A High Five for Giving Back
January 19, 2016
As we raise the curtain on 2016 and reflect on the past year, there is so much to be proud of at TRIOSE. We had a banner year of awards and recognition, expanded our new logistics solutions, gained fantastic clients and continued to add to our all-star team. But what’s really most meaningful is how we have grown our efforts to give back to the community.
Community support is something our entire TRIOSE team is passionate about. CJ and I certainly make it a priority for ourselves and are committed to enabling our employees to give back through our Give Five Community Impact Program, and we are constantly amazed by the energy and participation around these initiatives from team members across our organization.
2015 was one of our most active – and rewarding – years in this regard with a number of highlights, including:
- Growing our impact with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Since launching our partnership with Alex’s in March, we have increased our donations to over $100,000. These funds, which include a corporate match for a portion of client savings from TRIOSE programs, support childhood cancer research, well as ALSF’s “Travel Fund” that helps families pay for travel expenses as they venture far from their homes for treatment.
What’s more, TRIOSE employees have been donating their time and efforts to support the organization. This past weekend we attended the 10th Annual Lemon Ball; a TRIOSE team was among 15,000 people who ran, walked and rode miles in September for Alex’s Million Mile, one of the organization’s hallmark fundraising events; we manned phone banks at CBS Studios in Philadelphia for the ALSF Telethon; and we even hosted our own lemonade stand and other activities for Lemonade Days in June. In addition, TRIOSE CEO CJ Joyner and I joined Lemon: Chicago and L.A. Loves Alex’s Lemonade, exclusive culinary events benefitting ALSF that raised $300,000 and an amazing $1 million, respectively, in 2015 for pediatric cancer research.
ALSF’s cause is close to our hearts and I am in complete awe of how fully our team has embraced the organization and committed themselves to help deliver healing.
- Giving back locally
Beyond ALSF, we encourage employees to get involved with other organizations that are meaningful to them, and allow each team member to take one company-paid hour every week to volunteer at charities of their choosing – organizations like animal shelters, mentoring groups, senior citizen centers and more. In 2015, TRIOSE employees volunteered 211 hours on company time to support 21 charitable organizations in local communities across the country.
- Ramping up Give Five initiatives with new subcommittees
There has been so much great work to come out of our Give Five program, and we know that its potential is even greater. That’s why we recently formed dedicated subcommittees for local volunteerism (chaired by Stacie Crim, coordinator, vendor relations); veteran support (chaired by Matt Doran, regional account executive); and ethical conduct (chaired by Jane Setley, corporate training and development manager). These new subcommittees will help us expand our efforts in these important areas and will be a critical driver of our program moving forward.
Speaking of committees, the TRIOSE Wellness Committee has been hard at work helping our employees stay in good shape and in good spirits. In September, they organized support for National Cancer Awareness Month and rallied teams to support different types of cancer by wearing different colors every Friday (one Friday employees wore gold for childhood cancer, another Friday they sported pink for break cancer). They also hosted a series of lunch and learns on topics like skin safety, financial wellness and diet. Plus, in December, they ran a “Maintain Don’t Gain” challenge to encourage employees to stay fit during the holidays.
High fives to all of our employees who participated in these initiatives in 2015 – and to those who are dedicating their time and efforts to making Give Five even more impactful in the year ahead.