“Ignite Passion for the Greater Good.” This statement embodies one of Centric’s core values that guide the company’s culture and priorities. As we continue to grow, our passion includes a commitment to making a positive difference in the communities we serve. We take pride in helping to improve the world in which we live.
National Community Service
In January 2012, we took our first step to nationally organize our employees for our first all-company community service day. More than 300 employees and their family members came together for one day to help rebuild the Hurricane Katrina-damaged Gentilly Community Center of Hope in New Orleans, La. We donated more than 2,400 man-hours to the effort and can’t wait to do it again.
“Thank you so very much for sending us such an awesome group of people. They worked sooo hard and had the right hearts and mind set for what we were doing and just gave it their all. I am humbled this morning as I reflect on the day and how absolutely blessed we are by the support and trust you gave to us from your awesome company. Centric is #1 in my book …they rock!!!” – Connie Uddo, Director, St. Paul’s Homecoming Center, Gentilly Community Center for Hope
Local Community Citizenship
Living in the communities in which we work has its advantages. We dedicate a portion of our normal working hours to providing pro bono consulting services and time to being active participants in helping our communities. The following are some examples of how each of our regional groups make a difference:
- Charlotte employees volunteered to support the Matthews HELP Center, assisting the Center’s efforts to provide gifts for 1000 local children of economically challenged homes. Charlotte team members stocked donated items into a “store” where parents could trade vouchers for Christmas gifts, as well as provided services to assist in the shopping experience with the families.
- Chicago employees work with the Greater Chicago Food Depository packing meals for those in need and participates in the ChicagoCares Serve-a-thon. The team also contributes to Feed My Starving Children, Gift Drive for Tolton Center, and cooks brunch for Ronald McDonald House.
- Cincinnati is a founding partner of Flywheel Cincinnati, a Social Enterprise Hub that helps nonprofits become self-sustaining through alternate business models. The Cincinnati team also participates in and sponsors many great organizations such as: Give Back Cincinnati, which includes the painting and rehabilitation of older homes; Adopt-A-Class, which allows companies to be pen pals and mentors to low income students; Ronald McDonald House, which provides support to families during a child’s hospital treatment; and Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.
- Cleveland participates in their innovative “Get Fit For Charity” program led by senior consultant, Sarah Baker, and manager, Dan Valerian. The program combines community athletic events with fund raising activities throughout the year for organizations such as Susan B. Komen, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Coats for Kids, and Autism Speaks. We run. We walk. We bowl. Our goal is 100% participation. Many of our team members also contribute individually to help non-profits through board involvement and various leadership roles.
- Columbus regularly participates in community service events such as repairing and renovating homes for low-income, elderly and disabled individuals in the region through the Rebuilding Together organization. Hosting donations and stocks shelves at the Worthington Resource Pantry. Preparing and serving meals at the Ronald McDonald House. Sponsoring and volunteering with TAASC (The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition). Supporting walks such as the JDRF One Walk®, which has a goal to create a world without Type 1 Diabetes, as well as the American Heart Association Heart Walk, which raises funds for heart disease and stroke.
- Indianapolis donates its technical expertise to the GiveCamp campaign by providing coding services to help build web applications for local charities.
- Louisville regularly participates in a variety of charitable activities including our annual Tour De Cure fund raising event to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The Centric team regularly fields 15-20 cyclists for the Tour and is always in the top 5 corporate fund raising teams. Louisville employees also regularly participate in the American Heart Association‘s Heart Ball and The Bourbon Chase team-running event which benefits a variety of local charities.
- St. Louis supports a number of local non-profits through donations, volunteer opportunities, and technical assistance. Whether it be volunteering at organizations like Gateway Greening, supporting organizations like Operation Food Search, or coaching sports teams and volunteering in local school districts like Webster Groves, we are dedicated to using our time and talents to make St. Louis stronger.