I was raised in a family in which, “please,” “thank you,” “yes ma’am,” and “no sir,” were drilled into me from as far back as I can remember. (In fact, my mother often pretended not to hear me if requests didn’t have the requisite “please” attached to them). I’m so grateful that my parents modeled values such as courtesy, showing appreciation, and the golden rule as valuable life lessons that are still very much with me today. I was also taught the value of giving back. From my earliest experiences performing music recitals for the residents of assisted living homes, to more recent experiences as a board member of non-profit organizations, I’ve truly taken those lessons to heart.
That’s why I knew that when I launched my own venture, giving back would be part of my business plan.
I support several organizations, but my current non-profit organization of choice for this business is Heifer International. If you are unfamiliar with them, their mission is to “work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.” I love their model, which is to empower the people they serve through donations such as sustainable farming, clean water, assistance in starting a micro business, and animals that can provide an ongoing food and income source.
Heifer International is a wonderful program, and I’m committed to using part of my profits to donate to this fantastic organization.
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