Community is one of SAM’s Core Values, and we like to show our commitment to the places where we live and work. With April being National Volunteer Month, we held our annual Community Roots initiative to plant trees for reforestation efforts. For every hour of volunteering service our employees reported between April 1-27, 2023, SAM matched by donating a tree to be planted through the National Forest Foundation.
We are proud to report that this year, our team members volunteered a total of 888 hours, helping to plant 888 trees.
Over the past month, SAM employees have volunteered in multiple capacities, benefitting over 70 organizations in efforts including picking-up trash at local parks, sorting food at local food pantries, coaching local soccer games, and much more. In addition to individual volunteering, several of our offices hosted a community service opportunity. These included:
- The Austin, TX office picked-up trash at their local adopted highway stretch of TxDOT Adopt-A-Highway
- The Charlotte, NC office made signs and cheered on the participants of Girls on the Run
- The Chicago, IL office packed meals for Feed My Starving Children
- The Cincinnati, OH office did creek and trail maintenance at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
- The Columbus, OH office did park clean-up and beautification for the City of Columbus
- The Dallas, TX office provided breakfast and served families at the Ronald McDonald House Dallas
- The Denver, CO office prepped food bags for refugees through Project Worthmore
- The New Carlisle and Elkhart, IL offices prepped a community garden through New Carlisle Community Food Pantry
- The Houston, TX office did beach clean-up through Texas Adopt-A-Beach 2023 Coastwide Spring Cleanup
- The Knoxville, TN office wrote letters to seniors in nursing homes through the Greater Nashville Regional Council
- The Raleigh, NC office sorted clothing for Note in the Pocket
- The Salt Lake City, UT office filled sandbags for potential flooding through Cottonwood Heights Public Works
- The St Louis, MO office packaged food for the St Louis Food Bank
- The Tyler, TX office packed food for the Senior Box Program at the East Texas Food Bank
- The Youngstown, OH office did landscaping for the City of Hubbard
To learn more about our dedication to your communities, employee engagement, and other opportunities SAM offers for our local areas, visit our Community webpage.