We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlie Hamilton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Don’t Wait to Vaccinate is a youth-led nonprofit organization focused on empowering individuals to get the COVID-19 vaccine by providing easily accessible information and hosting live vaccine registration events. Through our organization, we hope to promote herd immunity and hasten the return to normalcy. During the pandemic, we noticed that it could be very difficult for individuals to make appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. We decided to become the middle-man for this process, and worked to register countless Dallas citizens for their vaccines. As walk-in appointments have made the need for registration practically obsolete, we shifted our focus to providing up to date information on all thing related to the virus such as the latest quarantine rules and how to stay safe when traveling. Our organization is made to fit the needs of the community, so its role is ever changing along with the pandemic. While this business model is difficult and even confusing at times, it has proven to be extremely rewarding as we’re able to help our community through this challenging time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
One of my favorite spots in Dallas is lower Greenville. My childhood home is on Vanderbilt, a street in the neighborhood, so It has always been a special place for me. If my best friend was visiting Dallas I would make sure to take them there and head over to Sundown at the Granada for some great food and music and then head over to Joy Macaroons or Creamistry for dessert after. The next day, we would head over to White Rock Lake in Lakewood for a relaxing morning walk around the water. Afterwards we would head over to Juice Land for some smoothies. I would make sure that we visited the Dallas Museum of Art at least once during their stay as it is a must see when in town. Furthermore, I would plan at least one dinner in the Bishop Art’s district as it is a super cool part of town with great restaurants, people, and stores. Lastly, I think volunteering can be incredible rewarding and a great way to help out communities, so I would take them to work with a local organization for a day such as Hunger Busters or United to Learn, which both host many events that are super easy to get involved with and also create a big positive impact on the Dallas community.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to Don’t Wait to Vaccinate’s founder, Mina Raj. Mina’s efforts in creating the brand of DWTV and drive to spread awareness and scientific literacy among DFW residents is what made Don’t Wait to Vaccinate successful. She worked tirelessly to create our own trademarked website and bring together different creators to make the organization strong and long lasting from December of 2020 to now.
Hannah Lee, Mina Raj