Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday in the EveryAction office. How could you we not love an entire day revolving around family and food? In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we challenged our team to think of one way to give thanks or give back to people, communities, or organizations that are meaningful to them.
How are you giving back or giving thanks this weekend? Tweet us @everyactionhq and we'll add your tweet to our post.
Happy Thanksgiving from the EveryAction Team!
"This year, I’ll be giving back to DC by running in the SOME (So Others Might Eat) Trot for Hunger 5K here in Washington, DC. I've raised over $250 and the proceeds of the race go to benefit homeless families and individuals, including elderly and people suffering from mental illness, by providing food and clothing."
-Devon Hopkins, Director of Marketing
"I am donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in support of my 3 cousins who have been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. While I am thankful for my own health, I want to take this time of giving to support the causes close to my heart. The foundation, as well as the Mayo Clinic, have been a tremendous help to my family and ensuring my cousins have the best care possible."
-Katie Drury, Sales Coordinator
"We won’t be able to volunteer this Thanksgiving because we have a baby on the way!
However, we are making a donation to support the Nationwide Children's Hospice & Palliative Care Program in Columbus, OH.
Palliative Care focuses on pain relief, care coordination, communication and support for patients/families dealing with serious illness. The Palliative Care team consists of the family, physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy and Child Life Specialists who work together to prevent and ease suffering. Their goal is to encourage the best possible quality of life. Palliative Care helps patients, families and caregivers."
-Jim Alexee, Account Executive
"Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for what you have in life and all those around you. This year I am blessed to work for a company that truly cares about this missions of our clients.
Not everyone though is employed and has a place to be this Thanksgiving and I decided not to travel home for Thanksgiving to be with my family and instead I am hosting friends and acquaintances for Thanksgiving dinner. I’m cooking a turkey, a ham, mashed cauliflower and even making holiday punch and I’ve invited all those I know (and friends of friends) who have no place to go to join me.
This year, this is how I’m giving back. I’m always thankful for those around me and what I have in life and I’m excited to share it with others."
-Joe Lazzerini, Account Executive
"I’m thankful for getting to work with great clients, like Karen Hancox of the DSCC, who is the ultimate in “tough but fair” clients that get things done. Winning the Senate back in 2016 is part of any plan to move America forward, and Republicans will be defending 6 seats in states President Obama won in 2008 and 2012. So, I made a monthly contribution to the DSCC (using FastAction!)."
-Stu Trevelyan, CEO
"This Thanksgiving, I'm contributing to SOME (So Others Might Eat) to provide food and medical services to those in need in the Washington, DC area."
-Michelle Stephenson, Executive Director
"Our family’s wonderful and loving daycare provider, Farzin, is from Iran and most of her family remains there. However, she does have a cousin who lives in DC area with her children. Her cousin has been battling cancer for several months and just got admitted to the hospital for an intensive experimental treatment. Farzin is struggling with the emotions of her cousin’s illness and the stress of hosting Thanksgiving, so my husband and I are making pies tonight to send over tomorrow morning. It’s a very small gesture, but hopefully it will help show her how much we love her and take a small task off of her plate."
-Vicky Schumacher, Account Executive
"Growing up in a small Virginia town, my church youth group made it an annual activity to work the community Thanksgiving dinner. This event is open to all and free of charge, with the food provided by a cooperative of civic and church groups.
The event, now in its second decade, has served thousands of meals to people looking for a warm meal and comradery. It taught me so much about the value of extending a hand to the less fortunate on such a day of abundance.
This Thanksgiving I won’t have the opportunity to volunteer as I once did, so instead I will be donating a Thanksgiving meal to the DC Central Kitchen food bank. This full meal includes a turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings and will be served to a needy family in the area. This is my small way of showing thankfulness for all the blessings that I have received in my life by allowing another family to gather without worry on such a special day."
-Amy Richardson, Director
"This Thanksgiving, I’ll be sponsoring a youth to attend the 2015 Fresh Brunch gala event from one•n•ten, an incredible nonprofit in Phoenix dedicated enhancing the lives of LGBTQ youth by providing empowering social + service programs that promote self-expression, self-acceptance, leadership development, and healthy life choices.
I’m so happy to support the wonderful work being done at one•n•ten and am thankful to the inspiring staff, donors, and youth volunteers for all that they do!"
-Marcella Vitulli, Marketing Associate
"For Thanksgiving this year, I’ll be making two donations to my local public radio stations – WAMU in DC and WBEZ in my hometown of Chicago. Though public radio enjoys funding from taxpayers and private companies, they still require gifts from individual listeners to produce industry standard reporting and content.
I deeply value NPR’s programming as it allows me to stay connected to both my local community and to the world at large. I’m very thankful to be giving back in honor of all the great work they do on behalf of citizens in Washington DC and Chicago."
-Nathan Moore, Account Executive
"I’m taking this morning off to help deliver food donated by school kids to charities around the Boston area. My Mom and her co-librarian (teachers at that school) organize it every year, and the local grocery store is always super generous about matching the dollars raised by the kids to double the number of turkeys available. The kids also decorate boxes that they then put items in to round out the Thanksgiving meal: stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed potatoes, etc."
-Rob Winikates, Digital Product Director