In October, our Wildlife and Smyrna service centers joined each other to collect sneaker and book donations for a drive sponsored by Kids Care, Kindness in Doing Service Connecting and Respecting Everyone. Kids Care was started by a mother daughter duo who wanted the world to know that kids do care and can make impactful differences.
The sneakers and books our Wildlife and Smyrna teams graciously donated will be given to local nonprofits and charities including liveSAFE Resources in Marietta. Thank you to these two extraordinary teams; together they donated about 30 pairs of shoes and 40 books!
The Good Deed Team has continued to seek opportunities to serve safely, and this Sneaker and Book Drive–By and Drop Off aligned with COVID protocols perfectly. We are grateful for Wildlife and Smyrna’s willingness to serve our communities. For more information on Kids Care and how you can further volunteer, visit their website.
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.
The goal of the Northwest Good Deed team is to bring simple, meaningful opportunities for Northwest teammates to create a positive impact in our communities. The Newnan team has taken this vision and applied action and heart. Led by Good Deed ambassador Brittany B., and empowered by managers David H. and Leslie M., the team has worked outside of the other Good Deed initiatives to see how they can create more of an impact in their local community of Newnan, GA.
In September the team took time on a Saturday to participate in a weekly event hosted by a local organization, Bridging the Gap. This event consisted of a drive-up food bank where families could receive items that they may need for the week.
In addition to participating in this local event, the team is currently collecting socks to donate to Bridging the Gap for homeless young women and adults. They have called on other Northwest service centers to help donate as many socks during ‘Socktober’ as possible.
When Newnan Branch Manager, David, found out about his team receiving the award he was excited; “What an honor for our team! Brittany has worked tirelessly to help get our team involved in these events. So proud of our team and of Northwest for giving us all the opportunity to serve our communities and to live and carry on the Northwest culture!”
Congratulations to the Newnan team on receiving the Good Deed Service Center of the Month award for September. This team is such a great example of putting people first and working to make a difference together.
For more information on The Good Deed team and how to get involved, visit our Good Deed page or email email@example.com.