St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Workforce Go! together with Venn Technology joined forces and raised $7,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! It was with tremendous joy for the two teams, who had a set goal of $4,000, to not only achieve their goal but destroyed it!
It all started when Chris Goheen, President of Workforce Go! together with Scott Hollrah, Owner of Venn Technology; agreed to sponsor the Sage Partner Summit event in Orlando, FL. As with any event that the Workforce Go! team sponsors; it’s part of their DNA to find a way to stand out in a fun and creative way. With this in mind, Chris and Scott decided that they would enter into a friendly competition to raise money for St. Jude and the loser would get “pie in their face.” For three days, each team worked the event collecting donations for St. Jude, and entering the donors into a raffle. In the end, Workforce Go! won the contest, but it was clear that both Chris and Scott were winners. Both got “pie in their face” and were proud to share with St. Jude a generous gift to help continue their fight to end childhood cancer. Chris also congratulated Vince Stark with Kerr Consulting on being the raffle prize winner!
Give Back. Give Hope. Give Local
To reflect on the Season, rather than host the company’s annual Christmas Party, the Workforce Go! team wanted to give back to their community and help families in need. Here are two stories of how the Workforce Go! team pulled together to bring the Christmas spirit to those who need it most.
Samaritans Purse Holiday Volunteering
The Workforce Go! team located at the Corporate office in Carrollton TX selected to volunteer and help the Samaritan Inn located in McKinney, TX by contributing a truckload of frozen turkeys and over $700 worth of $20 gift cards for the families residing at Samaritan Inn. They also sponsored two lunches. the first lunch was on December 13th and the second on December 19th. The Workforce Go! team worked together with the Samaritan Inn chef to prepare a menu that consisted of three entrées, side dishes, salads, and desserts. As the families entered into the dining area, the Workforce Go! team greeted each family with a big smile and assisted in serving them their meals. For those who required extra help, the team carried their trays of food to their tables taking extra care of the elderly and little ones. Once all the guests had completed their lunch, the Workforce Go! team jumped into action cleaning the kitchen and dining room leaving both areas ready for the next families to enjoy.
The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive program that teaches self-sufficiency and life skills to the resident families. They provide a safe and clean place to live while providing education through financial literacy, job readiness, and parenting and computer skills. After completing their program, residents’ transition to housing with subsidized rent and continued support with the help of a caseworker and an individualized action plan and goals for success. Samaritan Inn was founded in 1984 and typically houses 180 people each night with an average stay of 215 days for graduates of their program.
Lealman Fire District Christmas Community Outreach | Workforce Go! St. Petersburg, FL Remote Team
The St. Petersburg Workforce Go! team supported the Lealman Fire District’s Christmas Community outreach program. The Lealman Fire District, located in one of St. Petersburg’s most impoverished areas, collects and purchases gifts for the families within their community. Local businesses, people and the firemen themselves all work together to purchase a large number of toys. Together with the Workforce Go! remote team, hundreds of gifts were wrapped, bikes were assembled, and basketballs & footballs inflated in preparation for the transformation! To allow parents the opportunity to shop for their children, the Lealman Fire Department was converted into a mini “toy store.” Parents can pick out just the right toy for their child at no cost. And the act of giving doesn’t stop here. A few days before Christmas, the Lealman Firemen load wrapped toys on one of the fire trucks, and like Santa, they take off driving through the neighborhoods handing out gifts to the very excited children.
Susan G. Komen 3-Day®
To raise funds for breast cancer research and reduce related deaths in the U.S., Diane Griffin participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® a three-day, 60-mile walk. Last year was Diane’s 4th time to be a part of this walk in honor of her mother. She raised the $2300 required to walk through several fundraising methods including working a 12-hour day at a Texas Motor Speedway beer stand during an Indy Car race, working an entire weekend in a concession stand during the Nascar race at Texas Motor Speedway, holding a golf tournament that our WFG! team participated in, a BBQ cook-off and a yard sale.
Diane thanks Workforce Go! team member Kentrice Jones for her contributions to the successful walk. “Kentrice was my motivator and source of support, walking with me on average four times a week and for up to 18 miles in one day.”
The 2017 Susan G. Komen Dallas Fort Worth 3-Day Thanks Our Walkers (video, 3:03)
Diane will be walking in her 5th walk in November 2018.
Hurricane Harvey Relief
When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana, Terri Zachry, our Implementation Project Manager, organized a supply drive and collected financial donations for home repair projects. Her efforts supported Dallas Baptist University students and faculty who traveled to Houston to clean flooded homes and remove damaged carpet, tile and drywall. This project was a partnership with Champion Forest Baptist Church.
We provided a resource list for those who needed assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Terri Zachry has worked for the past five years as a facilitator in a program called Divorce Care. This national organization has several DFW local support groups to offer support to men and women find help and healing from the difficulty of separation and divorce . The Bent Tree group in Carrollton in which Terri serves meets weekly throughout the year for two semesters annually with a brief summer break.
“Every Tuesday night, I meet with a small group of women and we cover a variety of helpful and practical topics including things like finances and parenting as a single person. We follow a lesson plan, watch a weekly video and our team serves a home-cooked meal to our participants that we prepare prior to their arrival. Many of the participants enjoy the program so much and are helped so greatly that they often sign up for a second semester and repeat the class. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through this program and developed some life-long friendships.”
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