Posted by Maggie on August 28, 2013
“Today on the blog we’re excited to have a guest post from a partner of ours, Zealous Good. Zealous Good helps people with extra belongings make in-kind donations by connecting them with local non-profits who need their items. Kevin shares with us a little more about Zealous Good and about some of the goodness that is the Barrel of Monkeys and ZG partnership.”
Everyone needs computers. Whether you’re a PC specialist or a not-for-profit arts education company creating an alternative learning environment in which children share their personal voices and celebrate the power of their imaginations, having technology that adequately fits your needs is essential. That being said, if you are a nonprofit arts education company focused on inspiring children to become great writers, it can be hard to track down computer donations, and if you’re not careful, the time you spend looking for those computers can get in the way of your mission. As a result, we make it our mission to help organizations like Barrel of Monkeys find donations that they can use, so they can spend more time doing what they do best: saving the world!
This summer, we were lucky enough to be able to match Barrel of Monkeys with two Mac Minis they needed, donated by Groupon Goods. We knew that the staff would put the donations to great use, and they did not disappoint in the least. According to Barrel of Monkeys, the two computers have been incredibly useful in their programs. One was used for a special performance of its hit show “That’s Weird, Grandma” at Theater on the Lake. It was used by long-time Stage Manager, Maggie Fullilove-Nugent, to play sound cues for the production. Incredibly fitting, one of the sound cues was for a story called Mystic Face, by Kristian W. from Learn Campbell Elementary School. Mystic Face is a story about a girl named Abigail who is obsessed with technology. In the story, she goes to a haunted mansion on a hill where she meets a giant digital face that steals her soul.
The second Mac Mini now completes the desk of the Education Coordinator, where it is helping BOM schedule all of its residencies for the 2013-2014 school year. Last year Barrel of Monkeys was in 60 Chicago Public School classrooms and reached over 1000 children.
For us, that’s what partnership is all about: Everyone does their small part to help out, and those small parts come together to make a big impact. If you want to do your small part and become a piece of something bigger, there are a number of ways to do so. You can help Barrel of Monkeys save the world by coming to see “That’s Weird, Grandma” on Mondays at 8 P.M., donating money to the organization, volunteering with their program, or visiting their wishlist on Zealous Good to see if you have any of the items they need.