Bamboo, Biscuits and Brushes are located on ICM's campus at 1525 Merrill Drive and are open 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at ICM-Inc.org and on the ICM Inc. Facebook page.

October is my favorite month for a lot of reasons: 1) I was not built for summertime, so the change in weather is a welcome relief; 2) Halloween is my favorite holiday; and 3) October is our annual philanthropy issue.

While Soirée has deep roots in the nonprofit community, this is the month we shout our mission from the mountaintops. Along with profiling some of the city's most influential charities in this issue, we're happy to share our annual Giving Guide special promotion section highlighting nonprofit organizations around the state and how you can directly help their causes.

Bamboo, Biscuits and Brushes are located on ICM's campus at 1525 Merrill Drive and are open 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at ICM-Inc.org and on the ICM Inc. Facebook page.

Do we encourage setting aside special gifts to local nonprofits whose passions align with your own? Absolutely. But we also encourage putting a little mindful research into your everyday purchases to see if you can make a difference there as well.

Bamboo, Biscuits and Brushes are located on ICM's campus at 1525 Merrill Drive and are open 12-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Learn more at ICM-Inc.org and on the ICM Inc. Facebook page.

For example, Independent Case Management Inc. is a Little Rock-based nonprofit that aids individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Part of ICM's unique approach is to teach workplace skills and foster creativity through three student-run retail stores: a home decor shop named Bamboo, a dog treat bakery called Biscuits and an art store by the name of Brushes. I strongly suggest you stop by and see the magic for yourself.

As my first year as Soirée editor comes to an end and I look back at the stories we were so privileged to tell, I'm endlessly grateful for the selfless hearts whose paths I've crossed because of my 9-to-5. So let's all raise a glass of pumpkin juice to October in Little Rock, the best month in our favorite city, filled with the best people.