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National Volunteer Month: TGHR Cares

Susie McKenna
April 24, 2019

April is National Volunteer Month and our staff celebrates by helping not just this month, but all year long.

Multiple TGHR team members volunteer through ministries at their place of worship.  You’ll find Payroll and Operations Manager Kirstia Cropper coaching CYO volleyball and serving on the Parish Council for St. Mark’s Church and helping at St. Vincent De Paul.  Senior Accountant Meaghan Smith gets her whole family involved by packing a “care bag” each month and bringing it to Eastern Star Church and adopting a family at the holidays. Marketing Director Susie McKenna and CFO Greta Cline have taught Sunday School at St. Alphonsus and Staffing Specialist Ashley Paramore spends her time with the children’s ministry at Brookside Community Church.  Ashley has also volunteered through Northview, most recently at the Hope Center. You’ll find Account Executive Amber Graves welcoming you to Traders Point Church.  Amber also volunteers at Wheeler Mission and has been known to hand out bags with hotel toiletries to the homeless.

Other TGHR staff members volunteer right where they live. Division Manager of Temporary Services Kate Stephens is a proud Broad Ripple Village Association Board Member.  She champions the Beautification Committee and organizes groups to keep the Village clean and vibrant! You also can find her behind-the-scenes at most Board Ripple fairs and festivals.

Greta Cline, CFO and Co-owner, is currently serving as vice president and treasurer of the Boone County Dairy Promoter Board.  Greta also has taught Zionsville history through the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center and organizes a Toys for Tots toy drive gala annually. Marketing Director Susie McKenna also hails from Boone County and works as a Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club of Boone County and elevates her soccer mom status as a Board Member for the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association.

Other staff members find joy in giving back to organizations where they have a personal connection.  Division Manager of Temporary Services Lindsey Curtis used to work at Make-A-Wish Foundation, and she’s stayed involved with the organization through volunteering.  Staffing Specialist Madison Schacht benefited from being a part of Delta Zeta while she was in college and now heads back to her alma mater, Ball State, to serve as Alumni Relations and Academics Advisor for Delta Zeta at Ball State.

We’d love to hear what organizations you are involved with and where you volunteer to make Indy a better place!





Being Thankful

Mary Springer headshot
Mary Springer
November 16, 2017

‘Tis the season of gratitude – literally.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner.   It feels like everyone is #blessed this time of year…but is that true?

The Greater Good Science Center, based at UC Berkeley in California, has spent two decades studying gratitude.   Their research has revealed people who practice gratitude are less likely to be depressed, have stronger relationships and report fewer illnesses.  The Center also found that people, in general, are less likely to express gratitude or feel thankful at work.  So how can you change that? Here’s four suggestions to get started.

  1. Discover if you are a grateful person. When looking at something new, you should start with yourself.  Take this quiz and find out how grateful you are.
  2. Say thank you. Sounds easy enough, right?  Start by thanking your co-workers, which will help to cultivate a culture of gratitude in your workplace. Saying thank you doesn’t cost you or your company any money, but could benefit the bottom line.
  3. Keep a journal. Take a page from Oprah’s playbook and write down 3 – 5 things you are grateful for each day.  Oprah has kept a journal for more than a decade.  Whether it’s in a physical journal or electronically on your phone, writing down items daily can remind you of all that you have.
  4. When we do something for someone else, it often reminds us of what we have and how lucky we are.  This time of year, there is an abundance of places to volunteer.

We at That’s Good HR are thankful for our staff, our candidates and our clients.  We are grateful that we have such good people to work with in the Indianapolis area.  There’s always something to be thankful for at TGHR!

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and give thanks continuously.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


How Serving Others Serves You

Greta Cline, CFO
Greta Cline
Partner, CFO/COO
December 3, 2016

Carving out time for volunteering may feel impossible with your schedule. Between juggling work, family, hobbies, activities, and friends, life often feels jam-packed. But when you step in to help others, you not only fill a vital need in your community, but you personally also benefit from donating your time, energy, and talents. Want to know how? Read on!

At a glance, It’s easy to see how community service benefits others—providing clothing, housing, education, companionship, task assistance, etc. But serving others doesn’t just help communities—it helps you, too. When you step into a serving role and accomplish a task—be it building a house, helping with a fundraiser, painting a run-down school—you can gain a great sense of empowerment, significance, and confidence. A UnitedHealth study found that:

  • 94% of people who volunteered over a one-year period said that it improved their mood
  • 76% of volunteers said serving others actually made them feel healthier.

Plain and simple: doing good feels good. But the benefits don’t stop there.

Giving your time and talents to others is also a way to hone hobby and professional skills. Often charities and non-profits need help with tasks in areas like graphic design, photography, videography, writing, tutoring and education, coaching, and organizing (just to name a few). Your talents and skills can be put to great work helping others while you gain extra experience.

Getting out into the community broadens your network of social contacts, too. Sometimes to move ahead professionally, it’s more who you know than what. Volunteering puts you in a position to meet many new faces from a variety of backgrounds—both personal and professional. Making these contacts is a great way to not only form new friendships, but to widen your net of business connections, too.

Lastly, serving roles can be a good opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and experience personal growth. This might be as simple as trying something new, like building a house, landscaping a school, or fostering shelter animals. Or you can adopt a leadership role by organizing a fundraiser, coaching a team, or managing a big project. Pushing the limits on what you think you can do is a great way to grow on a personal and professional level.

Not sure where to start? There are some great online sites for finding new opportunities like VolunteerMatch, Idealist, and United Way. You can always call an organization you’re interested in directly, too, and see how you might help. No matter which route you take, make 2017 the year you give volunteering a try. You won’t regret it.