Do you look at business as a tool for success… or a ways to a means? I look at it as both! I wish I had 40 billable hours most weeks, but last was more than 40 donated hours with a spattering of paying gigs. That's just how some weeks roll… but it's all good!
Non-Profiting & Live United…
On the third Monday of every month I manage a group called C.E.O.(Christian Enterprise Opportunities). This was originally a group started at Ginger Creek by a handful of entrepreneurs who were looking for support and accountability. This has evolved to an open group of small business people who get together in Batavia at David Boege's Top Floor… an awesome high-tech meeting facility (which he donates back). We typically have 6 to 10 people show up for learning, growing and fellowship.
Next, there was a friend who needed help putting together a slideshow for a memorial. This person was very special to Betty, since she was a dear friend, and delivered both her children 3 years apart on her birthday. So I agreed to create title slides, put the pictures in order, add music, master the slideshow and burn it to DVDs so it could be shown this weekend.
This was also the week for the United Way's annual breakfast. I am on the Board of Directors, and I'm also the chairman of the Community Events Committee (who plan and execute the breakfast and other events throughout the year). This is an awesome group, who really step up to the plate… so kudos to Arlene, Pat, Christine, Maria, Jeff, Dick & Karen for all of their hard work and outstanding results!
And of course being the resident geek, I'm the AV department and presentation designer. I spent quite a few hours designing presentation, importing videos from the past year's events, producing a 17 minute slideshow that showed while people were getting their breakfast, and more. Wednesday afternoon was the setup and testing of the AV presentation. Wednesday night was finishing the slideshow, and Thursday morning was the event.
There were over 350 people who are donors, volunteers, or agencies that United Way supports. It was an incredible event that highlighted three speakers who were recipients of services from some of the agencies that United Way funds. What's even more incredible is the amount of work this non-profit does with only three staff members. So congrats to Mike, Deborah, and Denise, for all you do and were able to accomplish in very rough economic times.
Friday started off with another business support group and ended up at Starbucks. After switching from AT&T to Comcast, I no longer had free Internet at Starbucks. I did discover that there is way to get two free hours a day if you're willing to jump through some hoops. First you buy a gift card, then you have to use it twice a month and spend at least five dollars. Then you go on-line to register the card with Starbucks, and then create an AT&T account and link them together.
A half hour later I was up and running just in time to meet Jim, a neighbor and golfing buddy who's decided to start his own nonprofit. This was our third meeting in the process of trying to set up the website for HungerPalooza.org. This is a blog website that he is working on to try and promote the organization and it's events!
Dough! for Food…
My band Dough! has played at many non-profit events including those for United Way, and an annual neighborhood party that raised money to buy food for the hungry. Jim's idea, along with a few others, was to turn this neighborhood party into an event that would raise money for local food banks. He also figured that other neighborhoods could do the same thing and turn this into a scalable, repeatable tool to help fight hunger in the community.
So on July 9 we are one of two bands will be playing here in our neighborhood, and hopefully through the website and other tools, we can encourage others to step up, get out there, and give back.
Bonus Video of the Week…
One of my favorite YouTube Videos is “Stand By Me” by Playing for Change. Here is another installment from them… Enjoy