The S’well team works daily to create products and a culture that makes the world a better place. But so do many of our team members, who go above and beyond, spending their time outside the office giving back and doing good. We’re proud to share these stories here in our People With Purpose column, and hope they inspire you as much as they do us. Next up, International Partnerships Senior Coordinator, Casey Cross.
Q: Tell us about a recent experience that felt purposeful to you.
A: I have been a member of the nonprofit organization New York Cares since 2012 and I recently volunteered to work with special needs children. Each volunteer was paired with one of the kids to really give us the chance to connect with them as we spent a couple of hours playing games and completing physical activities with them. I’ve always felt that one person can make a difference and I feel a sense of purpose anytime I do volunteer projects to help others and improve my community. This experience in particular was significant to me because I have a soft spot for kids and I felt I was making a big impact on their day.
Q: What inspired you about this experience?
A: I believe I have always had a connection with kids. I spent two summers as a nanny for three boys, and to this day, it is one of the best jobs I have had. Normally when I volunteer, it involves homelessness projects as it is a major crisis in NYC. I wanted to try a new volunteer opportunity and I found the Achilles Kids project. It was amazing to watch the kids interact with one another. They would really help each other and encourage their teammates during the activities. Their excitement and appreciation for the volunteers really made the experience enjoyable and very inspiring.
Q: What program(s) do you support? Why?
A: Working with New York Cares has been a great experience for me and I would encourage anyone in the NYC area to be a part of this community of volunteerism. The beautiful part of New York Cares is that they partner with over 1,300 nonprofits and schools such as Achilles Kids and City Meals-on-Wheels. They focus on three key issue areas: education, immediate needs, and public spaces. New York Cares is a great program that makes me feel connected to the city and the community I love. It allows me to be part of something bigger when I am making sure the parks are cleaner and the people are taken care of.
Q: What does purpose mean to you? Or what tips do you have for living a purposeful life?
A: Not all life paths are the same, which makes purpose unique for everyone. I think purpose is driven by discovering who you are and what motivates you to get up in the morning. Living a purposeful life can be as simple as being kind and helping others by following The Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Q: What would you like to do or do you plan to do next that is full of purpose?
A: I plan on continuing to volunteer as much as I can and explore other areas of opportunities whether it is shelter cleanup, reading to the elderly, or volunteering at an animal shelter.