There are a lot of reasons to volunteer, but for me, it was to be involved with my daughters and our community. I wanted to be a part of what my daughters were doing. So when no one stepped up to be their Girl Scout leader I said, “Sure, I can do it.” Six years later for one troop and seven years later for the other, I have finally retired my Girl Scout sash for other activities.
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The Healthiest Employer of Iowa Award recognizes organizations that proactively improve the health of their employees. This award program evaluates employers of all sizes, industries and stages of their corporate wellness program. As a member of the WellWorks! Wellness Committee, I was honored to discover that Strategic America had been selected as a finalist in the Small Business, Central Region category for this award.
According to LifeServe Blood Center, every two seconds someone is in need of blood. Every once in a while, you may hear about the increased need for donations at your local blood center, but the truth is that it is an ongoing need and it’s something that you can contribute to all year round. I’ve been donating blood regularly since 1994 and it’s such an easy thing to do.
Some of the fondest memories of my childhood are from my membership to the Boy Scouts of America. First as a Cub Scout where we did lots of crafts, and then on to Boy Scouts where we learned more about the outdoors and how to handle ourselves in the different situations we may come across.
Strategic America is highlighting organizations and groups that our company and employees support and participate in to help show the impact of volunteering and acknowledge all of the opportunities out there to help give back. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with the Noon Optimist Club of Western Des Moines for the past 15 years.
Happy May Day All! Growing up in the heart of the Midwest, right here in West Des Moines, I always looked forward to May as a sign of Spring and an alert that Summer was near and school would soon be out. It was time to begin my countdown to weeks spent at the pool, but I’m getting ahead of myself!
Let’s talk about trash. It’s definitely not a normal topic featured on our blog, but with Earth Day around the corner on Tuesday, April 22, we want to discuss the impact of garbage and how it affects our lives. So, back to trash. Without thinking twice, we toss tons and tons of garbage into our bins every day.
As part of our series on SA giving back to the community, we’re highlighting a project that a number of SA employees participated in. Last month, 17 people volunteered for Meals from the Heartland, an effort that started right here in Central Iowa with a mission of “empowering people to save the starving.” The events bring together volunteers for a community-wide packaging event.
Generosity is one of our values Strategic America. It reveals itself in the numerous pro bono projects and campaigns we are involved in. Our associates, too, demonstrate this in their own ways toward their own interest–whether it be community, charitable, civic or faith areas. In this month, National Volunteer Month, I’d like to celebrate that spirit of giving back, paying forward, and engaging in purposeful acts of kindness.
My family and I traveled to South Africa in February on a Mission Trip. We had the opportunity to bring educational materials to a local school and feed the hungry with food from Meals from the Heartland. Because of this organization, I have seen firsthand the benefit of packaging meals for those in need. We also spent time with orphans and donated money to help build a well in honor of my father, Dwight Churchill.