One of my favorite parts of being “my own boss” is that I have a chance to get to know people and organizations in the community that I might not otherwise have gotten to know.
Sometimes, Richards Group is even fortunate enough to be able to raise money for, spread awareness about, donate to, or volunteer our time at these fantastic non-profits. Last year, in 2018- I’ll confess, I got a little crazy volunteering my time- and in fact, I even took second place in the Biz Times Media’s NonProfit Excellence Awards- Next Generation Leadership Award, which was a pretty cool honor.
I’m writing this simply to share with you some of my favorite non-profits that we have gotten a chance to come into contact with over the last few years. Every time we get a new customer- we hope that they share with us their favorite non-profit so that we can learn about new ones and make new friends as well.
Personally, I spend a lot of time volunteering with the Women’s Center (I am on the Advancing Advocates Council). The Women’s Center is Waukesha County’s only agency that provides confidential and free emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling for families, domestic abuse, sexual assault, and trauma, support groups, substance abuse and mental health support, transitional living, employment counseling, and much more- to both men and women! In 2017, our agency was able to donate a $1,000 grant through the Allstate Foundation, which we were pretty excited about since it was our first “big check” experience.
Last year, we focused a lot on animals. Our Allstate Foundation grant of $1,000 was donated to the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County after a day of volunteering at the animal shelter. We also helped organize and sponsor an event to benefit Winston’s Wishes which is a non profit that is building a rescue sanctuary in the Janesville/Milton area. Third, we were a proud sponsor of the White Paws German Shepherd Rescue Bowl-a-Thon… even if our bowling wasn’t spectacular!
My husband and I are at a tossup for which of these two are our favorites- because they both serve families that are waiting and praying for their loved ones- either their military loved ones or their children. I can’t imagine having to be in either’s shoes. I’m proud to say that we’ve rolled up our sleeves and cooked meals in both the Ronald McDonald House and the Fisher House and we intend to go back to both to help out more. These are both amazing organizations. And… as a humble brag… when we volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House- we were with a group of Allstate agents from around the region which enabled us to unlock grant money that has totaled over $25,000 over the last two years.
Let’s see… I would be completely remiss if I didn’t mention some of the other organizations that we love and that we have tried to share the good news about, either through fundraising drives and/or by giving shout-outs to during our Friday Facebook LIVE shows to.
Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection http://www.triciastroops.org/
Milwaukee Street Angels https://www.streetangelsmke.org/
Guitars for Vets https://www.guitars4vets.org/
This year we are working on starting a initiative to help encourage our 16-25 year old drivers to decrease their distracted driving habits in an effort to help make sure that our road ways are safer – for all drivers. Stay tuned for more information on this, as we truly believe that these kinds of initiatives take a village!
Personally, I absolutely love hearing stories of how people have taken a problem and decided that they were not going to stay part of the status quo. The stories of people who went against the grain and started non-profits and those that work along side of them- whether it be for an hour or as their permanent job are absolutely inspiring and fill me with hope. Richards Group is committed to helping share the stories of the smaller non-profits and providing support when and where we can.