Last summer Zealous Good team member, Laura, started a donor interview series on the blog. When Laura left, the interview series went with her. This summer we’re reviving and revamping Laura’s concept so you can get to know the people behind the donations. Today we’re talking to Caitlin Dodds, a super donor who has donated a whopping 65 sweatshirts to Chicago House and Social Service Agency.
1. Tell me about yourself/your job.
My name is Caitlin. I was born and raised in Michigan and first moved to Chicago after I graduated from college in 2008. I accepted a job at a small, boutique, advertising firm downtown. After working in the business field for a year and a half I realized that it was not the right fit for me and decided to return back to school to receive my teaching certificate in secondary education. In the fall of 2011 I returned back to Chicago to teach on Chicago’s south side. My first love will always be the mitten state but I truly feel at home and absolutely adore the Windy City!
2. How did you hear about Zealous Good?
I am friends with the CEO and Founder of ZG, Brittany, and her husband, Jerry.
3. Why did you decide to use Zealous Good to donate your items (what did you donate)?
I had 65 new sweatshirts to donate . Because I had so many sweatshirts I wanted to make sure I could donate to an organization that truly had a need for them. Zealous Good was the perfect place to find an organization who had a need for my donation.
4. What is your favorite part about Zealous Good?
I have more than one…
-Meeting the people at the organization that is receiving your donation.
-The Zealous Good website is extremely easy to use and navigate.
-The instant feel good moment you get after you submit your donation and you start to receive requests from the amazing organizations Zealous Good works with!
5. What’s your favorite spot to find peace and quiet in Chicago?
The gardens in front of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and walking around downtown. Downtown Chicago is not the quietest spot in the city but the organized chaos has a weird way of calming me down.
6. Who is your do gooder role model?
My parents. My mother and father are both amazing people who have always worked hard to show my siblings and I, through example, how easy it is to give back, and spread good any way you can. And of course, Brittany Martin Graunke – she is an inspiration and has amazing work ethic. She is a rock star!
7. Deep dish or thin crust?
I was not sold when I first moved to Chicago, but now I am definitely a deep dish girl. Lou Malnati’s is my favorite and I’m pretty sure I order the “Malnati Chicago Classic” every time.
If you have donated through Zealous Good and would like to answer 7 Good Questions email Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org! We love to hear good answers!