Do you have children that are interested in serving the community or maybe passionate about helping others? Are you in search of a platform where your children & your family can serve? A Cary Mom found this personal need in her own home and along with a network of other mothers she grew, Small Hands Big Hearts United, an organization that is serving our Raleigh community and other families across the globe.
Anita Pease is the founder of Small Hands Big Hearts United. She is a Cary mother of 3 who is driven to create change in her community and to provide a platform where our local children can begin to give back. I sat down with Anita & she shared with me the mission of SHBHU & her call-to-action for her other families to get involved.
Here is my interview with Anita Pease, founder of Small Hands Big Hearts United:
What is SHBHU and how did it start?
“The Small Hands Big Hearts United mission is simple, but we truly believe is very important and impactful. It is to nurture children’s instinctive compassion to others and the world around them. Our members are families throughout the entire Triangle coming together for one simple reason. In November 2013, a question was asked “What are we doing to help those children?” by a 7 year old little girl to her parents upon seeing the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines. That answer sparked the very first Compassion Mission that ended up raising over $600 for the Philippines. Since then many other Compassion Missions have been sparked by the minds of Small Handers and Ambassadors from all over the Triangle community for various causes locally and globally.”
How do you try to fulfill the SHBHU missions?
“The organization tries to fulfill this mission in three ways making it truly for the community, run by the community.
1. Every Compassion Mission is created and led by the instinctive compassionate sparks of the Small Handers and Ambassador Teens in the organization.
2. The adult Leadership Team slightly “tweaks” these Compassion Missions to make them accessible to the parents in the community. Accessibility in SHBHU means logistically, financially, without time restraints or age restrictions.
3. This accessibility not only helps in the ability for anyone in the Triangle to participate in the mission but also makes it accessible for families to propose, organize and lead Compassion Missions they are particularly passionate about.
How can a family become a member of Small Hands Big Hearts United & begin to serve?
“There are no member dues or commitments. All the community needs to do is to find the Compassion Calendar on www.smallhandsbigheartsunited. Then register for any Compassion MIssion that interests them. Our general inquiries are directed to Stephanie Chuman our amazing Volunteer Coordinator. She makes every inquiry response very personal and ask specifically if there is an area of impact that the particular family is passionate about. She then directs them to the appropriate Chair of that Committee for more details. We have 6 committees that each fulfill the different needs in our community:
Here are the 6 SHBHU Committees that families can serve on along with missions that will be coming up soon.
1. Hearts to Table – Compassion to the hunger epidemic
“One Doorstep at a Time” Food Drive – November 6th & 13th
“Oak City Outreach” – 3rd Sunday of every month
2. Hearts to Smiles – Compassion to our Senior Citizens, Soldiers & the sick in our community
3. Hearts to Homes – Compassion to Homelessness
4. Hearts and Hands Across Borders – Compassion to Global Needs
“Hats & Hugs for Haiti” – upcoming meeting November 5th
5. Hearts to Others – Compassion to Animals & the Environment
6. Ambassador Passing the Torch Committee – members are 10 years and older who act as mentors & hold independent fundraisers
What can the community do help SHBU missions?
The continued sponsorship & funding from the local business sector (such as Hardison & Cochran and Activate Good) helps us spread our mission while making it truly accessible in the Triangle. A local business or organization that is ready to help serve or donate items can visit the SHBHU Compassion Wish List for Partnering Organizations page.
We are also presently expanding our Ambassador Program with “Passing the Torch” workshops. We need leaders from the community with expertise in leadership, business, marketing and fundraising to volunteer only 1 hour every 3 months at these workshops. Alongside the SHBHU Leadership Team, these volunteers will help guide our Ambassadors in individual fundraisers throughout 2016.
Small Hands Big Hearts United is on a mission to serve their community while helping to nurture the next philantropic generation one compassion mission at a time. Stay connected to SHBHU on www.SmallHandsBigHeartsUnited.com & on their Facebook page.
Looking for another way to support SHBHU during the holiday season? Come out to Vend Raleigh’s 4th Annual Holiday Sip & Shop. Proceeds from this event will benefit SHBHU. Social Butterflies is please to annouce that we will be one of the sponsors at this year’s Sip & Shop. So, come out and join us. Friends, Shopping & Wine…all for a great cause!
Tiffani Campbell is the owner & publisher of Social Butterflies NC. She is a local Triangle Mom of 3 who enjoys jumping into the best family fun in and around the Raleigh area. In her spare time you can also find her over on All Inspired Mom.