We support education with our donation of school supplies to 5,000 children in 2012, at 11 schools, in partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation. Through this partnership, we’re able to provide the basic tools for student success. Read more about this partnership here.
We support the communities of our offices and facilities with local charitable giving. Our goal is to help our communities to be healthier and to become more educated. We do everything from collecting thousands of pounds of clothing in Union City, to collecting gently used shoes to donate to developing countries, to collecting Teddy Bears and creating blankets for the Kids Center in Bend, Oregon. Read about the work we do in our communities here.
Each associate receives 16 hours paid time off to volunteer in their communities. Read about our volunteering work in our communities here.
2012 is the first year of the American Licorice corporate service trip. In October, we worked with the National Wildlife Federation and Thousand Oaks high school to build an outdoor classroom. The National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There program has set a goal to encourage every child to spend at least one hour outside a day. According to their website, “children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive, and show better concentration”. Read more about the program here.
“Not only did this service trip allow me to reconnect with my childhood dreams, but it awoke a wish in me to help more–be it in my community or with organizations like the NWF as a whole.” writes Ashley W. of La Porte
Our service trip was inspired by ClifBar, a company that organizes annual service trips working together with other consumer goods companies. You can read about last year’s trip to the Hopi Nation here and Scott’s experience at the Gulf Coast here.
“That area where we were working is amazing. One side was fresh water and the other was salt water (The gulf). If you can picture it we were living in the middle of 2 levees, and we were below sea level. ” writes Scott S.
We love serving our communities, mutual sharing of knowledge and the honor of contributing to make the world a better place. To support this, we encourage our associates to get involved.
1) Each associate receives 16 paid hours for volunteering.
2) We match charitable contributions.
3) We match volunteering hours outside of work with charitable contributions
4) We organize company service trips, awarding participation via contests
5) We organize team volunteering events