At Origo, we often partner with causes that inspire us to serve. For example, we are proud to have recently had the honor of executing a campaign to encourage Ohioans to Adopt or Foster, developed a complete brand/web overhaul for the Ohio Council for Homecare & Hospice, and created campaigns to prevent the abuse and neglect of children throughout Ohio. While we are passionate about the work we do with our partners at Origo, our team’s dedication to serving our community also extends outside of the office.
This week is National Volunteer Week and we’re taking the opportunity to shine a light on Origo team members who spend their time making our world a bit better. Check them out below as they highlight the organizations they are involved in.
Jason Moore, Creative Director
For over 10 years I was on the board for the ROY G BIV Gallery and served as the president for just over 2 years. Art was what brought me to Columbus to attend CCAD and I’ve always thought that artists were the societal observers who have brought issues to the attention of the general public. Because of their importance to our culture I have devoted most of my volunteer time to this organization which gives emerging artists a place and a chance for what is often their first official gallery show (see photo above). Their new gallery opens in Franklinton on Rich street in May.
Alessandro Ciaffoncini, VP and Director of Accounts
Currently, I am involved with the following:
- 2017 – Present: Member, Donor Council Committee- Wexner Center for the Arts
- 2017 – Present: Member, Arts Council- Columbus Museum of Art
- 2016 – Present: Board Member & Development Committee Chair- The Jazz Arts Group
- 2016 – Present: Member, Development Committee Member- Greater Columbus Arts Council
- 2016 – Present: Professional Advisory Board Member- Franklin University’s M.S. in Marketing & Communication (MCM) Program
As you can see, I am passionate about giving back to the arts community of our city, as I feel it adds to the vibrant growth that Columbus has been seeing in recent years and creates a more diverse and cultural place for people to live in and be a part of.
Also, I was President and on the board of the American Advertising Federation, as well as served on board positions with the Columbus American Marketing Association, as I also enjoy giving back to our industry – helping to create an local environment where individuals can grow in their profession and continue to create a larger national footprint for the Columbus creative community.
Beth Burson, Account Manager and Media Buyer
I organize a community social group within German Village called Prost! The goal of our monthly events is to provide an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and learn about fun ways to get involved in the village. The group gets its name from the German word, “prost”, which means “cheers” in German.
I also volunteer heavily with the German Village Society. This year I will be helping with German Village Haus und Garten Tour, the signature fundraiser and neighborhood celebration for the Society. This year I will be a house captain for the 5th year in a row! The proceeds from the tour go back toward historical preservation efforts within the community. If you are interested in attending the event, check out the website for more information!
Sandra Goh, Art Director
Whenever possible I try to volunteer to help out with our community school fundraisers. My daughter is Vice President of the Key Club and this year we organized a fundraising event for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The concept behind our fundraiser was that when a student purchases a cup of hot chocolate, they receive a paper star to write a wish on. This star was then placed on a wish wall mural of a galaxy created by the student. All of the money raised goes to making another child’s wish come true.
Bexley High School will also be holding a carnival in May for the Buckeye Clinic South Sudan project. All proceeds raised will go to the clinic. Check out the brochure that a student created for this event: Bexley-Carnival-Business. If anyone is interested we are still currently looking for sponsors to donate raffle items!
Kevin Miller, Web Developer & Candace Miller, Superhero & Wife
My wife, founded a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization called Local Outreach Volunteers (LOV) which serves homeless people and victims of sex trafficking. Every week they head downtown with food, clothing, tents, blessing bags and purses filled with supplies for those on the streets. She also trains nurses and hospital staff about sex trafficking and speaks to government and hospital boards to help develop policies to help its victims. She’s a superhero.
Diana Ciaffoncini, VP & Operations Manager
I volunteer every year at Race for the Cure. I’m so proud of all the survivors and happy to see how strong they are. You can’t help but hope the very best for all of them and their families.
Kelly Kistler, Graphic Designer
For the last four years, I have volunteered with the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts. The organization helps foster a creative community with monthly speaker events, an annual Creative Best competition, various volunteer and philanthropic initiatives, and opportunities to develop close friends through a network of peers who are focused on elevating our industry within Central Ohio.
This year, I am serving as the Co-VP of one of our sub-committees, CSCA Gives Back. Our goal is to further the impact of selected nonprofits, organizations, and social enterprises by offering in-kind professional creative services and volunteers.
I am so excited to say that within the last 2 years, we have had to opportunity to create work with organizations such as A Kid Again, Flying Horse Farms, the Greene County Public Library, the Mid Ohio Workers Association, and even hosted our first fundraising event, Happy Little Trees Hour. Our projects are always wacky and wild. We often break from behind our laptops and use our creative brains in a different way. We’ve developed 3D instillations, ran a 5K in capes, and even sewn together a three-headed monster costume. Each one of these projects gives us an opportunity to recharge our creative juices while having fun and giving back to our community.