As we begin a new decade, we wanted to reflect on the importance of giving back. At Landry & Kling, we 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 encourage year-round involvement with organizations that align with our company’s mission and values.
Over the years, our company’s team members have supported various organizations and initiatives by volunteering their time. By placing high importance on corporate social responsibility, 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.
How Landry & Kling is Giving Back
Listed below are some examples of the different ways our team members have contributed to various community organizations.
1. Virginia Key Alliance – Giving Back to Save our Environment.
We are supporters of the Virginia Key Alliance. This coalition of concerned citizens is dedicated to preserving Virginia Key, Miami. We want to protect its lush wildlife and natural setting and ensure it remains a unique environment for outdoor recreation. The Alliance participates in ongoing planning for any development and improvements. These changes to Virginia Key will impact generations to come.
2. Christ Journey Church
Our Senior Manager, Client Services Vicki Fernandez (second from the right) serves at Christ Journey Church in Coral Gables, FL, Vicki is a weekend service producer and volunteer coordinator for their production teams.
On most weekends you can find her calling cues, running lights, and coordinating the many volunteers to produce uplifting experiences.
3. Giving Back in the Caribbean
In the midst of the Hurricane Irma aftermath, one of our clients chartered Silversea’s Silver Wind. They then initiated a corporate social responsibility project to give back to every Caribbean island they visited. Along with numerous volunteers, our CEO Joyce Landry helped make a difference. They worked tirelessly to improve homes damaged by the storm in San Juan, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
4. PACE Center for Girls – Miami
PACE Miami provides at-risk girls and young women an opportunity for a better future. The organization is giving back 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. They provides sanctuary, support, education, and resources to facilitate healing. Landry & Kling assisted with preparations for the opening of the new shelter 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. This supports the vision 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. These women have pledged to take a “polar plunge” 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
The SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) Southeast Chapter holds an annual education summit and includes a volunteer CSR project. 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 worked alongside a family to build clubhouses benefitting Doors to Dream. This organization helps children with leukaemia.
Earlier this year, team member Maureen McKeon volunteered at Niños de Guatemala (NDG). This non-profit organization works to break the cycle of poverty by providing education to underprivileged Guatemalan kids.
Maureen is now a “madrina” (sponsor) to a deserving child who will receive one year’s worth of quality education, motivation, and mentorship.
Companies Commit to CSR
In 2020, we encourage companies to find their own ways of giving back. Begin by researching community initiatives and form relationships with charitable and non-profit organizations. In the process, you will promote team building/bonding as your company meets the needs of the community.
By giving back, we can all continue to expand on this important aspect of corporate social responsibility.