Webster's dictionary classifies embodiment as "a tangible or visible form of an idea, quality, or feeling." Giving is sometimes seen as "vague" simply because there are so many ways that we can give. We give pieces of ourselves to our family, our work, our friends, our passions...
And if you are ever lucky enough...to someone that you don't know or will never know.
Why is that form of giving the most deeply cherished?
Well, it's easy to give and do for the people that we know and care for. It's never easy to give yourself or your hard working funds over to someone that you have no ties to. But this action is the proof and embodiment of love and giving. It's because we don't have to do anything. We don't have to give anything. But we do so of our own free will never knowing what the outcome will be, but walking in faith and trusting that the outcome is just enough to make a positive difference.
This year for Giving Tuesday we have beautiful tumblers available for purchase. These tumblers will keep bellies full of good drink and hands warm when we feel the nip of an impending winter wind. But they will also keep so many hearts warm. Your own. And all of the recipients that your great gift helps.
To know they matter.
To understand they can do anything.
And to be the example of kindness that everyone talks about.
But do we act on the idea of giving?
Do we extend the kindness that has, over our lifetime, been so graciously offered to us?
I invite you to do this with Clark Pleasant Education Foundation today. Let us all be the tangible embodiment of giving.
Now, go forth and do great things.
*Simply go to our home page to order your tumbler now. We are taking orders from now through Giving Tuesday! You will also automatically be entered into the chance to win a Starbucks gift basket, priced at a $100 value!
This is Jessie here, outside on my front porch rocking chair on this warm fall Monday. Now all I need is a hot cup of coffee to complete the fall feel!
Fall vacations are ensuing right now and families are gathering. As the pumpkins are being bought and baked goods delicately created, I can't help but think about what it is to be human. From what I have captured, before working at a non-profit, I knew that there was good, but that bad also existed. Sometimes it was hard to tell where the balance tipped.
For four-years of college, my pr professor and mentor told me continuously to "Do good things for good people." I started to envision what this could possibly look like. And it looked like the world of non-profits. So after graduation, I didn't just take a meek step into the uncharted waters of this sector; I dove straight in.
This is what I have found in the past several months.
Being human in a non-profit world looks a lot like the following:
-Pulling complete strangers up to give them a head-start, a chance, at a good life.
-Encouraging one another and seeing everyone as a fellow helper and friend.
-Seeing every singular person's duty as incredibly important.
-Filling in the gap for others... always.
-Sticking together and finding a way to navigate a very vast world.
-Allowing yourself and others to feel small.
- Sharing, sharing, sharing.
-Giving, giving, giving.
-And, gracious, do community businesses truly come through?! (Thank you to ALL our donors and sponsors)!
As I say this, I want to speak about payroll deductions. You see, I was sitting for days trying to find a way to say what needed to be said; to explain what is so greatly important.
A payroll deduction, my friends, can come in the form of a simple one dollar bill from your paycheck. To put this in perspective, you can't even buy gum for a dollar anymore. Or, if you feel called to do so, this could look like five dollars. To look at this in a different way, this could be one Starbucks Latte'. And maybe the fact that this is such a small amount is what is causing your reservations. How could it even matter? If that is the case I will say this to you.
We were finally able to create an endowment from payroll deductions because of the one dollar-or five dollars- from many teachers. This was something we have been striving and planning and reaching for, for so long now! And we did it, because of you all. Now, because of this, $1000 a year will go to student scholarships!
We now ask of you, because you have brought us this far, how much more can you reach? How much more can you do? What difference in a life can one dollar really mean?
Because if you ask me, based on what I have seen from the non-profit sector, small is never really small at all. Instead, it is all a domino effect that changes the trajectory of lives.
Will you ever know? Probably not.
But can you ensure that you are doing good things for good people? I would argue...absolutely.
So let me ask you...
What can you do with one dollar?
Oh...and a little PSA...
Every single person who signs up for payroll deductions (whether it's $1 or $20 or $300) is automatically entered into a monthly raffle to win $250 cash. This is a generous donation from Bailey and Wood (and can we all get a THANK YOU)!
Take care, all! Have a beautiful fall break:)
If you were not able to read the Daily Journal on Friday, September 3, then here is the big announcement that has been so hard to keep to ourselves!
The Clark Pleasant Education Foundation now how a new scholarship in the name of the Doub family. The Doub family has made this $90,000 scholarship possible as a tribute for their family past and the generations to come. This new endowment will allow us to award a four-year $1,000 scholarship to any student with the same values that the Doub family holds dear. This not only leaves a great legacy behind for the Doub family, but it impacts the lives of future students. Who knows how many lives those students will impact in return?
No. The Doub family is doing so much more than meets the eye. They are causing a positive ripple effect that will last far longer then them. And isn't this how lives are changed?
So why does Whiteland mean so much to the Doub family?
Many of the descendants of the Doub family call Whiteland schools their alma mater. The land personally farmed by ancestor David Edwin Doub (1855-1933) is now where the brand new Ray Crowe Elementary School and Clark Pleasant Middle School rests. Grassy Creek Elementary School is where Mary (Boner) Doub's (1861-1933) family homestead was located.
David and Mary's five children (Arnold, Virgil, Harry, Harley, and Frank) all graduated from Whiteland Schools and led lives thereafter full of all five characteristics that the recipients of the scholarship must uphold.
Is what made the Doub family...simply...the Doub family.
We give thanks and recognition for this legacy and generous giving.
We give thanks for the Doub family.
We may never see with our own eyes the changes, chain reactions, or ripple effects this will cause in the lives of future students and everyone they come into contact with on their own journey through life. We can, however, know that there is no act of giving yourself that doesn't come without good.
Thank you, Doub family. May your family name live on.