As we all know, November is the best month of the year to shop. The big box retail shops count on huge sales on Black Friday, which is on November 25th this year. Small businesses like ours, who cannot afford to compete with the deep discounts that the big box stores offer, count on you to think of us on Small Business Saturday (November 26th). Then we have Cyber Monday on November 29th, when retailers again count on us to spend big bucks on their online sales. Then after the turkey is done and loads of money has been spent along comes Giving Tuesday. It’s well promoted but after the crazy shopping weekend is over many people feel tapped out. That is why we’re asking you to think about planning ahead for Giving Tuesday by putting some money aside to give to your favorite non-profit. If you can’t afford to donate to a non-profit financially, please consider donating your time. In the non-profit world the donation of time is as valuable as money.
We have two non-profit partners that truly give our small business purpose; Literacy KC and Band of Angels.
Most cities have an organization that focuses on literacy for adults. When I lived in Barrie, Ontario (Canada) I donated by time as a tutor at the Barrie Literacy Council. A similar organization in Kansas City is called Literacy KC. Literacy KC provides services that include private tutoring, digital literacy, math and family reading programs. To find your local literacy connection just google your city name and the word literacy. These organizations are always looking for tutors and other volunteer help. Five years ago Kristi and I developed a rewarding relationship with Literacy KC. We created a collection of word jewelry that gives back to Literacy KC with every sale, year around. These pieces make excellent gifts for teachers, readers, writers and graduates. You can check out our Literacy KC Collection by clicking here. It has been so fun to watch this amazing organization grow over the years.
Donating is easy! To donate to Literacy Kansas City simply click on their logo (left) and then the blue “donate” button in the upper right hand corner of their main page. If you would like to tutor or donate your time in another way give them a call!
Through Literacy Kansas City and ultimately the One Million Cups Program (entrepreneurs check this out) we met Mike Meyer from Meyer Music, founder of the Band of Angels Program. Band of Angels collects, repairs and distributes donated instruments to kids in need who wish to participate in band and orchestra programs. We use the instruments that cannot be repaired to make jewelry for our Band of Angels Collection. A generous percentage of each sale goes directly back to Band of Angels year around. Through fundraisers, our partnership, and a partnership with Roadhouse Fountains they also raise money to send kids in need to music camp in the summer. Click on our Roadhouse Fountains link – Keith is wonderfully creative. I love my saxophone/trumpet/ trombone fountain.
To donate to Band of Angels simply click on their logo (left) and then the yellow “donate” button on the top right hand corner of their main page. If you have an instrument that you would like to donate, it can be dropped off at any Meyer Music location.
Even though we donate to both of these amazing non-profits year around we also put aside some money to donate to them on Giving Tuesday. Both of these programs work so hard and impact so many lives in our community. It seems like the right thing to do after a weekend of shopping.
Happy November friends!