Every day in Austin, we’re working to ensure each child has access to high-quality education, every family has the tools they need to be financially stable, and health and human services are readily available for all.
We love when our business partners get creative with their campaigns. CLS Partners organized their spring campaign around “amplifying St. John’s” in order to help us further promote our participating in Amplify Austin.
CLS Partners kicked off their second UWATX employee campaign last week during Amplify Austin Day on March 5th. They made a corporate gift of $1,500 during Amplify, and employees spent the latter part of the 24-hour give-a-thon volunteering at Pickle Elementary in the St. John’s neighborhood.
Some volunteers worked outside in Pickle Elementary’s numerous gardens, weeding, laying mulch and replanting. Others worked in the library, categorizing and shelving new books and reading to more than 40 children. They also fixed bulletin boards throughout the school and created a healthy eating information area in the cafeteria. CLS Partners accumulated 42 hours of volunteer service on Amplify Austin Day, equaling $982 of value added to the St. John’s community.
CEO and President Clint Scott said CLS Partners gives to United Way for Greater Austin because our mission aligns with the company’s core values.
“Creating a great work environment and encouraging employee engagement is an integral strategy of our CLS Partners ‘People Philosophy,'” Scott said. “That’s why we choose to partner with United Way to offer our employees the opportunity to give back by giving time and resources. CLS Partners contributed 1.5% of our annual revenue to charity in 2014, and we’re committed to continuing that tradition this year.”
Last year, CLS Partners donated nearly $16,000 to UWATX through employee giving and an additional corporate gift. 28 employees gave through campaign last year, and that number has nearly doubled this year.
“I have been blessed with sufficient means,” Holly Soule, CLS Partners campaign co-chair, said. “For me and how I believe, that is meant to be shared with others in need. I have a multifaceted relationship with United Way: business partner, campaign co-chair, contributor and volunteer. In every aspect, I am continually amazed at how efficiently and effectively they work to create a profound impact for our community in need. They foster a philanthropic energy that people want to be a part of and that shapes our community!”
CLS Partners will complete another volunteer project benefitting St. John’s on March 11, and will wrap up their campaign with results and awards on March 13.