My Happiness Project: When Passion Meets Purpose

birthday boxesEvery January,  Professional Organizers around the globe are paying tribute to GO Month, (Get Organized month) by participating in some group effort to organize a non-profit organization of their choice.

GO Month is a national initiative in January created by the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) to educate individuals and businesses about the benefits of organization. We volunteer our time to make a difference. Organizations love having us and we love doing it. It’s a win-win.  Many of us work as sole proprietors, so this is not only a great opportunity to demonstrate our expertise but to work together as a team. 

Did you know that in 2011,  Mayor Bloomberg issued a Proclamation, officially declaring January as GO Month in NYC?  To date, we continue to make a positive impact on people, one charitable organization at a time.

This year, I was inspired by the Birthday Wishes of Long Island. This organization provides complete birthday parties for homeless children, including paper goods, favors, and gift for the birthday child (all delivered one large gift-wrapped box).  Servicing over 185 shelters, they believe that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care.

This “birthday in a box” concept was so endearing,  I jumped on the opportunity to help manage their toys, gift wrap, party supplies, miscellaneous donations, and systematize inventory and birthday party packing.  What a happy project!  You know you’re in the right career when you can do what you love to do and work pro bono.

When purpose fulfills a passion, there is no amount of money to validate it. This kind of value is immeasurable.

Call to action.  POLI to the rescue. As project manager, I gathered the Professional Organizers of Long Island and my peeps were on board.  Scheduled two days and two teams and our GO month project was on its way.

As Professional Organizers, we all have different techniques and approaches to organizing, yet interestingly enough, once all together we move in a very synergetic way.  We met our goals and transformed the space in only 2 days.  Each and every one of us got immersed in our specific task with both intensity and laughter.  We had the best time!

We love what we do and these GO projects continue to validate that we are in the right profession.  But even more so, when the organization is so heartfelt and special, it is ever more gratifying to help.  Our hearts were filled with utter joy and happiness while sorting the minutia of party components in quantities beyond comprehension.

Job well done with a great team effort.  Happiness personified 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