United States

Dollars for Doers Impact: Project A.N.G.E.L.

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‚ÄčRSM employees love to give back to the communities in which they live and work. With support from the RSM US Foundation's Dollars for Doers program, employees can enhance their volunteer efforts with a grant to support organizations they care about.

Rebecca and Kelsey Cantrell are two such employees. The mom and daughter work in RSM's Indianapolis office and support Project A.N.G.E.L., an organization that provides social services and promotes community support for needy families in Hendricks County. Project A.N.G.E.L., aka, Area Neighbors Giving Extra Love, has relied on businesses, individuals and groups in the community to assist in meeting families' needs since 2003.

Project A.N.G.E.L.'s main project is during the holiday season. Their goal is to provide eligible families with a box of food per household member, a turkey or ham for Christmas dinner, wrapping supplies, a complete outfit for each child (including pants/shirt, socks and underwear) and a new pair of pajamas for Christmas morning gifts for each child and other items of necessity, if possible. Fulfilling these needs for each child costs approximately $250-300 each.

Kelsey has worked with Project A.N.G.E.L. for about 15 years, and has been taking advantage of the Dollars for Doers since the RSM US Foundation began offering the program in 2015. "These funds help ensure that Project A.N.G.E.L. can provide a Christmas present to all qualifying children in Hendricks County who apply," Rebecca said.  "On average, we provide food and presents to 350 children.  These funds allow each child to have new pajamas to wear on Christmas, a new outfit to open and a wish list item to open on Christmas morning plus food to eat over Christmas break."

Each year, Project A.N.G.E.L. assists more than 100 families and over 350 children with gifts, clothing and non-perishable food items. Rebecca and Kelsey were able to donate over 80 hours of their time, and the Dollars for Doers matched their time with a $1,000 grant to Project A.N.G.E.L., bringing their grand total to $2,000 over the four years the program has been offered.  "Dollars for Doers allows you to double your effort and support the organization you care about," Rebecca noted. "And by using Dollars for Doers you are able to give not just volunteer hours to the organization, but also contribute financially."