Reprinted with permission from The Redwoods Group website. The Redwoods Group CEO, Kevin Trapani, was one of those who participated in United Way’s CEO Sleepout.
United Way’s CEO Sleepout on September 6.
Last night, our CEO Kevin Trapani, participated in United Way of the Greater Triangle’s CEO Sleepout and spent the night sleeping on the ground to call attention to poverty in our area. In the Triangle alone, there are approximately 2,000 people who wake up homeless everyday. Of those, 800 are children that don’t know where they will sleep tonight.
While Kevin and the other 24 CEOs get is that one night does not come close to the realities that homeless face night after night, it was still eye opening. This morning, Kevin had this to say:
”I awoke this morning alongside 24 other CEOs to the scream of a freight train roaring through downtown Durham, with the searing image of the 200,000 who awake this morning in our region with persistent poverty as their reality.
Poor single moms awake wondering, ‘How do I find the $10 for my daughter’s field trip?’ 800 kids awake and head to Durham’s schools wondering, ‘Will I sleep on the street, in a car or in a shelter tonight?’ Poor, working dads agonize about whether to pay the phone bill or the car insurance bill.”
The Redwoods Group CEO, Kevin Trapani, shares his sleepout experience with other CEOs and community leaders gathered at the CEO Breakfast following the CEO Sleepout.
Overall, the CEO Sleep Out raised more than $30,000, and will help in numerous ways. But no one left feeling the systemic problem was resolved. So, what can we do? We can be intentional about how we serve others. We can be as generous as we can with the blessings we have. And we can do our best to make sure that those who have the least are not forgotten.
Colorful playfully spiraling pinwheels make me happy! To me, they are a perfect symbol of childhood and spring – nurtured growth and change. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Pinwheels of Prevention have sprung up in gardens around the community, state and nation to raise awareness about this issue.
“The pinwheel represents Prevent Child Abuse America’s efforts to change the way our nation thinks about prevention, focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start to make sure child abuse and neglect never occur.” Continue reading →
Spring has sprung and it is absolutely gorgeous outside. The flowers are starting to bloom, pollen has made its appearance known by covering everything yellow, and the trees are looking greener and greener. Yeah, we may have a few cooler days in between as winter makes its way out, but overall, it is absolutely beautiful. The weather is perfect; perfect for getting outside and making a difference in your community.
Photo courtesy of HandsOn Network
It’s National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 15-21, 2012. It’s the perfect time to get out there and do something that you have always wanted to do. Feed that drive and passion that has been stirring in your heart for years. Go ahead and try something new. Be bold, be different, take a stand and volunteer.
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Wanting to challenge your skills and passions? Just want to lend a hand to someone else? Become a big brother or big sister, serve as a mentor to a child in need, help a homeless family get back on their feet, serve a hot meal to a senior citizen who is sick or shut-in, or donate items that you may see as trash because I guarantee you, they will be a treasure to someone else. Continue reading →
March is here! And, it is my favorite time of the year. Not because the first day of spring arrives, even though that is my favorite season, but because it is officially March Madness. It’s time for good weather and great basketball. There’s no better place to be for college basketball than in the Triangle region of North Carolina. This is basketball country! And I love every minute of it!
photo credit: craig.letourneau.photography
As I sit here looking at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, wondering who my picks will be this year, I start thinking about all the emphasis that is put on this “Big Dance.” I think about the millions of dollars that go into putting this event on. Can you believe the number of companies that pay millions to have their commercials shown during the “big” games, the number of corporations that wait until this time of year to spend those sponsorship dollars and the amount of money that thousands of fans put on the line in hopes they win their pools?
Being the sports fanatic that I am, I enjoy the “Big Dance” just as much as the next person, and I will watch every single game in hopes that I earn an ‘A’ average on my bracket selections. However, one thing I will not do is spend my hard-earned money on a basketball tournament. Why? Because there are so many people in this world that are living without. Without what you ask? Everything! Continue reading →
Did you know 7,000 students drop out of school every day? If that doesn’t wake you up, then how about this alarming statistic: Every 26 seconds, a student drops out of high school. That means, every year, about 1.3 million students do not graduate from high school. Can you believe that?
A few weeks ago, I was watching a basketball game. Not sure if it was a collegiate or professional matchup. Who knows? My television stays on ESPN, ESPN 2, ESPNU, Fox Sports South or the local ACC network. Usually I switch back and forth between games during commercial breaks, but this time I decided to check the commercials out and one really grabbed my attention.
Photo by The Associated Press
One of the most famous role models of today’s youth graced my television screen. But he wasn’t in his typical “business suit”, he was in normal, everyday attire. Being a major role model and an icon to every young boy and teenager who dreams of making it big as a professional athlete, to me, he was perfect for the spot and the right person for the powerful message that was being delivered. Continue reading →