Category : Communitas Awards

2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: ReadyTalk

Communitas Awards Company: ReadyTalk
Title: “Leadership in the Commmunity”
Location: Denver, Colorado
Category: 10. Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility

ReadyTalkBrothers Dan and Scott King value community. So when they started ReadyTalk, an audio and web conferencing company, they were determined to create a company culture that encouraged community outreach and environmental sustainability while also providing multiple ways for employees to engage in these efforts.

Between company-organized volunteer opportunities, supporting individual community involvement, choosing sustainable business practices and matching employee donations, the Kings have created an enterprise that encourages employees to give back in almost every way possible.

Sustainability

For instance, the company has an employee-led Sustainability Committee that encourages responsible practices. The committee also implemented a corporate-wide recycling program and helped create a bike-friendly workplace.

About one-third of ReadyTalk’s employees ride a bike to work at least once a week, with some cycling all the time. The company has in-office bike racks and provides loaner bikes for use during the workday, as well as gives employees free backpacks and jackets to make their commutes more comfortable.

ReadyTalk Bike Rack

Other sustainability practices include:

  • Encouraging employees to telecommute and work from home.
  • Providing bus and light rail passes to employees. About one-third of the staff uses this mode of transportation on a daily basis.
  • Choosing a downtown office that is conducive to public transit and biking, as well as selecting a building that has achieved Gold Certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Core and Shell (LEED-CS) certification program.

Volunteering

To encourage employees to support local nonprofit organizations, every employee receives 20 hours of paid volunteer hours each year to support an organization of his or her choice. Throughout 2013, ReadyTalk had 60 employees spend 407 hours volunteering during the workweek.

Some of the organizations supported by ReadyTalk include Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, SAME Café, GreenLeaf Denver and Clothes to Kids Denver.

ReadyTalk volunteers for Habitat for Humanity

Financial Support & In-kind Donations

ReadyTalk also encourages employees to donate to organizations that are important to them, matching employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500 annually. Last year, 76 employees donated $11,667 that was matched by ReadyTalk, impacting 107 nonprofits.

The organization also has a Charitable Contributions Committee that identifies and evaluates donation and volunteer opportunities. ReadyTalk gives the group $20,000 per quarter to donate, which helped support the efforts of more than 96 nonprofits in 2013 alone.

Additionally, ReadyTalk offers up to $1,000 in billable services per month to nonprofit organizations that need audio and web conference services.

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2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.

Company: Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C. Title: “Free Wills for Heroes” Location: Prineville, Oregon Category: 3.1 Pro Bono First responders and veterans, along with their families, gathered at the offices of Stahancyk, Kent & Hook on Dec. 13, 2013, for Free Wills for Heroes, an event in which law professionals donated their time and expertise […]

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2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Fireside Production

Company: Fireside Production Title: “Fireside Day of Service” Location: Denver, Colorado Category: 2.1 Organization’s Specific Program Even though Fireside Production, a small Denver-based video production company, held its first Day of Service three years ago, the firm has assisted the local community since its inception. “Giving back has been at the foundation of Fireside Production […]

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2014 Communitas Awards Spotlight: Desmond Hunt

Individual: Desmond Hunt Title: “Technology Reaches Out” Location: Kissimmee, Florida Category: 1.5 Individual Participation Desmond Hunt lives by the motto, “The more you give, the more you receive.” So in 2007 when Pastor Maxwell Berkel at Mt. Zion Seventh-Day Adventist in Kissimmee, Florida, asked Hunt, owner and CEO of video production company Hunt Productions, to start a […]

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2014 Communitas Awards: Jennifer Connelly Public Relations

Company: Jennifer Connelly Public Relations Title: “A Day in the Life” Location: New York Category: 6. Making A Difference Jennifer Connelly Interactive Productions, the production company of Jennifer Connelly Public Relations, created a pro bono video that takes viewers inside the lives of four families impacted by the work of Easter Seals New York, a […]

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2014 Communitas Awards: Leaping Cowgirl Productions

Company: Leaping Cowgirl Productions Ltd. Title: “Absolute Favourite Fan Youth TV Show” Location: Calgary, Alberta Category: 1.1 Company Sponsored Volunteer Project Five years ago something inside Coralie Braum snapped. She was on a shopping trip with her eight-year-old granddaughter when she saw something unexpected: push-up bras in the little girls’ section of a department store. […]

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2014 Communitas Awards: Energy Federation Inc.

Company: Energy Federation Inc. Title: “EFI Sustainable Practices” Location: Westborough, Massachusetts Category: 7.2 Green Initiatives In 1982 six nonprofit energy organizations created Energy Federation, Inc., to help the member groups and other organizations economically purchase quality conservation products. EFI’s mission as stated in its 2014 Communitas Awards entry is “to encourage people to use our […]

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2014 Communitas Awards: Victaulic

Company: Victaulic Title: “Joining Communities” Location: Easton, Pennsylvania Category: 10. Leadership in Community Service and Corporate Social Responsibility Victaulic, world leader and innovator of grooved mechanical couplings, joins more than pipes; the company connects communities around the world. The organization’s corporate responsibility statement sums up their mission nicely: Victaulic “aims to be a good neighbor […]

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2014 Communitas Awards: TIC – The Industrial Company

Company: TIC – The Industrial Company Title: “Overall Company Contributions to Our Communities” Location: Englewood, Colorado Category: 5. Community Service Active in many places, TIC’s community contributions are many. In 2013, the direct-hire, heavy industrial contractor donated more than $210,000 to organizations and families around the world. Let’s start with the TIC Cup, an annual […]

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2014 Communitas Awards: Reliv International

Company: Reliv International, Inc. Title: “2013 Reliv Week of Caring” Location: Chesterfield, Missouri Category: 1.1 Company-Sponsored Volunteer Project In 2009 Reliv designated five workdays as its first “Week of Caring” to focus on giving back to nonprofits in the St. Louis area, where its international headquarters are located. During the Week of Caring, the nutrition […]

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