For the 2019 Thanksgiving season Beyond Limits’ own Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee put their heads together to come up with a way in which our company could contribute to a cause worth caring about. Magic emerged in the form of a food drive organized for the homeless in our community to Give Thanks and Give Back.
“The CSR team was first assembled with two core missions, to facilitate volunteering for Beyond Limits employees and encourage sustainability in the office,” says Beyond Limits’ Lead Generation Manager – and CSR member – Joel Carlos. “This food drive is certainly part of the first initiative, targeting a critical issue that all Angelinos have exposure to, homelessness.”
Beyond Limits has partnered with PATH, a California-based non-profit, to donate Thanksgiving meals for individuals and families recently provided permanent housing through the organization’s initiatives. “PATH’s mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. We do this by building affordable housing and providing supportive services throughout California. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home.” PATH Ventures has already built 763 units for over 800 individuals and families in need. They also have 206 units currently in construction with 293 units coming soon.
“We wanted to offer employees an opportunity to give back to the community alongside their co-workers,” says Carlos. “The chance to provide PATH’s recently housed families with their first Thanksgiving meal in their new home presented the perfect opportunity to bring us together around a good cause. I’m proud of my co-workers for having supported this through their donations and their time, and of the company for encouraging such initiatives.”
For over a month leading up to the holiday season, the CSR committee encouraged employees to fill boxes around the office to accumulate Thanksgiving-themed food items, with a goal of collecting enough food to stuff 50 tote bags. Each bag would contain a box of turkey stuffing mix, mashed potatoes mix, dessert mix, a can of cranberry sauce, and two more cans of vegetables. Each bag would also include a grocery gift card in the amount of $50.
Subsequently, two weeks before Thanksgiving, the CSR committee came together with HR to collect all donated food and arrange a gathering for Beyond Limits employees to decorate and assemble the tote bags. We are proud to report that our company did, in fact, meet our goal of assembling 50 tote bags, most sporting uniquely festive designs artistically created by all those who participated.
“Rallying together as a team to give back and bring a direct, positive, and tangible impact to our community during this Thanksgiving season is pretty incredible,” says Tim Guerrero, a Beyond Limits Accountant and CSR member. “This is exactly what it’s all about.”
The holiday season is an ideal time to give thanks for everyone and anything that brings joy to your life. Beyond Limits is thankful to have such a giving team that thinks of others’ needs in their time of hardship. Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season filled with family, good food, and good deeds. In the words of our COO Meghan Sharp, “AI for good.”