Giving back to our local community is very important to all of us at PMG.

Due to H1N1 and concerns around the wellness of children in relation to this, we have been advised and have decided not to host the Vermont Toy Share this year.  Our intention is to return in November 2010 with this event.  Thank you to the local community for all of the interest and support for this event – it has been overwhelming.

When one door closes, another opens. After making the decision to shelf Toy Share for this year, we started to ask ourselves: how can we continue to make a difference within our local community? Sure, we could donate money to some non-profits… and we do.  We could provide some services pro bono to worthy causes… and we do that too.  We wanted to feel more tied to an organization and that our efforts were directly benefiting someone in our local community.  After some brainstorming we got it!

Ken and I do a fair amount of public speaking in Vermont and across the US.  Most times, we are offered an honorarium, and in most cases we politely decline. Preparing for these presentations, traveling to them and then presenting at them take time. And while we do not typically take the honorarium, we will now. We have decided that all honorariums that we collect between November 1, 2009 and October 31, 2010 we will donate to a charity.

For 2010, we are proud to announce that Spectrum Youth and Family Services will be our first partner in this effort.  All monies for speaking honorariums collected by PMG during this time period will be donated to Spectrum to help them continue the great work that they do with teens in the Burlington, VT area.

Want to join us in supporting Spectrum? Here’s a couple of options:

  • Ask a PMGer to speak at your next event. For more information drop me a line at nicole(at)peoplemakinggood(dot)com

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2 Responses to “Partnership”

  1. Kim Says:

    I am so sad that this was shelved for this year, it was such a great and helpful event for low income families last year. I realize that it is out of your control, but still wanted to say thanks for last year’s swap. I have been saving toys all year that have been weeded out for this swap. I will definitely keep them for next year’s event. Wish there was a way to still do a smaller scale swap with local families…

  2. Nicole Ravlin Says:

    Hi Kim,
    Thanks for your support. We were and are sad too. We will defiantly be back next year. If you decide to do a smaller swap, let us know – we’d be happy t post details for you here and on the Toy Share page.
    All the best,

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