Together Again Initiative Helps People Connect & Celebrate Despite Coronavirus Pandemic

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Trophy Awards' #TogetherAgain initiative offers moments of appreciation and joy as people anticipate being together again after pandemic restrictions are lifted.

Chuck Proudfit, left, of At Work On Purpose and Landon Martin of Trophy Awards Manufacturing and Total Appreciation.

“We need to be boots on the ground right now, tackling tough workplace issues for employers and employees alike,” said At Work On Purpose founder and president Chuck Proudfit.

Trophy Awards Manufacturing has launched Total Appreciation, a new branch of the company aimed at recognition and celebration for individuals, businesses, and the community at large.

As a part of Total Appreciation, Trophy Awards has also launched the #TogetherAgain initiative, a program designed to help provide moments of deep appreciation and connection during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

In partnership with At Work On Purpose, the initiative seeks to inspire and unite friends, families, coworkers, teammates, and communities with simple but significant acts of gratitude and celebration. The initiative benefits Matthew 25: Ministries and their COVID-19 relief efforts.

“As the coronavirus forces us to keep our distance, the #TogetherAgain initiative was born out of our vision for the day that we’re able to physically come together, once again,” said Landon Martin, director of sales and marketing at Trophy Awards Manufacturing.

Based in Highland Heights, Kentucky, Trophy Awards Manufacturing provides a wide range of customized products such as crystal and acrylic awards, plaques, branded apparel, and promotional products which allow organizations and individuals to express appreciation to others. “For us, the objective is ‘total appreciation’ for all the valued people in our lives, and right now we see this best expressed as ‘Together Again,’” said Martin.

“During the coronavirus pandemic, and after, we want to show our appreciation for those who have been on the frontlines, and many others who we are grateful for during this pandemic. We will want to celebrate—and celebrate in so many ways. The Together Again initiative can be the engine to drive that appreciation. We hope it can help people envision the celebration we’ll eventually have together,” said Martin.

“At first, we wanted to help people and businesses celebrate after the pandemic passes,” said Martin. “But then we thought—why not now?”

The Together Again initiative includes products such as branded T-shirts, drink tumblers, and photo frames, all available on its website, http://www.totalappreciation.com. Organizations interested in placing bulk and custom orders can be ordered by calling 800-455-6011. Proceeds from the Together Again initiative will benefit Matthew 25: Ministries.

Matthew 25: Ministries is distributing emergency supplies to more than 400 organizations, including hospitals, first responders, fire departments, police departments, nursing homes, schools, healthcare facilities and more. Matthew 25 is also providing lunches to hospital and healthcare workers as a way of caring for those on the frontlines of this crisis.

“We always appreciate being the beneficiary of great programs like the Together Again initiative by Trophy Awards. The proceeds from this program will help support our distribution activities and our partners’ tireless efforts to care for high-risk populations including the sick, the elderly, the impoverished, and others in need,” said Tim Mettey, CEO of Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio.

Similar to many businesses, Trophy Awards has been significantly affected by the coronavirus, but At Work On Purpose stepped in to help support the business through its Rapid Response system. “We need to be boots on the ground right now, tackling tough workplace issues for employers and employees alike,” said At Work On Purpose founder and president Chuck Proudfit.

At Work On Purpose is a pioneer in the workplace ministry movement, advancing citywide workplace ministry around the world. Its Rapid Response program is a network of resources connecting those in need with those willing to provide help and resources.

The Rapid Response system’s focus areas include job displacement, abrupt transitions to virtual work, emotional discouragement on the job, unexpected childcare needs for working parents, emergency funding for small businesses and congregations, prayer support, and more. At Work On Purpose has longstanding relationships with these trusted workplace ministry resources, all of which are being quickly mobilized across the city.

With offices in Mason and Blue Ash, Ohio, more than 10,000 individuals from the private, public, and social sectors are a part of the At Work On Purpose community in Greater Cincinnati. Thousands of others are in the network globally, looking to At Work On Purpose as a model for response during the pandemic.

Currently, At Work On Purpose is building a national network to mobilize across the United States using strategically situated “regional hub” locations, complemented by universally accessible digital support systems. Best practices and key resources are being shared from likeminded, leading workplace ministries in Austin, Texas; Raleigh, North Carolina; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Redding, California.

“We have so many leaders who are able to minister in practical ways right now, here in Cincinnati, Ohio and beyond,” added Proudfit. “Trophy Awards’ Together Again initiative is a shining example of that.”

For employers, business leaders, churches, teams, organizations, and individuals interested in sending and showing appreciation for someone through the #TogetherAgain initiative, visit http://www.totalappreciation.com or call 800-455-6011.

For more information on At Work On Purpose and its Rapid Response network of support and resources, visit https://atworkonpurpose.org/ or call 800-513-9580.

About At Work On Purpose (AWOP)

At Work On Purpose is a pioneer in the workplace ministry movement, advancing citywide workplace ministry around the world. With offices in Mason and Blue Ash, Ohio, more than 10,000 individuals from the private, public, and social sectors are a part of the AWOP community in Greater Cincinnati alone, with thousands of others in the AWOP network globally.

To learn more about AWOP’s innovative citywide workplace ministry model, visit https://atworkonpurpose.org/ or call (800) 513-9580.

About Matthew 25: Ministries (M25M)

Matthew 25: Ministries rescues and reuses approximately 13,000,000 pounds of products each year and redistributes them to people in desperate need throughout the US and worldwide. Each year, Matthew 25: Ministries impacts the lives of more than 18,000,000 individuals throughout the United States and around the world. Matthew 25 is ranked on Forbes' list of America’s Top Charities. Matthew 25 is also highly ranked among approximately 3,500 four-star charities on Charity Navigator. Matthew 25: Ministries is accredited by the Better Business Bureau through the "Wise Giving Alliance Standards". For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Joodi Archer at joodi@m25m.org or visit http://www.m25m.org.

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