Rare Bird got its start in 1998. (We can’t believe it, either!) Of course, we wanted to mark this momentous occasion. But when all 15 of us sat down together to brainstorm a fitting celebration, we had so many good ideas… Among them:
- Give socks to homeless people!
- Play ping-pong!
- Donate blood!
- Throw a party!
- Thank a mentor!
- Get a puppy for Kelsey!
- Shave our heads!
And on and on. (After all, we’re in the ideas business.)
Then it dawned on us: let’s celebrate with a whole year of giving back and having fun. Let’s do 20 things.
We’re calling it “Good Deeds & Good Times.”
As the year unfolds, we’ll let you know what we’re up to, and even invite you along for some of our adventures. Watch our blog and social media for updates. (And if you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter, so you don’t miss out.)
Our celebrations so far:
- We collected more than 300 items (and an extra $1,000) for homeless veterans
- We rolled up our sleeves and gave blood (and plasma and double platelets)
- We sharpened our blades and tossed a few back at Bad Axe Throwing
- We’re raising money – nearly $7,000! – by shaving our heads for childhood cancer research (March 23)
- Creating flower arrangements for people in healthcare facilities with Random Acts of Flowers (March 28)
- Volunteering at the Hamilton County Humane Society
- Helping build new homes with Habitat for Humanity
- 2018 Zoo Clinic: Volunteered with Safe Kids Indiana who donated 249 car seats and installed 316
- We moved! New address: 200 South Rangeline Road, Carmel, Indiana 46032
- We’re riding in the Great Cycle Challenge to raise money for cancer research
- We’re building a new website for HVAF of Indiana (launching soon!)
- Spending some time with a few other rare birds