Elements Financial presented its 4th Annual Purpose Day where 185 employees spent Columbus Day focusing on community growth and education. While our staff typically gathers together to work on community-focused projects and visits local nonprofit organizations in-person, the day looked a bit different this year.
First, all staff members received a “Purpose Kit” in the mail that contained supplies to write and decorate uplifting greeting cards that will be distributed to senior citizens, nurses and doctors, and cancer patients throughout our Central Indiana community.
Then, employees attended three breakout sessions, hosted by local nonprofit leaders who shared a wealth of knowledge applicable in both personal and professional settings. Now, we’re here to share with you a few of our favorite tips from each of these featured community partners:
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
Fred Duncan, CEO of Little Red Door, shared stories and tips for our employees to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, during the global pandemic.
Safely Socialize. While many of our typical social events have been canceled, it’s more important than ever to find ways to connect with others. This leads to a healthier, happier you!
Participate in Online Wellness Activities. Little Red Door specifically hosts cooking and workout classes on their Facebook page, which are open to the public. Check them out and share with a friend or family member.
Dave Withey and Tom Hawkins, leaders of NeighborLink Indianapolis, taught our staff about how to turn their passions into action.
Be a Problem Solver. NeighborLink was founded by seeing a problem and finding a tangible solution. Look for situations in your life or community that could use improvement, then find tangible ways to make a positive impact.
Volunteer to Find Passions. Since volunteering is often a low-commitment activity, find local organizations that fit your interests, then sign up for one or two opportunities to see if they’re a good fit for you. You’ll probably meet some great people in the process!
Eric Muller, CEO of Dream Alive, provided insightful tactics for parents to engage with their children during these unprecedented times.
Lead with Humility and Empathy. With youth, especially tweens and teens, it’s critical to listen to understand rather than to try and solve every problem they have. Our natural reaction is to fix things, when we should simply focus on seeking to understand from an empathetic point of view.
Don’t Stop Pursuing Them. Even if your child thinks they are too cool for you, they still want to know you love and support them while they work through who they are becoming as young adults. It’s important to express and vocalize that you’re always there for them when they need you and no matter what.
In addition to the breakout sessions, Lisa Schlehuber, CEO of Elements, surprised each organization with a $2,500 donation. Our credit union is proud of our community involvement, focused on our three “Pillars of Giving” – Homelessness & Housing, Youth Development, and Healthy Lifestyles.
Learn more about Elements in the community and our Pillars of Giving below.