New Beginnings: Generocity

As some of you may recall, back when Pete popped the question, I also had some other exciting things to celebrate that same day. Generocity, the Greater Philadelphia area’s source for nonprofit news and networking, had contacted me for an interview. To be given the opportunity to put the spotlight on the nonprofit world really excited me, so when I found out last week that I would be joining the team as their Content Associate, I was elated.

In addition to helping spot and tell stories, I’ll also be given the opportunity to represent the content visually, whether through photography or other visual mediums. As someone who (humbly!) considers herself a writer and photographer (and illustrator!), I’m often asked “Well, which one do you like the most?” in job interviews. Even though I know the interviewer wants to hear “Oh, of course I like ____ the most” (depending on the job’s focus), I never quite know how to answer. The truth is, being able to potentially blend provoking imagery with compelling content is very exciting to me. I enjoy the challenges writing and photography bring and look forward to growing stronger as both a writer and an artist.

With my first story for Generocity, the photos inspired the opening of the article, which is often the hardest part to write (at least for me, anyway). Having the visual experience gave me the opportunity to bring readers along with me during my tour of the Philadelphia’s Children Alliance. Ideally, I’m hoping to be able to touch people in small ways so they will be encouraged to give, whether through volunteering or even donating to some of these amazing nonprofits. That being said, I was incredibly inspired by the obvious strength at the PCA, both by the professional staff and the children who have the courage to speak up and tell their stories.

I look forward to sharing all of the stories I’ll be rolling out during my adventures as a staff member of Generocity. I encourage you all (especially Philly readers!) to check out the website, “like” them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to connect with people who have the same interests, concerns, and passions. Anyway, that’s my little plug, I will be sure to share some insights into my daily work life once my position begins (on Monday!).

For those of you who are local to the Philadelphia area, what are some of your favorite nonprofits that you feel deserve some extra love?

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LivingSocial: Spread the Savings Love

If you’re on Twitter and Facebook, I’m sure by now you have heard about the deal LivingSocial is offering today with their $20 for $10 Whole Foods Market promo. 269,021 vouchers have already been purchased already today, which is a lot of hummus and organic shampoo when it comes down to it. Whole Foods is even donating 5 percent of the sales from the deal to the Whole Kids Foundation, which supports schools and inspires families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. I’m really happy for LivingSocial with all of the positive press they are getting from their first national grocery deal, hopefully the first of many to come.

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This is my first week as a freelance copywriter for LivingSocial, where I will be spotlighting fabulous deals throughout the Northern/Western suburbs of Philadelphia. Another part of my role as copywriter will be writing daily blurbs for their “365 things to do,” which highlights tips on the best things to see or do around town. For example, where to find the “best espresso in town” or the “best place to revive a dated piece of furniture.” This is where I’d like your help. To all of you locals, feel free to comment with some of your favorite spots in the Philadelphia suburbs, and I’ll do my best to make sure they are included in our 365 list.

For those fellow freelance writers who live in the area, LivingSocial is looking for writers in Lehigh Valley, Lancaster, Bergen County, Harrisburg and York. If you’re interested, comment below and I’ll put you in touch with the hiring contact!