“Ready. Set. Give.” is a seven-part series that helps companies create a culture of giving. “The best, most efficient way a company can help is just start that conversation,” says Esther Munch with Harmony House. Munch says if a business wants to become more involved in giving, they can host events, display information in their lobby, or send educational information in customer invoices. This is sponsored content.
- - Many businesses struggle to cultivate a culture that gives back to the community. Time and money never seem to stretch quite far enough but there are a lot of different ways to get involved. Sometimes, you just have to get a little creative.
I'm Candy Letterman with Arvest Bank and I'm here with Esther Munch from Harmony House. We're here to share a few ways you can start giving back. Esther, can you share what you believe the most effective ways for companies to get involved in our communities are?
- The best, most efficient way a company can help is just start that conversation, such as setting out information in the lobby, hosting events, putting a sticker in your window, sending educational information in pay stubs or in customer invoices.
- Those are definitely some helpful ideas. Esther, can you tell me a little bit about Harmony House now?
- In the US, one in three women and one in seven men will be a victim of domestic violence in their lifetime. That's a number we've got to change, so at Harmony House, we provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence. We believe that all people have the right of a life free of abuse. It is our goal to continue to advocate for change that will lead to a lifestyle free of domestic violence.
- What a great cause. So how can someone get involved if they want to support Harmony House?
- We're always looking for donations like household supplies, clothing, toiletries, children's items, and we can also use volunteers in meal preparation, maintenance, and our administration office. And there's several other areas as well.
- At Arvest, we're taking the lead in the iCare campaign for our sector, asking financial institutions to take the competition out of the equation and put community back in.
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