Stuffing envelopes and making packets may not seem like a grand gesture. However, this type of work is making a difference for local charities.
PREMIER employees have a spirit of service. Often, organizations will reach out to PREMIER to inquire if staff can help with office-friendly work during their lunch hour or over breaks. In 2015, employees contributed more than 390 hours to this cause—also known as PREMIER Volunteer Fairs.
Here are just a few examples of how PREMIER’s dedicated employees impacted the community while at work.
Sioux Empire United Way and Susan G. Komen
The PREMIER team assembled a total of 605 Coins for Kids packets, which included over 15,730 coin tubes, 1,815 informational handouts, and 1,100 zip-top baggies. Teachers at 22 schools received a packet to hand out to each child to collect coins. Coins for Kids raised a total of $19,536.22 to help fund Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
PREMIER employees also helped fold 3,200 T-shirts and compile race packets for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Employees also approached local businesses and hung posters to promote the event. Nearly 200 businesses agreed to help—70 of which were first-time supporters who were initially contacted by PREMIER staff.
Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons
PREMIER employees also put their technical expertise to work for nonprofits. In 2015, the PREMIER marketing department transferred paper award forms to an online format for the Girl Scouts. The team transferred a total of 20 forms, which made these resources even more accessible.
Children’s Inn and Bright Start
The most rewarding volunteer project this year involved a visit from jolly old Saint Nick. Santa stopped by to see PREMIER employees and their kids, discuss Christmas wishes, and snap a few photos. In return, parents and their children could make a donation to the Children’s Inn. The team took boxes of donated food, paper goods, and baby items to the Children’s Inn, which provides free services to abuse victims.
PREMIER also helped Bright Start—a nonprofit that offers in-home nurse visits to families during and after pregnancy. The staff needed help wrapping 140 presents for a luncheon dedicated to families struggling to make ends meet.
Our Vision for the Future
2016 will be bigger and better! In January 2016, PREMIER has already stuffed over 1,200 newsletters for the Center of Hope, assisted with Girls on the Run projects, and assembled 30 tutus for an American Cancer Society fundraiser. We plan on keeping the momentum going and making our families, community, and customers proud.