A Time for Giving

At first glance, it may appear that there isn’t a lot to be thankful for this year. While there is no doubt it seemed like one bad thing after another kept happening this year, there were also some pretty great things happening, including the ongoing work of non-profit organizations.

Adopt A Pet, a branch of the International Humane Society, continues to match up shelter and rescue animals with good homes. The Red Cross continues to help out locally and around the world. Habitat For Humanity continues to build homes for those in need. It is inspiring what these and many other local and international organizations continue to do in order to make our world a better place.

Here at CDA Wood, we have a lot to be thankful for – mainly our employees, partners, clients, and friends. In the spirit of thanksgiving and gratitude, we are making a donation of supplies to a local non-profit organization. Giving back to the community is an easy thing to do and the benefits go far beyond the actual donation.

There is a saying for board members in the non-profit world, “Give time, talent, or money.” The spirit behind that sentiment shows that it doesn’t matter who you are, you have something to offer.


Everyone has a little time to give. Most non-profit organizations offer different ways to volunteer, depending on your schedule. You can volunteer weekly, such as being a docent, or guide, at a local museum or garden. You can volunteer for a one time need, such as stuffing envelopes at a food bank.


Some people have a talent that a non-profit needs. For example, if you are an architect, you could volunteer to help design a local homeless shelter. If you play an instrument, you could put on a performance at a nursing home.


Sometimes, the best thing you can do for an organization is to give money. A monthly donation is helpful in helping a non-profit organization keep a steady flow of income. A one-time donation is also great. It can go to operational expenses or a special project. If you are so inclined, organizing a fundraiser can not only raise money, it can also be good publicity for the organization.

It is important to help our communities over the holidays. Helping with Toys for Tots, sending care packages to our military overseas, and remembering those whose family is far away are easy things to do and can make a world of difference.