We take our work at IWCO Direct very seriously, but we are also serious about giving back to our communities. In fact, one of our cornerstone values is supporting the communities in which we live and work through mentoring, volunteering and advocacy. Having just celebrated Labor Day Weekend, we thought it would be a great time to spotlight how teams at each of our facilities have lived these values:
- A team from the IT department was part of a group of 42 volunteers who prepared 18,576 meals for Feed My Starving Children. This non-profit organization packages meals by hand that are specifically formulated for malnourished children and are distributed around the world.
- A team from IWCO Direct participated in a “Polar Bear Plunge” fundraiser for Special Olympics of Minnesota. This involves raising pledges for jumping into a freezing Minnesota lake. Our team of “Plungers” raised $13,586 in donations and was the third largest corporate fundraiser for this event. The IWCO Direct team did their plunge into the icy waters of Lake Calhoun in South Minneapolis as part the largest event in Minnesota with 2,900 people participating.
- Donated school supplies and provided funding to People Reaching Out to Other People (PROP) to help meet their goal of assuring more than 600 local children start the school year with the needed supplies.
Little Falls, MN
- Employees in Little Falls held a variety of events to support its Community Giving Campaign. Events included cookouts, bratwurst sales, bake sales, a silent auction, dice games, a wheel of prizes, and others. Together, the events raised more than $9,300 to support the local food shelf, Boys & Girls Club, an area youth shelter and the Morrison County-Critical Incident Response Team.
- Last holiday season, the Downey facility participated in the City of Downey’s Holiday Toy Collection Program and provided a monetary donation to the City of Downey Council PTA H.E.L.P.S. (Health – Education – Local – Pantry – Services) program. This program provides food to more than 300 families and gifts to children age 17 and under during the holiday season.
- The Downey plant also raises funds for Toys for Tots and the United Way.
- Employees donated $1,000 to the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a Philadelphia-based organization that has administered to the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless and disadvantaged since 1878. Employees also donated another $1,000 to A Woman’s Place, a shelter for abused women and children in Doylestown, PA.
- During the holiday season non-perishable foods items are provided to Philabundance, a local food bank serving the Delaware Valley.
- The Warminster facility hosts an annual mobile Red Cross Blood Bank for those wishing to give blood to this valuable cause.
- A team walked to raise funds for the March of Dimes to support research to prevent birth defects and premature births.
- Other national organizations they help support include the United Way, American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, the Epilepsy Foundation and Operation Enduring Freedom.
- Hamburg team members also support many local causes. For instance, our employees donated money, syrup and pancake mix to our soldiers overseas during the holidays. They also help support the Greater Berks Food Bank, Hamburg Area Woman’s Club, the Humane Society of Berks County and the community blood bank.
These are just a few ways our employees contribute their time and labor to enhance our communities. Thank you to everyone for their contributions.
– Bev Lohs
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