TQL Gives Back Big During National Volunteer Month
Every April, non-profits across the country celebrate volunteers during National Volunteer Week. What started as a TQL Cares Volunteer Week in 2016, quickly expanded into TQL Cares National Volunteer Month in 2018 when our employees wanted to do more with the organizations that are closest to their hearts. This year, over 1,000 TQL employees offered their free time in the evening and on the weekend to contribute 3,143 hours of service — or over one and a half years of full-time work — to over 80 service projects.
Each TQL team, guided by their Charity Captain, a leader who organizes their team’s community activism, selected the non-profit organizations they wanted to support. Projects included serving dinner for the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan, cleaning facilities with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, sorting canned goods at the Central Texas Food Bank and planting community gardens with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. All organizations also received a donation through the TQL Cares Volunteer matching program, resulting in over $19,000 donated during the month.
Our teams were excited to get back in the community to volunteer, particularly after a year in which many nonprofits juggled a huge need and no in-person volunteers, “At home, we instill in our children that, ‘We are more blessed to give than receive.’,” said Clint G., TQL Server Systems Engineer Team Lead and Charity Captain. “We have a long history with Bloc Ministries, and we were excited to get back out there in-person to serve. Being there, together as a team, and hearing the organization’s history and seeing their need is powerful.”
While we were eager to be back out in the community, we also brought the community to us. On Saturday, April 24th, in partnership with Interparish Ministry, we hosted our second “Mobile Pantry” in the parking lot of our headquarters. The goal was to help decrease transportation challenges and other food access barriers to families in need. During the event, 150 families received a carful of non-perishable items, fresh produce, other groceries and a hot meal to take home. Cars were quickly and carefully loaded with goods by TQL employees who bring our “No Limits. No Excuses” motto to everything they do.
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