Madison, Wisconsin (PRWEB) December 31, 2012
In Beloit, Wisconsin, the general poverty rate for 2011 was 25 percent, higher than the statewide average of 12 percent (US Census Bureau). Beloit is also home to one of State Collection Service’s four sites; State Collection Service is a nationally-recognized receivables firm with a strong focus on the healthcare industry. Within the Beloit location, staff has been collecting a record amount of money for 2012, but this is a different kind of collection, one that is near and dear to their hearts. These employees, in addition to working their day jobs for State Collection Service, have been working together tirelessly to raise funds for families in their local community.
The office’s employees conducted and took part in a variety of fundraisers throughout 2012, planning creative, team-building opportunities to bring in more donations to add to their “kitty”. These events included two breakfasts, four pot lucks, aluminum can collection, cup and lid sales, a “Change a Life” change jar, and individual donations, totaling nearly $1,500 raised.
With all of the money collected, the staff was able to put their “kitty” to use this holiday season. The group purchased nearly $600 worth of holiday gifts for a single mom with two boys and had the opportunity to hand-deliver those presents on December 7. Another $500 gift card was given to a local family of six as well. And when a local charity, Hands of Faith, needed help raising extra funds for two families in need, the State Collection Service’s Beloit staff stepped up and contributed $150 to each without a second thought.
At the company’s annual holiday luncheon Tuesday, the director of the Hands of Faith program was in attendance to congratulate and thank the group for their large fundraising efforts. While there, he was given an additional $300 by State Collection Service employees to help make the holidays brighter for two additional area families.
Just south of Beloit in the Western suburbs of Chicago, is the city of Geneva, home to State Collection Service’s Illinois office. Equally worth mentioning for their efforts, the Geneva employees worked together through 2012 to raise $1,500 for their local charities, Moosehart (a charity that cares for orphaned children), Mutual Ground (a domestic violence center) and Anderson Animal Shelter. They too, put together many events for staff to get involved in. “Some of the fund-raisers consisted of an ice cream social, a carnival, dunk tank, basket raffles and cookie grams. In addition, the office held a coat drive which benefited the Salvation Army & public schools in the Chicagoland area. We also held our second annual food drive this year and collected 172 pounds of food which was donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank,” says site manager, Jason Wallen.
Employees from the company’s other two sites also collected monetary donations and gifts for their local charities. Additionally, State Collection Service made a substantial donation to the American Red Cross this past year.
"We are all truly proud of and thankful for the many employees who have selflessly given to their communities. The employees of State Collection Service have all lived up to one of the company’s core values – Stewardship – by participating fully in the communities we serve,” State Collection Service President, Terry Armstrong.