Earlier this year we crossed a huge milestone by reaching 1.5 million customers. We celebrated this accomplishment with a company donation to three charities. To help determine which charities would receive our gift, we turned to our employees.
After they picked the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and the Wounded Warrior Project, each charity received a $150,000 donation.
Giving back is an essential part of the Consumer Cellular culture.
In this blog article, I am pleased to report how our company and employees give throughout the year, not just during the winter holiday season when gift-giving is expected or when we reach a special milestone. They give every day at work, by providing great customer service, and they give after-hours to friends, neighbors and strangers by donating or volunteering.
For instance, our employees donate to food banks, as well as to blood and school supply drives, on a regular basis, efforts that directly benefit their local communities. In December, employees participate in a Holiday Giving Tree, in which they “adopt” several families and provide them with gifts.
This year we started a new program at each of our three locations – Portland, Redmond, Phoenix. Each site runs a committee that uses employee recommendations to help identify and award deserving local or national organizations. Committees grant $5,000 each quarter. So far, organizations benefiting from this new program include Boys & Girls Clubs, American Heart Association and Ronald McDonald House.
That’s not all. To help encourage charity and ensure our employee donations get maximum value, Consumer Cellular offers an annual matching program. Through this program we match every dollar or hour an employee donates, essentially doubling their contribution.
I would like to close this blog with a quote from the poet Maya Angelou. She once said, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” As the co-founder and president of Consumer Cellular I certainly feel blessed, as I’m supported daily by generous employees and appreciative customers. Thank you.
Wishing you all a cheerful holiday season!