If you know me or spend anytime around me, you know I’m a huge animal lover. As long as I can remember, I have had pets and have had a soft place for animals of all types. In fact, I remember the first thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a veterinarian. Actually, there are days I look at what exactly it would take to get into vet school… but my math ability, or lack of, probably prevents me from ever getting in. So, I do the next best thing by volunteering with several local animal welfare groups.
Here I can lend my talents and interests in photography, videography, web design, public relations, and graphic design to make a difference. I’ve been very happy with even just going to the shelter and walking some dogs for the afternoon too.
Recently my dog, Roland, and I participated in 2K walk to raise money for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic for the Charleston, W.Va. area. Because of this fun run/walk, I decided to see about volunteering with the Charleston Regional Spay Neuter Clinic soon after. I discovered they needed someone with graphic design, photography, and web site experience and were very excited to have me come on board. I was pleased to lend my skills to help. And I was able to hit the ground running with contributing to meet their needs.
First, I designed a graphic for their Amazon Smile program. That’s a project were Amazon.com gives a percentage of their sales to community organizations. CRSNC is in the program, so if you don’t already support an agency through Amazon Smile, add us!
Anyway, his majesty (aka Roland) got to be the poster boy for the cause. And here’s the graphic I designed.
The other great project I was able to help with was for Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday following Black Friday. This day is counter all of the commercialism starting the Christmas shopping season. I believe it’s a great idea and the CRSNC sent out a video in their Giving Tuesday email. I conducted a few interviews with members from local animal rescues to talk about the need for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic in the area. While the production value needed help (I didn’t have a good microphone), overall I was pleased with the video and the turnaround time on making it.