We are strongly committed to giving back to the communities that we serve and that have supported our growth over the years. We believe so strongly in community involvement that we provide our internal employees eight hours of paid leave per year to participate in Community Service activities.
Here are just some of the charities and projects we have supported through volunteerism.
Random Acts of Flowers improves the emotional health and well-being of individuals in health care facilities by delivering recycled flowers, encouragement, and personal moments of kindness.
As of 6/30/19, RAFIndy made 58,656 deliveries this year and ULG Staffing’s Indianapolis office collected 203 vases to help in this cause.
Our 1st drive of 2019 was very successful! The staff and temps collect 157 children’s books and donated then to Books for Youth today. They were extremely appreciative and are always looking for books/volunteers. Here is some info on the program:
But when a youth is removed from a home due to abuse or neglect, that simple activity of reading is interrupted or may not have ever existed at all. And the possessions a child takes are usually the basic needs – clothing and maybe a comfort item such as a blanket or a stuffed animal. There may not be time or room due to the urgency of the removal to include books and other personal belongings. BFY changes that and provides books foster youth can call their own. Since the program began in 2006, BFY has given away more than 8,750 backpacks thanks to the our partnership with the Indianapolis Colts and through the generosity and support of our title sponsor Cargo Services Inc.
Our ULG Staffing Northeast Indianapolis, IN office participated in a food drive for a local organization called Second Helpings, Inc. Second Helpings accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis. Second Helpings also trains unemployed and underemployed adults for meaningful careers in the culinary industry. The ULG Staffing office collected an awesome amount of canned goods/nonperishable items for this organization and they had a great time participating in this great cause!
Some of our team from our Corporate Office took advantage of their Community Service Day by ringing the Salvation Army bells at the local Wal-Mart in Logansport, Indiana. Although it was cold outside, the team really enjoyed the experience of bringing smiles to various people’s faces throughout their time ringing the bells and enjoyed getting out serving in the community together.
Tracey Goad from the ULG Staffing Division took advantage of her Community Service Day at Beyond Homeless, which is Putnam County, Indiana’s Homeless Shelter for women and children. This is the only shelter for women and children for Putnam, Parke, and Clay counties. The shelter has a capacity for 24 people and currently houses 8 women and 3 children.
Tracey spent the day sorting and organizing different types of donations, such as paper products, hygiene products, bedding and clothing donations. She transported a load of clothing, books, miscellaneous items and household goods to the Thrift Shop (that the shelter runs) for resale as well as transported a load to the local Goodwill store. There were items that would not sell well at the Thrift Store, but that were still usable.
Tracey had the following to say about her experience at Beyond Homeless:
“ I learned quite a bit about what works for donations and what would be better donated to another cause. I found what sort of donations are usable at the shelter and by the residents.”
“I worked closely with the Director all day and found that our jobs can be very similar on a day-to-day basis. We actually work with some of the same people and organizations to try and help people on a regular basis.”
“It was physically different from what I normally do, but it was the same concept. I’m exhausted, but it was a great day! Thank you so much for allowing us the opportunity to do this on an annual basis.”
Priscilla Barr and Sandra Vega (in the blue ULG shirts) from the ULG Marine Division spent their Saturday morning helping the Creek to Bay Cleanup at EarthLab, Millennial Park and Tech Middle School in San Diego, CA. They spent their time picking up trash like cigarette butts and broken glass in the park. The Creek to Bay Cleanup is the signature event of I Love A Clean San Diego that hosts multiple inland and coastal cleanup sites simultaneously throughout San Diego County as a way of taking personal responsibility for the state of our environment and the health of our local communities.
Priscilla had the following to say about her experience:
“Volunteer work isn’t always easy, but it is rewarding to help a community keep its parks clean. I had a great time cleaning up Millennial Park with an amazing group of volunteers. One father brought his five sons who were all excited to help out and very respectful. The joy of helping them clean up their park and getting to know new people across our city was great. It left me wanting to do more for my city so I’ve already planned our next opportunity to help keep our city clean and beautiful.”
Sandra had the following to comment about her Community Service with Creek to Bay Cleanup:
“We pretty much spent the day going around the park and picking up trash. There was a huge pile of glass all over that we were able to see and pick up around the park as well as around the community by the houses. Most families came and brought their children which I thought was pretty awesome. Everyone received a bucket and a trash grabber and made sure we left the park in good conditions. It was a pretty nice experience to be able to help out especially in our close communities.”
Gary Hentschel serves on the Board of Directors of Nine13sports, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes health, wellness and exercise for local central Indiana youth through a variety of school and community based programs integrating technology and traditional biking.
This picture shows Gary participating in Nine13’s Kids Riding Bikes program at Indianapolis Public School #82. Although Gary is an avid rider, he is no match for these 4th graders as they get great exercise as well as learning about the science, technology, engineering and math that creates and measures their results.
Tracey Goad from the ULG Staffing Division took advantage of 2018’s Community Service Day by working at Beyond Homeless for a second time, which is Putnam County, Indiana’s Homeless Shelter for women and children. This is the only shelter for women and children for Putnam, Parke, and Clay counties. The shelter has a capacity for 24 people and currently houses 8 women and 3 children.
This experience was much different than Tracey’s work in December of 2017 for Beyond Homeless. This time, Tracey spent the day mostly by herself painting about 15 door frames. She interacted with some of the six residents, volunteers, director, and executive director only briefly as she painted. She finished all of the work they had planned for her to do in about 7 hours.
Rebecca Gaines, from our Corporate office, took advantage of her Community Service Day at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, which provides music education and outreach to talented and underserved musicians in the Clearwater, FL community. It works through Ruth Eckerd Hall to bring together successful musicians with talented up-and-coming acts to provide mentoring opportunities and guidance in their careers as well as chances to play with some of the biggest names in the business. They share the stage at the After Party with kids that are just starting out. It operates much the same way as business mentoring programs but specializes in the music industry.
“I served as a Floater, going wherever they needed me. This year, I was assigned to pass out items to attendees that sponsors provided—beach blankets and glow sticks. It was fun to see people’s reactions to the freebies and to watch adults turn into kids with the glow sticks!”
Rebecca had the following to say about her experience at the Jazz Holiday Festival….
“Serving the community while helping fund outreach and music education in a fun, uplifting environment was a great way to give back. Thanks to ULG for allowing me this opportunity!”