Friday, February 29, 2008

Speak and Be Heard

There's a great post i just read on the Be The Change Blog about an experience she had with a grocery store. She brings here own bags and when she got home, noticed that they ahd plastic bagged a small item that she wasn't aware of. So she wrote a nice note to the store manager (nice is the key here) and they ended up talking to her and then telling their employees to make sure to ask folks with re-usables before they bagged anything. Shows the power o making your voice heard, even on a small level.

Similarly, I have taken to writing/calling organizations and asking if they'd remove me from mailing lists (mostly non-profits I support). Here's an email I received back that shows how most folks are willing to help if they can and know what you want.

Thank you so much for calling late last week and requesting that we stop sending paper mail to you and instead contact you only by e-mail. I wish more donors would let us know their preferences!

Please know that it sometimes take awhile for a change like this to take effect, because paper mailings are prepared well in advance and are impossible to recall. However, the change has been made so you should stop receiving paper mailings from us within the next month or two.

Thank you again for your support for our work. Please contact me any time. I would love to thank you personally for your gifts.


Christine M. Dodson
Manager, Annual Giving
Freedom from Hunger
1644 DaVinci Court
P.O. Box 2000
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 758-6200 Ext. 1042
1 (800) 708-2555

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