There’s a strong sense of community at Biamp Systems, which is something that makes me feel even more a part of the family here. Biamp’s Charitable Leadership Committee – a diverse group in which I play an active role – truly embodies the spirit of Biamp and our commitment to the communities where we do business, while providing our employees with the means to take part in something that’s important to them.
While this is the ideal season to take part in charitable contributions, Biamp’s Charitable Leadership Committee efforts are a year-round commitment that oversees participation on a local, regional and global level – an approach that closely resembles our business model. But there is no doubt that we are a bit busier around the holidays, so I thought it was worth taking a moment to reflect, share and provide where I find inspiration during this busy time.
One of the organizations that we’re highly involved with is Adopt-a-Family. If you aren’t familiar with it, the Adopt-a-Family program is exactly that – families or groups adopting individuals and families at Christmas. The program identifies those with needs and then Biamp anonymously adopts them. We hang tags describing a person’s age, gender and need on our company tree where employees can pick an individual or family. As a company, we provide a Christmas dinner and gifts for each individual or family adopted.
With all the varied charitable activities Biamp employees partake in throughout the year and around the globe, participation is completely optional and available at different levels of commitment. One of the best aspects of Biamp’s approach to helping our communities is that employees can identify and request support of an organization that is close to their heart. It humbles me to see how people get involved in a variety of ways.
There are numerous other organizations that we participate in during this season of giving, as well as year round. Organizations like the Good Neighbor Center and the Ronald McDonald House Charities, where Biamp employees cook and interact with some of the residents and visiting families. Activities such as this give our employees the chance to give back in ways other than monetary donations.
Our Brisbane, Australia office also partake in local charities throughout the year, and this holiday season they are again working with a local charity to help provide a joyful Christmas to the families of those who have been incarcerated.
But beyond our two main offices, we support charitable activities throughout the regions we operate. Whenever a need is identified, we give it serious consideration. For instance this year we set up activities for ad hoc initiatives such as the tsunami in Japan, the floods in Australia, and the ongoing tribulations in Haiti.
What also impresses me is that often the suggested organization comes via our distributors, and they offer to match Biamp’s commitment. It underscores the fact that we are more than just business partners.
I feel very blessed to work in a company that shares my own values and commitment to the community where I live and work. It doesn’t take a monumental effort. Sometimes those in need just need a bridge from point A to point B, and even the smallest actions can make a huge impact in people’s lives.
So, even though the spirit of giving is usually more widely considered during the month of December, it’s an approach that Biamp maintains year round. I’d love to hear the different ways in which you contribute to your local communities, since sharing, even just ideas, is the spirit behind the season.
If you’d like to get involved with any of the charities Biamp is active in, reference links are below.