Community engagement and philanthropy are embedded in our DNA at OneDigital. On any given day, you can find members of the OneDigital team partnering with various charities and non-profits to support the betterment of our local communities.
The great part about it all is that we are involved with causes that not only reflect the interest of our colleagues but the community of our clients as well. Jeff Fallick, Regional Managing Principal over our Pacific region, put it plainly, “…investing in the community is important and when we are able to support our clients who do so much on behalf of our community via their specific missions, it becomes a WIN-WIN situation.”
Jeff and his team support various non-profit clients through their generous monetary donations and by volunteering their time. Two organizations, in particular, are the Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) and Gatepath. Both organizations focus on providing comprehensive services for individuals with special needs and developmental disabilities. From behavioral services for children with autism to vocational training for adults seeking to enter the workforce, both strive to create inclusive spaces for people of all abilities.
One of the region’s largest giveback events is the annual GatePath Golf Tournament—started by Jeff 15 years ago. Since then, numerous companies in the health insurance industry have joined in to support the cause as donors and sponsors. The golf tournament has raised nearly $2 million to date and brings in a large number of volunteers throughout the year.
On the opposite side of the country, Kevin Reid the Managing Principal for the Mid-Atlantic region is doing outreach work with the Richmond, Virginia office. When it comes to community engagement, Kevin and his team share the sentiment that it is important to give. “We have to remember why we do what we do,” said Kevin. “If we have the capacity to give of love, kindness, and resources for another, then we should do so.”
Members of the Richmond office are active in various causes throughout the tri-city area. “To name a few, our teams are involved with March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, World Pediatric Foundation, John Henry Watkins Foundation, FeedMore, Meals on Wheels, YMCA/YWCA, and several church-related organizations,” says Kevin.
With the holidays approaching, Kevin and his team have started a toy drive to support the acute care pediatrics unit at VCU hospital. The drive will provide toys to patients and their siblings who will be spending their holidays in the hospital.
Both regions have shown us is that it does not require grand gestures to make a difference in our communities. All that is needed is the desire to make a difference. Whether you contribute monetarily, with your time, or by organizing a drive, every bit of work makes a difference. We stand behind our local communities will continue to support the efforts to make them even better.