Giving Back, One Community at a Time.
Who does the Give Back Crew Support, and Where Does Donated Money, Time and Effort Go?
Our motto is “Giving back, one community at a time.” The Give Back Crew is neither aligned nor partnered with a specific charity or cause. Instead, we choose to support charities with a reliable track record of using their resources effectively and making communities stronger. Whether the communities we serve are down the street or in a neighborhood halfway around the globe, our objective remains the same: give back, one community at a time. Our work helping others who work directly with communities in need takes a wide variety of forms, from bell ringing to food packing, building projects to fundraising, and everything in between. The mode of service often depends on the season and the needs of the organizations we work with.
Notable examples of charities we’ve contributed to include Matter, Feed My Starving Children, Second Harvest Heartland, The Salvation Army, and others. Charities that provide food, medical supplies or other necessities, or which promote health and well-being are reliably found among the organizations we help.
The Give Back Crew may officially be powered by the employees of AK Material Handling Systems, but we always welcome others to join us in whatever our current project is! Our efforts wouldn’t be half as productive as they are without the help of our family, friends, and fellow volunteers.
Our charity fundraising strategy is twofold. The first of these two modes of fundraising consists of raising money for local charities in $1,000 increments. Once we’ve reached the $1,000 threshold for a given charity, we will pivot the focus of our efforts towards a new charity.
Fun: The Fuel that Keeps us Going
The second mode of fundraising is one-time charity drives for specific events, including charity races or annual drives like Movember. In the run-ups to events like these, we’ll make concerted efforts to drive funding through our fundraising team for that particular event or cause.
Having fun is a keystone of our organization’s culture, and in addition to direct giving in the form of time, financial contributions and materials, we regularly participate in events whose proceeds go towards causes we feel create a real, positive impact. Charitable events and organizations such as Hammer, ICA Food Shelf, Give to the Max Day, Second Harvest Heartland, The Salvation Army, CROSS Services, Bridging MN, JDRF, and the American Cancer Society are some of the charitable organizations in which we come together to support, have fun, and raise money and awareness for the causes we care about.