In addition to sharing our passion for travel and lifestyle brands through our PR strategy and digital communications efforts, Turner Public Relations donates time and resources to causes close to our hearts at home and around the globe. Our philosophy has always been “it doesn’t matter where you give or what you give, it matters that you give”. For more than a decade, our annual gives have centered on nonprofits such as Heart for Africa, World Bicycle Relief, Women for Women International, World Vision, UNHCR, Resort 2 Kindness, Bronx AIDS Project and World Vision. We’re always inspired by our clients’ social responsibility programs and we love the opportunity to concept and create cause programs. We support our team’s volunteer spirit by offering each team member paid volunteer days annually. Check out their stories below.
“I love Habitat for Humanity www.habitat.org and its mission to eliminate homelessness and provide shelter for those in need around the globe. I helped build a house in New York – I love that it’s not just about giving money to a charity and hoping it goes through the right channels. It’s about using my own two hands to help change the lives of other people who are less fortunate. I also had an amazing sense of fulfillment as I stepped back and saw the physical results of our efforts.”
Michelle Duncan, Senior Director
“I’ve worked at animal shelters around the country since I was 14 years old. Growing up on a farm in PA and a ranch in WY, animals of all sizes have always been an incredibly important part of my life and my family’s livelihood. When I moved to Denver two years ago, I quickly learned about the Denver Dumb Friends League www.ddfl.org and knew I wanted to be a part of one of the largest shelters in the country. I enrolled in the training program and landed in their veterinary department as a health care aide. Every Saturday I work with the outstanding health care department to care for sick and recovering animals to make them adoptable by the public. I am most impressed with the League’s open admission policy, they will not turn away any animal and their placement rate is approximately 80% of all animals at the shelter find homes. In addition to adoption services, the League also acts as a resource for current pet owners by offering training classes and spay and neuter programs – helping to solve the abandoned and lost animal problem at the home. In 2011, over 23,000 animals came to the Dumb Friends League and I’m so proud to be a part of not only enriching the animals’ lives, but also their new owners.”
Jill Smith, Director of Digital Integration
“I’ve been working with the Children’s Diabetes Foundation www.childrensdiabetesfoundation.org, a local organization that supports raising funds for the Barbara Davis Center for Juvenile Diabetes www.barbaradaviscenter.org – a world class facility that is located here in Denver. People from across the country travel to the Barbara Davis Center to receive free care and treatment for juvenile diabetes. The doctors and research teams spend their days searching for a cure for diabetes and have become extremely close in the last year. Recently, a younger generation of volunteers dedicated to the cause have joined together and taken action to educate those that aren’t aware of how devastating childhood diabetes can be. Statistics show that on average, one in three children will develop diabetes in their lifetime, and the young professionals group strives to bring that to light. Diabetes isn’t a physically noticeable illness, but just because we can’t see the disease, doesn’t mean it will go away."
Ashley Cothran, Account Executive
“I volunteered as a “cabin mom” at the Roundup River Ranch in Gypsum, CO, which is part of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps www.holeinthewallcamps.org. Founded in 1988 by actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman, the Hole in the Wall Camps seek to provide life changing experiences to children with serious medical conditions, free of charge. They have served over 337,000 children and family members in 50 countries. I worked with 40 boys and girls who had undergone transplant operations. We enjoyed horseback riding, zip lining, fishing, canoeing, arts, science, singing, bonding and so much more. Each activity allows campers to reach beyond the limits of their illnesses and make everlasting memories. And doctors from the Children’s Hospital of Denver are on hand to assist each camper. Needless to say, the experience and joy that I got out of working with these amazing boys and girls is something I’ll always remember. Having the ability to put a smile on the face of a child who has gone through so much in their short lifetime is priceless. I encourage anyone who has the time to consider volunteering at a Hole in Wall Camp and I’m thrilled Turner PR provides paid volunteer time so I was able to do this. If you are interested in a camp near you visit www.holeinthewallcamps.org. If you want to learn more about Gypsum, Colorado’s Roundup River Ranch email Evan or Tiana, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.”
Tracey Ornelas, Office Administrator
“My husband and five of our friends serve as mentors to Byrne Urban Scholars www.byrneurbanscholars.org, a nonprofit that provides financial, academic and emotional support to students experiencing risk factors that reduce their odds of graduating high school. Each month, we tutor, take the kids to cultural events, and just simply expose the kids to life outside their communities. Byrne is amazing at empowering the kids to not only graduate from high school, but have a meaningful life plan for future academic and/or career success. I’ve had a ball at the fundraising events and taking the kids on outings with friends. Call my friend Amanda Campbell to become a mentor, firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Caitlin Johnson, Senior Director
“I support Rainforest Alliance www.rainforest-alliance.org by buying rainforest alliance certified coffee, tea, and cocoa. After working at a coffee shop for 6 ½ years, it’s hard not to love coffee and embrace the people involved with the production. I’ve done everything from visiting a coffee plantation in Costa Rica to presenting a paper on the impact of organizations on coffee growing communities for the American Anthropology Association Denver chapter. The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. That means helping farmers, forest managers and tourism businesses realize greater economic benefits by ensuring ecosystems within and around their operations are protected, and that their workers are well-trained and enjoy safe conditions, proper sanitation, healthcare and housing. Look for the little green frog seal when you buy your coffee!”
Megan Sullivan, Community Manager