Here at ACTIVE Network, we’re all about connecting people to the things they love, want and need to do. We’re also a part of Global Payments, which is committed to building a culture of Service. Driven. Commerce. Sounds like a great match, right?
From clothing drives to clean-ups, ACTIVE goes “all in” for doing good in the community, and we always have fun while we’re doing it. So, in honor of Global Payments’ biannual Worldwide Day of Service on Wednesday, May 9, we rallied the troops in all of our offices to join Global Payments’ international efforts in the spirit of corporate citizenship.
“We hosted both an onsite and offsite engagement opportunity at ACTIVE Network World Headquarters,” says Kristen Sudela, Coordinator of Engagement and Wellness, of our Dallas-based efforts. “For starters, the offsite team rolled up their sleeves to make meals for kids in need.”
Hunger Busters is a Dallas-based nonprofit taking a “big bite” out of childhood hunger. The group focuses on the third meal of the day, after the last school bell rings and many food-insecure children go hungry until breakfast. During their visit, ACTIVE employees made over 1,400 meals that will be distributed to seven different schools.
“A little friendly competition broke out, as to who could make the most meals on each side of the assembly line,” says Sudela. “But more importantly, they embraced the idea that through their time and talents, they were helping kids here in the DFW community.”
Meanwhile, back at ACTIVE Headquarters, a second team got creative with two projects for the Move for Miles Childhood Cancer Foundation. Whether knotting adorable fleece blankets or making colorful cards, their handiwork was dedicated to bringing “sMiles” to local kids undergoing cancer treatment.
Sara Rathbun, Digital Platforms Specialist, headed up the kind and crafty group. “It was really encouraging to see how many people wanted to help out–even if they thought they had zero crafting ability,” she says. “ACTIVE employees have a lot of heart, and it was so cool to see them working together to help these kids feel loved and supported.”
Move for Miles founder Stephanie Dagelwitz will soon deliver the handmade gifts to area children’s hospitals. Teary with pride, she sent a message to ACTIVE employees: “Thank you for embracing our cause and making a difference.”
To all who participated in Global Payments’ Worldwide Day of Service, thank you. Click here for more information on ACTIVE Network’s AxLTRUISM projects, including the annual ACTIVEx Charity Challenge, kicking off soon!