“Volunteering is at the very core of being a human. No one has made it through life without someone else’s help.” – Heather French Henry
Giving back is what makes our world go round, and Galen cultivates a culture of giving by allowing employees to use “work time” to volunteer in their communities. Two of Galen’s “Five Main Things” are to to have fun and to perpetually learn and share, both of which are exhibited through our volunteer projects. This year, many Galeneers participated in programs across the country that helped out members of their communities. Here are a couple highlights from the holiday season.
“This quarter a small group of us signed up with the Salvation Army to sort toys. They have a program every Christmas season where people in the community can donate toys, which are then sorted by age and gender so that it is easier to distribute them to families. When we arrived, the tables of toys were overflowing and mixed together, with new bags constantly arriving and piling up everywhere. We spent most of our time sorting them into back-stock bins and arranging the display tables for each age group. It was a fun group activity with plenty of opportunities to joke around and debate the appropriate categories and what toys were the “best.” We also moved all games and puzzles to another area and attempted to stack them—Tetris fashion. How many consultants does it take to… well you get the idea. It was satisfying to see the change from when we arrived. We had a great time and would definitely volunteer there again, especially around the holidays!” -Michael Ficociello
“Sometimes we forget that the simplest things, the ones we take for granted every day, can mean so much to someone else. In 2014 alone, there were 15.3 million children living in food-insecure households (feedingamerica.org). This is the reason Galen decided to organize a company food drive to benefit the Sara Holbrook Community Center located in Burlington, VT. The Sara Holbrook Community Center offers numerous programs and services to meet the needs of newly arrived and low-income families throughout Chittenden County. They run a preschool as well as afterschool programs for children K-12, offer adult English classes, and maintain a small food shelf available for families and individuals in need of food assistance. In the course of a week we managed to overflow an entire barrel worth of donations. The woman at the center was both shocked and overjoyed when she saw how much we brought in. It felt so good to see how happy the kids at the center were, all chowing down on snacks brought in from donations just like ours. The holidays are a time to reflect on all that we have and give back to those who don’t. I am so proud to work for a company that values that just as much as I do!” – Julie Champagne
Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Part of working at Galen is working as a team. As one of our employees explained, “Galen’s difference is you DO get a TEAM, but the real difference is you get a Galen FAMILY! The culture that we have internally is reflected and exudes from our pores when we are engaged and ultimately every client then becomes part of that family/culture.” So from our family to yours, happy holidays!