Community within a Company
“Having a corporate focus on volunteerism helps us deliver on our promise to be a good neighbor.” -Randy Horn
In the 12 years that I have been with Neenan, I have been involved in an average of three fundraising activities per year. What initially inspired me to participate was the encouragement from our upper management to get involved as a “newbie” in the company. [Photo: Annual Softball tournament involving our vendors and sub-contractors. Last year money raised went to benefit the American Cancer Society]. The first event was American Caner Society’s Relay for Life which is a 12 hour walk-athon. It was held at a local high school track, where the teams walked through the night. I had never been to an event like this, but it inspired me to learn more and to give more to the American Cancer Society as well as other local charities. The company gave me this amazing opportunity to be part of something bigger, and I really felt like I made a difference for the people in my community and I had a blast doing it!
As the years continued each person was given an opportunity to create new events to spark interest in the company. Many of these ideas have become annual events that we look forward to each year. The Mustache contest is one that comes to mind. It begins with clean shaven faces, proceeds into the “scruffy” stage, and at the end of the 4-6 weeks the creative mustaches appear. The women in the office vote in a selection of categories. The monies raised for the events go to the charity that was chosen by the committee. [Photo: This design was inspired by an employee that was killed in a motorcycle accident. The money raised went to his family]
Only at a company like Neenan would the use of a dunk tank, and the opportunity to dunk your co-workers or better yet your supervisor be encouraged. It is events like this that inspire relationship building within the company as well as within the community and the organizations we support.
The possibilities are endless. You too can build your community within your company while helping those in need. Everybody benefits!
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. – Aesop
[Photo: A celebratory “high-five” amongst co-working friends; money raised went to Partners Mentoring Youth of Larimer County]