Kelmscott Communications Empowers Employees To Give Back Through A New Volunteer Initiative

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Fact: corporate philanthropy is oftentimes driven from the c-suite or community relations department. One Aurora-based company, however, has fast turned this business-as-usual approach upside down by supporting a new employee-led volunteer initiative.

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“The task force that Cheryl and others are organizing this year will inspire all of us to give for the right reasons through volunteering, donations and support."

Kelmscott Communications, a 79-year-old marketing and production company based in Aurora, Illinois, is making a difference in its community by empowering its staff to help local nonprofit organizations. This year, the company is supporting a new one hundred percent employee-led task force charged with drafting plans on which organizations to support and how to help them.

This idea for the task force began with Kelmscott Communications Mail Prep Technician Cheryl Brownell who saw Kid President’s rally to help the less fortunate keep their feet warm last October. She posted a flyer and asked coworkers to participate in the nationwide sock drive called Socktober. Brownell, a 10-year staffer, collected 125 pairs of socks which were distributed between Mutual Ground, a domestic violence and sexual assault service agency, and Hesed House, a homeless shelter. Both nonprofits are located in Aurora, Illinois where Kelmscott Communications is headquartered.

“I’ve been following the Kid President phenomenon, and I just love him. If more of us thought like him, the world would be a better place,” said Brownell.

Building off of Socktober’s success, Brownell contacted the Fox Valley United Way Holiday Assistance Program. Again, fellow staff members worked to give as they collected toys, clothing, shoes, books and other Christmas gifts for 14 children. The original number was 10 children, but the response was so good that Brownell asked for more recipients. Each employee shopped for a specific child aged 18-months to 18-years-old whose parents provided gift suggestions and sizes.

“I was actually the one who got to take it to the United Way. I have a red Oldsmobile, and I felt like it was Santa’s sleigh. It was a great experience,” said Brownell.

Scott Voris, CEO of Kelmscott Communications, commented, “The task force that Cheryl and others are organizing this year will inspire all of us to give for the right reasons through volunteering, donations and support. I think most of us want to make a difference and when we do it as a group, we make a bigger impact.”

About Kelmscott Communications: Since its inception in 1936, Kelmscott Communications has grown to offer a full suite of marketing solutions. Through its proprietary “Kelmscott Connect” interface, the company combines strategy, e-Solutions and in-house production services to help marketers achieve measureable results both offline and in the digital world. Kelmscott Communications is located in Aurora at 1665 Mallette Road. For more information, call (630) 898-0800 or http://www.kelmscott.com.

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