GOING BEYOND OUR WALLS FOR PROJECT LINUS
Going beyond our walls is a core value that runs deep throughout all of us here at NCW. It means, “Giving our time and talent to better our community” and it’s a critical piece of NCW. Our NCW family is strong and united, so finding ways to share our love and compassion with our community is something we proactively seek out.
This February NCW decided to team up with Project Linus. The organization supports children in need who are usually ill or have experienced some sort of trauma.
Maria Sirounis, an employee at NCW, felt very strongly about NCW supporting Project Linus, “It stood out to me because similar to NCW it is run nationwide. Project Linus allowed for the collaboration of the whole NCW family, and not just those at headquarters. All of our virtual employees and branch offices were able to be key parts in our service day. I knew Project Linus needed our help, but I also wanted everyone to be have the ability participate and give back to these kids.” Maria knew Project Linus would be a perfect fit for our first 2021 service day.
Project Linus was born the day that Karen Loucke read an article about a sweet little girl, Laura, that was diagnosed with Leukemia before the age of 3 and battled the disease for years. In the article, Laura’s mother explained that Laura’s special “blankie” was a source of comfort and stability during her many chemotherapy treatments. This story gave Karen Loucke a great idea!
Project Linus is now a renowned non-profit seen in magazines such as: People Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Parade, and many more. The non-profit’s main objective is collecting handmade blankets from volunteers all over the world. The company has accumulated 80,000+ volunteers, and the NCW family wanted to be part of that ever-growing number.
During the last week of February, NCW gathered to put together blankets. To accommodate with COVID-19 safety guidelines, we broke the activity up into two days, which allowed our team to still work collaboratively and have fun in the process.
This experience was incredibly rewarding for all of us at NCW. Being able to give back to Project Linus and be able to support a whole new community is an opportunity we will always seek.
Our Indianapolis staff recently reunited full-time in the office. It was fun to catch up with one another and experience a bit of normalcy again. It’s safe to say our first service project of 2021 was one we wouldn’t mind repeating!
Project Linus is always looking for more volunteers to help fulfill their mission. All of us here at NCW encourage you to reach out to your local Project Linus and see how you can give back. They’re always seeking blankets, fabric, thread, and other items.
We recommend you refer to their website for how you can give back: Project Linus
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