How Can Designers Give Back?

February 2, 2015 amywaggs No comments


“Life’s persistent and most urgent question is
‘What are you doing for others?’ ” -MLK Jr.

As a designer, how can we give back using our skills and talents?

May 16, 2015
Carter’s Run for Dandy-Walker

This month, I’m not going to speak about a specific design topic, and I’m going to shamelessly promote the race I’ve helped plan and execute for what is now 4 years running (no pun intended).

I am, however, going to talk about what it’s like for a designer to figure out how to give back to the community by using his or her skills and talents, but without being taken advantage of in a way that hurts business. It’s a delicate balance and no matter what profession you’re in, you have to find it.

The easiest way to figure it out: Pick one charity that needs you.

It’s always easier to donate cash to multiple charities of interest to you and spread the wealth. But what if that charity needs help getting the word out there? Or fixing the plumbing in their headquarters? Or even fundraising? Whatever your professional skills are, if you choose to give your skills, the best way to do it is pick the one charity that needs you the most, or that you’re most passionate about, and give your all.

I choose the Dandy-Walker Alliance. My reasons are many and my loyalty goes deep, but this fledgling organization started in 2006, has done some amazing things in the past 4 years and I can honestly say I’ve been a part of it. It’s an honor to work with this charity and provide whatever help I can, especially when I get to see the benefits to children and families affected by Dandy-Walker Malformation and Dandy-Walker Syndrome first hand.

If you have any desire to run a 5K, 10K or bring your kids out to the Kid’s Fun Run and family fun fest this May, I strongly encourage it. You’ll see me out there directing traffic and yukking it up with the cute policemen as well as smiling because everyone will be wearing my shirts. #CartersRun #designisawesome


What Dandy-Walker Families are Saying about Carter’s Run
“I remember looking around at all the people and everything going on at Carter’s Run both last year and the year before and thought – two things are for sure, number one, we are so blessed to have Noah – just the way God made him, and number two, I am so glad we are not alone in this journey.”

– Sara, Noah’s Mom
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What Participants say about Carter’s Run
A standout event!
Carter’s Run 5K Runner

“I am a runner who is part of a running club that puts on great races, and have attended many runs for causes. This one was a standout – perfect amount of communication, well marked course, lots of parking, great directions, fab shirt and SWAG bag, great family fun fest, and immediate timing results (important for runners.) This event accommodates serious runners and walkers/ strollers. Great job to the organizers!”

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