If you are familiar with Doing Good Works, you are probably aware of the impact we have on the foster system and our mission to make a difference in the community. What does that mean for us as a company? The Doing Good Works is a B-corporation, which is a business model that strives to meet certain standards for having strong social and environmental performance, public transparency, and accountability that balance profit-making with mission purpose.
As part of my interview with Amber Helmick, our Impact Initiator, I wanted to know how working with a B-Corp has impacted her personally. Amber had previously worked at a Greek restaurant in Orange County before discovering Doing Good Works. Her introduction to Doing Good Works came from the Guardian Scholars program at Orange Coast College. We offered her the opportunity to intern with us during her first semester of college, where she worked with fellow interns to research foster care statistics, laws and regulations for the community, and other B-corps. After interning, Amber became the Impact Initiator. As part of her role at Purpose Printery, she helps to connect B-corps who are making a difference to multiple opportunities in the community, such as DGW Branded and Purpose Printery.
Designed specifically for businesses, Purpose Printery provides a wide range of printing options for sustainable branded merchandise. Among them are things like t-shirts, reusable grocery bags, and name badges. She has been a valuable asset in her mission-set outreach as well as helping customers with these print projects. Amber reflected on how her role went from researching B-Corps, programs that assist foster youth of young adults aging out of foster care, and research on laws and regulations in that state that protected foster youth when they aged out to working directly with these companies. This transition has helped her move forward with her passion for the mission. Amber is dedicated to a company's success and always goes the extra mile to help the business whether she is working remotely or in the office.
Taking the initiative to do good in a professional setting is what Amber finds most rewarding about working with Purpose Printery. She gets to meet so many people from all over the country who are equally committed to making a positive impact. In the process, she has gained a better understanding of different cultures and point of views, as well as how others make a difference in their own communities around the country. Aside from her work, Amber enjoys things such as art and true crime novels - she even won an award for digital media and design.
Her favorite quote is one from The Night Circus, “People see what they wish to see. And in most cases, what they are told that they see.” -Erin Morgenstern.