The American Staffing Association recognized four member staffing firms, two associate members, and one ASA-affiliated chapter with ASA Care Awards for extraordinary corporate social responsibility initiatives. The winners will be formally honored Oct. 29 at Staffing World® 2015, the annual ASA convention and expo, in Nashville, TN.
A panel of independent corporate social responsibility specialists selected winners in six categories:
Staffing Firms With More Than $100 Million in Annual Sales
Favorite Healthcare Staffing—“Volunteering for a Brighter Tomorrow” program was launched in in response to employee suggestions. Favorite invited its corporate employees to volunteer for one day with Habitat for Humanity during a two‐week time period. The program was then formalized and rolled out to all branch and field staff. To encourage participation, Favorite created a contest on Facebook for employees to share their volunteer experiences. Winners were determined by the number of “likes” they received, and the staffing firm made donations to the employees’ selected charities. Favorite also dedicates a special section of its website for its employees to volunteer with the program. Since its formal establishment in 2013, the firm has since expanded Volunteering for a Brighter Tomorrow to support a wide variety of organizations through a number of volunteer activities.
Staffing Firms With $25 Million–$100 Million in Annual Sales
Innovative Employee Solutions—“IES Cares: A Community Outreach Initiative” was designed to formalize how the company measures its corporate philanthropy efforts. In 2015, two charities—Operation Homefront and the San Diego Humane Society—were added to the growing roster that the staffing firm supports. In addition to IES’s group and individual volunteer efforts, staff members designated the first week in June as “IES Care Week,” with additional time and effort focused on community outreach. Each day, IES team members organized a variety of volunteer efforts throughout San Diego, for a combined total of 135 service hours performed—adding to the 203 corporate hours and 157 personal choice hours already contributed in 2015 thus far.
Staffing Firms With $7.5 Million–$25 Million in Annual Sales
York Solutions—“Think IT Association” is a peer-to-peer professional development association, established by York, consisting of more than 2,400 members from the information technology community in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, as well as more than 300 members in Chicago. In addition to providing mentorship and networking opportunities, Think IT partners with Genesys Works – Twin Cities, an organization that helps low-income high school students succeed in the business world. The firm raises money and awareness for Genesys Works in multiple ways, including offering a student scholarship program and hosting an annual charity golf tournament. In 2015, the tournament alone raised $55,000 for the organization.
Staffing Firms With Less Than $7.5 Million in Annual Sales
Milliner & Associates—“Mentoring Today’s Youth Into Tomorrow’s Leaders” program was created to answer the call of the American Staffing Association to share expertise in career readiness and employability with Jobs for America’s Graduates students—all at-risk youth. Milliner decided to work with JAG Indiana students at Decatur Central High School—the firm’s owner’s alma mater. Employees serve as mentors to students and host numerous professional development activities—mock interviews, classroom presentations, discussions on the value of internships, and more. Milliner has dedicated more than 70 hours of volunteer time with the Decatur Central JAG students to date, and received numerous accolades from JAG for its contributions.
Assurance—“Assurance Caring Together” program is led by a rotating committee of employees who meet on a monthly basis to determine charity partners and organize fundraisers and volunteer activities. Each spring, ACT is formally kicked off during a special event attended by Assurance employees and their friends and family. This year, “Step Up and Act” raised $10,270 for student scholarships and more than 300 nonperishable food items were donated to the Schaumburg, IL, District 54 Closet and Food Pantry. In 2015, 17 nonprofit organizations will receive assistance in the form of volunteer hours, while 26 additional nonprofit partners will receive donations from the 1% operation profit Assurance designates each year. Employees also are given one paid day off to participate in ACT or charitable events of their choice.
UHY LLP—“UHY Cares Michigan” partners with other local nonprofits to raise money through sponsored events. Since being established in 2009, UHY Cares donates approximately $42,000 per year to more than 150 charities in Southeast Michigan. Some of the most notable fundraising events this year are the Holiday Giving Campaign, the company’s annual poker tournament ($25,000 was raised at this event alone, provided to Make-A-Wish Michigan for a young boy and his family to travel to Disney World), and the “UHY Opening Day Party” in April. A unique aspect of the program is that it involves staff from all levels of the company—from managing partners to interns. For instance, company interns volunteered with Beyond Basics (a student literacy organization in Detroit) and Detroit Public Schools to help students with reading and writing skills.
Georgia Staffing Association—The focus of “Developing Georgia’s Future Workforce” is Junior Achievement’s Finance Park at the Chick-fil-A Foundation Discovery Center in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. This program provides more than 30,000 middle school students with a dynamic learning experience designed to enhance their financial literacy and build skills for future professional success. Twenty representatives from the Georgia Staffing Association volunteered on one day as mentors and resources to the students to guide them through the simulation. Members donated their time and resources so the Georgia Staffing Association did not incur any costs other than the time and effort it took to organize the initiative.
In addition, ASA presented honorable mention accolades to member staffing firms:
Staffing Firms With More than $100 Million in Annual Sales
AMN Healthcare, “AMN Turns 30: Caden’s Wish”
Staffing Firms With $25 Million–$100 Million in Annual Sales
Advanced Resources, “Make a Difference/Corporate Study Program Cristo Rey Network”
The staffing industry is committed to advancing social, environmental, and economic sustainability by making a difference in the lives of people and the communities in which they live,” said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. “ASA congratulates the 2015 ASA Care Award honorees and all of its members that have established corporate social responsibility initiatives in their companies.”
For more information about the ASA Care Awards program, visit americanstaffing.net/awards.
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