Lowcountry Orphan Relief
Geocent's Charleston, SC employees Jean Ducworth and Fred Roberto, along with Sue Roberto participated in the Lowcountry Orphan Relief's "Make a Child Happy Day" on November 7, 2015. This day provided an opportunity for children currently in foster care and group homes to get away from their everyday environments and have some fun with rides, food, and games.
Lowcountry Orphan Relief, Inc. works directly with other non-profits, schools, foster parents, and government agencies to identify and provide services and supplies for the individual needs of children. In addition, LOR has built libraries at emergency shelters and group homes in the tri-county area.
Volunteers of America
In September 2015, Geocent employees spent the day with veterans currently residing in the Volunteers of America Homeless Transitional House on Napoleon Avenue in New Orleans. We cooked lunch for the veterans and stayed to enjoy the meal with them while watching college football. It was great for Geocent to be able to give back to our veterans and we look forward to doing more with them in the future.
12th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
In 1999, the Liz Hurley Breast Cancer Fund at Huntsville Hospital Foundation was established for the purpose of creating awareness about breast cancer, purchasing equipment for breast cancer diagnosis, and providing continuing education for the Breast Cancer staff. Since its inception, more than $3 million has been raised and thousands have been touched through this fund.
The Geocent Huntsville office participated in the 12th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run in October. The proceeds from this year's event will help bring a digital tomosynthesis to the Huntsville Hospital's Breast Center. This technology creates a 3-dimensional picture of the breast using x-rays. Geocent was happy to be a part of the event and contribute to the $298,823 that was raised this year.
Geocent's Annual Fundraiser 2015: VOA
Geocent kicked off the Annual Geocent Fundraiser for 2015 on September 3rd. This year we raised dollars for the Volunteers of America (VOA) Veterans Program. VOA supports out nation's veterans through housing, employment, and training programs. Geocent matched employee contributions up to $10,000. The fundraiser ran until November 18, 2015.
Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans
In August 2015, Geocent employees and family members volunteered at the Second Harvest Food Bank in New Orleans. Geocent employees worked together in the repack room where giant boxes of food were unloaded and repacked into smaller boxes. It was quite a job, but everyone worked hard as a team and we unpacked and repacked a total of three large boxes!
Canines for Vets: Geocent Bronze-Level Sponsor
On August 13th, the Young Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) held an 80's themed party in Huntsville, AL as a fundraiser for Canines for Veterans. Geocent, named a "Super Cool Contributor," is considered a Bronze-level sponsor via the volunteer service provided by the Charleston Office. The event raised over $2,000 that was directly donated to the Canines for Veterans organization. "It was, like, a totally rad event for a gnarly-good cause," said one Geocent attendee.
Habitat for Humanity
On September 19th, for the third year in a row, Geocent employees from the Charleston, SC office volunteered with Sea Island Habitat for Humanity. They spent the afternoon hammering and sawing to get walls up for the house being built on John's Island, SC.
Geocent's Habitat Team included:
Jean Ducworth (and her husband, Scott)
Fred Roberto (and his wife, Sue)
Ronald McDonald House
In June and July 2015, we had several Geocent employees participate in the Ronald McDonald House Dinner Program. There were several ways for the Geocent employees to volunteer. They were able to donate items from the dinner grocery list, donate money to purchase needed food items, or volunteer to cook the dinner at the Ronald McDonald house. It was a fun and rewarding experience.
Racing for the Cure
Geocent also rallied as a company in October 2013 to "Think Pink." Geocent employees, family members, and friends participated in raising money and awareness for breast cancer by volunteering, donating money, and participating in the breast cancer walks in their local areas. Scarlett Frost-Hill from the Huntsville office said, "Volunteering is an important part of the Geocent culture, and I am proud to be able to participate in the community involvement projects. When you volunteer, the obvious benefit is improving the community around you, but the self-fulfillment (natural high) you walk away with is unparalleled. Often people dread volunteering, but when you take the time, it is truly something you wish you could do every day!"
One of the nearest and dearest things to our hearts is when we do projects to help our veterans. In 2013, Geocent had multiple opportunities to work with veterans' programs and spend time visiting with our veterans. In June 2013, Geocent participated in a special project with Torchmark and Volunteers of America in assembling care packages that were given to local, formerly homeless veterans in Volunteers of America's Veterans Transitional Housing Program. There were two shifts, and Geocent employees worked both to make sure the project was successful.
In September 2013, Geocent hosted a cookout for the veterans currently residing in one of the Volunteers of America Transitional Housing Program homes. We spent the day eating great food, having insightful conversations, and watching a little LSU football. Melissa Comeaux from Geocent Corporate said, "The best thing about participating in Geocent's community involvement events is getting to see that I can make a small difference in the lives of others. The cookout for the veterans was one of our best events this year. I enjoyed talking with some of the veterans and hearing their stories. It felt rewarding to know the residents had a good time and appreciated that we took the time to spend an afternoon with them."
Another big initiative Geocent takes on annually is the Veterans Fundraiser. In 2013, we supported Operation Homefront. This organization provides emergency assistance for military troops, the families they leave behind, and wounded warriors when they return home. Our 2013 Veterans Fundraiser ran from August ninth through November seventh, and through the generosity of our Geocent employees, we raised over $10,000!
Geocent sponsored a corporate team for the 2013 Louisiana Bike: MS ride. This event is a fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. The MS Society funds research, advocacy, and education and provides programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. Several Geocent employees participated in the ride on October 5-6. They started in Hammond, LA, and rode to and back from Percy Quinn State Park in McComb, MS, a total of 150 miles, 75 miles each day, through beautiful rural Louisiana and Mississippi in cool fall weather.
These are just some of the many projects that Geocent has been involved in over the years. Joining with our co-workers in projects such as these is a wonderful team building experience. Volunteering brings employees, who in many cases do not normally work together, into contact, and new friendships are quickly formed. Again, giving back to the community is an important part of our corporate culture. Participating in philanthropic efforts helps more than our communities; it keeps us connected to our neighbors, each other, and to the greater needs of the world we live in.