November 2017 – Maintenance Connection just completed its 2017 year of giving back, fulfilling its promise to donate 1 percent of profits and 1% of employee time to charitable organizations. Since 2011, employees of Maintenance Connection have participated in a variety of volunteer initiatives through the MC Gives Back program, a way to positively impact the world by donating time, manpower and resource to those in need.
Over the last several years, MC employees have served national communities like Philadelphia and the Pacific Northwest as well as internationally in Cambodia, Costa Rica and Estonia. This year’s groups focused on communities in the U.S. and a city in Ghana, Africa.
“2017 was a banner year for MC Gives Back, with staff-led projects that served communities stateside and abroad. I’m proud of how our staff really came together on every one of these trips”, said Marketing VP Greg Squires.
2017 Gives Back Trips
From May 7-May 10, Maintenance Connection employees volunteered at Camp Nan-A-Bo-Sho in Wisconsin. Camp Na Na Bo Sho serves kids ages 5-17 years old. The kids spend their time at the summer camp engaging a variety of activities such as hiking, canoeing, arts & crafts, and other team-building exercises. While at the camp, the Gives Back Team focused on 2 projects: Constructing a low-ropes course and building a gaga pit. Check out this awesome recap video to hear stories and interviews with the team!
In July, Maintenance Connection traveled to Sacramento, CA to help Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to build affordable homes in partnership with families in need, supported by a host of volunteers, faith-based organizations, donors and corporations for the betterment of communities. The team spent their time in Sacramento preparing the land for a new housing development by clearing out old underbrush and putting up a new fence.
In August, Maintenance Connection spent time at Echo Ranch in Portland, OR. Echo Ranch is an organization dedicated to offering an environment of support and encouragement, which restores the heart, soul, and mind, and strengthens individuals and their families. Guests at the ranch connect with a horse and ride, groom, or just pet a specially selected equine partner. The team chose to build a patio that would give Echo Ranch an outdoor space for meals together, meetings, and other events.
Lastly, from October 13-23, Maintenance Connection employees traveled overseas to Ghana, Africa. MC Gives Back culminated its last of four trips in 2017 with a transAtlantic flight that united the team with common goals to band together, sweat and work hard, and provide children in rural West Africa with improved education facilities at their community school. The group spent a week’s time in Ghana, Africa to contribute to a school’s most evident needs, a new computer lab and washroom.
The team began planning this trip nearly a year ago and worked closely with IVHQ Ghana, the agency who provided local coordination and support for the work to be done at the school. IVHQ staff did an incredible job of setting up the team for success, with basic language training, cultural orientation, transport, housing, construction foremen, and continuous guidance for a safe, productive, and spectacularly memorable experience for the MC staff that took part in the trip.
“Giving back through Maintenance Connection not only separates us from any other company but it also makes us closer as a working team going through these amazing experiences together.” said Andrew Stolz, an Implementation Consultant and the leader of the Ghana, Africa trip.
Greg added, “we will no doubt continue this giving program, with the goal to gather even more of our growing team into collaborative service projects together next year.”
Maintenance Connection giving program is known as “1-1-1.” This ratio includes: donating 1 percent of company profits to nonprofit organizations; offering 1 percent of product via free or discounted CMMS software to charitable organizations; and enabling employees to contribute 1 percent of their paid time to local nonprofits of their choice.
To learn more about Maintenance Connections’ giveback initiatives, visit www.MCGivesBack.com, or view videos of the team’s experiences here. To further the Gives Back efforts, MC also creates promotional videos to help the places visited to receive even more assistance. The Super Service Challenge is an organization which allows people to nominate organizations to receive funds to aid in their humanitarian efforts. Please visit the Super Service Challenge page to vote for Maintenance Connection’s four 2017 projects and encourage others to do the same. For more information on Maintenance Connection’s CMMS software, visit www.MaintenanceConnection.com/website.