Why We Give Back: A Full Circle Moment at A Wider Circle
Alex Zamorski, Director of Marketing
Standing outside a warehouse on a brisk December afternoon wasn’t meant to be the highlight of my day volunteering at A Wider Circle. My jacket wasn’t quite warm enough and my gloves were stashed in my car, not on my hands. Finally, a car whips into the parking lot and out jumps a woman in her late twenties, grinning ear to ear, her hands clutching brown paper bags full of sandwiches that we had ordered for our staff lunch. Turns out that she wasn’t smiling wildly because she just LOVES delivering food – she was smiling because she was thrilled to be delivering food to the very place that had helped her family get back on their feet in a time of need. It was one of those rare full circle moments that really drives home why we do what we do.
Volunteerism is a core value of The Lukens Company and we make it a priority to give back regularly. Throughout the year, TLC employees frequently take it upon themselves, often with help from our Employee Engagement Committee, to organize charitable drives and volunteer out in the community. This year alone we’ve participated in over a dozen charitable acts that includes preparing and serving meals to the homeless at Ascencia in LA, sending greeting cards and supplies to troops overseas, and even hosting a bake sale to raise donations for Mended Little Hearts earlier this year.
In addition to these small but mighty acts of service, TLC annually participates in a company-wide volunteer day. This year we were proud to lend a hand to A Wider Circle, a nonprofit organization committed to eradicating poverty by providing basic need items to individuals and families transitioning out of homelessness, fleeing domestic abuse, or otherwise living without essentials. Other important programs include Workforce Development, Neighborhood Partnerships, and Partnership to Independence. Our staff was delighted to support A Wider Circle by organizing donations, helping clients make selections, and wrapping holiday gifts.
Between year-end campaigns, holiday festivities, and planning for the next year, it can be easy to lose sight of what is important this time of year. Slowing down, even for just a few hours, to volunteer our time and resources to an organization devoted to helping those less fortunate truly brings our purpose and mission back into focus: supporting and serving organizations who make the world a better place.
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