Fortune Magazine named AGL as No 2 out of 50 in the Country for Best Workplaces for Giving Back

AGL supporting worthy causes is only a start. Involvement in charitable endeavors also empowers our teams to build deeper connections with both the community and the purpose of our organization.

One week last August, Stephanie Zoretic spent humid mornings in an Ecuadorian village, building the exterior of a health clinic with cement she’d mixed by hand. She was among four American Global Logistics employees who participated in the service trip, one of a number of ways the shipping services and transportation company tries to give back. “Everyone needs to have an experience like this just to see what life is like for other people,” says Zoretic, an agentwho also manages the corporate foundation. “It was life changing.”

That’s why we’re excited to announce that consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine named AGL one of the country’s 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back.

Great Place to Work® analyzed surveys from nearly 600 companies to rank those that best create a sense of purpose and meaning among their employees through involvement in the community. Not only do these workplaces stand out for their generosity, their team members also express a great deal of pride in what their organizations accomplish.

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AGL volunteers at Product Rescue Center

Atlanta AGL employees volunteered at Product Rescue Center to inspect, sort, and pack quality grocery donations for distribution to non-profit agencies in the Metro Atlanta and North Georgia area. AGL employees were among 30 dedicated volunteers that contributed to packing 6,949 pounds of food that will serve 3,650 meals.

Atlanta Community Food Bank is a charter member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks. ACFB – PRC distributes over 60 million pounds of donated grocery products a year through a network of more than 600 local and regional partner nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry across over 29 Georgia counties.Atlanta Community Food Bank 2016

AGL VA Office partners with the Salvation Army to Prepare a Free Meal

pic-7The AGL VA office visited the Salvation Army on March 9, 2016 to help prepare a meal for those most in need in the Martinsville area. The Salvation Army hosts a lunch meal every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday weekly open to the community. This community meal serves all people but is especially beneficial for homeless and those struggling to ensure there food needs are meet.

The AGL VA office has committed to be a part of pic-10this meal program each month by helping to prepare and serve food each second Wednesday of the month. Employees go over and start preparing food and a second shift of AGL employee’s helps to serve meals to those who attend the meal. This month employees served approximately 60 + guests with fried pork chops, mashed potatoes, salads, and chocolate cake. Employees look forward to helping with this vital program in the future.

AGL VA Office Supports the Angel Tree Program

20151203_132312The Virginia AGLEF continued their support of the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program in December of 2015. The Angel Tree program is designed to help ensure that each child will receive a very special Christmas gift during the holiday season. One way they are able to accomplish this is by purchasing gifts for kids in need with funds collected during red kettle drives at local stores and business, they also put Christmas Trees in stores to allow someone to select their own Angel and purchase gifts for their selected child and return these items back to the Salvation Army for distribution.20151203_163833

The AGLEF VA office has supported this program each year and wanted to do so in 2015. They also wanted to give even more than in the past and encouraged employees to give back and get involved in our community. An Angel Tree was placed in the VA office and employees were encouraged to select an angel for themselves or in a group and purchase the items from that child’s wish list. In turn the AGLEF committed to a matching program that would allow 10 angels to be adopted by AGL. Generous employees answered the call for this in a BIG way by adopting 17 angels. AGL also adopted 10 angels serving 27 kids with a bright holiday.  The AGL VA office looks forward to helping with this program in the future.

