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When Workwell began to look for ways to give back in 2016, the company’s team knew it wanted to help military veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. “It was important to us,” explained Scott Lesizza, co-founder and principal at Workwell Partners.
“Many of us had friends and family who were affected by these wars, so we wanted
to give back to that community.”
Finding a charity that aligned with Workwell’s values and gave back as much
as possible became a priority. After some research, it found Hope for the Warriors.
“Hope for the Warriors gives back 90 cents for every dollar while other organizations
give much less,” Lesizza noted.
Giving to Hope for the Warriors started out small with the 2016 Big Apple Run
for Warriors. A team from Workwell participated, allowing them to get to know the
charitable organization. Additionally, the company hosted in-house cocktail hours
where the cost for an alcoholic beverage was a dollar donation. From that, a fruitful
In 2016, the Workwell for the Warriors event launched. Hosted in a rented
bar space, attendees learned about Hope for the Warriors directly from the
participating veterans. “We heard from the warriors themselves, which was
impactful,” Lesizza added.
In 2017, the second Workwell for the Warriors event took place at Public
House in Midtown Manhattan. The team spread the word throughout the
neighborhood, offering an open bar, food, raffle, auction, and photo booth, in
addition to information about the Hope for the Warriors organization. Ultimately,
$10,000 was raised at that event.
“One person we spoke to [in the area] told us he had just enlisted in the
military, but had never heard of Hope for the Warriors, so he said he would check
it out,” said Kate Kacani, marketing coordinator at Workwell Partners.
As for the future of the collaboration, Workwell is only getting started, looking
at new ways in which it can increase participation in the Workwell for the Warriors
event, as well as other means of giving back to the community. To attend the 2018
event, keep an eye out next fall for the date and location.
By Kadie Yale | Photography by Carlo David
Giving to organizations doesn’t have to
include a large-scale event. Like Workwell,
participating in efforts such as a walk or run
can be a great first step to learning more
about a charity.
“Find something you’re passionate about
that aligns with your values,” Kacani said.
Passion for an organization and/or cause will
fuel your team to find ways to best serve that
community. Whether it’s LGBTQ rights, animal
cruelty, returning veterans, or environmental
causes, finding an issue both you and your
associates feel passionate about will help
people get on board (and make those
early-morning charity walks less of a chore).
Once an organization is selected, build a
partnership to better provide for its indivudalized
needs. Kacani explained that this past summer
Workwell held a school supplies drive, providing
service members’ children with much-needed
materials to prepare for the 2017-2018 school
year while lessening the burden on parents.
“That’s something you wouldn’t think about,
but it makes sense,” she said. “It’s just one
less thing service members and their families
have to worry about.”
For more information on Hope for
the Warriors and how you can help the
organization or Workwell’s efforts, visit
hopeforthewarriors.org or contact Katie
Kacani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Workwell Partners
Scott Lesizza and
From left: Joe McCarthy and Erin
Thompson of Hope for Warriors,
Jennifer Friedel and Kate Kacani of