The holiday season is filled with friends, family, warmth – and most importantly, gratitude. For those of us who are fortunate to be surrounded by good vibes and delicious food on a day that is all about giving thanks, we are often left thinking about ways that we can help others who may be less fortunate, in our own communities and beyond.
One of the simplest and most obvious ways to give back is to make a charitable donation to a cause. However, if you aren’t able to give monetarily, or you would rather help in a more personal way, there are plenty of things you can do.
Volunteer your time or talent
One of the easiest ways to give back without handing over cash is to volunteer. It can be as simple as showing up to help with an event or a fundraiser, or assisting with daily tasks of the charitable organization. Volunteers are always appreciated in nearly any capacity, but those with a skill or talent may be able to help by providing a specific good or service.
As a creative agency, DAY Vision is lucky to have a team of imaginative individuals to provide services to our clients. We also like to use our various skills to give back to the causes that mean something to each of us. Being able to do what we love and help others in the process is a win-win and we hope to inspire others to do the same.
This year, our Senior Designer, Sarah, found a way to use her artistic talents to benefit animal organizations. She spent more than 30 hours on a 14×17, framed pencil portrait of a big cat named Archie. Archie resides at CARE (Center for Animals Research and Education) in Bridgeport, Texas. The piece was shipped to the rescue and featured in their Art of CAREing Auction. Bidders were able to bid online for the piece, along with many others from talented artists nationwide, and Archie’s portrait raised $350 for the rescue. In addition to this piece, she donated a logo design for use on promo items.
Sarah’s not done, yet. At the end of this month, attendees to the Dressed to the K-9’s event to benefit The Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Hellertown, PA will have the opportunity to bid on a portrait by Sarah. She is donating approximately 10 hours to an 11×14 framed portrait of an animal of the winner’s choosing, which they will receive in time for the holidays. 100% of the bid earnings are donated to help The Center.
Earlier this year, the DAY Vision team also pooled their skills to provide logo design, print design, and photography to the Chris Attieh Foundation’s annual softball tournament. The tournament, held in memory of Chris Attieh, who passed away in 2010 from complications of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and pneumonia, raises money to continue Chris’ spirit of humanity and goodwill. The Foundation donates money raised by the event to a variety of charities and scholarships. The logo design was featured on the front of every shirt worn by the more than 200 players and on print materials like posters and banners. Read about one of the most recent Chris Attieh events here.
Our Content Manager, Gillian, has found a way to donate her time and support her family’s charitable endeavors. The Scott Wedell Foundation was started by her family after her step-brother, Scott, passed away from cancer at only 19-years-old. The Foundation hosts the annual Swing2Save Golf Tournament and is represented by a Leukemia Cup Regatta Team to raise money for the research and treatment of childhood cancers. In addition to maintaining the Foundation website and writing the monthly newsletter, Gillian is hands-on in organizing the yearly golf tournament.
We are fortunate that our team has found unique avenues to use our talents and skills to benefit charities that are near and dear to our hearts. It is our hope that our contributions will motivate others to explore similar options and to use their own passions and expertise to benefit others, during the giving season and all year long.