This Thanksgiving, we want to say “thanks” to our employees who have put in hard work over the last year to give back.
At CBIZ, volunteering and community involvement are an integral part of our company’s ethos, both on a national and local level.
We even celebrated our 20th anniversary with a company-wide volunteer initiative – employees from more than 100 offices nationwide were given the opportunity to use up to 20,000 paid hours to volunteer throughout their local communities.
Our service-oriented anniversary celebration culminated earlier this month, when CBIZ President and CEO Jerry Grisko presented the American Cancer Society with a $20,000 donation on behalf of our employees, who voted to support the organization’s cancer-fighting mission.
But our philanthropic efforts don’t begin or end there. This fall, our offices across the country banded together to participate in our annual National Food Drive with a collective goal of donating 900,000 pounds of food!
Additionally, throughout the year, local offices take it upon themselves to give back to the communities they serve. We’re thankful for our employees’ commitment to the greater good and wanted to highlight the efforts of a few of our offices to commend them for all they do.
From cutting down overgrown brush to working on the farm, our Cleveland employees aren’t afraid of manual labor if it’s in the spirit of improving their community.
Back in 2014, the Cleveland office formed the “M&M Committee,” which stands for Motivation and Morale. The volunteer committee randomly divides the office into four teams that coincide with an M&M color – blue, green, brown and red. Each team spends half a day volunteering at a location in the community.
The M&M Committee has volunteered at places such as a local animal shelter, a nearby farm and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, where the group helped with the removal of invasive plants. On September 22, the committee also participated in the Cleveland Animal Protective League’s telethon by answering phone calls. Their efforts helped raise money and awareness for animal welfare.
Boca Raton, Fla.
Over the last five years, the Boca Raton office’s “Make a Difference” committee has donated their time and resources to more than 40 different organizations. Donations have included school supplies for underprivileged children, juice boxes for backpacks, hygiene items for homeless shelters, old blankets for pet shelters and clothing items for Dress for Success.
Boca boasts high employee engagement and encourages the entire office to get involved. During CBIZ’s busy season, the committee asks employees to wear a specific color on certain days to support a cause. Past color days have included Wear Red for American Heart Association, Wear Yellow for Down Syndrome, Wear Blue for Autism Awareness, Wear Purple for Alzheimer’s Association and Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. “Make a Difference” donates $5 to an organization for each employee that participates. That usually results in a $200 to $350 donation for the day!
The committee also organizes fundraisers and raises money for organizations, including the local Boca Multi-Purpose Center, the American Cancer Society, Adopt-A-Classroom, Boca Helping Hands, the Spirit of Giving Network, St. Baldrick’s Foundation and the P4 Foundation.
New York, NY
The New York City office knows that its community has many needs. On June 23, employees stepped up to the plate by volunteering at Patterson Playground. Their hard work provided 800 South Bronx families with food and basic necessities.
The event was hosted by Harlem RBI – Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities – which combines baseball with a literacy program. In order for kids in the surrounding Harlem and Bronx areas to play ball, they must spend the morning reading and studying in class. The program seeks to inspire inner-city youth to “recognize their potential and realize their dreams.”
The MLB is a supporter of the RBI initiative and joined forces with its long-time partner Feed the Children to provide families with food and other essentials. Throughout the day, CBIZ employees greeted these families, listened to their stories and carried boxes of food, Avon products, toys and books for their children. New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner and his wife Jessica worked alongside the volunteers. At the end of the day, Feed the Children estimates that well over 4,000 people were served.
Like all our offices, CBIZ New York participates in various volunteer days throughout the year and is always looking for new ways to transform the community in which they work and live.
Serving these communities is something CBIZ is proud of, and our dedicated employees help us put this commitment in action.