Striving to have an impact on the community outside our office walls is a major part of our culture here at WorkForce Software. It’s not just another goal, but a part of who we are. It was wonderful to have so many activities throughout 2013. From raising money and volunteering time, employees have shown what it really means to give back. Overall, we are excited to look back and reflect on everything WorkForce Software employees have achieved this year.
Employees at our Michigan-based headquarters have collaboratively planned and participated in a number of events and activities that aim to raise money for worthy causes. The spring season started off with our annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser. “Chief Pancake Flipper,” Tom Hood, a member of our Product Development team, initiated and currently heads up the annual all-you-can-eat pancake fundraiser. This year, employees contributed over $500 which was donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Hood commented on the event’s success: “We have more employees than ever and the event has an outstanding reputation; I’m confident we will be able to exceed our past donations in the coming year.”
Throughout the year, WorkForce Software participates in many tradeshows across the country. A few years ago, we decided to incorporate our charitable efforts into our campaign themes at these events and reallocate the money we would normally spend on promotional items to help a bigger cause. This year for example, at the HR Technology Conference, which drew close to 4,000 attendees to Las Vegas, we teamed up with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY) to assemble care packages full of personal toiletries and snacks. This not only helped a very worthy cause but also shifted attendees’ focus from the glamorous Las Vegas scene to the little known fact that there are over 6,000 homeless youth in the area. During the two day event we were able to assemble and donate over 500 care packages to the NPHY center with the help of conference attendees.
Team members are continually looking for ways to tie in community service with corporate training sessions and events. In conjunction with the most recent internal training leading up to Thanksgiving, a canned food drive was jointly organized by the eLearning and Documentation teams. All items collected benefited the Hope Clinic located in Washtenaw County, Michigan, which keeps a fully-stocked food pantry for those in need. Through the generous employee contributions, we were able to donate hundreds of food items to the clinic. The Hope Clinic staff was thrilled to be able to provide numerous Thanksgiving meals to local families in need.
During the holiday season, as many organizations do, we celebrate together with parties and other events; however, it is important to WorkForce Software that we remember those in our community that could use a little help around this time of year. “It’s easy to take for granted the great jobs that we have and the great company that we work for,” Human Resources team member, Diana Farnham, commented, “…there are still so many families struggling in Metro Detroit, it’s important to take a step back and help out.” Specifically, this season we are supporting a local family in need to provide a memorable holiday experience. Employees generously purchase toys, clothing, household supplies, and grocery store gift cards among other items to contribute.
As we wrap up 2013 we reflect upon the opportunities we have had to impact others. From our local area to other communities we visit, we have thoroughly enjoyed donating our time and giving from our individual pockets. Our employees have been outspoken about wanting more; more events, more fundraising, more opportunities to touch the lives of others in our own neighborhoods and beyond. As WorkForce Software continues to grow in size, we will also continue to grow our impact. We eagerly look ahead to 2014, to widening our reach and increasing our involvement with the communities and lives we touch.