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A collage of photos of employees at various Nelson branches wearing their beCAUSE shirts and celebrating beCAUSE Day

Spare Change to Make Change: Nelson Celebrates beCAUSE Day

Posted On06/14/2019

ContributorKaila Prins

At Nelson, we make philanthropy a part of our jobs — beCAUSE we care! Each quarter, we celebrate “beCAUSE Day” to celebrate our involvement in the Nelson beCAUSE philanthropic program and to give employees the opportunity to give back while still in the office.

This quarter, we held a Spare Change competition to see which Nelson branch could raise the most money for a charity of their choosing. Every Nelson branch had a “beCAUSE Champion” leading the charge for spare change throughout the day.

While the Nelson Sacramento branch “won,” with the highest donation amount to the Greater Sacramento branch of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, we all won – because Nelson matched each of our contributions dollar-for-dollar, allowing us to double our impact to each of our selected charities.

Here’s what our beCAUSE Champions had to say about their selected charities:

Nelson Sacramento: Make-a-Wish Foundation of Greater Sacramento

Champion: Jennifer Murray

“We chose Make-a-Wish Greater Sacramento because we are participating in Sacramento Make-a-Wish walk in August and have a team goal to be able to fulfill at least one child’s wish.”

Pleasanton/Fremont: Small Hands with Helping Hearts

Champion: Taylor Andres

“The Pleasanton branch chose Small Hands with Helping Hearts because it was founded by a 10-year-old girl who wanted to make a difference in her community. Her current fundraiser is a back-to-school drive for Family Giving Tree. We believe all children should be able to have the supplies needed to be successful in school regardless of their financial status.”

Napa: Legacy Youth Project

Champion: Maria Lira

“Our team decided to raise funds for Legacy Youth Project because we want to focus on supporting our community, starting with our kids. Also, two of our recruiting managers are familiar with the program and know some of the kids that receive services. Our branch really wants to focus on helping nonprofit local organizations that provide services for our youth.”

Corporate: Friends In Sonoma Helping

Champion: Monique Jervan

“A few of us here in the Corporate office that are on the beCAUSE team were discussing what charity to select, and Megan Lendo suggested F.I.S.H. Once we read what they did for our community, we were in. The best part was when we announced it to the office, we had a great response of enthusiasm.  In fact, one of our employees, Jessica Scott, was so enthusiastic that she donated funds to make sure we reached the $250 mark. The Spare Change drive might seem like a little thing, but it is a big thing in the lives that it helps. We hope our efforts here at Corporate make a difference in the lives of the people that F.I.S.H. supports everyday here in our community.”

Petaluma: North Bay Animal Services

Champion: Mary Lynn Bartholomew

“Since we have a passion for pets in Petaluma, we have chosen to support the North Bay Animal Services, a non-profit no-kill shelter under new management.  The new management is taking dogs from kill shelters and providing them an opportunity for adoption.

San Mateo: Life Moves/First Step for Families

Champion: Lisa Souther

“We chose Life Moves/First Step for Families in San Mateo.  Life Moves supports families with interim housing as they return to stable housing. We have volunteered with them and found them to be a wonderful organization helping families in need. Not only do they provide shelter for families, but they also teach them life skills and competencies needed to maintain long term sufficiency.  We chose to purchase three awnings for the children’s playground.  We were super proud of what we collected and were excited to share them with the children of the shelter.”

Orange County: Time for Change Foundation 

Champion: Richard Davis 

“We chose Time For Change Foundation because, since 2002, they have been dedicated to helping homeless women and children achieve self-sufficiency.”

Santa Rosa: The Living Room

Champion: Floyd Given

“The Living Room takes in homeless and at-risk women and their children to an environment that is safe and promotes stability in their unstable lives. We have had internal employees volunteer their time on-site and got to see how the donations impact their lives.”

Fairfield/Pleasant Hill: Opportunity House

Champion: Holly Conse

“Homelessness is a huge issue in Solano County and Opportunity House has an awesome program for single parents and families to get back on their feet and find employment, while providing housing.  Located in the town a lot of our team members live in, it’s a big part of the community.”

San Francisco: Muttville

Champion: Jennifer Maxson

“San Francisco chose to donate to Muttville because we are all animal lovers and wanted to focus on a local charity that doesn’t get as much attention as it should since it helps foster and care for elderly dogs.” 

Los Angeles: One Simple Wish

Champion: Jenna Lippert

Modesto: Children’s Crisis Center

Champion: Christine Lambert

“Every child deserves to grow up feeling safe and loved”.

San Rafael: Operation Blankets of Love

Champion: Morgan Manning

“For the Nelson San Rafael branch, we picked Operation Blankets of Love because we all care about helping shelters and homeless animals. Every little bit donated means more blankets and beds and food for shelters and, hopefully, a comfortable and happy animal that will be adopted! I donate to them monthly as well, so I was already familiar with their organization.”

You can learn more about the Nelson beCAUSE program here