‘Tis the Season
Category : Blog
Dec. 3, 2015
By Jennifer Knoeber, Executive Director
In this time of thanks and giving, author and educator William Arthur Ward said it well: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
Recently, volunteer Michael Miller completed a project for Dream Angels, a nonprofit that works with girls from third grade through high school. For Michael, setting up QuickBooks for the organization was as easy for him as it is for me to tie my shoes. For many projects, what may be a quick or minor task for the volunteer really transforms a nonprofit. With QuickBooks set up properly and functioning well, Dream Angels now is on its way to engaging in its first financial audit, a requirement for many foundation grants that can help the organization increase the number of girls in its programs.
Though 2015 isn’t quite over, ’tis the season to count our blessings. Nearly four dozen volunteers have completed over 40 projects, everything from strategic planning to graphic design and from grant writing to marketing assessments. While we can immediately measure the number of hours the volunteer devoted to the project to translate it into a dollar value, the more important measure comes down the road, when those nonprofits have grown as a result of the Jericho Road partnership. We’ll take the immediate information, but we’re in this for the long-haul, knowing that the problems addressed by so many nonprofits didn’t happen overnight and can’t be fixed overnight. Knowing this community has so many people willing to engage in making it better for everyone, though, brings great joy to my life. I wake up with hope, knowing strangers will help other strangers today just because it’s the right thing to do.
So in this season of thanks and giving, what makes you grateful?