Danos Works Volunteer Spotlight


By: Melanie Toups

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill

I started volunteering at age 15 so that I could gain experience before one day becoming a world-renowned doctor which never happened. I worked as a candy striper for a local hospital. I wore a pink and white striped smock while filing papers, delivering flowers to patients’ rooms and rocking babies to sleep. As I progressed in my career (not being a doctor), I went from volunteering to serving board positions for several non-profit organizations. While the professional skills I have learned along the way helped in my career, the magnitude of personal growth that I have experienced is unmeasurable. Helping others has always given me a sense of purpose that school and work could never provide.

Everyone has different skills. What defines us is what we do with those skills. Within every community, there are gaps between those in need and those in abundance. The Danos WORKS program is the perfect way to serve our communities through volunteering. And at the end of the year, the Danos Foundation donates money based on hours volunteered. This is how we will make a big impact in the communities where we work and live.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

Melanie Toups

Melanie joined Danos in 2012 and is currently the sales operations analyst. She has worked with customer relationship management since 2009 and was on assignment as international CRM project manager in her previous job. She graduated from Nicholls State University with bachelors degrees in marketing and professional selling.


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