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Connected Nation Gives Back

Connected Nation’s Corporate Responsibility Task Force was developed to maintain the company’s values of stewardship, generosity, and community support.  Its mission is to promote Connected Nation’s commitment to giving back, being responsible stewards of resources, and leaving a positive mark on the communities in which we live and work. 

 

Giving Back

The Connected Nation family is proud to have a strong group of talented and caring employees with many gifts to share with the less fortunate. Philanthropy and volunteerism are an inherent part of Connected Nation’s mission to change the community and world in which we live. Learn more about specific efforts below.  

Each year, Connected Nation employees donate both time and money to help support a variety of charitable organizations.  Often times, these campaigns are recommended by staff.  Past giving campaigns have included hunger, low-income housing, and GIS scholarships.

  • Connected Nation staff helped with projects at Topcrops during the July 26, 2017, Day of Caring, a United Way promoted "day of volunteering." Staff helped clear flowerbeds and build an arbor.  

     

  • Connected Nation staff prepared and donated six laptop computers to Borders Expanded, a ministry and training organization in rural Honduras. The computers will help expand training and education opportunities for young women rescued from human trafficking. This was the second device donation from Connected Nation to Borders Expanded in 2016.

 

  • Connect Ohio staff volunteered with Habitat for Humanity Mid-Ohio, spending a work day building a house for a deserving family.
  • Digital Works joined Connect Ohio colleagues to build shiny red wagons Saturday for Wagons Ho Ho Ho, in addition to hosting a food drive. 800 wagons will be delivered to children in need this holiday and will be filled with Christmas dinner food items for their families! 
  • Digital Works and Connect Ohio staff recently volunteered at Community Computer Alliance (CCA).  The teams sorted and dismantled recyclable electronics alongside CCA's clients - young adults living with disabilities who are learning independence and workforce skills through electronic recycling and refurbishing. 
  • Connected Nation employees volunteered at The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) to assist campers with the painting of picnic tables that will become permanent fixtures on campus.  Connected Nation also raised $1,300 to send additional kids to camp at CCK.
  • Various Digital Works facilities participated in the Red Nose Day telethon event, gathering and processing donations exceeding $20,000.  Funds raised during the event go to the Red Nose Day Fund, which distributes grants to various charities assisting children and young people in the U.S., as well as some of the poorest communities in the world.
  • Connected Nation’s office located in Bowling Green, Kentucky participated in United Way’s ‘Feed the Need’ food drive.  During this activity, employees are encouraged to collect non-perishable food items to be donated to local food banks.  Learn more about United Way.
  • Connected Nation awarded a $500 scholarship to a Western Kentucky University (WKU) student with a declared major in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Connected Nation supported Habitat for Humanity, donating time, materials, money and labor in towns across the United States.
  • Connected Nation supported Destiny Academy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in developing a fully functioning computer lab.  The campaign raised $5000 in financial donations allowing Destiny Academy to purchase 7 computers and provide Internet access to the computers. Learn more about Destiny Academy here.

 

 

United Way’s Day of Caring

Annually, Connected Nation staff across the country participates in United Way’s Day of Caring.  Day of Caring is a community-wide, structured volunteer opportunity that provides participants with a variety of individual and team volunteering.  The event takes place across the country allowing remote staff to be involved.

Day of Caring Projects include:

  • 2017 - Arbor construction, gardening including clearing weeds for Top Crops (Browling Green, KY) 
  • 2016 - Raised bed garden box construction for Top Crops (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2015 - Fruit/Vegetable displays for use at Top Crops farmers market booth (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2014 - Gardening bed construction for Top Crops (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2014 - Thank you note writing for all volunteers (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2013 - Greenhouse construction for Top Crops (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2012 - Landscaping and Bookshelf building at North Warren Elementary School (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2012 - Sorting books for the Reach Out and Read program at Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, OH)
  • 2011 - Playground Refresh and Rain Barrel Building at Cumberland Trace Elementary School (Bowling Green, KY)
  • 2011 - Yardwork and Landscape beautification at the Alvis House Administration Office (Columbus, OH)
     

 

Read a blog about our 2017 Day of Caring.

 

Season of Giving Campaign

Each December, Connected Nation employees are challenged to show their giving spirit by volunteering for local charities.  The following local charities have benefited from Connected Nation’s Season of Giving campaign:

  • The Salvation Army
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Low-income families in rural Ohio
  • Amethyst, Inc.

For example, in 2012, about a dozen employees took to the streets of Bowling Green, KY for a day of bell ringing for the Salvation Army and employees at the Columbus, OH office adopted a family through Amethyst, Inc.  And, in 2013, Connected Nation employees collected more than $2,700 in gift cards for ten families affected by job loss in Ohio to help them buy food, fuel, clothes, and gifts for Christmas. 

 

 

Stewardship Efforts

Stewardship and responsibility are at the core of Connected Nation’s mission. Our programs are aimed at enabling people and communities to improve their lives. Beyond the practical impact of resource conservation, stewardship is an important way to promote and experience our organizational purpose. Learn more about these efforts below.

Green Initiatives

Connected Nation employees are encouraged to be as "green" as possible in their home and workplace. In an effort to support these activities, Connected Nation has been highlighting green strategies and practices in our Connected Nation offices.