AGL Volunteers at the Virginia Museum of Natural History Reptile Day Exhibit

On October 23 and 24th the Virginia Museum of Natural History held their annual Reptile Day Exhibit. This event helps teach kids about reptiles including various types of snakes, turtles, lizards, frogs, and even an alligator. Cold Earth Encounters staff and animals were on hand during this two day special. On Friday October 23rd the museum was open to local schools to allow students the chance to see and hold animals. Kids were broken up into small groups and taken into different portions of the exhibit. The AGL VA office helped on October 23 during the classroom visits of several local schools. AGL employees helped to lead kids through the exhibit and even got to hold a few animals. The event continues on October 24, 2015 opening to the public attracting thousands of visitors to the museum including out of state enthusiasts that wanted to check out the cool animals on hand. AGL looks forward to helping with future events through the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

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AGL Volunteers to Help Sale Pumpkins at the Grace Network Pumpkin Patch

Each year Grace Networks hosts an annual pumpkin patch in city of Martinsville. There are a variety of pumpkins and gourds available to purchase by the community but more importantly with each purchase Grace Network receives a portion of the purchase cost to help local families in need. Grace Network supports the community in a couple of different ways. One of the major things they do is assist people with rent and utilities bills. This could be in the form of a higher than normal power bill to an unexpected medical cost that prevented someone from being able to pay their rent. Last year over $200,000 went to help people in the Martinsville and Henry County community in the rental and utility assistance program alone. They also support people in our area by providing food as needed from their food pantry. This food pantry is very different than most as they actually allow people in need to come into the pantry and select items they know will be used. This helps to prevent waist and empowers people for the future. In 2015 over $97,000 of food was given to those most in need in our community. The pumpkin patch sales help to support these vital program and the Martinsville VA office has worked with Grace Network in the past on this event and again helped to sale pumpkins at the pumpkin patch on October 22 and 30. The AGL VA offices looks forward to continue to help Grace Network in the near future.

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AGL VA Office Hosts a Blood Drive during November

The AGL VA office hosted the Danville Regional Medical Center Blood Drive on November 19, 2015. Over 15 pints of blood were collected during this event, and it is estimated that with each donation approximately 3 lives are saved. As a thank you to all those who donated they were given a gift of a T-Shirt or umbrella of their choosing.20151119_103016

 

AGL VA Office Grace Network Food Drive

img_20150925_114948The AGL VA office completed a food drive to benefit Grace Network during the month of November. Employees were asked to bring in non-perishable food items, as well as hygiene products and even house hold cleaners to help restock the shelves of this organization right before the holidays.

20150923_120159Grace Networks helps people who are experiencing a difficult financial situation with rent/housing assistance, utility assistance, as well as feeding program for those in need. People are able to go to Grace Network and shop through their panty to ensure they are getting items they will use to avoid waste. Employees collected hundreds of items to donate. The VA office also organized a “Spirit” week to have fun dress up days and charged one can of food for participants, some of the most notable days included comic book day, AGL Day, and Blast from the Past. The AGL VA office looks forward to future opportunities to help this worth-while organization.

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AGL VA adopts the SPCA of Martinsville & Henry County in November

20151110_084340Each Tuesday during the month of November employees went to the SPCA each week to help get animals ready to be sent to bigger organizations that help these animals find their much needed forever home. AGL employees work closely with the SPCA staff to load puppies, dogs, kittens, and cats into carriers and ready for transport.1103150858a

During the month of November employees helped to earn money on behalf of the SPCA by volunteering during a local furniture sale hosted by Hooker Furniture. Employees helped wrap and load purchased furniture and half of all funds earned during this sale were donated to the SPCA. The AGL VA office has been dedicated throughout the year to this worthy cause and wanted to help the SPCA finish the 2015 year out strong. 20151114_080311

AGL VA Office Partnered With the Salvation Army to Prepare a Lunch on October 14, 2015

On October 14, 2015 the AGL VA office partnered with the Salvation Army to prepare a lunch to provide to those in need in our community a free meal. The lunch is held each week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and serves between 15-50 people during this time. The AGL VA office has adopted the second Wednesday of each month to make the meal as well as serve food and clean up to help this amazing organization. The AGL employees prepared a casserole as well as corn, refried beans and fruit cocktail. During the event we had over 40 people attend and had to make a second meal of chicken alfredo to serve all of the hungry patrons. The AGL VA office looks forward to helping with this event throughout 2015 and hopes to raise awareness for those in need in our community.

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