Next IT employees take volunteering pretty seriously. Actually, we take it very seriously. Spokane is our home, and in a continued effort to give back to our community on a level outside of our occupation, Next IT Employees engaged in a multitude of volunteer activities and fundraisers throughout 2012.
Spokane has been generous not only to Next IT Corporation, but to everyone who works here. Eastern Washington is a great place to live – not only because there are 300 days of sunshine and some great outdoor trails, but more importantly, because the community is active. Great events like Pig Out in the Park, Bloomsday, and high school sports almost every night of the week are an example of this. With a community that offers so much, it is important to give back. Setting a good example and contributing to the lives of those around us is important.
The Active Outreach Committee at Next IT plans at least one event per month to get employees engaged in the community. Some events involve groups going out and getting our hands dirty. For example, we teamed up with Habitat for Humanity in September to build cost efficient houses for families. In November, we worked with 2nd Harvest Inland Northwest at their mobile food bank. Next IT has also participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Daffodil Days, as well as the the Inland Northwest Blood Drive. Once a quarter, you can see a bus parked outside of the Paulsen Center where employees are encouraged to head down to the mobile blood bank and donate.
Active outreach offers employees at Next IT an outlet for getting to know each other outside of the workplace. Much like playing on a softball team or volleyball team, doing service together is a great opportunity to learn about one another through teamwork and solidarity.
When Next IT isn’t volunteering out in the community, we often hold fundraising events to financially support different local charities. Next IT supports SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs) and often holds fundraisers for school materials and Christmas presents for those in need. Next IT held a bake sale in August, with all the proceeds going toward the school drive. School supplies were also brought in by employees to show their support. In December, a gift drive was held and piles of gifts were donated by employees. It was a great success.
Whether it is participating in Meals on Wheels or putting money in a box, it is always important to give back to your community, and that will continue to be a priority at Next IT as we move into 2013. 2012 was a great year and the Active Outreach Committee planned some great events, but we are gearing up for this next one to be even better!
Here are some pictures from 2012.[gallery]