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Giving Tuesday: Sacramento Edition

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Happy #GivingTuesday, Sacramento! With Thanksgiving behind us, we’re now officially in the holiday season. We always want to keep our eye on what’s important, which is why we wanted to highlight some of our favorite charitable organizations in the Sacramento area—and, we’d love for you to share your favorite community service organizations with us, as well!

WEAVE, Inc.: WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.

Sacramento Steps Forward: Sacramento Steps Forward is a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness in our region through collaboration, innovation, and connecting people to services.

First Responder Support Network: The mission of the First Responder Support Network (FRSN) is to provide educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and critical incidents experienced by first responders and their families.

River City Food Bank: River City Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger in Sacramento County by providing healthy emergency food and other assistance.

Have canned goods to donate? The WorkShop Sacramento is home to a River City Food Bank donation bin this season—stop by 3301 C St. #1000 with your non-perishables!

Front Street Animal Shelter: The Front Street Animal Shelter not only cares for lost and abandoned animals in our community, they also provide a variety of services that protect both citizens and animals.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

What the KAI Partners Team is Thankful for in 2018

Community Service, Employee Engagement, KAI Partners, Learning, Sacramento, Small Business

How often do you actually take the time to be thankful? With the holiday season upon us, it’s a great time to show appreciation to coworkers, employees, family, and friends. An attitude of gratitude allows us to reflect on the year and think about all we’re thankful for. Here are a few things our team is feeling grateful for this year–we’d love for you to share with us what you are saying ‘thank you’ for this year.

From the KAI Partners team to yours, we wish you a safe, enjoyable, and stress-free Thanksgiving holiday.

WEAVE’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2018

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Some of the KAI Partners’ men getting ready to walk a mile!

By Michele Sadowski

As a recent transplant to Sacramento, it has been on my to do list to meet new people. Community service is a great way to meet new people.

One of the reasons I chose to work at KAI Partners is because of its strong commitment to community service, so when it was announced that KAI Partners would participate in WEAVE’s “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” annual fundraiser, I immediately signed up. In Sacramento County, WEAVE is the primary provider of crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

It was a bucolic day—light wind and unseasonably cool for this time of year (or so they tell me)—perfect for a long walk in some stilettos…or crazy boots…or well, anything that had high heels on them.

As I walked into Crocker Park, I was greeted by luxurious trees and teeming, lively, cheerful people sitting on blankets, tables, or walking around with their adorable dogs. Many were sampling the flavors of food and drink from a long line of food trucks stationed at the park for the hungry walkers and their supporters. It was the first time I have ever seen a lobster food truck. For all of the crazy weird foods you can find at a festival in Wisconsin, where I’m from, you will not find a lobster truck—a deep fried Oreo cookie or pickle, sure. In the background a rock band was playing and there were more than a couple of folks swaying and singing along, and just off the side of the stage was a giant red shoe!

The WEAVE team, all in their purple shirts, were amazing! To see all those young people there to make a difference—to support and commit to something so strongly and with such energy—was absolutely life affirming. I caught them in a quick game of kick ball in-between manning their booth—it looked like so much fun I wanted to join in.

While the event opened at 11:30am, the walk didn’t start until 1pm. So, after a long leisurely walk about, I went to go find my cohorts. KAI Partners was a sponsor of the event and of course our team was out in full force. Working onsite for a client, I don’t get much time with my teammates, so I truly enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know them a little better.

The time finally came for the walk to begin, and a mass of humanity began walking towards the start line, and then they were off. About 15 minutes later the walkers began to return. They were greeted with cheers and cow bells—yup, cowbells—and I think my ears are still ringing. Each participant received a rope with cowbell on it and a medal as a memento of their achievement. One man twisted his ankle just as he was coming over the finish line and wow it looked excruciatingly painful. Been there done that!

I’m so proud of the men and women who put those heels on and walked that mile. It was a nice day, but a mile in heels is hard (and painful, right guys?)! All in all, it was a great day to be outside and to support a great cause. I look forward to participating in next year’s event.

About Michele: Michele is a recent Certified ScrumMaster with 20+ years of communications and project lead experience in small and large technology firms. After a 15-year stint in Wisconsin, Michele recently returned to California. When not at work, she spends her time learning about her new home, Sacramento, CA, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Why I Walk: National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS 2018

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Photo Credit: Ashley Belmonte

By Ashley Belmonte

I recently participated in Solano County’s Walk MS event. Walk MS is an annual fundraising event organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. According to Walk MS, teams of people get together and raise money to change the world for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis; Walk MS takes place at over 400 locations with more than 300,000 people participating every year. To date, Walk MS has raised more than $1 billion to help research and find a cure.

This was fourth year participating in Walk MS. I was diagnosed with MS in February 2013; I was in complete shock with my diagnosis and I gave it a year to sink in. In 2014, I decided that since I had never heard of MS before, I wanted to do something with my family and friends to raise awareness. With the help of my sense of humor, Team Blurred Lines was created! Get it? Because those with MS tend to have occasional blurred vision and have trouble walking straight.

The annual Walk MS event is important to me so that awareness is raised! Many people have never heard of Multiple Sclerosis or, for that matter, the different types of MS. The support that is felt at the walk every year is one of the best feelings. Having friends, family, strangers, and fellow warriors all take a few hours out of their day to walk around the Suisun Marina in hopes to find a cure is a sign of hope for me.

I’ll continue to participate in Walk MS every year until a cure is found! Any donation big or small means millions of people—including myself—are one step closer to becoming MS free!

About the Author: Ashley is the receptionist-extraordinaire for KAI Partners, Inc. and The WorkShop – Sacramento. When she’s not at work, she’s busy wedding planning, shopping, enjoying friends and family, and being a mom to her 9-year-old son, 6-year-old daughter, and 9-year-old bonus son. She’s also a team captain and fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual Walk MS event.

The WorkShop – Sacramento Grand Opening Celebration!

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Photo Credit: Stephen Alfano and Carmen Marsh

KAI Partners recently celebrated the grand opening of The WorkShop – Sacramento! The grand opening event provided the opportunity to show off The WorkShop’s beautiful 9,000 square feet of office, desk, and conference room space, as well as network with friends, colleagues, and community partners.

The highlight of the evening included puppies from Front Street Animal Shelter. Each adorable, adoptable puppy was named after a country music star. We were thrilled to partner with Front Street to raffle off five free adoptions to folks attending the Grand Opening. That’s five animals that will get new loving homes and for that we are very grateful.

The bourbon tasting with Rick Mindermann from Corti Brothers was also a highlight of the night—and provided a true learning opportunity for folks to gain history and knowledge about this American spirit.

Thank you to all who came out to attend our Grand Opening celebration and thank you to the East Sacramento/McKinley Park neighborhood for giving us such a warm welcome.

Interested in seeing The WorkShop? We’d love the opportunity to show you around. Please email workshop@kaipartners.com or call 916-465-8065 to set up a tour or to get more information about our services.

Here’s a little more information about The WorkShop – Sacramento:

  • As a co-working space, The WorkShop provides customized, competitively priced workspaces, including dedicated office and desk space.
  • As a business support provider, The WorkShop provides a la carte services such as reception, IT, and mailing services, as well as access to meeting rooms.
  • As a business incubator, The WorkShop combines our amenities with business development services and access to expert advisors.
  • As the home of our workforce development arm, the KAIP Academy, The WorkShop offers training and certification in today’s most in-demand skills and disciplines.

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