Why Do MHEDA Members Give Back?
Member companies regularly give back to their local communities to support their employees, customers and community. They also know it is good business. Studies show that giving back has a positive impact on organizations by helping make them become an employer of choice.
Here are a few examples of MHEDA members’ generosity.
INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH MEETS SOFT AND CUDDLY
Worldwide’s headquarters resides in Romeoville, Illinois – not far from Joliet and its long list of shelters, halfway homes, and supportive housing. Compelled by these people in need being so close to home, Worldwide’s staff teamed up in hopes of paying it forward to the community which has grown to become home over the past decade or so.
The idea to donate stuffed animals was sparked by the internet naming September 9th as “National Teddy Bear Day.” Worldwide’s marketing team discussed holding a short donation drive to collect teddy bears for a cause- of which was still undecided. Guardian Angel Community Services appeared on their radar and the idea evolved to include any kind of stuffed animal, not just teddy bears, as a donation to the children involved in this local agency.
Guardian Angel Community Services sits in the heart of downtown Joliet, where the agency works around the clock to see that any woman or child escaping abuse has a safe place to retreat to, recover, and rebuild their lives. Although Guardian Angel is now a rather large agency, it still relies heavily on donations and volunteers to continue making the level of impact that they currently make on the community.
Their efforts involving children could range anywhere from foster care, to abuse recovery and transitional housing. Many children in these programs show up in an emergency situation with their mothers and may not have much of anything at all.
While stuffed animals may seem like an insignificant part of these victims’ lives, the Worldwide team responded enthusiastically to this call to action. For some, it seemed like a no-brainer – a chance to get rid of some clutter from their kids’ toy stash and give it a second life in hopes to comfort someone else. Others took a special trip to the store just for the occasion. Regardless of how or why each furry little friend made it to the collection baskets, they all left with a greater mission.
Over the course of a few weeks, the staff collected about 50 stuffed animals for their donation to the agency. It is their hope that these stuffed animals will provide roughly 50 children with a smile, countless hugs, and comfort through these challenging chapters of life and for years to come!
For more information about Guardian Angel Community Services, visit www.gacsprograms.org.
MHS LIFT CONTRIBUTES TO BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
Originally a two-person operation started by their father Robert Levin, MHS Lift now has over 150 employees and is owned by his sons, Andy and Brett Levin. Together, Andy and Brett created a culture of community involvement and recently, a scholarship program with The Boys and Girls Club of Camden City and their local college, Rowan University.
The Boys and Girls Club offers children and teens outside support and a safe place to finish their homework and hang out after school. MHS Lift committed to giving four of these teenagers a full ride to Rowan University. “We wanted to invest in those kids, and established this scholarship to give them an opportunity to get an education at a University that will provide them with a chance to give back to their families and communities. Rowan certainly is that University and they were fantastic to work with in order to put this scholarship together,” said Brett Levin.
Andy Levin sits on the board of The Boys and Girls Club of Camden City and has for many years. Andy and Brett will help choose high school graduates from the area to receive a full academic scholarship and full coverage of room, board, and book costs. Throughout a four-year period, MHS has committed to giving one student each year the scholarship of a lifetime. Scholarship recipient Amir King, Jr.,19, a Camden Academy Charter High School, was honored at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County’s (BGCCC) Annual Teen Recognition Dinner at Rowan University Business Hall on May 30. “I’m grateful, stunned and humbled for this incredible opportunity. Receiving this scholarship will have a huge impact on my life.” MHS Lift has been in business since 1970 and a proud MHEDA Member since 1972. Thank you for your dedication to your community and business excellence.
WIRECRAFTERS AIDS LOCAL COMMUNITY
WireCrafters is a family business, owned and operated by the Diebold family since inception. Their headquarters is in Louisville, KY and through creative marketing campaigns like “Monday’s with Milt,” and by actively contributing to the community, WireCrafters has quickly become a household name. Sponsoring and donating equipment to local schools and shopping for Toys for Tots during Christmas are just a couple examples of their dedication to their community.
Noe Middle School of Louisville, KY, started a robotics team that gives students additional support with problem solving, engineering, and math through building, designing and programming robots. WireCrafters saw an opportunity to support this program and donated $500 to help the team and their efforts to win a nationwide robotics competition.
