We are right at the door of the Holiday Season, so as we give thanks with family and friends, let the Season of Giving spark a warm, fuzzy feeling. FreightPros has partnered with Austin Angels to make a foster family’s holidays memorable. Austin Angels’ mission is to walk alongside foster children and their caretakers by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentor-ship. The Love Box program is an opportunity to take further action by connecting with other dedicated volunteers and creating a pathway of hope for children in the foster care system. This mimics some of our Core Values at FreightPros, SuPReBaD; Support, Produce, Respect, Balance, Develop. Family is a big part of FreightPros, so we are going to be including the foster family of “K, J and J”. This Holiday Season, please consider partnering with FreightPros to give this family a holiday season that dreams are made of. Here you will find a link to the Amazon wishlist for the family filled with products that fit the age and needs of the foster child and family. By all means, this is not a be-all-end-all list, use it as a guide to find something similar. On the third week of December, we will be hand delivering the items to the happy family. From the FreightPros Family to yours, have a Happy Holiday Season!!!
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!
Being part of the Austin community is very important to us, and over the past few years we’ve really stepped up our game to be a philanthropical presence in Austin and the surrounding areas. We’ve volunteered at Urban Roots Farm, as well as #pimpinjoy with Volunteer PTO days. But this week we’re excited to contribute even further. This week, FreightPros is partnering with the United Way of Hays County to raise funds for victims of the Memorial Day weekend flooding. We’re encouraging our teams, customers, carriers – whoever! – to donate and help those in need. If you live in the area, you’re aware of the devastation caused by these floods, and clean-up and rebuilding is far from being over. Donating is easy, simply go to this website and follow the instructions. It takes no time at all, and any amount helps. You can also text FREIGHT to 41444, or volunteer your time. In addition, FreightPros will be donating $1.00 for every shipment we move this week. We’re proud to be participating in local philanthropy. We’re looking forward to this week, and making a difference for friends and families affected by the flooding. Spread the message! Donate!
Being an Austinite, I was always too stubborn to leave my beloved town for a career in another city or state. Taking my sales position with FreightPros over two years ago was a true blessing. There are many things that make this company amazing to work for, but today I want to focus on one topic that I am truly proud of. This may start random and off topic, but it will all make sense, I promise! I started listening to the Bobby Bones Show many eons ago while sitting in the always dreadful Mopac traffic on my way to Austin High School (Shout out to Amy! Loyal Forever, Go Maroons!). On those rides to school, the radio personalities of Bobby, Amy, Lunchbox, and others, became like those of true friends. The years went by and before I knew it, my local favorites had packed up and moved to Nashville where they became nationally syndicated celebrities. As happy as I was for the show’s success, I was devastated to hear, one morning on my way to work, about Amy’s mother, Judy, being diagnosed and ultimately losing her battle with cancer. But, with this tragedy, #pimpinjoy was born. If you don’t already know, Pimpinjoy is a movement, a celebration dedicated to the people that are fighting cancer or other difficulties in life, but choosing to find and spread joy in their daily lives. Since it started, #pimpinjoy has spread joy and positivity throughout the country. Most mornings I can hear people call into the show and give examples of how they themselves have “pimped joy” or how someone has positively affected their life through the #pimpinjoy movement. Whether it’s paying for the person behind them in the Starbucks line, or cheering on a special needs classmate in his track race, people are #pimpinjoy each and every day. As I sat in traffic one morning, it dawned on me how my company has turned something at the work place that could have been mandated and myopic into a #pimpinjoy effort. FreightPros wanted to make a positive impact in our community through volunteer services, but we were faced with a dilemma: too many non-profits and organizations to choose from, and too many employees wanting to focus on the things that they were most passionate about. How do you choose just one basket to put your eggs in? Out of this predicament our CEO, Chris Clever, decided to start Volunteer PTO days. The deal is this: Every FreightPros employee gets two extra, fully-paid days off throughout the year to volunteer however they see fit. Since Volunteer PTOs were incorporated into our schedules, I have been able to witness numerous acts of #pimpinjoy. From volunteering at Urban Roots to helping this year’s local flood victims, and working with Caritas of Austin, these PTO days have allowed my company, and our employees, to make an amazing impact all over Austin and the surrounding areas. So this is my calling to all companies. Try it out! Give your employees a couple of days throughout the year to make an impact and #pimpjoy throughout your city. Together, through the #pimpinjoy movement, we can make a world-wide difference; all it takes is a little joy.
Recently, we had our first Communication Month at FreightPros! Continued learning and development are very important to us and our team, so we decided to dedicate an entire month to fostering better communication skills. How we communicate matters, and we wanted to open up a dialogue about the ways we communicate with one another, and in the process establish some best practices in communication. The first thing I did was send out daily emails. Gotta keep up the conversation. These emails ranged from blogs and news articles about communication, to communication-style quizzes, to examples of great communication from our awesome team members. We also had a weekly communication activity that all the FreightPros participated in. The activity, Write it/Do it, was a favorite. Here’s how it’s done: First off, everyone is paired up into twos. The writer (Person A) goes into a room where there is a structure they need to “observe.” Person A has a specified amount of time to take notes on the structure. No pictures or symbols allowed, just words. These notes will be used as instructions for their partner to make the structure (after it’s been deconstructed, of course). Next, Person B comes in alone and tries to re-build the structure based on the notes their teammate wrote down. This is also timed. At the end, whoever gets the closest to the original structure wins! Write it/Do it opened up an awesome dialogue. It really got us thinking about communication and interpretation, and the different ways we learn. Overall, Communication Month was a great experience. We came out of it with some great tools to communicate more effectively, and several best practices in communication that we can refer back to. I’d love to leave you with a small portion from our best practices in communication. This little tidbit is about respectful communication, which is hugely important to us at FreightPros, seeing as #respect is one of our core values. I love this so much because it’s a few quotes from our team members who shared their insights about being respectful to each other, and the power of communication.
- “Respectful communication is clear, concise and complete.” – Christie Wright
- “Respectful communication is having a good/positive attitude with whomever you are communicating with.” –Lucas Turner
- “Respectful communication is discovering, rather than assuming; inquiring rather than demanding.” –Sam Gonzales
- “Respectful communication is non-judgmental, non-threatening, or accusatory.” –Ashley Phillips
- “The foundation of respectful communication is being understanding of others.” – Neil Rubenstein