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At Service Champions, we pride ourselves on being more than just a business. We are part of a community and we are continually looking for ways to give back and get involved. As a part of that commitment, our employees and their families participated in two events last month, our Second Annual Turkey Drive, and the Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
Last year Service Champions began a new company Thanksgiving tradition, an annual turkey drive. The idea was hatched at a dinner between the founder and president of Service Champions, Leland Smith, and some of our technicians.
The discussion centered around finding a way to assist struggling families during the holidays. It was obvious to each of them that there was need in the community they served and they wanted to play a role in helping. With company trucks and personnel already at their disposal, one of them suggested using Service Champions’ equipment to deliver Thanksgiving meals.
This was a great solution because it allowed the entire Service Champions team to get involved.
Our staff collected a list of families in the Orange County area that were looking for holiday meal assistance. Employees made at-will donations to the turkey drive. Then, from Monday, November 21st through Wednesday, November 23rd, our technicians arrived early to work each day to deliver the collected meals before their first calls.
Last year, our technicians delivered 100 Thanksgiving meals. This year, we improved that number to 165 meals.
Thanks to the kind and selfless donations of our employees’ time and money, families throughout our community received free traditional Thanksgiving meals. But the event is bigger than just doing a good deed. It bring Service Champions’ staff together in a team environment and showcases our commitment to community involvement.
For photos of the event, view our Facebook gallery.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in every 110 children in the United States is diagnosed with autism. Autism is more common among children than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined. It is estimated that autism affects 3 million people in the U.S. and tens of millions in the world.
These are staggering statistics that, no doubt, affect our Service Champions team and our community. So, last year we made a commitment to make a difference.
For the second year in a row, Service Champions led a team at the Orange County Walk Now for Autism Speaks.
Autism is a unique disorder that affects every child in a different way. Those diagnosed with autism struggle with social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. To date, the exact cause of autism is still unknown.
In order to help raise awareness for this disorder and raise funds for further research, over 50 of our employees and their families walked with Team Service Champions on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
The Service Champions team raised $7,970 and was recognized as one of the top teams in terms of money raised in support of Autism Speaks.
At Service Champions, we’re dedicated to being more than just a successful business. We want to share with and give back to our community.