When an all-volunteer team spends their Saturday, 10am-5pm, working hard for a world-changing cause, of course their President wants to treat them to a free lunch! But without an operating budget (which we are separately fundraising for among companies and grants right now — 100% of what you give supports girls’ education), that could be costly. So, we include this post in our week-long recap of Saturday’s Leadership Summit to say, THANK YOU, QDOBA MANHATTAN, for donating lunch! We won’t name any names, but @shesthefirst tweeted a few take-out places in NYC, and no one responded nicer than @QdobaMexGrill.
Qdoba’s donation is a reminder of how even if you don’t have money to donate to a cause, think about what services or products you might have to make in-kind donations. This taco spread for 20 surely fueled us up for an afternoon of workshopping our fundraising ideas, which will send several girls to school in the course of the next year. Never underestimate the power of non-monetary donations to a cause!
Speaking of acts of kindness, we had some leftover tacos at the end of the day. Some of our volunteers — Hannah Brencher, Stephanie Rushford, Cynthia Hellen, Kat Sytnyk, Carla Blumenthal, in particular — packed them up into two tins and handed them out to street vendors working in the cold outside of Chelsea Market. Pay it forward!