September 15, 2010

Creating a Culture of Giving

Creating a Culture of Giving

By Heidi Clark, CHO (Chief Humanity Officer)

Heidi Clark

Heidi Clark

As I sit down to write this, I am laughing, out loud in fact because my current “gift” that I’m working on is running an online auction for my children’s school and I’m (once again) stumped.  Let me begin by saying that even though I recruited for several years in High Tech this does not make me tech savvy and I am realizing quite quickly that there are many others that could do this job much quicker and yet, I plod along, happy to be contributing to this beautiful school.  That’s the point I guess, to pass this on to my children to show them that Mom is willing to try new things and is there to help. 

Giving is something that I grew up surrounded by and it wasn’t always a grand gesture, it was more the home grown variety of helping people in small, neighborly ways. I grew up with stories of my Grandparents (who luckily both maintained jobs during the 30’s) taking neighbors in during the depression and offering them dinner and company on nights when there was no food in their own home.   My father sat on our Hospital Board, the School Board, was involved in Rotary, Kiwanis and our Chamber of Commerce.  (more…)

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