As a leading producer of wire partition products, WireCrafters consistently donates their product to assist local schools around Kentucky with athletic storage, server rooms, and general storage needs around the campus. Lastly, during Christmas every member of the WireCrafters sales team personally donated money to Toys for Tots. This individual initiative quickly created a company wide initiative, which resulted in WireCrafters matching every employee’s individual contribution. Check out “Monday’s with Milt” to see team members buying the toys for the children on their lunch breaks. “Monday’s with Milt” is a YouTube Channel that showcases the contributions WireCrafters makes to the community, as well as customer job sites, conferences they’ve hosted and more.
MHEDA Member since 2008, and Most Valuable Supplier Award Winner for four consecutive years, WireCrafters is committed to their community and to the greater good of the material handling industry. Be sure to check out Monday’s with Milt to see how WireCrafters continues to make a difference.
Hodge Helps Military, One Marathon at a Time
Ten years ago, Hodge began raising awareness for local military in their town Dubuque, IA. With the local National Guard unit deployed in Iraq, and heavy military ties among the Hodge family and employees, Hodge saw an opportunity to make a difference in the local community. Not only did they start their own nonprofit organization, in 2009, Hodge hosted their first local nonprofit event, Run4Troops.
Run4Troops is an Iowa based organization that “honors men and women in uniform by donating proceeds to Tri-State Military -past, present or future military causes.” This year, participants will gather on the morning of June 29 to run for the cause. Ranging $70-$100 per runner, each participant will choose to run a marathon, half marathon or team relay, rain or shine.
Today, Hodge hosts close to 3,000 runners and has raised as much as $150k. It is now a tradition for Hodge employees, hard-core runners, generous supporters, and volunteers from the Dubuque community to come together the last weekend of June and contribute their time, money and endurance to our American troops.
A MHEDA Member since 2008 and Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Award Winner since 2015, Hodge continues to demonstrate their commitment to business excellence and dedication to the material handling industry, one marathon at a time.
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Why does MHEDA Give Back?
MHEDA exists to serve our members and contribute to the common good of the industry. We are comprised of members who want to make an impact and strengthen their communities within and outside of the industry. MHEDA’s Give Back Initiative is yet another common ground for our members to band together and feel good about our purpose.
MHEDA’s First Give Back Event took place at the 2016 annual convention in Washington D.C. and sparks a movement within the association. Due to the large turnout, and enthusiasm from members, MHEDA now incorporates a Give Back Event to every Convention and other conferences throughout the year.
Here are a few examples of MHEDA Give Back Events.
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
During the first MHEDA-NET Live event in Nashville Members packed Activity Kits and Care kits for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Erin Rothwell, Senior Administrative Assistant, Child Life and Volunteer Services says, “these bags are very helpful for us in supplying activities to the patients at bedside, and are particularly beneficial for patients who are unable to come to the playrooms to play. Activity and Care Kits that are donated can also be given to almost any area in the hospital –playrooms, bedside carts, waiting rooms, the Emergency Department, and so on. One of the primary goals of our Child Life department is to help kids do “normal” kid things, even when they are in the hospital, so that they can effectively cope with their hospital stay. Helping kids just be kids actually promotes healing and allows them to go home faster. Donations from our community help make that happen every day!”
American Red Cross
MHEDA Members assembled comfort kits, which were distributed in a number of ways through American Red Cross: Veterans in the Washington DC area who may be homeless; Soldiers arriving back from duty at Andrews Air Force Base; Patients at military hospitals; or anyone who may have suffered through a disaster, such as a fire in their home or for those who might have to stay in a shelter for a night or two.
Blessings in a Backpack
MHEDA Members assembled backpacks to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.
During the Regional Networking Summit at Concept Storage in Canada, MHEDA collected Matchbox Cars, books and monetary donations for The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids).
During the Regional Networking Summit at AK Material Handling in Minnesota, MHEDA assembled breakfast kits, medical equipment and supplies for Matter, a non-for-profit organization focuses on leveraging two of Minnesota’s biggest resources: incredible healthcare and bountiful agriculture.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital
During the All Star Summit, MHEDA dressed and stuffed Build a Bears for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago & Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Children benefit from the consoling presence of their favorite plush toy which allows hospitalized children to enjoy play time at bedside and provide comfort when undergoing tests and procedures.
Dress for Success
During the First Women in Industry Conference, women brought business clothing which was donated to Dress for Success. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.