Posted March 26, 2015 • by Ben Barker
Continuum has always put an emphasis on community service and giving back to those who need it most. Last year's $50K donation to the Continuum Veterans Foundation (CVF) helped 239 veterans, transitioning troops and spouses with career assistance and confirmed 101 veterans were hired in civilian jobs from December 2013 through October 2014, doubling our goal! Similarly, a percentage of revenue from our Help Desk, 20% of which is staffed with technicians who are veterans themselves, is donated to CVF. We're proud to contribute to this cause, but it's just one of several examples of how our company gives back.
Below, we've highlighted a few of the most recent efforts being made by our employees. Continuum has made it clear that developing a culture of giving back is extremely important.
Recently, I joined three other Continuum employees (Ben Austin, Liz Musgrave and Michelle Saunders), who took some time out of their day to venture down to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston. During the lunchtime hour, we helped serve lunch to all of the veterans that were able to come through the line. Roast beef, falafel meatballs, corn chowder and beef strogonoff were just a few of the items on the menu for the day. The effort was organized by Steve Ramey of the Caesars Entertainment Community Support Event.
"It's fantastic to work for a company that so often gives its employees the opportunity to give back to those who have served our country," said Ben Austin, Marketing Manager at Continuum. "Honestly, it was an extremely gratifying and humbling experience, and I'd jump at the chance to go back and do it again.”
"I was happy to volunteer at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. It's tough to see how many people need help after dedicating their lives to serving our country and supporting our freedom," said Liz Musgrave, Junior Designer at Continuum. "Serving lunch to these men and women was a great opportunity to give back to them. The bonus was hearing them joke and laugh with us! It really felt that we were making their day just a little bit better and I'm happy we were able to do that through our company."
Tracy Wemett of Continuum's PR team will continue her efforts with the Many Hopes organization this April. A member of the organization's board, Tracy will be traveling to Kenya in order to bring school and personal items to the staff and the young women that Many Hopes is helping. This will be Tracy's fourth visit to Kenya and along with the supplies provided by the organization, Tracy will be bringing gifts from Continuum.
"As a business person, I’m excited about the industries this generation of children will develop, the discoveries they’ll make, the research they will conduct and the cures they will find," said Tracy. "They are a generation of teachers, scientists, lawyers, doctors, parents and yes, business owners. I see a day coming when my own company, BroadPR, will be able to utilize the resources and talent coming out of this region. In fact, the organization produced one of the best annual reports I’ve ever seen."
Tracy and her family will be living with the girls that the organization is designed to help. While there, they'll visit the community and observe the construction of the school that they are building. Classes are schedule to begin in the fall!
As you may or may not know, Continuum boasts a robust team of highly-skilled technicians at our Network Operations Center (NOC) in Mumbai, India. In February, some members of the team took part in the Old Age Home Charity Drive. Songs, gifts and games were just a few of the activities that those who volunteered were able to partake in.
In addition to the efforts at the Old Age Home, Continuum's NOC recently made a contribution of more than $16 thousand to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund. The resources of the relief fund are put to good use, including rendering immediate relief to families of those killed in natural disasters like floods, cyclones or earthquakes. Resources also go to victims of major accidents or riots and expenses for medical treatments.
Continuum's NOC employees typically take part in one community service program every quarter.
As a Continuum employee, I'm proud to see examples like these that show the emphasis that the company puts on community service and giving back. Stay tuned for more updates on how Continuum is contributing!
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Ben is a Boston-based tech marketing expert, and an avid Boston sports fan.
Topics: Community Outreach