Agency Philanthropy Fueled by Miles on the Road (or Air)

With clients across the nation, and conferences, workshops and presentations dotted throughout country each year, GlynnDevins associates travel – a lot.

A few years ago, an associate came up with the idea to put all this travel to (additional) good use. She asked colleagues to bring back the complimentary bars of soap, toothpaste and bottles of shampoo, conditioner and lotion from hotels to donate to Rose Brooks, a local domestic violence shelter in Kansas City.

After each trip, associates are encouraged to drop any contributions into a 5.5-gallon tub at the office. Every quarter, the contents are donated to the shelter to help women and families facing crisis.

The idea has become so popular that associates often bring in toiletries and other needed items, like socks, even when they aren’t traveling. With Rose Brooks also accepting pets, donations have expanded to include dog and cat food.

Julie Major, creative director at GlynnDevins, now spearheads the initiative. She says it’s a simple gesture, but one that can have a significant impact on someone who arrives at the shelter with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.