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.