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Giving Back: The Importance of Community Involvement

Posted by Scott McCabe on Dec 12, 2013 5:43:20 PM

 

What do you care about when applying for a new job? Pay? Benefits? Sure, these things are important, but do you take into consideration the corporate culture at your future company?  At Next IT we strive to foster a positive and encouraging work environment, and we focus on initiatives that allow our employees the opportunity to give back to our local community in a variety of meaningful ways.  Our Active Outreach committee coordinates and organizes events throughout the year to that end.

From delivering hot lunches to homebound seniors through Meals on Wheels to raising money, coats, and school supplies for low income families through Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP), at Next IT we aren’t afraid to jump in and get involved in our local Spokane community.  Each year we ask employees to nominate organizations they’d like Next IT to support.  Here are just a few of the cool volunteer opportunities Next IT employees have had in the last year.

Meals on Wheels

Through hot and cold, snow and rain, this year we’ve spent over 180 hours delivering 750 hot meals to homebound seniors, many of whom live just blocks away from our Next IT offices in downtown Spokane.

Second Harvest Food Bank

74,000 lbs. of food sorted. Wow!  Employees and their families participated in two food sorts in 2013, donating their time after work to support the Second Harvest Food Bank.  And that’s in addition to the $240 we raised from our “Chili Cook Off” this year.  What an awesome job!

Habitat for Humanity

We had 23 people participate in the Habitat for Humanity build in Deer Park this August, which is awesome, especially considering the 90+ degree heat.  That’s over 80 hours of labor!  We cut and laid foam insulation, laid down iron mesh and heating tubes for the concrete floors, cut, nailed up, and calked siding and trim, and of course did a little painting.

National MS Society

This year we shattered last year’s record and raised over $1,400 in a raffle to support our local chapter of the National MS Society through Walk MS.  Raffle items were donated by employees and local businesses.  Next IT even donated one of our prized Tornado Foosball tables.

SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Program)

We hold multiple events throughout the year to support underprivileged Spokane families through SNAP.  From our pulled pork lunch to our School Supply Drive to our Holiday Gift Drive, Next IT employees give time and time again.  One of the neat things about partnering with SNAP is that we often get to deliver school supplies and holiday gifts directly to the families in need, which is always a meaningful experience.

In addition to the above organizations, we also:

  • Raised $150 for the Ronald McDonald House by recycling aluminum cans
  • Donated 64 coats to Coats 4 Kids, which went to underprivileged area children
  • Supported the Girl Scout “Troop to Troop” initiative by buying almost $300 worth of Girl Scout cookies, which were sent to military personnel overseas
  • Had 50 people participate in the Inland NW Blood Center’s blood drive, potentially saving up to 150 lives

As you can see, community involvement is a big deal at Next IT. Nearly every employee has, at one point or another, participated in a community outreach event.  In a season that is often focused on getting, it’s great to work for a company that fosters a corporate culture focused on giving back.

Topics: Community service, Next IT