There are many ways to bring charity to your workplace. I’ve found that in many companies I’ve worked for, my managers have been very encouraging and supportive in my interest to help a variety of causes.
Sometimes, it’s station or network related, like the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon of which I was a part:
And then, let’s look at my heavy involvement with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I was able to raise thousands of dollars in a very short time, thanks to my news director Pat Livingston. He was very supportive – allowed me to do a story on the disease – and even gave money himself to help. I really liked Pat and was bummed to hear he was leaving the television station.
But a newsroom is a much more controlled environment than a building like the one I work in now, so bringing the importance of charity into the general conscience of a varied crew of 300, well, that takes some finesse.
A couple of years back, I was honored as one of Utah’s Finest Under 40 and recognized for my fundraising efforts for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, I was given that year’s Spirit Award for an essay written that explains the importance of helping others in a person’s life.
Thanks to the person who nominated me, Tammy Sloan, who also acted as my mentor during my fundraising efforts. Executive Director Laura Hadley, by the way, was at every public event I held and as helpful as could be. Those of us who know the media locally know of her from her days at KSL. Everyone at KTVX who worked with her respects her organizational skills and keen ability to get things done.