How Service Drives our Company Culture
ivision takes pride in our value of “recognizing that service without heart is arrogance.” We strive to make this a pillar what we live by and exude every day. Whether we are serving our coworkers by lending a helping hand or giving back to our local communities, we find that this is what spreads positivity and truly makes a significant impact. Lifting others up is what continues to fortify our company’s culture.
We empower and encourage our employees to be involved in their local communities by giving back through Pledge 1%. This program allows our employees to take time from their normal work hours to volunteer at organizations or programs they are passionate about. We are also committed to making an impact by doing random Acts of Kindness and sharing this in our Acts of Kindness company-wide chat. We have seen many team members highlight their personal community service commitments, philanthropy events and sharing simple kind words about others in our company – a real mood booster!
Making an Impact Together
This year, ivision has taken part in many different events in our communities. In the spring, our local Atlanta employees teamed up with Atlanta Community Food Bank and Grady Food as Medicine to pack over 300 bags of healthy food options for underserved Grady Hospital patients. This program supplies fresh vegetables, fruits and ingredients. Grady Food as Medicine hosts classes to understand nutritional value and teaches fun, easy recipes in a cooking class.
Meanwhile, our Pittsburgh office hosted a donation drive for the Persad Center, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to supporting members for the LGBTQ+ community. Our team raised over $200 and supplied a table full of goods ranging from non-perishable foods to hygiene items.
ivision has also proudly sponsored many philanthropy golf tournaments, including the Inspiredu Drive for Tech Charity and the 37th Annual Mansfield Cares Golf Classic in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association. Events like these allow for friendly competition to turn into giving back to organizations in need.
This December, ivision looks forward to participating in the annual Empty Stocking Fund event! Our employees will spend the day packing “stockings” for families and children in need. We’ll also be participating in a toy drive to benefit the Pittsburgh Boys & Girls Club of America. Giving back during the holiday season is a wonderful way to spread positivity and cheer to carry into the new year.
Putting Our Work to Good Use
Our ivision team works day in and day out to provide the best possible white-glove service to all our clients. This year, our Managed Services Team was creative by combining their hard work and goals by implementing the Charitable Donation Giveback initiative. Each week, when our Managed Services met and exceeded their goals, a donation would be made to various organizations and philanthropies that our employees recommended and are passionate about.
Since this initiative was started in July, we have already donated to the Atlanta Children’s Foundation, the Cancer Care Organization, Wounded Warrior Project, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Spina Bifida Association. In efforts to uplift this positive impact, our leaders share this progress in our Acts of Kindness Challenge company-wide chat. This initiative is a fantastic way to challenge our goals while giving back to meaningful organizations, and we look forward to continuing it as our team continues to go above and beyond for our clients!
Acts of Kindness
ivision empowers our employees to give back 1% of their time in their communities. We find that when our employees can give back and fill their cup, it in turn creates a positive and energizing work environment. Each employee has the autonomy to participate in what they are most passionate about, and this year, to date, we have committed over 1,000 hours (about 1 and a half months) of volunteer work. Here are a few highlighted participants and a summary of their volunteer events.
Briam Fachisthers, Principal Consultant at ivision, participates in several mission trips, both locally and globally! Recently, he travelled to Shreveport, LA, for mission work to benefit two organizations: The Lovewell Center, serving the homeless and those in poverty meals, helping run resource stores and help sort and organize donations, and Purchased: Not for Sale, serving women coming out of human trafficking, writing letters to women in jail, helping with projects around the Purchased program facility and attending outreaches in the city. Earlier this year, he travelled to Santiago de Cuba to help build a church with training materials, preaching and teaching. They took the opportunity to deliver medicine and other basic needs to support the community and their youth programs, and they met wonderful people along the way!
Mo Williams, Quality Control Specialist at ivision, took part in the “Walk a Mile in her Shoes” 5k as a volunteer. This event raised money to help fund the work the organization is doing every day to help women and children who have been affected by Domestic Violence. Sisters Empowerment Network Inc. is an organization that is committed to supporting women and girls, including victims of domestic violence and the community at large through information, resources, referrals and services which includes but not limited to career services, fiscal management, parenting, in addition to counseling and legal services. Mo’s commitment to serve others is the epitome of our client engagement values.
Brad Hampton, Engineer I at ivision, organized and hosted a self-defense class for people of all ages, including children. This class provided helpful tips and tricks in the event someone needed to act. Brad highlighted that he learned as much from the participants as they did from him, and his mindset expanded to tailor the training towards the individual participant’s physicality and limitations. This event was a terrific way for Brad to get involved and share his knowledge amongst his local community.
Plans for Next Year
As we approach the new year, we are excited to expand our reach and continue to impact our communities. ivision is excited to continue to partner with organizations such as Inspiredu, Empty Stocking Fund, Cristo Rey Atlanta, Atlanta Community Food Bank and many others, as well as look for new organizations to engage with. ivision will continue to empower our employees to give back individually and be involved with our companywide volunteer events. As we settle into our office headquarters presence in the Battery ATL, home of Braves Baseball, we are optimistic about the opportunities this will bring to partner with our organizations, clients and community. Be sure to stay in the loop with the current events of ivision on our LinkedIn page!