Serving our communities through A Day of Giving
All across our company, BluSky employees devoted the day before Thanksgiving to giving of themselves in the communities where we live and work. Declared A Day of Giving, each BluSky office identified charities to assist as volunteers, doing whatever needed to be done.
“The number of lives we’ve touched is incredible,” said BluSky CEO Kent Stemper in reflecting on the day. “As an organization we’ve been very blessed; that’s just one reason why it’s important for us to give back.”
“I also find it a corporate responsibility to give back to our communities,” Stemper continued.
“At BluSky, I always say that we care for our employees. Here’s what struck me recently: we do care for our employees, but our employees care as well. Our employees care about our customers, our employees care about their teammates, and our employees care about their communities.
“It’s just one more thing that I’m very thankful for – employees who care. We’re impacting a lot of people’s lives in a positive manner, and it’s great for all of us to be able to play that role and help others.”
In total, BluSky employees served 1,610 people through 15 charities in the course of one day – read on to see where each office served. And if you’d like to see more pictures, we invite you to view our Day of Giving Photo Album.
BluSky’s Atlanta office volunteered at City of Refuge, an organization that seeks to lead individuals and families on a journey to self-sufficiency for generations to come.
Our Charlotte team served at Hope Haven, a foundation of recovery that provides life skills for chemically dependent adults and families within a supportive residential environment leading to independence.
The Colorado Springs office volunteered at Marian House Soup Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado.
Our corporate and Denver employees worked with kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs in Denver and served lunch at Volunteers of America, a ministry of service has supported and empowered America’s most vulnerable groups, including veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk individuals, the homeless, and those recovering from addictions..
BluSky’s Fayetteville team helped prepare 10,000 meals to be served on Thanksgiving Day at the local Salvation Army Shelter. From family tracing to disaster response, The Salvation Army offers a wide variety of services worldwide.
The Fort Collins office served with Be the Gift, which provides practical assistance to single mom homeowners in need of home repair.
Our Greensboro employees volunteered at two charities: Camp Carefree provides a free, one-week camping experience for kids ages 6 to 16 with chronic illnesses including cancer, Spina Bifida, epilepsy and more. Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses by providing life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, at no cost to children or their families.
BluSky’s Kansas City team served at Rose Brooks Center, whose mission is is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse.
The Phoenix office volunteered at Ryan House, which provides respite and palliative care for children and their families as they navigate life-limiting or end-of-life journeys.
Our team in Raleigh gave themselves and their time to SECU Family House, a safe, nurturing, affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for life-saving procedures and serious illnesses.
BluSky’s Roanoke employees served at Rescue Mission Ministries, a comprehensive crisis intervention center for men, women, and children.
The Tampa team volunteered at The Spring of Tampa Bay, whose mission is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims, and promote change in lives, families and communities.
Our Western Slope office packed Thanksgiving food boxes for the Salvation Army in Avon, CO.
And BluSky’s Wilmington employees served at two charities: The Good Shepherd Center’s mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and foster transition to housing. Cape Fear Volunteer Center and Big Buddy program offer a one-on-one mentoring program that matches “at-risk” youth ages 5-16 in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties with positive adult role models.
It was our high honor to serve these fine organizations, and we look forward to more opportunities to serve our communities.