As we begin to connect with the people who help us with our mission on July 24th, I’d like to remind you of some ideas that embrace Quota.
One of the first questions that any new person who joins in with us is ‘Do I belong here?’ One way or another, they must locate themselves in the story of our motto, We Change Lives. They must experience a genuine emotional connection that says what you do matters to them, personally. It might be the cause itself, a special project, their relationship with a member, etc. But whatever it is, all of us have a story to tell of a person who was touched by one of our activities. Carlos, for example, had never roasted a marshmallow over a fire, had never experienced the taste of a s’more and was only one of the handful of young people who found a way to the picnic last year. He topped his game by wiggling that oreo cookie from his forehead to his mouth in seconds. I would say those experiences changed his life by giving him confidence, acceptance and applause, something that he rarely ever felt.
What do we at Quota stand for? From the article about telling stories, we need to express ourselves, our passion, our mission, our special projects to include the people with whom we work. People invest in organizations that reflect their own personal values and worldview. They express themselves by donating their time, money and energy. Now we need to reinforce what we know how to do – further engage, reinforce and brag about what we do with the money we raise. Only a small group of people really know what impact we have on the community.
Communicating our unique difference is a matter of survival. It’s time for us to be proud of what we do and act upon the things that matter the most.
Let’s spread the word. Tell a story about how YOU changed someone’s life through the service that we provide, how YOU impacted their future, how you inspired someone.