During the height of the Standing Rock protest, Mari, my activist acupuncturist, wanted to do something – she wanted to do good and support the cause. She came up with the idea to offer patients a relaxing doTERRA essential oil treatment at the end of their acupuncture session for $5; all proceeds would go directly to the Sioux Tribe. Her do-goodness (and her patients do-goodness) paid off and together they raised $120 for the Dakota Access Pipeline Fund during December.
With needles penetrating my body, my question to Mari during a recent acupuncture visit was “Why stop now? Why not keep going and support a different nonprofit quarterly?” It’s a great way to expose patients to local nonprofits they may not know about and encourage involvement. I’d share the donations stories via Small Change to promote and bring added awareness to the nonprofits. Mari loved the idea and so “Do Good, Feel Good” was born!
My conservation with Mari was sparked by something ultrarunner and business do-gooder, Aaron Saft, shared with me during his interview: “It’s about getting creative with how to give back.”
In these times of political uncertainty and unrest, we need more spark—more creativity with how we support causes and organizations we believe in—and Mari is a shinning example of putting a creative twist on giving back to her community. Her initiative, Do Good, Feel Good, embodies the concept, Small Change adds up to Big Impact.
Next up for Mari’s patients to support is the Portland Fruit Tree Project, a nonprofit that increases equitable access to healthful food and strengthens communities by empowering neighbors to share in the harvest and care of city-grown produce.
Mari’s patients will leave their session feeling good while knowing they did good.
What creative ideas have you seen or have sparked your imagination?