "Ignite,” which allows employees to direct agency financial donations and experience giving to those in need firsthand.
Recently, Mitchell provided teams of employees with the financial resources and time to give. The teams then decided how to use those resources, including the selection of a worthy cause or determining random acts of kindness they can do for others. Employees give as a team and actively volunteer during the donation experience. Once each team has completed its giving experience, they share their own stories with one another and learn how their collective impact is igniting good in our community.
The following photos and quotes from team members is just a snapshot of what we all experienced as a company:
“We learned about the power a single person can have.” – Jacob Ward, Account Executive, Corporate Communications
Fayetteville Veterans Hospital
“As communicators, we know what it’s like to have a voice. So we thought it would be great to support those at the Veterans Home who fight for our country by purchasing phone cards for them to call home.” – Kelly Jo Hinrichs, Senior Strategist, Consumer Communications
“I was challenged by what it means to give and live a life of selflessness. I want to embrace this as a lifestyle moving forward.” – Mark Matthews, Digital Producer Project Employee, Creative & Digital Services
Children’s Safety Center
“Waking up this morning, we did not expect the impact we would have on the community or the impact the community had on us.” – Michael Brown, Training Manager, Center for Training, Business and Leadership Excellence
7Hills Homeless Center
“Ignite was an eye-opening and humbling experience. It takes us out of our daily lives, and allows us to see the world, and giving, from a different perspective. It is the kind of experience that will stay with me forever, and I appreciate the opportunity to make a positive impact in this community that I love.” – Tommye Johnson, Trainer, Center for Training Business and Leadership Excellence
Single Parent Scholarship Fund
“The individual our team supported was a determined mother of two who encountered horrible tragedies over the past year. As we entered the home of the individual, two of our team members realized they knew the recipient. The true meaning of community and Christmas came to life as we were able to help someone so near and dear to our hearts.” – Laura Ladd Poff, Account Executive, Consumer Communications
Fayetteville Animal Services
“Everyone who has a pet is aware that they become a part of your family, and a lot of us have adopted from the Fayetteville Animal Shelter. It was extremely rewarding to give back to the organization that took such great care of our furry family members when they were in need.” – Kim Cooper, Account Manager, Corporate Communications
Fayetteville Boys & Girls Club
“The major takeaway for our team was seeing that there were community needs right in front of us, which can sometimes be overlooked because we are so focused on other things. It is easy to assume what others need, when in reality we don’t know because we forget to simply ask.” – Samantha Barnes, Receptionist, Mitchell Communications Group
What about you? We want to know how you and your organization pay it forward to those in need. Tell us in the comment section below.
To learn more about Ignite and how your organization can pay it forward, click here.