Recent Community Support:
The Gift of Life
Last year, the Securitas Eastern Operations Center (EOC) sponsored a blood drive to honor the memory of a long-time colleague. The event was so successful that EOC organizers decided to make it an annual activity. Since February is known for both Valentine’s Day and American Heart month, it seemed an appropriate time to host a “You’re Just My Type” blood drive. The event was open to other building tenants and the general public. Because flu season was especially devastating this year, the Red Cross and other blood centers had an increased need for donors. EOC employees answered the call, by turning out en masse for the event. All preset appointments were filled before the blood drive began, but walk-ins were still gladly accepted. By the end of the day, the EOC had surpassed its goal of collecting 32 pints. EOC employees were happy to be able to give the gift of life and positively impact their community.
Holiday Donations for Local Charities
The Securitas Operations Centers have a unique approach to celebrating the year-end holidays. As part of their preparations for the holiday lunch, departments are invited to create gift baskets to donate to the holiday raffle, which is a win all around. A lucky individual wins a basket with a fantastic prize, proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets are divided between two longtimecharity partners, and a portion of the raffle ticket sales for the basket that attracted the most entries goes to a charity selected by the donating department.
This holiday raffle resulted in a donation of almost $2,000 to each of two charities—Market Street Mission and Jersey Battered Women’s Shelter (JBWS). Both organizations provide second chances to individuals looking to reclaim their lives.
JBWS is a full-service charity that helps victims of domestic violence, provides education services to help prevent abuse and provides advocacy and outreach to promote change and protect those at risk of domestic violence. The Market Street Mission offers temporary shelter and meals to homeless men. It also offers a Life Change Program that provides the men physical, emotional and spiritual support in a stable and structured environment while they overcome the ravages of addiction and homelessness. Graduates of the program go on to lead responsible, productive lives.
The second part of the holiday raffle involved the donation of half the proceeds from ticket sales of the basket receiving the most entries. The Facilities and Administrative Services Department donated the basket that received the most entries and selected Make Some Noise: Cure Kids’ Cancer Foundation, Inc. Facilities Manager John Schwenck was glad to be able to help the small nonprofit started by a local boy with cancer for the specific purpose of funding research for treatment of childhood cancers. He first learned of the neighbor-tenant during the construction of Securitas Eastern Operations Center headquarters.
“We needed to access their space during construction and they were very cooperative,” explained Schwenck. When his department won the raffle, the co-workers did not hesitate in selecting the beneficiary.