With the amount of good fortune we’ve experienced at Nordic over the past seven years, we recognize the importance of giving back and investing in the future of the communities in which we live and work. With that in mind, Winnie Karanja, founder and executive director of Maydm, was a great choice to address the home office in Madison and kick off Nordic’s fifth annual Community Giveback Week.
At Nordic, we place a high value on supporting the communities in which we live and work through volunteerism and charitable giving. Over the past year, we’ve developed a corporate social responsibility committee with the goal of responsible and charitable giving under the focus of preventative health to include the following pillars: hunger, education, and empowerment. In the true spirit of our maxim “Grow. Teach,” we recently hosted a number of events in the home office to raise awareness about Nordic’s culture of philanthropy.
Last week over 140 Nordic consultants and home office team members participated in Nordic’s Community Giveback Week. We’re thankful that we had the opportunity to volunteer with 10 organizations across the U.S. and serve a combined 385 hours last week. As one Nordic team member said, "It's fun to take a break from day-to-day work to do something special for others."
We kicked off the week with the state of Madison address by United Way of Dane County CEO Renee Moe. Renee shared more insight into the impact we can make in our communities. After her address, we enjoyed lunch catered by Culinary Creations Catering, a food service employer for individuals who have overcome significant life barriers. You can learn more about our time with Renee here.
We’re in the middle of Nordic’s Community Giveback Week during which we're striving to make an impact in the communities where we live and work. We have service events going on in multiple cities across the country.
Here in Madison, we’ve been partnering with Second Harvest Foodbank for years, and we’ll be volunteering there later this week. One of their more recent initiatives, the HungerCare Coalition, caught our attention as they are focusing on educating and encouraging healthcare professionals to treat food insecurity as a medical condition.
What is food insecurity?
Why does food insecurity matter?
In Wisconsin, 1 in 8 are food insecure, and 1 in 5 of our children are food insecure. These are the local numbers. Although it may vary across the country, we know any amount of food insecurity is simply too much.
Tuesday, a Nordic team from the Madison office made it's way to the southwest side of Madison to work on a pretty cool construction site for Habitat for Humanity. It was day two of our Community Giveback Week. We also had projects taking place in Boston and LA. We'll get you caught up on those projects in a few days.
Giving back has been a core value at Nordic since its earliest days. What started years ago as Community Giveback Day with various service projects around Madison has now grown to Community Giveback Week with service projects happening all over the country throughout the week of May 16-21, 2016. Why tell you? So you can join us, of course! If you're interested in serving alongside Team Nordic, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org. When the week arrives, you can stay informed by following us at #NordicGivesBack on social media. Join us!
Nordic is working up with local organizations to benefit veterans and unemployed local residents during the week of its annual Open House.