‘Tis the season of thanks after all and below is a story by Cameron Giese, a model constituent, donor and Natik friend who we want to thank most sincerely. Indeed, thank you to all of those that have given to Natik. To learn more about how you can contribute this holiday season, check out our 2014 Catalog for Change!
Hi there! I’m Cameron Giese. I’m a quilt maker and graduate student in Portland, Oregon. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to participate in a service-learning class with Anita and two of her community partners, Mujeres y Maiz and Siempre Viva. Going to Chiapas and working with the women we met was both an honor and an incredibly important experience for me.
This year, instead of our traditional gift exchange, my family decided to donate money to a non-profit. As fun as gift exchanges can be, it was time to do something different. Because we’re spread out across the country and don’t get to see each other as much as we would like, it was hard to pick out gifts that would be loved, and giving as a family, we can make a bigger contribution than we could as individuals.
I got to pick the first organization that we would all give to. As excited as I was to make this decision, I was also overwhelmed. I wanted to make sure I found an organization that I trusted and that I knew was making a real difference. I thought and worried for a few days, and then one morning I woke to a Natik newsletter in my email – of course! We’ll donate to Natik. I can’t think of an organization that I trust more to take our donations and do something transformative with it, and I know firsthand how much of a difference even a small donation can make. Thank you, Anita and Natik!