As the holiday season draws nearer, we are reminded that there are many people for whom life’s circumstances have brought challenges with providing even basic necessities for their families, such as food, clothing and shelter. At Crawford & Company, we help people as a Company every day. On a personal note, however, many of us are fortunate to be able to do a little bit more outside of work. Crawford’s employee tradition of volunteerism and service to our global communities is strong. Employees in our U.S. offices in Atlanta, Minnesota, Lake Zurich, Sunrise and other cities help make the holidays a little brighter for underprivileged children and seniors by contributing to efforts like the Atlanta Mission Christmas Project, the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots programs. Across the pond, Crawford U.K. employees are currently supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. Everyone is wearing their Christmas jumper and donating to Save the Children, including Ian Muress, EVP and CEO, EMEA and Asia Pacific, and Andrew Bart, CEO, Pacific, who is visiting London. In addition, some of the offices donate food for the Trussell Trust Food Banks. Crawford’s office in Poland is collecting donated items for dogs in animal shelters, and Crawford Italy is making a donation to “MIA Milano in azione,” a not-for-profit association who cares for Milan’s homeless, in lieu of mailing printed holiday cards.
Outside of the holiday season, our employees continue to give back. This year, our employees completed our sixth annual Global Day of Service on Oct. 4, helping others in 25 countries around the world through more than 50 community service projects, including:
- In Santiago, Chile, volunteers brought a petting zoo, face‐painting fun, toys and clothing donations to brighten the day for 100+ children living in an orphanage.
- In Milan, Italy, participants constructed new cages, cleaned kennels and painted a facility for neglected dogs. They also prepared dinners for a local association that serves the homeless in their community.
- In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, volunteers organized a blood donation drive for their local blood bank.
- In the U.K., volunteers assisted with placing red flowers, part of a massive commemorative art installation of more than 800,000 ceramic poppies ‐ each representing a British life lost during World War One – in the moat surrounding the Tower of London.
- In Jacksonville, Fla., 21 of Crawford Connection’s more than 4,800 North American contractors accepted CEO Larry Thomas’ invitation to put their repair and construction skills to good work in their local communities, helping with city park beautifications, golf tournament fundraisers and home repairs for people with hardship.
- In Crawford’s headquarters of Atlanta, Ga., about 250 volunteers touched the lives of others at the Atlanta Mission, participating in deep-facility cleanup, outdoor cleaning, fellowship with shelter guests and other activities.
In the U.S., Broadspire also holds its annual Charity Golf Tournament to benefit SOS Children’s Villages – Florida, a foster care neighborhood that provides a place of healing, hope and home for up to 75 foster children in 12 group homes. This year, Broadspire donated $150,000 to SOS Children’s Villages. There are countless examples of how Crawford employees give their own time to help in their communities. Do you have any stories about charitable giving? Let us know in the comments below.