Recently, Townsend Security hosted a donation drive for the YWCA’s “The Other Bank”. The Other Bank provides items to low income families in Thurston County, where Townsend Security is headquartered. They collect a variety of things to help families in need - for example; diapers, toilet paper, dish soap, deodorant, etc. From the The Other Bank’s website:
THE OTHER BANK offers assistance to over 100 families each week, representing 350-450 individuals; one-third of whom are younger than thirteen and half of those are under the age of 5. We also provide supplies to clients who are disabled, elderly, or otherwise housebound, averaging approximately 10-20 individuals monthly with the aid of their caregivers or chore workers. The average income for a family of four who use THE OTHER BANK is $650 a month. Family circumstances vary; there are families who are homeless, receiving unemployment benefits, and others who are working minimum wage jobs. All are struggling to make ends meet and would have to go without the items we distribute if we did not have them available.
At Townsend Security we wanted to give back to our community during this holiday season and when I learned about this organization, I knew that everyone in the office would want to help. I asked the The Other Bank what was most needed and decided that the best way to help was to conduct a hygiene drive. Our team rose to the occasion and helped to donate nearly $600.00 worth of hygiene products. This is our first annual donation drive and we are hoping to do more next year.
Without organizations like The Other Bank, there are a lot of people that would go without. In an earlier blog post this year, I mentioned how great it is to work at a company where the community is so important. It is great to work at a company that not only says they want to make their community better - they actually do it and encourage all of its employees to do the same. Working at Townsend Security has inspired me to be a volunteer at the YWCA and I have put in over 20 hours these past few weeks.
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