I love to hear how people come together to give back to their communities. One of the reasons that I enjoy working at Sun is that I have the opportunity to work with people from across the company to lead and participate in programs that allow Sun employees to make an impact locally. That's important to me because I live in NH not in CA where Sun is headquartered.
Over the past few weeks, I've seen a lot of media coverage of companies doing unique things in the spirit of the Holiday Season.
One of those stories covered by the media is in my own backyard -- a company called eCopy added a question to their employee survey this past fall re: options for their employee holiday party. The company's employees overwhelmingly opted to put the money for their party (which in the past included fancy foods and beverages, as well as prizes like iPod and airline tix) into an effort to benefit the local community. As a result, eCopy made a $25k donation to the local newspaper's Santa Fund program.
Another backyard story that you won't read about in the paper, but can learn about from Sun's employees across the Boston area is about our recent Gift Drives for two local organizations: The Lowell Wish Project in MA and the Nashua Children's Home in NH. Our local Women's Network in the Boston area planned and managed both drives.
We all know that Sun has some of the smartest people in the industry.....but we also have some of the most generous people too!
Between both drives, we provided the two local organizations with approximately $10K in clothing and gifts this year. Even with the odds not in our favor to deliver on time due to major snowstorms in the NE last week, employees came from out of the woodwork to get to Burlington and Nashua to drop off their presents, sort, pack and then deliver to the agencies that we had committed to supporting. It was really amazing to see people go out of their way to help so that all deliveries could arrive on time!
As we were wrapping up the project in Nashua this past Monday, we had a last minute need for an electronics item for one of the last gifts to be delivered.....this was realized as a car load of gifts was on its way out the door for delivery. Luckily, just outside of our local office in NH is a Sears Home Essentials store. I ran in with the gift tag just before noon and went straight to the electronics dept to find this last minute gift.
The item that was on sale was no longer in stock.
So I asked to talk to a manager.
I explained what our local employees had been doing for our big Holiday drive(s). He immediately offered a comparable item at a very generous discount to help us out. (no hemming and hawing or having to go get endless approvals, etc)
I was really surprised, but also pleased with his gesture - so much so that I called Sears customer service this week to thank them and this employee for their help to ensure a happy ending for all of our gift recipients! It does 'take a village' - even if it's for just one simple gift item.
So look around and keep your eyes open and I'm sure you'll see generosity all around you during the holiday season (If you don't necessarily see it - you can definitely feel it!)
Many thanks from one Sun employee to all of my fellow Sun employees in the Boston area, as well as those around the world, for making such a notable impact in our communities - not just at the holiday season, but throughout the year!