Beacon Technologies, a digital marketing agency in Greensboro, spoke with Erika Leyva to share how they became involved with Children’s Home Society of NC and why they support us.
How did you first hear about our organization?
At Beacon, we believe all children deserve a magical and special holiday season. As such, we have a long history of supporting children in need during the holiday season. Our VP of Design and Development at Beacon Technologies, Keana Massey, has a personal connection with Children’s Home Society of NC: her spouse’s father was a foster child and went through adoption with the organization. She suggested our BeaconCares Committee consider Children’s Home Society’s Hope for the Holidays campaign. Once we saw the wish lists for the children we knew this was the perfect place for our team to give gifts and volunteer to help with the distribution of those gifts.
What do you hope to accomplish through your philanthropy?
Since our founding in 1998, giving back has been integral to who we are as a company, both in terms of supporting our community and building relationships and bonds among our team. Quarterly, we commit to a volunteer and/or donation opportunity in the Triad. We see community involvement as a responsibility. We work very closely on company projects and want to use that same power and unity to help others. As one of our founding partners, Mark Dirks, shared with our team while in the midst of volunteering this past holiday season, “Us Wake Forest folks like to say, ‘Proud to be a Deacon.’ This holiday season I’m ‘Proud to be a Beacon’ in the community – a shining light for those who need help.”
If you were talking to someone else about giving to our organization, what would you tell them?
Connect with Children’s Home Society socially. They are a great organization to follow on social media and you will quickly see small ways where you can make an impact in someone’s life, be it monetarily or through your time. The Beacon team really enjoyed getting to work with the other volunteers from other organizations in the Triad area and enjoyed participating in the process of collecting, sorting and organizing the gifts. Erika and the team at Children’s Home Society were so welcoming to each volunteer and had the gift organization process planned so efficiently. You really got a sense that they wholeheartedly believe in ensuring the magic of the holiday season happens for each kid in their care. Our team also enjoyed helping Ricky Proehl unload his rather large sleigh (aka trailer) full of exciting gifts. You couldn’t help but leave the volunteer event believing in the miracle of the season!
If you are wanting to learn how you can give back to your community, visit chsnc.org/donate to learn about the many options to give.