As March kicked off, no one quite expected the changes that would occur throughout the month. With home schooling, people working from home, business policy changes, and everyone practicing social distancing, it has been a strange and unprecedented time for most. Our Good Deed Team leaders, Kristen and Greg, wanted to honor the space and changes necessary while remaining involved within the communities we serve.
When the news first broke that students would be completing classes from home, Greg and Kristen worked together with a local elementary school team to put together and hand out food items to around 100 families. Knowing that for many kids, their main meals come from school, made this an important opportunity for the Good Deed Team to help! Greg returned the following week to put together andgive out over 150 bags of food and toiletry items to the families.
Looking for more ways to help students and families during this time, Greg and Kristen were able to make over 50 gallons of laundry detergent to donate to other local elementary schools in the communities we serve! Along with the detergent, they donated books, coloring books, crayons, and Easter treats for the kids to enjoy. All the items were dropped off to be distributed to the families.
It is truly extraordinary to see people in our communities stepping up to help each other – from businesses to non-profits to individuals on their own, seeing everyone come together during a difficult time shows how much everyone cares. We are thankful for Kristen and Greg finding ways to help and small ways to make a difference, even from a distance!
It is important to note that the Good Deed Team reached out to these schools ahead of time to coordinate how best to help during these circumstances. If you are wanting to volunteer or donate, please reach out to the school or business beforehand to make sure that all necessary precautions are taken!
The year of 2020 is full steam ahead, and the first three months have already been incredible for Northwest and the Northwest Good Deed Team! As we plan for all 2020 has in store, we wanted to take a moment to look back on all we had the opportunity to be a part of in 2019, all the people and the organizations that we were able to work with to help make a difference.
Each year, the Good Deed Team hosts First Responder Cookouts throughout the communities that we live and work in, and 2019 was no different. We held 25 Cookouts and were able to feed over 9,000 people through it all. The most rewarding thing about the Cookouts is connecting with the first responders in our communities who go above and beyond for each of us every day. It’s those connections that have allowed us the opportunity to cookout for the upcoming Metro-Atlanta Firefighters Conference, which host firemen from all over the state. Our team couldn’t be more thrilled to serve these men and women lunch as they train to better protect their communities!
Another focus of the Good Deed Team each year is our local schools. In 2019, we were able to host 10 Bilingual Family Literacy Program events and 18 career days, donate 250 school backpacks, and gift 1,700 books. Supporting local schools has always been an important focus for the team because we believe that every child deserves a positive school experience! Whether it’s helping with a Mystery Reader program or an upcoming field trip, creating an experience that the kids can enjoy and will remember is truly amazing and something we plan to continue.
With every teammate’s passion and interest different, we get to help in a wide array of categories! From collecting items to donate to local shelters to building bunk beds for organizations that give them back to those in need, each year brings something new for the Good Deed Team to dive into. In 2019, we were able to volunteer with 3 Children’s Hospitals, in Savannah, Macon, and Augusta, to help bring a bit of joy and fun during a few holidays for the kids currently being treated. Volunteering with the local Children’s Hospitals is something we’re hopeful to continue in 2020 and beyond, with our Savannah office looking forward to celebrating many holidays to come with the children.
What started as a small mission to create a positive impact in the communities that we live and work in has grown to what the Good Deed Team is today: a team full of people working together, consistently looking outward into their communities to see where they can best help or serve those around them. Looking back, 2019 was an incredible year for us to focus on the people and organizations that mean so much to the teammates of Northwest. We know that 2020 is just another chance for us to serve more, help better, and bring even more opportunities for our teammates to make a difference.
If you know of an opportunity where the Good Deed Team could lend their time or helping hands, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Newnan team is off to an incredible start in 2020! Looking inward to the team’s interests and passions has allowed them to see new opportunities to help their communities.
One goal the team has for the year is to volunteer with the local animal shelter and humane society more often. Some of the teammates spent their Sunday at the NCHS Orientation learning about the organization’s mission and how they can help serve the animals and adoptive families throughout the year. The team will be attending dog training in March, and they’re looking forward to helping with adoption days, clean up, and caring for the animals.
