Companies should give back to their communities. We hear that often but what does it really mean? How much do they need to give back? What do they need to give back? How do they do it?
At the Ebsco Spring Company, we obviously agree with the statement. It is one of the four pillars of our mission statement. Giving back to the community is right up there with customers, employees and the company itself. But what does it really mean?
All companies give back in the fact they provide jobs for people and pay taxes that help support the community. Those are substantial and often overlooked. The employees we hire pay taxes and spend money in the community, creating more jobs and opportunity. In all honesty that is probably the greatest impact any company has on their community. That’s important, but most companies, including Ebsco want to go beyond that. There is no shortage of need or requests. It would be impossible to address every need. So how do you decide? Who should decide?
I am really proud of the process we use at Ebsco to decide the who and the how. Our Community Involvement Team. The employees themselves. I’ve blogged previously about our teams and employee involvement at Ebsco. Everyone is very proud of our employees contributions into Ebsco’s direction and future. The Community Involvement Team is one part of this. The team includes members from all departments at Ebsco. They talk with their co-workers and bring their ideas to monthly meetings. They RUN the meetings, not management. Often they meet without management present. It is their team. I have sat in on meetings and they bring several ideas and events from co-workers. Sometimes the ideas are HUGE, too big for our resources and are brought down to our size, others start small and grow. It is not uncommon for them to come up with ideas that cross over to other Teams at Ebsco or for other Teams to bring their projects that cross over to Community Involvement. Recently, Healthy Living provided breakfast for employees donating blood at the Company Blood Drive. The Fun Team wanted to do a Back to School theme for the August employee luncheon and coordinated school supplies collection as part of the event. It’s really fun when different teams work together on events.
For some companies, handing things over to the employees might seem scary. With the Team at Ebsco it’s amazing! It is truly exciting following their lead, if you can keep up. If you are a follower of Ebsco’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/EbscoSpring you know what I am talking about. For those who are not, I want to list a few of the recent iniatives that came from our employees.
- Blood Drive The Oklahoma Blood Institute was out last week and comes on a regular interval to accept blood donations from Ebsco employees
- N.E.Oklahoma Food Bank Ebsco has sent volunteers every other Tuesday for the past month and has more dates scheduled
- Glow Run Ebsco had a team running at the Glow Run benefiting the Lukemea Society
- Wildfire Victims Employees collected donations of cash and water for the Oklahoma Wildfire victims
- School Supplies Employees brought school supplies to our August Employee Luncheon to be donated to a Tulsa classroom.
- Color Run Ebsco employees put together a group of runners for the Color Run benefitting the Tulsa Parks Department
- Stop Child trafficking NOW Everyone donated items and pitched in for a Saturday Yard Sale with all proceeds going to Stop Child Trafficking NOW
- Turn Tulsa Pink Month This is not here yet but they are gearing up for it again this year already
These are just a few recent events that Ebsco has participated in. You can see why I’m so proud to be a part of this company.
I don’t know if I answered all the questions I posed at the first of this Blog. I am confident I did answer one, HOW? How you get involved is with a great bunch of employees like we have at Ebsco.