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Volunteering: The Experiential Way To Give Back

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Grow’s culture values giving back in many ways, whether it’s by gifting each team member one full day a year to volunteer their time for a cause of their choice or by supporting contributions to the Grow team’s favorite nonprofits on #GivingTuesday. We’re board members, hands-on volunteers, creative organizers and passionate advocates. From supporting the arts to combating poverty to fostering kittens, the causes are as varied as the members of our team. Collectively, we hope our efforts help to make our world a little bit better. Here’s just a handful of the ways we’ve gotten involved in 2015.

Writing by Writers: Tami is on the board for Writing by Writers, a nonprofit co-founded by Pam Houston, which produces workshops across the country that bring amazing teachers and students together to further develop the craft of writing. As an avid writer herself, providing opportunities for aspiring writers to pursue their art is near and dear to her heart.

Habitat for Humanity: Neel spent his volunteering day helping to build homes for underprivileged families in the Bay Area. Being from India and having seen firsthand the level of poverty and lack of shelters available to the less fortunate, he feels impassioned to give back in this way.

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East Bay SPCA: The East Bay SPCA relies on people taking in cats and dogs to avoid illness in the shelter, socialize them before adoption, give them a break from shelter life or live comfortably at the end of life. Kelcy, a current foster parent for kittens, is thrilled that one was adopted last week!

ArtPoint: Growing up in San Francisco, Sarah had the privilege of visiting fine arts museums with her family. She joined the board of ArtPoint, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco’s young professionals’ organization, to help make art accessible to young people across the Bay Area.

World Vision: Alyssa, whose heritage is Armenian, wanted to keep one less child in Armenia from going hungry. She now sponsors a child through World Vision, an organization that empowers children and families to break the cycle of poverty.

Friends of Laguna Honda: As one of the largest skilled nursing facilities in the United States, Laguna Honda provides critical services to seniors and adults with disabilities. Laura loves being on the board of an organization that does great work to enhance the lives of these often underserved San Franciscans.

UC Davis (We Are Aggie Pride): We are Aggie Pride is a student-run organization that raises money to provide emergency funding to students to help with rent, books and any other costs that are difficult to cover when trying to make it on their own. Nicole absolutely loved her college experience at UC Davis and wanted to give back to students who have to cope with the rising costs of a college education.

We’re looking forward to even more in 2016.

The Grow Team

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