Give a Day, Get a Night

A fellow PTO mom sent me an email yesterday for a unique opportunity being offered by Sage Hospitality. Sage Hospitality is one of the leading hotel management and development companies in the United States. Sage has been consistently recognized for its ability to “give back” to the communities it represents.

The email detailed a program currently being run by Sage Hospitality as a wonderful thank you to volunteers. Give 8 hours of community service and get a complimentary night stay or 50% discount on hotel rooms at all 53 Sage hotels across the country. This offer ends March 31, 2010.

What an awesome and creative offer. This innovative idea will not only encourage folks in various communities to give back it will reward them for doing so. In the meantime, Sage is earning some very well deserved positive marketing for their company.

So go out and volunteer.  I am excited for this perk of my volunteer efforts. Don’t have any ideas? Check out Hands On Greater Portland or your local Hands On organization for opportunities available in your area. We all know this is the season of giving. Now it can be the season of giving and you’ll get a wonderful hotel stay too!

Get more information about Give a Day, Get a Night.

Purim

938) Today is the Jewish holiday of Purim. Purim is characterized by a public recitation of the Book of Esther,  giving mutual gifts of food and drink (mishloach manot), giving charity to the poor, and a celebratory meal. Purim is a wonderful time for families. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes, play-act and eat hamentaschen, a delicious cookie. One of the mitzvahs for this holiday is Mishloach Manot  or giving gifts of food to friends. This has become a favorite part of this holiday since  my children were born. Each year they have helped me as we decorate small brown paper bags of food. My son always wants to eat the food we are giving away. I usually try to give the gifts to friends who may not celebrate this part of the holiday. We delivered our gifts both Sunday and Monday. As always it was fun to participate in this mitzvah.

939) Called a friend to let her know her cat was out and eager to get back inside.

940) Made several comments and suggestions to a colleague who requested help on a project.

941) Volunteered in my son’s classroom.

942) Helped someone carry items into their office.

Volunteering at school

909) I had signed up to volunteer at school on Tuesday to help with a project. When I showed up they had already completed the assignment. I wandered around the school figuring I could find something to help with that day. I ended up learning about shelving books in the library. It’s one of those tasks like laundry. Even when you finish some there is always more to do. But at least for the moment all the fiction books were back on the shelves. If you ever have a few minutes stop by your school library and see if you can lend a hand. I am sure the librarian will be delighted.

910) Brought my dog to visit with the Rebbetzin. Not sure who enjoyed it more.

911) Made a suggestion to a colleague where she could get information for something she needed.

912) Sent  flowers to someone as a surprise.

913) Procured items for our upcoming school auction.

914) Donated items to another school auction.

February mitzvahs

901) Sent a card to a friend who had recently lost her dog.

902) Volunteered at school. My daughter’s teacher was out for the day and at first I was disappointed to work with the substitute.   I helped do some filming for a project my daughter is working on with two other students and we had a blast. So I was happy I hadn’t let my disappointment effect my volunteering.

903) Held the door for a stranger.

904) Complimented a waitresses earrings.

905) Complimented a strangers knitted scarf.

906) Donated to a collection for a colleague who had recently lost her husband.

907) Donated to a raffle.

908) Won an item at a raffle that I couldn’t use, gave it to a colleague who could use it.