Blueprint's Holiday Giving: Cast Your Ballot!
Here at Blueprint, we're marveling that another year has passed, and a great one at that! We worked with incredible organizations to help candidates across the country get elected, prompt ballot measures like gay marriage to pass in Washington, and achieve many other amazing results for businesses and organizations alike.
To celebrate, we're going to make a charitable donation instead of sending out gifts, and we've each selected a cause near and dear to our hearts. Can you give us your input? Please select the organization you'd like us to donate to in the short survey below. We'll tally up the results and allocate the funds accordingly.
More about these orgs & why we picked them:
Annette chose 826 National because as a child she used to get lost in books and writing my own stories. Being a giant nerd helped keep her out of trouble and she want the same for other kids. 825 National is a great organization working with kids to foster not just writing, reading and math skills — but their imaginations. That's cheesy, but true. Also, each tutoring center has a unique storefront and the one in DC is The Museum of Unnatural History. They sell unicorn tears. How cool is that?
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind
Erin occasionally volunteers for this organization to learn more about what it's like to be blind and how to support those who are visually impaired. Her 2-year-old niece, Rebecca, was born blind, and as a visual designer and lifelong lover of the visual arts, Erin finds it hard to fathom this experience. She wants to be sure CLB's facilitative services are available for people in our community.
Defenders of Wildlife
Darin chose Defenders of Wildlife because he strongly supports protecting our planet's wildlife, lands, and waters. With the constant advancements in our qualities of life, people are ever-encroaching on the boundaries of animals' habitats and sanctuaries. Supporting organizations like Defenders of Wildlife is Darin's small way of helping to preserve the natural order and beauty of populations that cannot act for themselves.
Food Bank for New York City
When Hurricane Sandy came through New York, Emily was lucky enough to only be "inconvenienced" by several days without power. Thousands of other people were thrust into much more dangerous and vulnerable situations. Natural disasters have a disproportionate effect on people with little or no savings, those least able to bounce back. Hunger has become an even greater problem citywide, and Food Bank remains committed to helping those in need.
The Humane Society
While the eternal fight of cats vs. dogs will never be solved ("dogs are better," insists Cameron), we all love our pets. Cameron chose the Humane Society because he knows that too often our furry little friends need some help, and that's what the Humane Society does — from advocating for better laws, to providing animal rescue, and more.
Amy picked this organization because she knows many women — including herself — who have benefited from Planned Parenthood services. She wants to make sure the organization and its services are available for women going forward.
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is an effort to provide aid to severely injured soldiers. Whether its offering job programs or lobbying to congress for veteran benefits, this project is there to help. Nick personally feels indebted to these young men and women in service who fight so he can live the American Dream.
Blueprint sincerely appreciates your help making 2012 so successful. And we are excited to continue doing great work with you in 2013, so stay in touch!
-Your Blueprint Team
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