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Five Ways to You Can Give Back on #GivingTuesday Without Breaking the Bank

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Employee Engagement Manager, Hillary Stamper

Let’s Bring Karma Back, in a Good Way!

What is #GivingTuesday?  We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting great sales. Let’s talk about  #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back.  It happens today,  December 1, 2015.

While not all of us have money to give, we do have one thing that is just as valuable –– time.  Here are just a few ways you can give back on #GivingTuesday right here in Kansas City!

    1. Lead a Food DriveOrganizing a neighborhood initiative to gather and donate goods to the local food pantry or homeless shelter are both great ways help those in need this holiday season –– and to clean out your shelves and closets while you’re at it! You can donate food, warm clothing or blankets, hygiene supplies, and more. Simply choose a date and location where donations will be accepted and identify the community organizations that will benefit from the items you collect. Then, spread the word. Not only does this allow you to get to know your neighbors, but it also becomes a family event! Visit Kansas City’s Harvesters or Reconciliation Services to learn how to set one up!

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    Team Veracity at Harvesters, 11/2015

  1. Volunteer your skills: Skills-based and pro bono service makes a deep and lasting contribution to the organizations you support. Some of the most valued skills are accounting, IT, graphic design or marketing skills. Veracity team members have donated their IT and creative skills to area nonprofits as a way to give back and build a better community.  As a company, we support their efforts by allowing them to choose where their employee volunteer time gets donated.
  2. Clean or Cook at a Food Kitchen: Volunteering with family and friends at a soup kitchen or food pantry is a great way to help your community, and is the perfect bonding activity! Children learn the importance of helping others and how to appreciate all that they have. Team Veracity loves this initiative so much we do it a few times a year. We make it a   family event.
  3. Volunteer to teach or advise using your business or life skills at a women’s shelter:  Local places like Hope House or Rosebrooks can always use skilled volunteers and advisors for their shelters.  You can help a woman and her children get out of a terrible situation by providing her with the tools to be free from her perpetrator. Consider this,  you not only are helping to save her life by giving her the skills to be independent, but you will be helping to ease a lifetime of suffering for her children as well.
  4. Send a care package: Care packages provide some much-needed relief for those in need. Practical items for soldiers deployed overseas or comfort items for cancer patients can brighten their day.

#GIVINGTUESDAYNo time, but got the funds? At Veracity, we’re striving to build a better community. Join us as we celebrate 2015 #GivingTuesday with volunteering and our Veracity #GiveBack program. Veracity champions several charitable causes throughout the year, including on our current 2016 initiative, #VeracityGoesRed for the American Heart Association – GoRed.  Your company can “GoRed” too!  To learn more about the causes championed by Veracity Consulting, check our website or contact me about how your company can start a Give Back 10% Program or GoRed for 2016!

In the spirit of giving,

Hill

AHA-ASA Making a Difference. Team Veracity is Joining the Fun!

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2016 Co-Chairwoman of AHA Kansas City GoRed Luncheon, Angela Hurt. CEO and Founder of Veracity Consulting.

Did you know that 1.5 million women stand strong to end the number one killer of women? Heart health awareness has doubled among Hispanic women and tripled among women of color. This is only possible because of programs like the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) working to make a difference in our lives.

I have had my struggles, like all women do, with putting my own health first.  We are mothers, sisters, aunts, and daughters who give so much to those around us. Ironically, the majority of us are the primary decision makers regarding healthcare in our families. We instinctively know what’s best for our children and families, yet we fail to see that should we fall down, the “family train” derails!  This is why I feel so passionately about the GoRed for Women initiative.

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are making a difference in bringing awareness to cardiovascular health,  daily.  They bring awareness to a cause that, for many women, feels like a closely guarded secret.

Hold the key to your own heart and take charge of your health in 2016!

You can help the cause by joining our ranks. Get involved with our GoRed t-shirt campaign and fundraising events. Join my team and me as we work together with the AHA and ASA to bring awareness to better heart health, and particularly, women’s heart health!

Learn more about how American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are making giant strides in cardiovascular health for all.  Download AHA-ASA’s paper and join our cause!

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Download AHA-ASA paper on making strides in heart health.

 

Angela Hurt Named Co-Chairwoman of 2016 “Go Red for Women” Luncheon

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Angela Hurt is passionate about her family, her work, and women’s health. Now she will bring that passion to Kansas City’s 2016 Go Red for Women Luncheon.

It’s just one reason that Angela, CEO for Kansas City-based Veracity Consulting, will be serving as the Co-Chair of the 2016 Kansas City Go Red for Women Luncheon campaign with Community America Credit Union CEO, Lisa Ginter.

“A woman will always put everyone’s health before her own. In most cases, she is responsible for the healthcare decisions in her family. She will sacrifice herself to keep her children healthy, but will fail to take time to care for the one person that needs taking care of – herself! We need to take a different view. If we aren’t healthy, the train doesn’t keep going. Heart disease is the number one killer of women. Go Red for Women brings awareness to that,” Angela said.

Go Red for Women is an effort undertaken by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of the issue of women and heart 24664732_sa-8f007efbdisease. The initiative challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and take action to reduce their personal risk; it also provides them with the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.

Hurt is a previous marathoner and is an active participant in sports, which she balances with community roles in Kansas City business organizations. As a busy woman, mother, and CEO, she gives this advice for staying healthy,  “Block out me time and make it your health hour.”

To learn more about women’s heart health and how you can get involved, visit  www.goredforwomen.org or the American Heart Association website. Join all of Team Veracity as they Go Red for Women in 2016!