Last summer Zealous Good team member, Laura, started a donor interview series on the blog. When Laura left, the interview series went with her. Now we’re reviving and revamping Laura’s concept so you can get to know the people behind the donations. Today we’re talking to Casey Weiss, a super donor who has donated dishes and several pairs of shoes to two Zealous Good charities.
1. Tell me about yourself/your job.
I am a very new Chicago resident. My husband and I moved here from Dallas, TX in August. Noah (my husband) is pursuing his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We are excited to be here for at least two years! I am currently pursuing my Masters in Nutrition through a school in Texas. I am truly passionate about health, wellness, balanced/healthy eating, and physical fitness. I am a runner, spin-afficiando, and yogi. I would love to become a chef in the near future, but that’s going to take some time considering one of our favorite hobbies these days is trying out all of Chicago’s incredible restaurants!
2. How did you hear about Zealous Good?
Founder and CEO, Brittany Graunke, has been my best friend since 2001.
3. Why did you decide to use Zealous Good to donate your items? What did you donate?
My husband and I first donated a set of dishes that were received by Aspire. Once we had fully unpacked our clothes and shoes, we realized there was plenty to give away. A large box of men’s shoes went to The Chicago Lights Elam Davies Social Service Center.
4. What is your favorite part about Zealous Good?
My favorite aspect of Zealous Good is its entrepreneurial spirit! ZG is highly active and visible among Chicago’s entrepreneurial community, inspiring others to pursue their passions, to embrace new and creative ideas, and to challenge the status quo. ZG has revolutionized the “giving experience.” Before it seemed burdensome to dispose of unwanted items. ZG facilitates an easy transfer of items from the donor to the recipient—people and charities that are in NEED of those specific items. It’s a heart-warming and rewarding experience to give knowing that your items are going to those that need them most.
5. What’s your favorite spot to find peace and quiet in Chicago?
Recently, I went to the beach on a weekday for some self-reflection time. There was hardly anyone around, and the views of the city were spectacular. I hate to give away my secret spot, but it’s one I will revisit often.
6. Who is your do gooder role model?
This is an easy question for me to answer—Zealous Good founder, Brittany Graunke. Britt has been my best friend for over ten years. She epitomizes the modern day “power woman.” She is the busiest, most fun, most passionate, most inspiring female I know. There is hardly a time when she is not on the go, doing good, and it’s been this way since high school! Her ambition and commitment have truly paid off; I am beyond proud of her.
7. Deep dish or thin crust?
I should say thin crust because I am a nutritionist, BUT, there is NOTHING better than Chicago-style deep dish pizza. The thicker, the better as far as I’m concerned!
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!