Be The Mosquito!

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“If you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

In the current environment, as the days slowly tick by and
an underlying sense of fear seems unavoidable, it is easy to feel helpless and
yearn for the recent past when things were ‘normal’. I know I often do!
Inevitably, however, as my thoughts spiral towards negativity, I come across a
story of kindness and hope which reminds me that we are resilient – we will get
through this (and dare I say, be a stronger society as a result).

A few such stories have even come from our clients! One
client just signed up via TapRoot to help two small businesses navigate the
cumbersome process of applying for CARES financing. I love how he tapped into
his finance skill set and found a creative way to give back, all from the
comfort of his couch! In addition to being the right thing to do, it will add a
valuable talking point to his applications, which are otherwise light on
extracurricular involvement.

Another client recently became a volunteer with Meals On
Wheels, delivering food to homebound people in his local community. While the
need for this service always existed, demand has exploded lately, as you can
imagine. Further, I think we all have a newfound appreciation for how isolation
can wreak havoc on the spirit and how a warm smile or kind gesture can truly
make one’s day. This client’s act of service tapped into his passion for health
and wellness, while serving as a valuable update for Kellogg, where he is
waitlisted.

A third client, who works at a company in the consumer
finance space, jumped on the opportunity to join a team working to defer customers’
payment obligations. She leveraged her strong communication and team building
skills to unite a virtual group around this common goal, providing needed
relief in a time when so many are struggling to make ends meet. She shared the
story of the team’s success (they rolled out a deferral program in less than a
month!) in an update to HBS, where she is waitlisted, and further connected how
she plans to leverage the learnings from this experience in a
potentially-virtual learning environment next year.

So while it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the
challenges we currently face, remember that we all have skills that can be put
to use. We may even find that one of the greatest beneficiaries of our good
work is ourselves, whether that be emotionally or in the realization of our
goals. Be that mosquito and leave your mark – it may be small in the grand scheme
of things, but (at least) one person will take note and that is enough. Stay
safe everyone.    

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