One of the other things we do well around here (beside making awesome products) is giving back to our community. Our late founder Roy Sweeney began, and our current President Bryan Peters continues, a focus upon the needs of others.
Today, we are bringing these 35 winter coats over to Matthew 25 Ministries so they can be distributed to anyone in need. Matthew 25 serves our local community very well, as well as nationally and worldwide.
A handful of our employees used their volunteer day to give their time to a Disabled American Veterans event earlier this year and recognized a need for warm coats. That need caused the idea to gather coats this winter.
EXAIR provides this volunteer day for all employees to get paid and volunteer their time toward a cause of their choosing. We have all been impacted by the time spent and the stories we have heard about how valuable a day these have been for all involved.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the coat drive! EXAIR, as a company, is thankful and grateful we have such great and generous people to work with who recognize the value of helping others. You guys are the best! Enjoy the Holidays and Merry Christmas.
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!