7 Good Questions with Melissa Tramel

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 Melissa Tramel, a super donor who has donated towels and sheets to one of our charities that runs a women’s shelter and a vacuum to one of our teen living facility charities.  

1. Tell me about yourself/your job.

I moved to Chicago about ten years ago – I used a boy as my excuse to get here but fell in love with the city much harder than I fell for him. I worked for several years at an architecture firm, then the economy went south, and I landed at a corporate event production company.  I’m recently married and we just adopted a 2-year old Bullmastiff, from a local foster program that my good friend has started, who has quickly become the most spoiled member of our family!

2. How did you hear about Zealous Good?

Being in event production, I’ve always got my eyes and ears open to what’s happening around town and one morning I saw an advertisement on a taxi cab about the Ideation Conference and I was totally intrigued.  I checked out the event as soon as I got into the office and I was totally impressed with the caliber of speakers and especially with the Zealous Good organization.  I signed up immediately to donate some stuff – I just felt bad that we had just dropped off a whole slew of items at Salvation Army the week before!

3. Why did you decide to use Zealous Good to donate your items?

I love the idea of knowing that my donations are going to a good cause, to a place that needs them. Goodwill and Salvation Army are great causes but they don’t give the feeling of satisfaction that you get from donating to a specific charity.  So far, I’ve donated towels and sheets to a women’s shelter and a vacuum cleaner to a teen living facility.

4. What is your favorite part about Zealous Good?

So many parts! All of my interactions with Zealous Good have been fabulous – I think my favorite part is the follow-up and interaction between Zealous Good, the donors, and the charity organizations.  I don’t think it would be as successful if that wasn’t in place. We’re all better because of it.

5. What’s your favorite spot to find peace and quiet in Chicago?

I’m quite the homebody and we have a fantastic roof deck attached to our condo; I love spending time up there reading a book, drinking some wine, enjoying the company of my husband and the dog.

6. Who is your do gooder role model?

My church youth group leader growing up – she was the absolute most unselfish person I have ever known and always put the needs and feelings of others ahead of her own.  Teresa Gibbons from Grand Prairie, Texas – she is a saint.

7. Deep dish or thin crust?

Deep dish when company’s in town, thin crust for regular consumption 🙂

If you have donated through Zealous Good and would like to answer 7 Good Questions email Ali at ali@zealousgood.com! We love to hear good answers!

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