Here at Konnect, we are committed to giving back and actively involving ourselves in the community, as a company. Over the past several years Konnect has enthusiastically participated in charitable initiatives, such as Operation Christmas Child, making boxes of toys for low socio-economic families and We Simple Give, providing school supplies for 1st graders at Para Los Niños. The Konnect Kares program grew out of the desire for employees to want to give back to the community by donate their time, clothing, money, resources or food and was supported by Konnect.
Last week, a group of 15 Konnect employees volunteered their time to feed the homeless at The Midnight Mission located in Downtown Los Angeles. The non-profit organization was founded in 1914 and offers paths to self-sufficiency to men, women and children who have lost direction. They remove obstacles and provide the accountability and structure that people who are experiencing homelessness need to be productive in their communities. The Konnect Kares team arrived at 10:30am and were greeted by our tour guide, Daniel. We later found out that he had been living at the Midnight Mission for the past 30 days and recently entered sobriety after years of alcohol and drug abuse. As part of living at the Midnight Mission the people staying there need to work four hours each day as part of teaching them the valuable lesson that we need to work for the things we want. Once, the tour was finished we went to work preparing meals and serving the homeless in The Midnight Mission Kitchen. We roughly served 200-400 people who are currently living on the streets in downtown, Los Angeles with majority being male. By donating our time to a local non-profit made us not only made us feel good about helping others but had a positive impact on our work culture.
With social responsibility a top priority for millennials it is now more important than ever for companies to recognize how they can offer ways for their employees to give back. This will not only lead to a better company culture but will leave your employees not only feeling valued but with a sense of purpose in their day-to-day lives. According to a recent a study from the Stanford Graduate School of Business revealed that 90% of MBAs from business schools in Europe and North America prefer working for organizations committed to social responsibility. Ethics and integrity, it seems, win out over financial reward.
There are many different ways companies can offer ways for their employees to engage in social good initiatives, including, allowing your employees to leave work to donate their time at soup kitchen or low- socioeconomic school, working with companies that offers a percentage of its sales to a non-profit organization like Warby Parker and Bottle 4 Bottle or buy making a charitable contribution to a chosen charity.
It’s great to work for a company that supports our goals to give back to our community.