We’ve decided to approach the holidays differently this year.
Throughout the year we direct our talents to organizations that are leading important work in our city. Our partners are educators, health care professionals, librarians, not-for-profit administrators and business leaders. We take pride in adding to their good work, but there is always more that can be done.
This holiday season, we're taking 10 days to celebrate our community. During this #BoxGiving17 campaign, we intend to:
- Recognize hardworking people who make this city a wonderful place to live and work
- Bring awareness to causes and organizations our team cares about
- Spread a little joy and happiness during our frenetic schedules this season
You can follow our social channels and blog as we visit with 10 organizations in the next two weeks. We invite you to join in by sharing in this campaign or by supporting other groups in your own way. We’ve selected nine groups to champion, and are encouraging you to select our final recipient by nominating an organization (nominate here!).
We kicked off our two-week campaign with a simple gesture to thank our local police and fire departments. We stopped by the IMPD North District and Fire Station 32 this morning with some local brew and praise for keeping our community safe year-round.
We believe simple acts can lead to great impact. Here's hoping that rings true during #BoxGiving17!
Day 1: Local Sakekeepers
We started our two-week campaign by "nicing" the men and women who watch over us every day. We delivered Monday morning coffee to IMPD North District and Fire Station 32 who serve the Broad Ripple and nearby communities. Both police and fire departments lead their own charitable campaigns this time of year, including the FOP's Shop with a Cop program to provide clothing, books, and toys to neighborhood children.
Day 2: Child Advocates, Inc.
There are over 8800 children in the Marion County foster care system who require a child welfare advocate, 80% more than in 2013. Every day, an average of 13 new children enter the foster care system requiring case support. While Child Advocates shares a wish list for the children they serve, their greatest need is to recruit more volunteers to give their voice to these local youth. For these thousands of children, a child advocate will support them to perform better in school, spend less time in long-term foster care, and ensure they are less likely to re-enter the system. To learn more about volunteering for Child Advocates, please visit this site.
Day 3: Girls Inc. of Central Indianapolis
Girls Inc. partners with schools and community organizations to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. To work toward that mission, Girls Inc. seeks volunteers to deliver programming designed to empower and educate children in Indianapolis. We dropped off boxes of supplies for Girls Inc. programs to begin again in the new year, and volunteers are needed to go through training in early January. You can also support an individual’s programming with a gift of just $25. To Stand Up for Girls, visit this site!
Day 4: The Letter Project
At its core, The Letter Project is simple: women writing letters to girls around the world who need extra encouragement. No problem is too big or too small that can't be helped with a little bit of handwritten love. The process is simple, too: request a letter, volunteer to write, or share this opportunity with others. Sarah Herbert gathered our team to host a "Write Night," to craft letters to be sent before the holidays. Sign up to spread encouragement at To Love Ourselves, leaders of The Letter Project.
Day 5: WQRT 99.1FM Radio
This year Indy heard the launch of WQRT 99.1 LP-FM, a low-power FM station owned and operated by Big Car Collaborative broadcasting out of Listen Hear in Garfield Park. The station has the potential to reach more than 400,000 people and connect our community with cultural programming as an "audio art museum." It's a new radio experience that's been championed by our team of music enthusiasts, namely Drew DeBoy. Take a listen and support local radio!
Day 6: Indiana Forest Alliance
Our founder and CEO, Jeb Banner, is often one to head into the woods to recharge and sharpen his focus. He's especially fond of the forests in Brown County, the site of contested logging action that is being opposed by the Indiana Forest Alliance (IFA). The mission of IFA is to preserve and restore Indiana's native hardwood ecosystem for the enjoyment of all. Their work includes research, advocacy, organizing, storytelling and even litgation to benefit wildlife, soil, air and water quality. It's a mission that benefits all of us; we encourage you to learn more and support the Indiana Forest Alliance.
Day 7: Coburn Place
We first learned of Coburn Place through one of their volunteers and can't wait to join their efforts. Coburn Place aims to empower victims of intimate partner violence to live as survivors, providing safe and stable housing and resources to support adult victims and their children. This Midtown residence continuously seeks volunteers, items from their wish list (especially vacuums!) and financial support. You can learn more about Coburn Place and how you can help them provide this safe environment for residents by visting their website.
Day 8: Joy's House Adult Day Service
Caring for a family member or friend can be an honor, but is also not without challenges. Joy's House alleviates some of the physical, mental, and financial burdens associated with full time care. Located in Broad Ripple and on the campus of UIndy, Joy's House cares for adults living with physical and mental challenges while providing respite for caregivers. Learn how you can support their mission by visiting their website.
Day 9: Humane Society of Indianapolis
For over 100 years, the Humane Society of Indianapolis has been the leading voice for animal welfare and quality of life. Offering adoption services, foster home placement, positive reinforcement behavior training, affordable spay/neuter services, and medical care, Indy Humane advocates for our four-legged companions in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. We delivered bulk jars of peanut butter which is a crucial wishlist item to deliver medicine and establish trust with the animals in their care. Learn how you can help the animals by visiting IndyHumane.org!
Day 10: Community Pick!
We asked our clients, partners, and network to nominate organizations to be recognized on day 10 of #BoxGiving17. You've spoken - and the winner is Indy's Habitat for Humanity! Habitat for Humanity provides quality, affordable houses to families and individuals in need. Habitat homeowners gain self-respect as they work alongside volunteers to construct their homes. Since 1987, Habitat has provided more than 525 families with the life-changing opportunity of homeownership! Get involved by making a gift, joining a build, or volunteering your time!
We tested our belief that small acts can yield greater results. A simple thank you or gesture, or "nicing" as we refer to it, can be the encouragement and support people need at the right time in their lives. We'll commit to more of this in the new year, and hope you continue to join us!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from your friends at SmallBox!