As a company we are dedicated to showing the meaningfulness of our work. We do this through a program we call Caring Starts at Page One. The Caring Starts program allows us to find ways to help our community. The program features public interest causes that are selected by our team.
We established a community outreach program and committee consisting of employees from various departments. They have planned a volunteer or fundraising event for each quarter. We have volunteered with local, national, and global organizations. We have also provided matching donations for the fundraisers participated in this year.
A local non-profit we recently partnered with is the organization Elijah’s Heart. This organization is in a lower income area of Nashville, and one of their programs is providing a support system to single mothers, grandmothers, and women. In addition to making a monetary donation, we packed gift bags with toiletry and household items for them to let them know they are appreciated and not alone.
During the previous holiday season, we chose a global non-profit organization to dedicate our time and money to. We chose to participate in Samaritan’s Purse annual event, Operation Christmas Child. We purchased toiletry items, school supplies, toys, and more to fill the shoeboxes to be sent to underprivileged children around the world. We were able to pack 50 shoeboxes as a team, and in January we learned they were sent to children in the Ukraine.
Most recently, we decided our community outreach event would be the MS Walk through the National MS Society. One of her employees was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis this past year, so as a company, we chose this event to raise money for the National MS Society and to honor her. In preparation for the event, our employees registered as a team and began fundraising via a webpage on the walk MS website. Page One would be matching the amount collected. After matching the donation, we were able to donate $675 towards MS research. While we were all prepared to walk at the event, it was canceled due to safety concerns and CDC guidelines to ensure everyone’s health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We all chose to individually walk on our own, despite this in order to show our support for our team members.
Most recently, the organization we partnered with was Direct Relief. Direct Relief is a nonprofit that is committed to improving “the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergency situations by mobilizing and providing essential medical resources needed for their care.” With their current efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 they were selected easily. We were able to provide donations to the group through the registration process on our Virtual One Conference. We then provide a further company donation.
Our remote employees also strive to contribute to their communities. One of our remote employees in Louisville, Kentucky partners with local law firms to collect stuffed animals to donate to the fire departments in the area. These stuffed animals are given to children in times of crisis. Other remote employees stay active in the community by participating in other volunteer events. They also volunteer to speak at different universities as a part of our initiative providing continual education to all.