One of my favorite things about running a recycling business is that I get to come in contact with other organizations that share my passion for making a difference.
Not too long ago, I got a call from There With Care to provide them with a quote for recycling services. Now, I had heard about There With Care, but admittedly didn’t know too many of the details. I showed up at their Boulder headquarters, met up with Volunteer Director Beanie Brady, and got the tour. I expected to be impressed. What I didn’t expect was for my mind to be blown into teeny bits. (All compostable, of course)
For those of you who may not be familiar, There With Care provides essential services to families with critically ill children. There With Care listens to families and finds out what is heaviest on their plate, and then helps with what the family needs for their day-to-day living.
Their style is not to hand out checks. Rather, they hand out services. If a family needs groceries, frozen meals, babysitting, dog walking, house cleaning, bus passes or gas cards so they can get to their child’s treatment appointments, There With Care can provide support. Every family’s needs are unique, of course, so There With Care tailors itself to the particular needs of the family—and with more than 500 volunteers ready and willing to help out in the Boulder/Denver area alone, they are well-equipped to do so.
What is even cooler is that There With Care is pushing out into other communities. Their Bay Area San Francisco chapter, for example, just celebrated their one-year anniversary. The idea is to share their model with other cities so that other volunteers who have a heart for families of the critically ill can roll up their sleeves and get to work.
There With Care was founded by Paula DuPre’ Presmen, known for an impressive career in film. She produced the Academy Award® winning documentary The Cove with director Louie Psihoyos and has most recently produced the hauntingly beautiful documentary Chasing Ice, about an acclaimed environmental photographer’s expedition to collect evidence of climate change among the glaciers. Other successful projects she has worked on include Rent, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Bicentennial Man, Stepmom, Jingle All The Way, Nine Months, Mrs. Doubtfire, andHome Alone 2: Lost in New York.
I love this organization and I love this organization’s people. Beanie Brady showed me all around their space and took the time to answer all of my questions about their services and their incredible reach–the families they serve are from at least eight different states. They use reusable materials in their kitchen and workspace as much as possible and are passionate about recycling what they can’t reuse. Because they have not had access to reliable recycling, they have been sending their recyclable materials home with volunteers to be recycled from private residences. Not only do they have a heart for people, but they also have a heart for their environment.
And now…I have a heart for them. It may be relatively small, but it is my honor to donate full recycling services (single stream, electronics, data destruction) from Green Girl Recycling to There With Care. What an organization. I am completely inspired.
PS – If you are interested in checking out volunteer opportunities with There With Care, you can visit ThereWithCare.org or write to Together, let’s all make a habit of “giving back” where we can!