Life – and work – seems to be getting more and more complicated. It’s harder to connect with others in meaningful ways. It’s a challenge to be certain we’re making a difference in what we do. Communication is faltering; to-do lists are growing (and growing), and information is bombarding us faster than we can keep up.
It gets more and more complicated, and we’ve found that one of the best ways to deal with that is to keep it simple. As simple as we can.
We all want to “give back” and “make a difference,” but all those words (including “philanthropy”) sound expensive, time-consuming, and like something we hope someone (else) does.
But we do want to help our communities and people in need. Can we possibly make a meaningful difference AND fit service work into our hectic schedules?
While we can’t do it all, we can make a difference with simple, small actions that give back to others. Through small gestures, we can make the world a more positive, better place. Here are a few ways to get started.
Recently, Elite Rewards started a “3 Simple Things” initiative. Doing three simple things to help out in the communities that our employees live and work in. This month we decided to do three simple things for Free Home Elementary in Canton, GA. We wanted to help out this small school as much as we could, and by picking three simple things we were able to spread the joy around the school.
First, we donated a basket of school supplies to the teachers to help out with items they may be short on this school year. Second, we presented their bus drivers with Yeti tumblers and coffee to show our appreciation for them during “Bus Driver Appreciation Week.” Our last simple thing was to pay off the overdue lunch accounts. Students never go hungry and are given a meal even when they don’t have the money to pay. We decided to commit $50 to pay off the overdue lunch accounts. This amount paid off the account and there was still money left over for the future.
All of these things were simple and low cost but made such a difference for the faculty, staff, and students at Free Home Elementary. We plan to continue this initiative throughout the year and encourage you to do the same. It is amazing the difference 3 simple things can make!