In 2014, our employees chose Habitat for Humanity – and their goal of building safe, affordable homes to strengthen families and communities – as our corporate partner.
We’ve always been inventive when it comes to raising money for charity and our efforts for Habitat were no exception. To go along with the company’s donation, employees shopped at sample sales, played bingo, bid in silent auctions and ran a 5K run (okay, so some of us walked) to help raise even more money.
But we did more than just donate money; we also donated our time. In fact, 500 Bluestem employees – from both our Eden Prairie and St. Cloud offices – worked over 4,000 hours to construct this year’s home. And not only did we get to build a home for a family in our community, there was the added bonus of working side by side as a team to do it. It was finished in September and purchased by the Simbi family, who moved into their new home in December.
Bluestem employees were already big on supporting their communities, so we decided to make it easier for them to donate their time. The Give a Day program lets employees take a day off to work with the organization or charity of their choice. And they still get paid!
It doesn’t matter whether they’re serving meals at a local homeless shelter, shoveling snow for senior citizens, working at a local food bank or tutoring at-risk youth, the important thing is that employees get to decide where they volunteer.