Realityworks has supported the iHeartMedia’sChristmas is for Children campaign every holiday season for the past four years. This October, the Charitable Giving Committee announced a new company challenge: A Penny War-funded charitable giving drive to support the program. The twist: First prize would be an executive-served pizza party; second prize would be an executive-served donut party and third prize would be two pies in the face of a third company executive.
Realityworks has supported the Christmas is for Children campaign every holiday season for the past four years. In 2017, enough funds were raised through a non-competitive giving drive to support the purchase of holiday gifts for 16 children. This year, the group hoped to raise a few hundred dollars by giving this annual drive a competitive spin; instead, it was announced that the employees had raised $2,615.98.
“Finding out how many kids we could sponsor was my favorite part of this event,” added Terri Lokken.
The Penny Wars competition drove so much more giving this year, that the 70-person Realityworks team will be able to support 74 local children.
“It was really impressive to be able to support so many kids this year, and I think everyone took a lot of pride in it,” said Tiffany Olek. “We didn’t expect it, but we ended up creating a huge impact and it was a great success!”
As a part of our yearly charitable giving and volunteer efforts, the employees at Realityworks recently took part in our annual Stuff the Bus competition. This yearly school supply drive pits the seven departments against one another in an effort to gather the most supplies for each team’s designated school. The teams get to choose which school their supplies are donated to, and are often able to choose a school that one or more of the team members’ children attend.
This year, the teams chose to support the following local elementary schools: Halmstad, Meadowview, Stillson, Altoona, Oaklawn, Lakeshore, and Ridgelawn.
The sales department took 1st place in this friendly competition. We’re all excited to take trips to the schools to drop of the supplies before the start of the year.
Charitable Giving as a Company Philosophy
Each year Realityworks employees get the opportunity to nominate organizations to receive contributions of volunteer hours or outright donations for program assistance. Our community can look to us for support and assistance. Additionally, employees are encouraged to participate in local organizations’ committees and directional boards as a way to better our community through service. We can’t wait to share more of these great opportunities with you!