If there's one thing DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. Chief Executive Officer Donovan Forrest has learned about leadership, it is how to make people feel good about the work they commit themselves to. It was in late 2018 when Forrest began to raise money for mentor-mentee match outings. The then three year old organization had just recieved free Pizza passes to Blaze Pizza, LLC. when Forrest began to understand the importance of making people feel appreciated, needed, and that their time was valued.
As a non-profit leader who founded the same organization we works for, Forrest understands the value of time. "We're all college students at DonCARES, so when our mentors attend service events and show up on a consistent basis for their mentees, that requires a deal of sacrifice." Forrest says.
Although each member at DonCARES are volunteers, Forrest gifts his volunteers with tokens of appreciation for their hard work and dedication. Since late 2018, nearly every mentor has received something. From Starbucks Gift Cards, AMC Movie Tickets, to Dinners at The Cheesecake Factory, Forrest believes that self-appreciation is giving value to people and giving them proper recognition.
This month, Corey Bennett and Carly Newton both won raffles in the DonCARES of Philadelphia, Inc. group chat. Bennett won a $25.00 gift card to Sweet Charlies, a rolled ice-cream and frozen yogurt shop in Center City and Newton won a $30.00 AMC Gift Card.
As posted on the organization's website under culture & values, the organization proudly boasts the importance of living their values through practice. DonCARES' success depends upon the ability and commitment of our driven volunteers to share their resources, knowledge, and experiences with the youth we serve while upholding the inspiring vision that empowers us. To do this, our culture is defined by our core values and our mission. To define our efforts, we strive to make our organization reflect our community where we bring the best out in each other by service, fellowship, and self-appreciation for one another.