Call me Pollyanna

When I was a  high school senior in Dallas, we had a “Senior Sunday” celebration. The theme was movie stars and each senior had a movie to describe them. A friend who was a dancer had “Save the Last Dance”. A friend who was a bit of a tech guy had “The Matrix”. I had the 1960’s classic “Pollyanna” starring Hayley Mills.

Shame on you if you are not familiar with the movie, but according to IMDB Pollyanna is the story of “a young girl who comes to an embittered town and confronts its attitude with her determination to see the best in life.” Now Dallas wasn’t an embittered town and neither is Chicago, so let’s focus on the “determination to see the best in life.”

After high school, I went on to study industrial engineering at Northwestern University, consult with Bain & Company, and work with United Way. All throughout that time I’ve always had a little Pollyanna in me and as Zealous Good is beginning to gain some momentum, I can see that there is a lot of Pollyanna in it as well.

Here at Zealous Good, we just want to make it easier for people to “do good.” Our way to do that is to make it easier to connect and donate goods and services. As I begin to talk to companies, I see that a lot of them understand our way of “doing good” too and want to get involved. For example, I just had a great meeting with the guys at iComputeCafe who want to be a part of the Zealous Good movement to donate their services and any donated goods to the non-profits who locally need them. Or Tiffany from Personal Peak Fitness who I met at a Lincoln Park Chamber event and who was eager to brainstorm ways to get the word out about Zealous Good because she believes in our goal. We just want to make it easier to do good and people are ready for that.

So what I’m saying is all these people and companies have a lot of Pollyanna in them. They all have some determination to see the best in life. Think about it. Join us. You can be a Pollyanna too.

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Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.

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