What can I do for #GivingTuesday?

Giving Tuesday is here friends! Giving Tuesday happens the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving (and ya know, Black Friday & Cyber Monday), it’s an international day of charitable giving.

Who am I giving to on this #GivingTuesday? I’m so glad you asked! The answer is CodeCrew! CodeCrew mentors underrepresented youth to be tech innovators and leaders through practical, hands-on computer science education programs throughout Memphis. Learn everything there is to know about CodeCrew here and follow them on Facebook.

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As a Technical Recruiter an organization like CodeCrew is clearly of interest to me & this place is even more special to me because it’s in Memphis. Not that I’m from Memphis, but I’m from close to Memphis and spent a lot of time there when I was growing up. I also had the opportunity to spend a day with some of the CodeCrew team earlier this year and I cannot say enough good things about them.

I constantly find myself in the middle of conversations with other recruiters and hiring managers about supposed “skill gaps” and I always ask the same thing to people discussing this challenge: “What are you doing to train future talent?” Basically, lets find a way to solve the problem. If you think the talent pool is lacking something, invest in it. Find ways to get the talent pool interested in what your organization does early on and support it.

If you or your organization is struggling with a “skills gap” then I want to challenge you to give to CodeCrew (or find a similar type organization to support) TODAY. You don’t have to be in Memphis to benefit from supporting CodeCrew, future tech leaders are going to come from everywhere so please don’t let that stop you. CodeCrew’s programs are having a huge impact on our future talent and you have an opportunity to be a part of that by supporting them through a donation that can make Computer Science education available to more students and schools.

You can donate directly to CodeCrew here! Now go to tell your friends about #GivingTuesday and CodeCrew.

Do something

Ever dream of saying something so profound that you might change the world? Ever think the thought you have floating around in your head HAS to get out into cyber space as quickly as possible, before your head explodes… or worse, someone else says it before you? I mean you have it right there, the most amazing thing that anyone will ever say and it will undoubtedly convince others to change the way they think, perceive, and act? Well keep dreaming, because that is not going to happen. You can, however, DO something so profound that you might change the world, but don’t bet on just being able to push out some string of words that will change the world with no actions attached. Your actions can influence people, your words will simply fill up cyber space with another opinion until you act. This really applies to everything right? To put an HR spin on it, because this is an HR blog after all, you cannot sit in your ivory (HR) tower and tell managers to conduct themselves in this or that manner or tell employees to follow this or that policy if you don’t follow your own advice? Monkey see, monkey do-but that’s a soap box for another blog post.

What if you actually do something to change something that you don’t like? Not leave an anonymous note to Judy about how hideous her sweater is because you just don’t like it, but really do something to change something important? What if you did something to end childhood hunger in your own community? Kids are going hungry, right. now.! How selfish of us to allow kids to go hungry. In our towns. In our own communities. In our neighborhoods. Not just kids, but our future! We are allowing our future to go hungry right now! I really want you to get that- we are allowing our future to go HUNGRY!? What a simple problem to solve and every one of you reading this has an opportunity and an avenue to end that! Ever been hungry? Not the kind of “I can smell the turkey cooking, I gotta have some now!” kind of hungry. The kind of hungry where you have little to no food. The kind of hungry where you are grateful for any food you get. Ever been hungry for several days in a row? Weeks? Months? Can you imagine? I’m calling on you to help end childhood hunger and be a part of team no kid hungry!

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#GivingTuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. This year, your donation can play a huge part in making No Kid Hungry a reality. If you make a gift on Giving Tuesday, all donations will be matched up to $50,000! Go donate and then tell EVERYONE you know!