Philanthropy and community engagement are important at ISE. Each year, the Philanthropy Committee chooses causes and organized events to give back to the community.
Last week we kicked off our final Philanthropy Committee event for the year, a fun contest to raise money for the United Way. We divided the company up into teams and the team who raises the most money will win a tasty treat and get to pick one of the United Way's partner agencies to receive an additional $100 donation from ISE. There's a fun twist to this contest, however, cash donations count towards your team's total, but coin donations count against. ISE will be matching employee donations, up to $1,500!
At ISE our goal is community engagement, not just philanthropy. To achieve that goal, we like to find opportunities for our employees to interface with the community.
The past two years, we've had ISE employees participate in Ride 4 Youth, a charity bike ride benefiting United Action for Youth. We’ve also brought in a representative from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County to our company meeting to talk about the difference they make in our community and allow employees to sign up to volunteer. We've donated money to Kids Against Hunger, and also had employees at their meal packing event, assembling meals for those struggling with hunger.
Donating blood is another way that ISE employees regularly give back to the community. In the last two years, ISE has held six on site blood drives with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, where we've collected 63 units of blood, potentially benefitting up to 252 people in the community. Our final blood drive for 2016 is coming up on Friday, December 2nd.