Monday, December 27, 2010

Compassion and Community- the real bottom line in business

Dedicating my entire career to local not-for-profit organizations, the value of caring for those less fortunate in our community is a fundamental to our work. It’s the very reason human service organizations exist. Conversely, one might assume the for profit sector has a very different investment in community… but I’ve learned that most good businesses, from Mom and Pop shops to corporate mega-businesses make stewardship of good works part of their business plan. And in doing so their employees seem energized and deeply committed to their workplace. At DVRC, we are so fortunate to have so many caring people in the community who organize workplace initiatives to provide money, services and needed items for the families we assist. While I’m not going to spend this blog thanking all of them, I would occasionally like to highlight an organization that make good works part of its bottom line. So if you don’t already know about them, here’s a little info on Snap Fitness in Gansevoort (and soon to open another fitness center in Clifton Park.)  I love that their commitment to community is so strong that it’s the focal point of their owners’ welcome on their webpage http://www.snapfitness.com/gansevoortny. Below is an excerpt from that welcome… and an opportunity to start the New Year by donating $10 that will help orphaned pets find loving families… and one lucky donor will win 5 months free membership at Snap Fitness …a great way to give back and jump start your New Year’s resolution to be more healthy. So here’s some how Tina and Jim Marzano make community part of their bottom line:
“We love getting involved in the community. Right now we're celebrating my 50th birthday by helping to raise funds for H.O.P.E. (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist).  H.O.P.E.'s mission is to match homeless animals with forever homes as well as to save animals from needless euthanasia procedures due to overpopulation. To this end they are in the process of building a low-cost spay/neuter clinic which is scheduled to open in Wilton in the spring of 2011.Each member or non-member is eligible to win 5 FREE MONTHS MEMBERSHIP  at our club with a minimum donation of just $10.00. 
·         We also recently held our annual winter coat drive where we collected over 60 warm winter coats and jackets which were donated to the Salvation Army Community Center located in Glens Falls. The Community Center does not charge a fee for these coats. Without our members help many families would not be able to afford suitable warm clothing this winter.
·         In October the Snap Fitness team raised almost $1700 for the American Cancer Society's Breast Cancer cause. Our team proudly walked on a very rainy day in Queensbury hoping to help more women celebrate more birthdays. 
·         Lastly the Snap Fitness club in Gansevoort is proud to support the efforts of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County (DVRC). We recognize each October as Domestic Violence Awareness month by collecting used cell phones and printer cartridges and toners. The cell phones are cleared and reprogrammed for victims to use in case they need to dial 911. The toners and cartridges are turned in for cash.”

My own experience about all the blessings I've had in my life is that the more I give away, the more that comes back. That is the way life works, and that is the way energy works.
Ken Blanchard

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