Ashfield Meetings & Events, part of UDG Healthcare plc, joined forces with local charities to make a difference in local communities during the holiday season.
Recently, our US offices celebrated a day called Making a Difference, where each team in the organisation (operations, finance, venue sourcing, business development, marketing, operational excellence and compliance) shared their successes of the year and how they made a difference to the business in 2018. We encouraged our dedicated team members to come into each office – Ivyland and Indianapolis to unify our workforce for a day of reflection and giving back.
Through Ashfield Cares, we use our size, resources and geographical reach to have a positive impact on the communities around us. We continued our contributions to the divisional Spirit of Giving campaign aimed at helping alleviate hunger over the holidays by collecting as many non-perishable food items as possible. The items were donated to local food banks – Gleaners Food Bank Indiana and Bucks County Housing Group Doylestown Food Pantry.
We wanted to make more of a difference as a company in our local communities, so we partnered with two local organizations committed to supporting children in need - Kisses for Kyle and The Villages of Indiana.
Kisses for Kyle offers a variety of services to families fighting childhood cancer in the local Philadelphia area. They provide financial assistance to help with bills and financial stresses, but also emotional support for the families, as children can struggle to feel normal while fighting cancer. The Villages of Indianapolis is the state of Indiana’s largest non-profit child and family services agency. The Villages places children in need in foster care and adoption programmes. This year, we supported both organisations by ‘sponsoring a family’ and providing all of the gifts on the family’s wish list.
As a team, we provided and wrapped 105 gifts ranging from boys’ and girls’ clothes to the most coveted gifts of the season, such as table-top skeeball and the Taylor Swift Reputation calendar! We crafted 5 fleece throw blankets together for the families to stay warm this winter, and hand-wrote 95 cards with positive messages for the families.
Together we ensured our local families have an extra special holiday while working together and creating memories with our team to last a lifetime.