Number of Participants: 1
Hours Donated: 20
Value of Time Served: $169
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: May 6, 2021
Based on what I learned from the first equipment Drive, I sharpened my vision for DriveForeGood. One of the changes I made for the Spring was streamlining what I would collect. I decided to ask only for golf clubs and bags. I also reached out to the Head Golf Pro at the Winchester Country Club – a place that I had grown up learning to play golf – and they agreed to partner with DriveForeGood. Not only did they generously donate some demo clubs and different sets, but we are planning equipment collections at one of their golf events. This will be something where golfers in a tournament can bring their unused equipment, and use the WCC as a donation dropoff. And because some people would like to show support, but don’t have any equipment to donate, I set up a Venmo account for DriveForeGood, That way they can support the Drive any time of the year. Lastly, I spent some time creating a logo for DriveForeGood. Some of my hobbies are computer animation and drawing. It was fun playing around with the graphics and colors and – with some help from my cousin who is an industrial designer – an official logo. I used this logo to create some larger signs for drop-off points, and also made a DriveForeGood Instagram page to get the word out more.
The two main things I didn’t change for the Spring was 1) how I got the word out about the equipment drive; and 2) donating the equipment to The First Tee of Massachusetts. To get the second Drive going, I spread the word again by emailing and texting friends and families in Winchester. I offered to pick up clubs wherever they were. And our front porch was also a drop-off point. I kept in communication with the Winchester Country Club, and they texted me whenever they rounded up some clubs to donate. I received a lot of support again this Spring from my town. Last week I loaded up my dad’s truck and drove it down to The Links at Norton.
One surprising thing I discovered about starting DriveForeGood was how many people came together to help. Winchester really came through. They cared about getting golf equipment to other kids. And they took the time to donate it. Each Drive game me a real sense of community. And once I reached to the First Tee to donate the equipment, they really appreciated what DriveForeGood was doing. Another thing I learned about myself through this whole experience, is how important it is to get involved in the community. What began here, branched out to the First Tee, and has a much broader reach than I expected. I am grateful for all that my family, my schools, my town, and the Winchester Country Club has given me. It is rewarding to give back in a way that might just help a kid discover the amazing game of golf and -who knows – maybe even become the next Tiger Woods.