The season of giving is here! But RF-SMART doesn’t just wait for the holidays to give back. We exist to transform our customers and change lives, and we want the communities where we live and work to be positively impacted by our employees and our company. Our team strives to be active in the community all year long, and 2016 was no different.
Over the past few months, RF-SMART has participated in various events in Jacksonville, including HabiJax, Hunger Fight and the Angel Tree. Through HabiJax and Hunger Fight, we were able to help build an affordable home for a family, as well as provide meals for those facing hunger here on the First Coast.
With Angel Tree, a Salvation Army program, thousands of underprivileged children get to experience the joy of opening gifts on Christmas day. Each Angel Tree holds the names of children in need of clothes, toys etc. This year, 54 RF-SMART employees took an angel and will be bringing in their gifts up through this week. Some employees have even brought their children into our lobby to teach them the importance of giving.
So why the emphasis on volunteering throughout the year? We sat down with our VP of People, Aaron Ellinger, to ask a few questions:
Q: Why is philanthropy so important to RF-SMART?
A: "RF-SMART supports and encourages team members to get involved with volunteering because it helps us to accomplish our mission. Focusing on caring for others is an excellent way to make an impact on the world in order to make it a better place."
Q: What have been some of the most rewarding parts of these projects?
A: "There are many rewarding aspects of volunteering! From seeing the smiles on the faces of those we are helping, or receiving a sincere thank-you, to knowing that our time has helped someone besides ourselves."
Q: How does it impact you to work for a company that puts such an emphasis on volunteering?
A: "I love working for a company that is focused on changing lives in this way! Making a difference in our community is something that I enjoy doing. I also want to model to my children how important it is to help other people, and I love that RF-SMART provides easy ways for me to get involved and do that."