Giving Back During the 2019 Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again! The time when we get together with family and friends to exchange gifts, reflect on the previous year, and give back in our own small ways. To focus on our core value of Giving Time, Wisdom, and Resources, we wanted to thank our consultants for such an amazing year of giving and highlight a few of the ways the Keyot team has given back to our communities in 2019.

In May, Keyot consultants in Charlotte created cards with words of encouragement for the children of Levine Children’s Hospital and also collected items to donate such as toys, games, and books:

Charlotte Give Back Event May 2019

In August, Keyot sponsored the 2019 Wells Fargo TMPS Charity Golf Classic, raising money for The American Cancer Society, The Bennett Clayton Foundation, and Vail Place:

Keyotville 2019

At the end of August, we packed 684 meals for Meals from the Heartland:

Meals for the heartland 2019

And in October, we packed 5944 meals for The Sheridan Story:

Keyot at the Sheridan Story 2019

In mid-November, our Iowa Keyot Holiday Party wrapped gifts for Hawthorn Hill:

Iowa Keyot Holiday Party 2019 Group Photo

And at the end of November, our Minnesota Keyot Holiday Party wrapped gifts for Lifetrack:

Minnesota Keyot Holiday Party 2019 Group Pic

To close out the year, in Mid-December we will also be wrapping gifts for a non-profit in Charlotte, NC called Gracious Hands. Can’t wait!

Other Give Back Ideas

We asked our back office team about some of the ways they like to give back! Check them out for more give back ideas this holiday season:

I love to volunteer at different places around the Twin Cities like Feed My Starving Children.

-Laura Jensen

I volunteer through the MN Society of CPA’s.  Last year I worked with BestPrep and went to a local school to talk about taxes to Juniors and Seniors in high school.  I am on their list if they ever get a request for someone to come speak about the CPA profession or a related topic.

My nephew also does gifts for the homeless in Mpls and St. Paul every year.  We purchase necessity items and gifts cards, wrap them and then disperse to pass them out.  The challenge is finding them in their actual environment and then having them accept the gift.

-Diane Brass

I give back through Big Brothers Big Sisters – spend a couple hours every month with my little sister of 7+ years

-Erin Byriel

We volunteer a lot for our church youth groups, foster care and a local food pantry stacking/organizing food.

-Aaron Stratman

I was recently a dog adoption coordinator at the Animal Humane Society. As a dog adoption coordinator, I helped customers connect with and learn about animals in our care to make good adoption matches. Volunteers would set up visitations with potential customers and share the behavioral and health histories of our animals. We also helped socialize the dogs and give them exercise.

AHS is a fabulous organization, and being an avid dog lover who can’t own a dog in my current circumstances, it was a great way to connect with and help dogs in need find their forever homes.

-Haley Madsen

These all sound like normal Delivery Manager things, but I’m referring to conversations with friends, family, connections, etc:

-Resume help / tailoring for specific job opportunities/industries
-Talking about what to prepare for in an interview
-Provide industry insights and updates to those looking to build their career
-Donate to local organizations and/or Make-A-Wish! There’s several organizations in our own city that support issues we often don’t even know exist!

-Andrew Reiter

One thing I like to do sometimes is pay for the person behind me in line, like at the McDonalds drive-thru, Starbucks, or for ice cream.

-Haley Meissen

As you can see, there are plenty of ways we can all get involved to give back. We want to thank our team once again for their generous spirits and a wonderful year of serving our communities. We can’t wait to see what 2020 holds and are looking forward to another great year!

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