Each year, for as long as anyone that has worked at Hodges Badge can remember, the employees have held a rally to benefit the United Way. Staff from every department gather together to learn about what projects are currently being supported by their local United Way, and pledge to donate to the cause. This year’s pledge has just been completed, and our 160 employees have combined to donate over $10,000! This generous contribution, along with our company’s Philanthropic Fund pledge, will help support multiple community efforts including early child care and education, workforce development, building low-income housing and ending homelessness.
In addition to supporting the United Way, both of our facilities (in Rhode Island & Missouri) host a creative holiday fundraising raffle. With each department donating a gift basket or handmade item, tickets are sold around the office with all proceeds generating a local charity. There is a ton of enthusiasm for the raffles- in Rhode Island the gifts cover three eight-foot tables! Typically, these raffles raise over $1,000.
As an individual employee, I know it feels good to be part of a work force and a company that cares about the community. Does your organization or group take part in a charity fundraiser during the holiday season? Feel free to share in the comments.