WRITTEN BY Mike Ermisch ON December 20, 2018
The holiday season, among its varied events and meanings, represents a time of year that emphasizes giving. Although we often hear phrases like, “It’s the season of giving.”, we recognize that the entire year offers the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
Community is a Pie Core Value that truly radiates across our entire staff and organization. It defines the manner through which we invest our time, talent and treasure both inside our organization and to the surrounding world. At Pie, we’ve developed, and we exuberantly maintain a robust ETR program to ensure that we Enjoy The Ride in all we do. From planned staff and family events to extensive technical training, we invest in the well-being of all staff to empower their personal and professional growth.
Beyond our doors, we commit to Paying it Forward for the benefit of others and support many local, national, and international organizations. As we celebrate the blessings of this season, we want to share the story of two organizations that are making a world of difference to others.
Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.
“Team Rubicon’s dual mission of serving communities in need when disaster strikes and providing a way for veterans to continue serving is a powerful 1-2 punch.”, said Matt Heron, P.E., Vice President at Pie and a Veteran/Volunteer. “Pie is honored to play a small part in contributing to that mission.”
Through continued service, Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and identity, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life. You can learn more at www.teamrubiconusa.org.
Started in 1987, Colorado Homeless Families (www.coloradohomelessfamilies.org) serves working families who are homeless or at risk of being homeless by providing transition housing in order to become self-sufficient. They have many programs within their organization, such as cooking and finance classes, as well as after-school programs for the children. Colorado Homeless Families requires each participant to volunteer within the organization and participate in classes as offered. The objective is for the individuals to grow and become self-sufficient, so they can go back out into the world equipped for success.
“The opportunity to volunteer at Colorado Homeless Families is humbling, eye-opening, and personally very fulfilling.”, said Jeanette Martinez-Johnson, Administrative Assistant at Pie. “It is my desire to be a part of helping those in need and providing love and acceptance as I have been fortunate to have the resources, time and passion for this worthy cause.”
About the Author
A people-centric individual, Mike is inspired to serve with a deep commitment toward collaboration and team success. As National Director, Mike’s responsibilities are focused on business development, sales training, and corporate brand strategy in all Pie service lines and locations. In this capacity, Mike analyzes emerging market opportunities, recommends strategy, advises in Pie’s corporate branding efforts, and monitors client service and delivery.