This week, April 12-18, marks National Volunteer Week, which highlights and celebrates the fantastic contributions that millions of nationwide volunteers make to better their communities. Here at Connectria, we encourage employees to pursue charitable endeavors through the Connectria Community Initiatives Committee (CCIC). We are honored to have so many people who regularly volunteer their time and participate in raising awareness for great causes here in St. Louis.
The Creve Coeur Park Polar Plunge
Employees braved the frigid (and frozen!) waters of Creve Coeur Lake in February to participate in a Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics of Missouri. Firefighters had to break the ice in order for the plungers to take the dip; the event raised nearly $135,000 which will be used to provide year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Local news station KSDK covered the event – this video captures just how much fun all the plungers had.
The Bridge is a non-profit organization that provides a sanctuary for homeless and at-risk persons in St. Louis. Employees help to serve meals to those in need and host events (waffle breakfasts!) where all proceeds are donated back to the organization. Additionally, Connectria donates its hosting services for The Bridge’s website as well as an essential health information database. Connectria CEO Rich Waidmann was recently recognized after raising enough money to provide all Bridge employees with health insurance.
This week, to coincide with Opening Day, Connectria employees donated their used baseball equipment to the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association that awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. Baseball Tomorrow Fund established Equipment Day, an initiative to encourage the collection and distribution of used equipment to organizations in need. The equipment we collected this week will benefit local recreation programs in the St. Louis area.
Here at Connectria, we believe that being kind and considerate can go a long way towards making the workplace – and the world – a better place. We even made it the cornerstone of our No Jerks Allowed Movement.