The team has also continued their focus on helping local organizations and bringing smiles to those in their community. They spent a few hours one Saturday sorting through donations at the Coweta Pregnancy Service, a local organization that supports women and families in the area. They also stopped by the Ansley Park Health and Rehabilitation Center to spend some time with the residents and wish them a happy Valentine’s Day! “One resident’s card had a typewriter on the front and that reminded him of one his dad used to have! He said we couldn’t understand how much that meant to him, and the great memories it brought back. This event not only touched the hearts of the residents but our team as well,” said Good Deed Team Ambassador, Angela C.
It truly has been an extraordinary February for the teammates of our Newnan office. They are a great example of a team that wants to Make a Difference in all they do. It is incredible to see teammates not only enjoy working together but also serving the community together. We are excited to see the upcoming projects and volunteering the Newnan team is up to next.
We are proud to announce our 2019 Northwest Good Deed Ambassador of the Year, Brittney Bonsignore. Since joining the Northwest team, Brittney has not only embraced the Northwest Way, but she has applied action to it and made a tremendous impact on her Northwest teammates and surrounding community.
With laser focus, a servant’s heart, and a people-first mentality, Brittney has rallied her Newnan teammates for several Good Deed events in the Newnan area. She fostered countless relationships with organizations, like Bridging the Gap, and elementary schools, and she has increased outreach to Northwest customers. With her leadership, Newnan started a Customer Appreciation day that supports Northwest customers that may have fallen on hard times.
Brittney has continuously shared innovative, fresh ideas with her fellow Good Deed ambassadors, all while quietly leading with humility and kindness. One interaction with her and you are left knowing that she is filled with kindness, respect, and grace. We are grateful to have such an extraordinary teammate on our team who not only has an amazing heart for people but also inspires us each to aim higher every day.
Our Savannah office’s annual tradition to bring holiday cheer to the Dwayne and Cynthis Children’s Hospital patients’ rooms continued for the third year. With help from the Northwest Alpharetta and Lawrenceville offices, along with The Good Deed Team, the Savannah teammates were able to decorate the children’s rooms and celebrate the holidays with them.
This event has become a way for our teammates to bring hope and cheer to those in their community during a vulnerable time. In addition to the decorations collected and distributed by teammates, the Savannah team coordinated with a local school where students created holiday cards for the children that would be staying in the hospital over the holidays. The Savannah team also wanted to show their appreciation for all the local staff does year-round, so they made homemade peppermint bark for the nurses’ stations and the emergency department.
The Savannah team’s love for their community has started a tradition that each teammate looks forward to every year. They love spending time with the children, families, and hospital staff and hope their small act of kindness is able to brighten someone’s day. The team is already making plans for what they can do next year and what other opportunities the hospital has for volunteers. We are thankful to have teammates who choose to step outside of their every day to look for ways to make a difference.
If you’re interested in volunteering with the Dwayne and Cynthis Children’s Hospital, please visit their website.
November has become known as the month of expressing gratitude, and giving back is at all-time high during the month. The Northwest Carrollton team took this challenge of giving back head on and led with a true servant’s heart all month long. Led by the Carrollton Good Deed Ambassador, Molly B., the team has made it their mission to reach beyond the extraordinary and connect with others within their community to foster lasting and meaningful relationships.
During the month of November, the team partnered with Farish realty for the Operation Christmas Child drive. A national initiative, participants collect shoe boxes for children that will later be filled with toys for children in need for the holiday season. In addition to this project, the team has also started collecting food to drop off at a local church. Collecting non-perishable items from November 1st to December 20th, the team will drop the items off before the holidays.
Though focused on November, the Carrollton team has truly been extraordinary all year long. With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the team wanted to not only educate themselves on what they can do to help but also give back in the process. The team found a local organization that supports domestic violence victims and was able to donate over 400 personal care products and 80 toothbrushes!
Valuing people and looking for opportunities to serve are at the core of who Northwest strives to be every day. We are grateful to have teammates that believe in these values and who utilize them to make an impact on those we serve in the community. Congratulations to the Carrollton team!