“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
New Year – new resolutions, new plans, new dreams.
This year I decided to involve my business in adding value to other people’s lives by donating a portion of my monthly profits to charity. I enjoy working with customers and help them discover their assets, unique values and personal voice – it’s a truly rewarding process. Making a difference and adding value are my goals for 2017 and because Halftone Studio is a big part of my life, I decided to use this opportunity and make it serve yet another purpose. “Making a Difference” is a small project which – starting from January 2017 – involves donating a portion of my monthly earrings to charity and featuring each charity I’m donating to so that my readers and customers can learn more about their work and problems being addressed.
I decided to launch this project because I believe a business (no matter how big or small) should not only be focused on profits but also contributing – by donating money, things or time. I’m also hoping this will inspire you to think how can YOUR business make a difference. You don’t need to make millions (I certainly don’t) in order to contribute. Donating unused things or volunteering is a great place to start.
link to hope
January donation goes to Link to hope – charity established in 1991 and dedicated to rebuilding lives and communities in Eastern Europe by supporting Education and Social Care projects in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine and Bulgaria. They run several projects such as Home Rebuilding, Parenting Courses, Homework Clubs and Shoebox Appeal – you can find out more about their mission and actions here: Link to hope website or Facebook
“It was still snowing as we arrived at a river bank. Here lived 3 families, living in 2 houses on the other side of the river. One of the families father had previously had a stroke and was paralysed. Once they had thanked us for the shoeboxes, they went to return to their homes and there was only one way to do that. The sight of them crossing over the river clutching parcels was quite something. They had to jump from one slippery stone to the next without falling into the river”
We couldn’t quite imagine how they were doing this every day and the risks the children especially were taking of possibly falling in the freezing water. They were all so sure footed and as you can see even the large brown boxes that your shoeboxes are delivered in was joyfully taken to be used to insulate one of the houses from the biting cold.
Find out more about the shoebox project here