An attitude of gratitude and an action plan to give back is the theme of this holiday season blog. After all, the first of Mode5’s Core Values is Service – Put People First. That commitment is not only to our clients, but also to our community. Volunteerism is a passion shared by the entire Mode5 Team. Individually,
Mode5 team members can be found participating in fundraising races, working at community events, volunteering their time at non-profit organizations, serving on non-profit boards, and generally answering the call for assistance from service organizations in need. But that is not all. The Mode5 Leadership Team has implemented a volunteer initiative designed to create opportunities for Team members to work together for the benefit of our local Hampton Roads community. So we are sharing some of what has been transpiring at Mode5 lately in addition to our intense focus on providing the very best in technology services to our clients.
On occasion, Mode5 is invited to assist our clients in their support of causes designed to improve the lives of their neighbors in the communities where they live, work, and play. This month, Crenshaw, Ware & Martin asked if we could support their partner, Donald C. Schultz, Committee Chair for the 2015 Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Gala Benefit Auction. This event provides funding for the programs of the Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America which serves over 7,000 youth throughout Hampton Roads and northern North Carolina. Luke, Mike H., Erik, Alan, and Chase stepped up and provided needed technology services for this important event which was held on Saturday, November 21st.
Sadly, in the United States, 1 in 7 people struggle with hunger. Mode5’s local community is no exception to that statistic. With a goal of helping feed a few more people, Chase (Mode5 Client Account Manager) organized an in-house food drive to benefit The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore. Since 1981, has been pursuing their mission to lead the effort to eliminate hunger in our community. In the 2014-2015 fiscal year alone, the Foodbank distributed over 19.3 million pounds of food which translates to approximately 16.1 million meals to our local community. The Mode5 Team rallied around the cause and filled two huge boxes to overflowing with food which Chase was delighted to deliver to the Foodbank before Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is a time that many organizations prepare meals for people who cannot afford to celebrate the holiday with the traditional “feast” of turkey with all the trimmings. One of these local organizations is The Salvation Army. This year The Salvation Army provided more than 2400 meals to families in the Hampton Roads communities who are facing hard times. That ambitious effort required a lot of hands to prepare, cook, package, and deliver those meals. This year, eight of those hands belonged to Mode5 employees Josh, Chase, Christina, and Tiana who spent several hours of their workday slicing pies and packaging servings of food to be distributed.
Mode5 is grateful for our clients’ trust and grateful for our awesome staff that lives our five core values on a daily basis. The Mode5 Team is committed making things better for our clients, our staff, and our community in this holiday season, in 2016, and in every year thereafter.
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