At FreightPros, we work, live and play in Austin. We are grateful to call Austin home and it is important to us to give back to the community that we love so much. In fact, giving back is so important to us that it is one of our core values at FreightPros. In 2015, we really stepped up our philanthropic efforts and the results were amazing. I’d like to share with you some of the incredible ways our team gave back in 2015. FreightPros very generously gives each employee two days of volunteer PTO per year. We all have causes that are very important to us and it is up to each employee to choose how they’d like to use their volunteer days. So looking back at 2015, our volunteer PTO days were used in a variety of different ways that made an impact in Austin and our surrounding areas. From harvesting vegetables at Urban Roots, to serving lunch at Caritas Community Kitchen, to working shifts at the Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore, FreightPros employees have enjoyed giving back to the community in many different ways. The Memorial Day weekend flood of 2015 devastated Central Texas and FreightPros employees definitely stepped up to help our neighbors in need. Multiple groups used their volunteer PTO time to travel to Wimberley to help in the Hays County flood relief. In the office, employees generously donated to a food and clothing drive for Hays County flood victims with donations going to Hays County by way of the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN). Then, FreightPros decided we could do more to help the Hays County flood victims and created a fundraiser that we called Give Back Week. Give back week lasted from September 21 through September 25, 2015. Give Back Week benefited the United Way of Hays County with funds going directly to flood relief for the Memorial Day weekend 2015 floods. During Give Back Week, we raised $1,671.00 for United Way of Hays County. FreightPros donated $1.00 for every shipment during Give Back Week. Additional funds were raised through an in-office raffle, a website, and a breakfast for employees where donations were collected. In November 2015, we decided to participate in the SAFE Fall Food Drive benefiting SafePlace in Austin. We placed boxes in the office and collected donations, which were delivered to SafePlace. But again, we decided we could do more. We decided to start a competition in the office between our collaboration groups. The goal was to see which collaboration group could donate the most items in a week. At the end of the week, we would total up each groups donations and name the winner. Additionally, the company would match ALL donations from ALL collaboration groups. Our Friday collaboration group took top prize, donating 423 items! Altogether, employees donated 773 items that were delivered to SafePlace to help replenish their pantry. The company matched all of those employee donations. Finally, as the holidays approached, one employee, Jill Damron, took it upon herself to collect donations so that she could send an Austin Angels Love Box to a foster family in need. It was so great to see the fun, thoughtful gifts that a family in need would be receiving to brighten up their holidays. Seeing the level of generosity and philanthropic spirit that lives in the hearts of our FreightPros family is continuously inspiring to me. There are so many great local causes that we have yet to explore in our great city and I’m excited to see what we will accomplish in 2016. Happy New Year!
Lindsay joined the FreightPros family in early 2015 as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager. She lives in Pflugerville with her favorite crew: her husband, Matt, her one-year old, Liam, and Booch the pooch. She loves spending her days with the awesome FreightPros team. Lindsay also enjoys cooking, swimming, traveling, and all things Bravo.
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