While there are larger organizations than GAWDA, there are few who leave as great of an impact on the cities in which they gather. Through GAWDA Gives Back, association members have donated almost $1.2 million dollars to deserving organizations, saving lives and changing them forever.
In 2012, GAWDA has selected two charities in Colorado Springs to be on the receiving end of this incredible tradition of giving. Welding & Gases Today spoke with the directors of Partners In Housing and PEAK Parent Center to find out what these organizations are all about in “A Look Inside 2012’s GAWDA Gives Back Recipients.” When you have a few minutes, I strongly encourage you to read about the charities. They are doing some amazing work in the state of Colorado.
In referring to Partners In Housing, the article brings up the adage, “If you give a man a fish, he’ll eat for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, he’ll eat for a lifetime,” and rightly so. In fact, the same saying could be used to talk about PEAK Parent Center. What both organizations have in common is their mission to teach. Whether it’s helping homeless families or parents of children with disabilities, neither PIH nor PEAK offer their clients a handout. Instead, what they offer is education, training, resources…things to help them eat for a lifetime.
For me, this mission rings true with GAWDA as well. Whether it’s the Annual Convention, SMC, regional meeting, GAWDA University, Welding & Gases Today magazine or the GAWDA consultants, there is an incredible amount of education that the association offers members. In the end, training and education are worth more than any handout.
While the convention is just around the corner, it’s not too late to make a difference. If you’re thinking of supporting GAWDA Gives Back, get to know the organizations and people GAWDA’s leadership has selected for this year’s donations and go inside GAWDA Gives Back.