Health. Home. Family. Friends. There’s so much to be thankful for during this season of gratitude. Working for an organization that gives back and openly encourages its associates to do the same is something that certainly has a place on that list.
We’ve worked at Schneider for a combined 19 ½ years and have been blessed to see and be a part of countless acts of charity — some big, some small. Our 2015 United Way campaign is just one example. Schneider put a wrap on the campaign in early October, raising a record-breaking $311,000 for the United Way in the Green Bay area in just 12 days! Dollars raised came from payroll deductions, direct donations, events like caramel apple and Dilly Bar sales and a $90,000 donation from the Schneider Foundation, the company’s charitable giving arm. All dollars will provide essential services to thousands in our community in the year ahead.
There are other events and more big orange actions that inspire us. Like in September when associates filled box upon box of clothing for area closets to help individuals get back into the workforce with dignity and respect. Or when we collected more than $14,000 for a fund that supports fellow associates undergoing hardship. Helping 21 co-workers facing illness, accidents and the loss of a home to fire, the fund delivers relief and hope when associates need it most.
This month, Schneider’s Adopt-a-Family program is making holiday magic for more than 175 families by providing clothes, toys and household items to those struggling to celebrate. It’s heartwarming to hear Schneider associates say they get more than they give when they participate in this program.
The Schneider Foundation does its part, as well, and by the end of 2015, will provide more than $1 million in donations and in-kind transportation to organizations across the country — a wonderful gift to our communities, and delivering so much good for so many along the way.
“I am so proud and honored to be a member of the Schneider family,” Francine shares. “It is truly a family, supportive and charitable in so many ways. I’m often asked why I chose Schneider, and the answer is easy: I wanted to align myself with a company that had similar core values to my own and supported the community.”
Do we have incredible orange pride for all the acts of charity surrounding us? You bet. We wish the same to you this holiday season: Wherever you call home, and wherever you report in to work each day, we hope a similar spirit of community and charity fills your heart. Our world sure could use it.