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, Communications Coordinator, Diandra Bolton.
Q: Tell us about a recent experience that felt purposeful to you.
A: For the last 6 months, I’ve been volunteering with WIN, Women In Need, at their Crafting Community. WIN is the largest provider of shelter and supportive housing for NYC families. The Crafting Community takes place at a NYC women’s shelter and provides participants with a chance to complete a variety of art projects, essentially giving the women art therapy. We create everything from vision boards to jewelry to paper flowers, while enjoying each other’s company with snacks and music.
Q: What inspired you about this experience?
A: When these women step into the room, they bring so much joy and energy. We laugh and dance. Hearing their stories and learning about their goals and dreams is really inspiring. For instance, a couple of weeks ago, while we were making vision boards, one woman focused hers around her dream of becoming an advocate for homeless women. Some of these women have real artistic talent and it’s great to help give them an outlet for their creative expression.
Q: What program(s) do you support? Why?
A: In addition to WIN, I am a big advocate for public libraries and programs for children. I’ve been supporting my hometown’s library system and its children’s programs since I was in middle school, and I continue to give back when I’m home. I also work with the YMCA and their children’s programs.
Q: What does purpose mean to you? What tips do you have for living a purposeful life?
A: I think volunteering or giving back in any way you can is a huge part of living a purposeful life. It is incredibly fulfilling to see the impact that simply giving your time can create. Giving back reminds me how blessed I am and it allows me to spread those blessings in kind. A great way to start living a purposeful life is to build on a cause you’re already passionate about and find a way to support it. It’s much easier to stay committed to your cause when you’re actually looking forward to doing it. Your purpose should feel natural, not like a chore.
Q: What would you like to do or do you plan to do next that is full of purpose?
A: I would like to get more involved in volunteer programming instead of simply participating. I’m currently working with the Brooklyn Public Library to help with organizing some of their children’s programs. I would love to have the opportunity to put all my experience with children and literacy to use crafting exciting programs that make kids understand the importance of learning and encourage them to love books as much as I did when I was their age.
See more ways #TeamSwell gives back by following along with us at @swellbottle. Read our past People with Purpose columns on Account Executive, Iris Jacob, International Partnerships Senior Coordinator, Casey Cross, and VP of Finance, Gregory Schmitt.