With the holiday season upon us, we wanted to reflect on the importance of giving back. We truly believe that in order to change the world you must lead by example. While the holidays are typically the time of year when companies give back, we like to encourage year-round involvement with organizations that align with our company’s mission and values.

Over the years, our company’s team members have been supporting various organizations and initiatives by volunteering their time and encouraging other like-minded groups and individuals to facilitate change in the lives of those who might not have the community’s full support. By placing high importance on corporate social responsibility, we have been able to ensure that giving back remains a fundamental component of our culture.

We encourage our team to volunteer with community service projects that support the well-being of others. We find it so rewarding to share these experiences with one another, as well as those who benefit from the service.

Listed below are some examples of the different ways our team members have contributed to various community organizations.

1. Virginia Key Alliance

Our CEO, Joyce Landry (left) serves as the co-founder of the Virginia Key Alliance and is pictured here along with Virginia Key Alliance member Debbie White (right) raising awareness and funding at the 2018 Swimfest at Virginia Key.

We are supporters of the Virginia Key Alliance, a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Virginia Key and its unique environment for outdoor recreation, its safe venue for non-motorized water sports and its lush wildlife and natural setting. The Alliance seeks and supports community participation in ongoing planning for any development and improvements to Virginia Key, as such changes will impact generations to come.

2. Christ Journey Church

Second from the right Landry & Kling Client Services team member Vicki Fernandez.

Our Senior Manager, Client Services Vicki Fernandez (second from the right) serves at Christ Journey Church in Coral Gables, FL as a weekend service producer and volunteer coordinator for their production teams. On most weekends you can find her calling cues, running lights or with the many volunteers needed to make the weekend experiences happen.

3. Giving Back in the Caribbean

In the midst of the Hurricane Irma aftermath, one of our clients chartered Silversea’s Silver Wind and initiated a corporate social responsibility project on every island they visited – San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten. Along with numerous volunteers, our CEO, Joyce Landry had the privilege of making a difference by helping to improve homes that were damaged by the storm.

4. PACE Center for Girls – Miami

PACE Miami luncheonPACE provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counselling, training and advocacy.

Pictured at the PACE Center for Girls Miami annual fundraiser luncheon:  Sherry Thompson Giordano, Executive Director of Pace Center for Girls Miami; Landry & Kling CEO Joyce Landry; our former President, Jo Kling (Miami fundraiser co-chair); and Pim Kongkham, Manager of Creative Services.)

5. Lotus House

Lotus House is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. The organization provides sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower healing, learning and growth.  We had the privilege of assisting with preparations for the opening of the new shelter for homeless women, youth and children in Miami, FL.

Pictured here is CEO, Joyce Landry assisting in preparations for the opening of the new Lotus House women’s shelter for homeless women, youth and children.

6. Polar Plunge – Freezin’ For A Reason

Landry & Kling is a proud sponsor of MPI’s Freezin’ For A Reason mission, which supports the mission of two women, Carole McKellar – the incoming chair for the Global Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation – and Julie Krüger – Chair of the EMA Council – who have pledged to jump in the Antarctic Ocean to raise funds for the MPI Foundation.

Freezin’ For A Reason aims to raise $10,000 for MPI members who need it most.

7. SITE Southeast Summit

Our Director of Business Development, Todd Dunlap (fourth from the left) volunteering at this year’s SITE Southeast Summit on location in Marion Square in Charleston, SC.

The SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Southeast Chapter holds an annual education summit and includes a CSR project each year. This year, our Director of Business Development, Todd Dunlap participated in the SITE Southeast Chapter Summit in Charleston, SC. During this project, teams of 10-12 persons alongside a family, work together to build clubhouses benefitting Doors to Dream – an organization that helps children with leukaemia.

8. Niños de Guatemala

Pictured here is Maureen McKeon (left) with children from the non-profit organization Niños de Guatemala.

Earlier this year, team member Maureen McKeon volunteered at Niños de Guatemala (NDG) a non-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty by providing education to underprivileged kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to school. Maureen is now a “madrina” (sponsor) to a deserving child who will receive one year’s worth of quality education, motivation, and mentorship.

As we approach the new year, we encourage companies to research community initiatives that will help them form relationships with charitable and non-profit organizations, promote team building/bonding and assure that your company continues to meet the needs of the community. Together, we can continue to expand on this important aspect of corporate social responsibility.