Lake Trust Employees / Moved By Good

Share the Warmth at G2G Summit

Words by Abbie Dyer on Oct 12, 2017 9:41:21 AM

It’s amazing how much we can accomplish when we work together. At our third annual G2G Summit (our all-staff day), our theme for the day was Making Connections. Our guest speakers and breakout sessions helped us learn from one another and find new sources of inspiration to refuel our work. This year, we also harnessed the motivation from our day to make a huge impact for those in need in our state.

Our branches were closed on Monday but we were still hard at work giving back to a worthwhile cause. Each member of Team Lake Trust was asked to bring at least one new or gently used coat, hat, scarf, or a pair of gloves to G2G Summit. We wanted to have a massive winter clothing drive to see how big of an impact we could collectively make in one day. 




One Day Makes a Big Impact  

Team Lake Trust showed up to G2G Summit with high spirits and full hearts. With them, they brought 902 winter accessories (hats, mittens, scarves, and pairs of socks) and 280 coats! Once we collected the items, we spent some time sorting, tagging, and boxing up the clothing to be distributed. At the end of the day, each team took a few boxes of clothing to give their local homeless shelter. 

In addition to the outwear drive, we held an electronic recycling event, which brought in 3,547 pounds of electronics such as phones, televisions and computers. Of the items collected, 85% will be recycled, and 15% will be donated to local charities.




Continuing the Spirit of Giving 

To add to our winter clothing donation, we’re also giving a total of 2,000 pairs of Bombas socks to four homeless shelters: Lansing City Rescue Mission, SS Peter & Paul Warming Center, Bountiful Harvest, and Matthew’s House Ministry. Bombas* is a sock company based in New York City that operates under the one-for-one business model; for every pair of socks sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. We decided this would be a great addition to our goal of making sure no one goes cold this winter. 



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    Sharing the Love Each team took boxes of winter clothing to donate to organizations in their hometowns.
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    Words of Encouragement We tagged each winter clothing item with inspirational phrases.
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    Moved By Good Our winter clothing collection helped kick off our organizational social purpose initiative. 

Driven By Purpose 


The huge impact we made at G2G Summit correlates to our organizational initiative of operating with a social purpose in mind. This means that we want to take every opportunity we can to help our members and the people in our communities meet their basic needs. Without their support, after all, we wouldn’t exist. 


In his opening speech to kick off our day, David (our CEO) reminded all of us to take ownership of our roles and the opportunities we have to find unique ways to give back: “We work at a pretty amazing place that not only allows us to love what we do but why we do it.” 


Each person here plays an important role in the Lake Trust story and we’re grateful for the chance to act out our passions each day. However, we also understand that a deeper connection can be made within our roles by sharing our success and giving back to others. 




Being Moved By Good 


We’re so excited about the impact we made during G2G Summit, but we need you to help us keep this feeling of inspiration and goodwill alive. We recently launched a new project called Moved By Good and it’s centered on the simple ideas of sharing the good we see in the world and passing along this feeling of good whenever possible. 


On our new Moved By Good website, we’ve featured several stories of people in Michigan who see the world a little differently and who have used their skills and passion to give back to causes they care about. We intend to use this site and the Moved By Good social media channels as a good news network to inspire everyone to give back each day. With your help, we hope to find even more stories to share. 


This is our time to be Moved By Good. 




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SEE ALSO: Food For Thought: Day of Caring   |   Hope for a Home: A Day With Humble Design




Photo Credit: Khalid Ibrahim




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