It’s not that we don’t like spring. She’s lovely, really. It’s just that, here in the Lowcountry, we consider another season to be one of refresh:
We get how those in colder regions of the country crave the turning of the calendar from March to April (and sympathy-cringe when they get those late-season snowfalls), eager to unwrap the wool from their bodies and throw open the windows that have been sealed since November.
But down here, winter is not terrible. Oh, sure, we get the occasional freeze and accompanying short-lived precip. Generally speaking, however, Charleston winters are marked by lightweight jackets and moderate HVAC bills. In short, it’s the season that makes us the envy of friends to the north.
Now, summer? That’s a different story.
We know what we’re in for, and we have the grit to get through the worst of it. But around the time the kids start heading back to school, we’ve had our fill of sweat dripping down our backs at 7 a.m., the severe thunderstorms that inevitably tie up rush hour traffic, and the humidity that apparently had different plans for our hair. We love the beach and the festivals, but we’ll spend the dog days feverishly cleaning the sand and gunk from our floorboards, seats, and coolers. When we’re done, we’re done… and ready for a new beginning.
And that’s where fall shows up in all her merciful glory. It is at this intersection of our readiness for change and Mother Nature’s timely relief that we have great potential to enjoy more than just cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice everything. With the more indulgent days of summer in the rear view, we are able to re-focus our energies, both personally and professionally.
And this is where another extraordinary intersection can be found. We call it the Social Impact Experience, and it connects corporate outreach strength with individual employee compassion. By partnering with KLH Group, local organizations choose from a curated cadre of “Day of Service” ventures, selecting the philanthropy that best suits their culture and goals. Whether it’s a morning packing meals for hungry neighbors, an afternoon building a playhouse for an underserved child, or an entire day at sea with military veterans, the positive consequences are enduring: team building and bonding, retention of (happier) employees, community pride and accountability, and a wonderfully habitual answer to the call of life-changing social responsibility.
As our climate calendar gives way from oppressive heat to autumn’s cool-down, consider making your own benevolent transition – and let us help from planning to production.