December 22, 2016 - Holidays are not about the presents under the tree or near the glow of the menorah. It is about the glow of warmth and kindness in our hearts. There is a special kind of grace brought with holidays that opens hearts to strangers.
No organization is better at opening their hearts than A Woman’s Place. A Woman’s Place is a domestic abuse shelter that helps women press the restart button on their lives when their husband or life partner threatens their lives and the lives of their children. They provide a lifeline to empower women to help themselves. A Woman’s Place helps domestic violence survivors build safety plans, locate the resources they need to live, and build professional skills.
At Edcomm Banker’s Academy we know quite a lot about building professional skills, and even offer training on how to prevent and to address Sexual Harassment in the workplace. On December 21st, the Edcomm team offered more than our standard training programs, we offered our time and our helping hands. The shelter opened its doors for a wave of volunteers.
Account Managers, Content and Creative Specialists, and Managers alike loaded into cars to help A Woman’s Place carry and sort holiday donations. Margaret Mead once cautioned, "never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." It may not seem a big deal for a small group of online banking trainers and designers to lift heavy boxes from a white transport truck, up creaking stairs, and down tucked away cellars, but it is the small actions of volunteers that ensures that a woman kind find diapers for her newborn child when trying to create a new life for her family, free from the clutches of her abuser.
It is the time that volunteers and staff members donate to organize and to separate cleaning products from food, that makes it possible for survivors to feed their hungry children, or to find the toiletries they need to freshen up for a job interview that might change the course of their lives. It is these simple actions that makes it easy for staff members to find blankets to keep women and children at the shelter warm on a cold winter night. Holidays can be tough for kids who do not understand why they cannot wake up in their own beds on Christmas morning. Knowing where supplies are cannot fix the hurt they feel, but it can create smiles and perhaps a sense of normalcy.
The Edcomm Group is grateful that A Woman’s Place gave us the opportunity to be part of their family for the day. In a time where many people try to show their love for others by buying the perfect present, volunteering reminded us that the best gift you can give is your attention and good will.
From our family to yours, we wish you a warm and safe holiday season!
by: Madelyn Fagan