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Giving Back: It’s not just for Millennials

May 22, 2014

Nick Joyce grad(Play)Joyce and I were in Burlington Vermont over the weekend for her son’s graduation from the University of Vermont. Young Nick graduated Phi Beta Kappa, majoring in Environmental Studies. He’s a smart and conscientious kid, and like many of his generation, he wants to make a difference in the world. A recent survey on the career aspirations of 1,000 college educated Millennials (born from 1980 to 2000) by Bentley University’s Center for Women & Business found that 84% say that “knowing I am helping to make a positive difference in the world is more important to me than professional recognition.” That’s important for companies to know as they attempt to recruit from this generation that’s even larger than the baby boomers of 1946 to 1964.

Wanting to make a difference may be a generational generalization (sorry), but it’s not limited to Millennials. Nick’s mom (a Boomer) and my friend Barb (a Gen Xer) devote a tremendous amount of energy and heart to giving back. Their current work is with Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell (SEGL) where they serve as the charity co-chairs. I want to help them help the kids, so here’s how you can help me:

  1. Buy a ticket and join us for the 2014 SEGL Martini Spring Fling, three weeks from today, Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Vesper Country Club in Tyngsboro, MA beginning at 5:30! This years honoree is UMass-Lowell hockey coach, Norm Bazin!
  2. Donate a prize for Spring Fling Silent Auction!
  3. Tee off the next day, Friday, June 13th at the Townsend Ridge Country Club in the 20th Annual Lantheus Medical Imaging Charity Golf Event! Last year’s tournament raised $27,000 for SEGL!

Whether you’re a Millennial, Gen Xer, or an old Boomer like me, it feels good to give back, so let’s do this!



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  1. May 22, 2014 11:57 am

    Thank you, Leo. Sending kids to a summer program is critical for continuing education. But as my Dad used to always say, “Keep them busy and keep them out of trouble” – the kids we are sponsoring have no Plan B to a summer program without SEGL funding. It costs about $50 per child to keep them in an engaging and enriching program for the summer. I am so proud that Kronos is the lead sponsor of this amazing cause!

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