Throughout my tenure here at EXAIR I have seen the company give to many different organizations and to the team members here. Recently we implemented a program where employees are allowed to choose a charity of their choice to go and volunteer for a day each year. This year for my volunteer day a group of seven members from EXAIR went to help a non-profit organization that focuses on helping students and teachers in 16 local counties.
The organization, Crayons to Computers is a free store for teachers in these counties that surround Cincinnati. The store is stocked with donations from corporate and private entities and staffed by volunteers. Their inventory can be anywhere from classroom supplies, books, decorations, technology equipment, even stocked book bags to give to students. The store is the largest of its kind here in the United States and has been serving the Cincinnati area for 20 years. Their belief is that a teacher should not have to spend money out of their pocket to supply students in need with school supplies and to ensure that schools in need have access to supplies that aren’t always easily available.
They have a sales floor where the teachers shop and then a large warehouse where the donations are all sorted and stocked for easy pull to the sales floor when needed. This is where our team spent the day. We did jobs like sorting books by reading level, organizing / packaging chair mats, unloading trucks, and finally, consolidating over 30,000 boxes of 24 count crayons so that their valuable warehouse space was being used more efficiently. These crayons were all donated by financial institutions here locally that had challenged each other to see who could donate more. It still isn’t the amount of crayons that they will supply to teachers within this school year, but it helps tremendously.
By volunteering our time we were also able to give 10 teachers who’s school would not normally qualify for shopping at Crayons To Computers the ability to go and shop for a day. This was an added bonus that we were made aware of after the fact. This is yet another way that Crayons to Computers gives to our community.
One of the best takeaways I have from this year is that I got to give back to an organization that my amazing wife would shop at when she was teaching students in need. It was organized by someone here on our team that had no knowledge of my personal connection. We ended up getting more done than they had ever hoped to get out of 7 volunteers. This was all made possible by a company that doesn’t just focus on making excellent products and providing top notch customer service. EXAIR is also focusing on making sure our team members interests are embraced by letting them choose how to give their time and the companies time to a cause they believe will give back to our local community.
If you would like to inquire about donations or how you could help Crayons to Computers, please check out their site directly.
Application Engineer Manager
Last year we announced that EXAIR will celebrate Founder’s Day each year on February 22nd (or the closest working day) in order to commemorate the birthday of our founder, Roy Sweeney. He founded the company in 1983 and drove EXAIR to become the strong, successful and innovative company that it has over the years. Today would have been his 84th birthday.
As we plan to every year, we choose to make this day a celebration and a day to mark our ongoing commitment to the service of others in keeping with the values that Roy and his wife Jackie felt (and feel) very strongly about. It is up to us to continue that commitment.
Like last year, we have made significant donations to organizations that are making a difference right here in our area:
• Freestore Foodbank (www.freestorefoodbank.com)
• Ronald McDonald House of Greater Cincinnati (www.rmhcincinnati.org)
• Women Helping Women (www.womenhelpingwomen.org)
• Bethany House Services (www.bethanyhouseservices.org)
• Elementz (www.elementz.org)
We committed last year to expand our community involvement in 2018, and we have delivered upon that promise. I am proud to announce that EXAIR has established an Employee Volunteer Program that enables every full-time employee with at least 90 days of service to volunteer with organizations of their choice during the normal work week with full pay by EXAIR.
Through this further commitment, we expect that EXAIR and its employees will impact not just a handful, but dozens of organizations and make a much larger positive impact in the community starting this year.
So as we celebrate today with cake and funny memories, we wish Roy a happy birthday. We miss having him here. We remember what he did for all of us and for countless others. And we pledge to continue his commitment to helping those who need it.
Happy Founder’s Day from everyone at EXAIR!
We were at a cook out, and the grill master asked if the ground cow was ready. The term disturbed one young lady until it was explained to her that ground cow is hamburger. Interestingly, as we become more urbanized, some of the basic facts of life we learned on the farm not so long ago are being lost.
Agricultural shows (Fairs) are an important part of cultural life in small country towns, and popular events in larger towns and cities. Shows range from small events in small towns usually lasting two days, through medium-sized events of three days, to large state fairs lasting a couple of weeks.
American county fairs developed in the 1800’s and was a venue to show new equipment and farming techniques. Over time entertainment has been added. In the 1900’s the 4H groups were sponsored. The focal point of 4H has been the idea of practical and hands-on learning, which came from the desire to make public school education more connected to rural life. Early programs tied both public and private resources together to benefit rural youth.
One of the employees at EXAIR has 3 kids in 4H and they live in the city. Their project this year was to raise market chickens for show but ultimately for the table. It was a learning experience for all three as it required teamwork and responsibility for the care and welfare of the brood. Their efforts were rewarded by being able to show their three best at the fair, having them judged and then auctioned off. The community well supports the program as these three went for $150. It is not the value of the chicken but donors way of supporting the program and pocket-money for the kids.
Our children are our future. Activities like 4H, Junior Achievement, Scouts, and others prepare them to be respectful, responsible future citizens. We are certain there are many other programs out there for our kids to participate in, do you have a favorite? We appreciate hearing about what is learned from these programs. Our employee here has found that 4H has provided the kids an opportunity to be active, responsible, and accountable while developing a good sense of community.
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