Spreading Joy by Doing Good

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Minnesota ranks 2nd in the nation for volunteering and nearly half of its residents (44.3%) belong to organizations and associations; 70% give back informally. At Joshin, we create joy for the families we care for, but that philosophy is also embedded into our company culture. That’s why we are excited to announce our brand new Social Good program.

Doing good comes naturally, but as a company we wanted to put structure around those Minnesota values and ensure that it is not simply the founders that are doing good but the entire company. Joshin’s social good initiatives align with our corporate mission and allow our team members to contribute time to various causes. Our social good programs extend our values of community, connection and care. We see our 3 C’s as concentric circles with families as the common center.

For one of our first social good programs, we have teamed up with Fraser, Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Joshin Experience Manager, Sarah McComb, MS, is actively volunteering at Fraser as a classroom volunteer on behalf of the Joshin Social Good program. As a Classroom Volunteer at the Fraser School in Richfield, Sarah works alongside teachers in the Monkey room, which is an inclusive preschool classroom.  Each Wednesday morning, Sarah helps with the morning routine which includes Open Play (art, music, fine motor, dramatic play, cognitive) snack time, and then helping the children work on gross motor skills either indoors or outdoors on the playground!  Next, they do group time with a different unit presentation – science, language, social studies, numbers, colors, letters, phonological awareness, etc.  Twice per week, they do music time which is a big deal at Fraser and a favorite among the kiddos!  The morning concludes with art or sensory activities and then quiet activities before settling down for lunch time. 

Families who have a child with special needs are often also faced with economic challenges and isolation. Frequently, one parent or caregiver is faced with quitting a job to support medical appointments or various other needs.  Those needs can also make it difficult for families to find down time or get out and do fun things. With sensitivity to those needs, our Giving Program allows families to donate hours of Joshin care to other families and we handle the rest!

Finally, we want to make sure that special need families do not feel isolated. We are donating Joymaker hours to child care centers in places of worship so that families can join their faith community with the comfort of knowing that their child is in good hands.

We intend to make Minnesota proud by showing the world how much we care! If you are interested in partnering with Joshin or learning more about our Social Good Program, you can contact us here or give us a shout on social media.

Melissa Danielsen