There’s really no limit to giving back. There is always some way you can help a community.
Brooke Erol left her home country in Turkey with her husband and son to expatiate to the United States. While she was here, she was amazed by how giving back was so ingrained in the American culture and wanted to bring some of these customs back to Turkey. This was one of the reasons why Bridge to Turkiye Fund (BTF) was established in 2003 by Turkish American volunteers and remains a close place in Brooke’s heart, where she’s been a volunteer since 2010. Their mission is to make a difference, to improve life, and to cultivate social change for the common good in Turkey. Find out more from Brooke on this week’s episode!
[6:35] What is the Bridge to Turkiye Fund about?
[11:35] A school was named after Brooke’s grandparents to honor them for the humanitarian work that they did. Brooke has always had a dream to follow in their footsteps.
[16:15] What are some of the projects that Bridge to Turkiye works on?
[22:35] Brooke gives a lot of credit to the board members of Bridge to Turkiye. They’re so passionate and creative when it comes to coming up with ideas for new projects to help the community.
[24:45] What is a giving circle and how does it work?
[31:25] It is very hard to find volunteers in Turkey compared to the U.S.. In fact, Brooke was a bit surprised by the cultural differences and the importance Americans put on giving back when she first came here.
[41:55] What are some of the things that Brooke does to help create a better workplace?
[47:05] We owe it to ourselves to put our strengths to good use!
[51:45] We need much more EQ in the workplace than IQ.
[53:15] Businesses have to get onboard with being more purposeful and ethical because customers these days do not want to buy from companies that treat their employees poorly.
Mentioned in This Episode:
Giving Back Podcast
Brooke Erol on LinkedIn
Bridge to Turkiye Fund
A Whole New Mind, by Daniel Pink