It’s that time of year again, where you look at the calendar and you can’t quite believe it’s almost Thanksgiving. Where has the year gone and how can it possibly almost be 2020?? Yikes. I know for my family, Thanksgiving is always a great time to get together and make memories with my parents, my brothers and my nephews making their way down the coast from the Green Mountains in Vermont where the temps are starting to chill to spend some great time here on the coast of Charleston. We cook and eat, then cook and eat some more, enjoy this historic city, walk the beach and have bonfires in the evening that my brother Paul always manages to make look like they’re right out of the pages of a magazine--the perfect fire with the perfect amount of heat. Vermonters definitely know to stoke their fires!! I am lucky to be able to spend this quality time with family and, after all, it’s the holidays that allow us to take some time off from work and connect with family and friends.
But as we all know, people in our communities are not always so fortunate and this is a fact that also weighs heavy on my mind during the holidays. As a family, we always make it our mission to give back in some way during the holidays to help people that are going through hardships and a rough time in life. I started thinking about this even more last week after speaking with Kathy Nelson from Giving the Basics located in Kansas and serving several communities in the greater Kansas City and Wichita areas. They are a non-profit that provides personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion and other personal hygiene products to people in the community that are in need. In fact, they have over 230,000 people who have access to the basics in the course of a month and they have distributed over 2,400,000 personal hygiene products, they stock more than 76 pantries and work with over 300 schools to make sure adults and kids alike have the things they need to feel good about themselves, clean and healthy. Needless to say, they are an amazing organization with a lot of moving parts.
One of those moving parts is the fact that several community businesses and schools donate not only their resources but their time to volunteer at the warehouse and pantries and in doing so they are required to sign a waiver for their volunteer work. Kathy is looking to WaiverSign to take their paper waiver process to a digital format and one that several people in her office and their satellite offices can all access under one account which the WaiverSign application handles really well. Kathy is also very excited about the potential WaiverSign has to organize and manage events. Giving the Basics has several businesses that will volunteer several times a year and with WaiverSign on board, she will be able to organize these events and provide each business with their own unique link to use to sign waivers. She will easily be able to look up who has signed and over time she can also see historical information on the businesses. Kathy will also have the participant list at her fingertips and in the end WaiverSign will help everyone feel organized and professional.
We do like to do our part at WaiverSign in helping out the missions of the non-profits we work with, and when you sign up with WaiverSign we’ll plant a tree on your behalf with the National Forest Foundation.
We also offer a 10% discount to non-profits which is our way of saying thank you for all of the good work you do in our local communities and the world.