For those of you who may not know, today is Nonprofit Awareness Day. A day meant to showcase the incredible work being done by nonprofit organizations and their supporters. Every nonprofit organization is merely a reflection of the men and women who support it. That is why it is such a privilege to work with so many amazing individuals that champion our cause to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. In our day-to-day conversations with participants, donors, LLS funded researchers and sponsors we hear countless creative ways that people raise awareness and funds for LLS. As a staff, we are frequently blown away by your personal stories and ways that you are “creative for a cure!”
On this day meant to raise awareness for all nonprofits, I decided to share how our staff imitates our Light The Night teams each year. As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” An interesting fact that you may not know about the staff here at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is that we are Light The Night participants too! We have our own personalized fundraising websites, we host events at local restaurants to raise money, and we even hold office barbecues to kickoff our Light The Night fundraising. Just like you, our lives have been touched by cancer, and just like you, we are raising money to bring an end to cancer.
Each LLS staff member participates as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Greene Team. The team was created in memory of Trish Greene, a former senior vice president of patient services for LLS, who lost her life to cancer. The Greene Team is a tribute to her legacy and the light Trish brought to thousands of families living with cancer throughout her career. In the 2013 Walk season LLS staff across the nation raised $421,784. And since the first Greene Team was created in 2002 the team has raised more than $2 million!
You might be wondering how our office participates in Light The Night, so here is a list of a few ways that we raise money throughout the year!
Jeans Day Passes:
Donate $5 to wear jeans at the office on the day of your choice!
Everyone prepares their best baked good. (In years past, some staff have been known to make a stop at a local pastry shop. Professional Tip: remember to remove the label from the store!) Vote with your money. $1= 1 vote! Winner receives a Jeans Day Pass and the title of the office’s best baker.
Our wonderful team captains stock the shelves with everyone’s favorite soft drinks. Each drink is $1. All proceeds go to the Greene Team!
2014 Greene Team Kickoff Barbecue: May 9th
An invite was sent out a few weeks in advance asking staff to wear green in support of the Greene Team, bring their favorite barbecue side item, and make a suggested donation of $5. We cooked hamburgers and hotdogs and turned our conference room into a makeshift picnic area (the rain wasn’t going to stop us from kicking off the Light The Night season). In total we raised $128.00!
Wearing of the Greene Day: June 11th
This coming Wednesday marks the official kickoff of the National Greene Team. In every LLS office across the nation, staff will be sporting their best green attire in support of the Greene Team!
So there you have it! None of these ideas are our own. We borrowed all of them from participants just like you. So keep the stories and ideas coming. We love hearing them. And for this upcoming Wearing of the Greene Day, we’ll be posting pictures of everyone in their green attire! If you happen to be wearing green too, let us know via Twitter or Facebook.
-Written by Taylor Wallace